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UAC Welcomes New Board Members
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UAC Welcomes New Board Members
Jannet Walker Ford, Mary Strasser and Folasade "Sade" Olanipekun-Lewis
Jannet Walker Ford is the Vice President for Parsons Corporation. She is an experienced transportation executive with expertise in management consulting and information technology. She previously served as the Deputy Program Director for the Philadelphia International Airport's Capacity Enhancement Program (CEP) and as the Deputy CEO/Deputy General Manager and the Chief Information Officer for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
Mary Strasser is a professional consultant for universities and nonprofits, helping them to increase their capacity and impact through strategic planning and organizational development. She previously served as Director of AmeriCorps VISTA and as State Program Director for Pennsylvania. She also served as Vice President of Community Impact for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. 
Folasade "Sade" Olanipekun-Lewis is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Philadelphia International Airport and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Philadelphia's City Council President, Darrell L. Clarke, and Deputy Commerce Director for Finance and Administration for the City of Philadelphia. 
Free Tax Sites Open in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey
Campaign for Working Families Saving Families Millions in Tax Preparation & Check Cashing Fees
UAC Program Partner Campaign for Working Families (CWF), operates community-based free tax sites. Services offered include e-filing, direct deposit, savings bonds and public benefit screenings. Additionally, CWF refers clients to partner organizations that offer banking, credit counseling, debt reduction and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) assistance. CWF services are available to families and individuals that fall within the IRS guidelines. Tax sites in PA are now open and will remain open through mid-April; select sites offer hours extended past the April 15 filing deadline. The CWF Center City Tax Site is located at the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), 1207 Chestnut Street, 4th floor. Click here for more information on tax site locations, office hours and eligibility requirements

Pictured above: Campaign for Working Families Director Mary Arthur and UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner.
Campaign for Working Families celebrated their EITC Day of Action and Impact at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Saturday, January 30, 2016 with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey . 

Pictured left to right: City Councilman At-Large Alan Domb; Philadelphia IRS Territory Manager for Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication, Doris Greenwood; Campaign for Working Families Executive Director, Mary Arthur; United Way Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation, Kevin Dow; Free Library of Philadelphia President, Siobhan A. Reardon; and City of Philadelphia Revenue Commissioner, Frank Breslin.
CWF joined the UAC Family in July 2003, receiving fiscal sponsorship services that support their growth. In 2015, CWF expanded its services beyond Philadelphia to New Jersey and Montgomery and Delaware Counties in PA. Over the last 13 years, CWF filed over 171,610 returns, saving clients $30.8M in tax preparation fees and check cashing charges and returned $271M in tax refunds to its clients!

On Thursday, January 28, City Councilman At-Large Alan Domb presented a resolution encouraging Philadelphians to file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner, pictured right, gave remarks to City Council on the importance of EITC.
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Registration Now Open for the 37th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run 
Did you know the Broad Street Run is a UAC Program Partner?
Registration for the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation’s 37th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10 miler is NOW OPEN! Registration will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 12.

The Blue Cross Broad Street Run has been a Program Partner at the Urban Affairs Coalition for more than 20 years and for the 20th consecutive year, Independence Blue Cross has been the title sponsor of the run, which is the nation’s sixth la
rgest road race. As its fiscal sponsor, UAC provides on-demand, scalable financial services based on their seasonal mission and needs. If you have an annual event that does not require year-round operations and fiscal management, fiscal sponsorship with UAC is an excellent alternative to having your own 501c3
This year the Blue Cross Broad Street Run will be held on Sunday, May 1st and the Department of Parks and Recreation anticipates another sellout of 40,000 registered runners from across the country this year. Runners register through a lottery to accommodate the large number of registrants, and winners will be posted on on Tuesday, February 16th. Visit to register. 
To learn more about how the Coalition can save your organization time, money and help you grow, contact our Partnership and Outreach Manager, Tivoni Devor.

phone   215-851-1936

Visit to learn more about our services and community impact. 
UAC #ontheground
Summer Jobs Matter: Join UAC in an Advocacy Campaign to Ensure our Youth have Jobs this Summer! #MyFirstJob

Join the Urban Affairs Coalition and the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) in our advocacy campaign for Summer Youth Employment. Join the campaign today and share your #MyFirstJob story.  

Did you know Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's first job was a dishwasher? 

Join the campaign today and share your #MyFirstJob story! Follow @UACoalition on Instragram and Twitter! #MyFirstJob #SummerJobsMatter
CED Hosts Training for PNC Branch Managers 

On Wednesday, January 27, UAC's Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee, hosted a training on its PHILplus and miniPHIL loan programs for one of their program bank partner's, PNC Bank. CED's APL Program Administrator, Felicia Carter (pictured left), facilitated the training and was accompanied by PNC Underwriter, Jill Fusaro, and PNC's Vice President and Community Consultant, Nelson Acevedo (pictured right).
Our Program Partners are our Family: UAC Team Members Visit Parkside Association of Philadelphia

UAC Program Partner Parkside Association of Philadelphia assists residents in gaining access to city services such as affordable housing, mortgage counseling, social services and recreational programs. Pictured are UAC Controller Thomas Love, Parkside Executive Director Lucinda Hudson, Elhadji Ndiaye, UAC Fiscal Team Members Naima Abdullah and Dung Tieu, and UAC Program Services Manager Karen Harvey.
Events & Opportunities
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February 9 - 13Entrepreneur Works - Start It. Grow It. Workshops
February 12Global Citizen - Valentines for Veterans
Celebrate Black History Month
February 5Black Writers Museum - "One Book, One Philadelphia" Reading Event
February 6 & 21: African American Iconic Images Collection Trolley Tour 
February 14 & 28: Free Library of Philadelphia -- Black History Month Special Performances for Families
Philadelphia's Premier Networking Event is Now on a Tuesday! 

Join the Urban Affairs Coalition on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 to celebrate our 47th Anniversary from 7:45am - 9:30am at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 
Named Philadelphia's Premier Networking Event, UAC's Anniversary Breakfast is one of the largest networking events in Philadelphia where more than 800 movers and shakers, all leaders in business, government, nonprofits and education, come together to celebrate the Coalition's impact in the region.
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