Elton Jolly was one of the original members of the OIC movement with Dr. Leon H. Sullivan. Elton’s impact helped shaped OIC into the powerhouse of an organization that it would become and is still impacting lives in a positive way some 55 years later in 2019. Given Elton’s impact on OIC in the formative years, I thought it important to share with you an excerpt from his testimony before the House of Representatives in 1978 to give you some insights into his thinking regarding poor people in this country and what was needed to improve their situation and the role OIC would play.
On Friday, August 30th, President and Board Chair, James Haynes, and OICA Celebrity Ambassador, Gerald Alston, had the pleasure of interviewing with Patty Jackson of WDAS to discuss the program and much more.
Gerald Alston, the revered lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning R&B group the Manhattans, is the first entertainer to become a part of the new OICA Celebrity Ambassador Program(CAP). OICA Celebrity Ambassadors are leaders in the entertainment industry, representing the fields of film, television, music, sports and beyond.
The program is designed to help raise awareness about OICA/OIC and the work being done to support and enable the economically disadvantaged, unemployed and under-employed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled members of society. This work is being done through a Network of 35 Affiliates located in 22 states around the US. The organization’s motto is “Helping People Help Themselves“and Gerald Alston is a huge advocate of helping others to reach their full potential.
SOAR program expands from eleven to twelve affiliates and program partners in seven states
Philadelphia, PA – OIC of
America (OICA) was awarded a new three-year U.S. DOL
Reentry Grant totaling $4,500.000 which will expand its SOAR
program. Starting July 1, 2019, this
grant will serve adults 25 years of age and older. This
represents a total of 5 grants awarded to OICA as an intermediary in
the past three years, bringing their U.S. DOL Reentry total
awards to $22.2 million dollars and more importantly serving approximately
3000 returning citizens. This award allowed OICA to expand their
current program from eleven Affiliates and program
partners to twelve, covering six states, which is 32%
of their affiliate network, and 27% of their current U.S. state
On Friday, June 7, 2019, OIC of America, is celebrating Reentry Month and the second anniversary of our SOAR reentry program by partnering with Philadelphia OIC and the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition to host our second annual Community Resource & Job Fair. The event is free to the public and partners, and will include music, face painting, games, refreshments, and an abundance of resources for the community.
OICA is hiring a Program Coordinator to help ensure
programming under OICA’s national re-entry program, SOAR, is operating in
alignment with best practice models, federal regulations, and funder
contracts. He/she works directly with executive leaders, program managers,
and frontline staff.
OIC of America (OICA) is a community based nonprofit organization and the national office of a network of workforce development organizations. Our mission is to provide low-income people with the tools and support they need to overcome barriers to economic opportunity and social justice for families across America.
We are proud to say that this year our very own Joyce Chester, President and CEO of Chester County OIC, has been chosen as Woman of the Year. The recipient of Woman of the Year exemplifies outstanding contributions in the community through exemplary service. Congratulations, Joyce! We couldn’t think of a more worthy leader to receive this honor.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority hosted their Finer Womanhood: High Tea on Saturday, March 16, 2019. This year’s High Tea was held on the campus of West Chester University at Sykes Student Union 110 W. Rosedale Avenue West Chester, PA 19382 at 12pm. Finer Womanhood is an annual national observance of the Sorority that is celebrated from the last full week in February to the end of March. Every year since 1923 members of Zeta Phi Beta all over the world have annually devoted a special time to identifying and shining a light on women, youth and organizations who express the ideals of the sorority and have used their lives to leave an indelible impression on society
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