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Friends of the Coalition Co-Chair Appointed Deputy CEO of DRPA
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Don't Forget to Vote Tomorrow, This is an Important Election!
Election Day: Tuesday, November 3rd
On Tuesday, November 3rd, voters in Philadelphia will elect a new Mayor, 17 City Council members, City Commissioners, a Sheriff and a Register of Wills. Voters will also vote yes or no on three ballot questions. Philadelphia and PA voters will elect Judges, including three members of the PA Supreme Court. This will be the first time Pennsylvanians have had three vacancies on the high court in 300 years.

Voters do NOT need to show photo identification. First-time voters or those who have moved and are voting in a new voting division can either show a photo ID or a non-photo ID. Polls will be open at 7am and close at 8pm.

Make your voice heard by exercising your right to vote! Commit to reaching out to at least ten people in your networks and urge them to vote on Election Day. Visit or Committee of 70 to access resources about candidates, polling locations, the $10,000 lottery and more.
UAC Congratulates Maria J. Wing. Esq
Friends of the Coalition Co-Chair Appointed Deputy CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority
UAC would like to congratulate Friends of the Coalition Co-Chair, Maria J. Wing, Esq., on her appointment as Deputy CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority! Maria joined fellow Friends of the Coalition Co-Chair, Kareem Thomas, last year to spearhead Friends of the Coalition, an initiative to cultivate UAC's next generation of leadership. Together, they’ve recruited over 30 Friends of the Coalition, all movers and shakers with stellar professional success in the Greater Philadelphia region. 
Pictured from left to right: UAC VP, Arun Prabhakaran, UAC President Sharmain Matlock Turner, Maria J. Wing Esq., and Kareem Thomas at Friends of the Coalition 2015 Spring reception.
Maria has over a decade of legal experience in the areas of commercial real estate development and financing, portfolio acquisition and municipal matters pertaining to property-tax assessments and code compliance.  Her clients have included nonprofit corporations, charter schools, universities, private developers and financial institutions. Click here to read more about Maria’s appointment!
Immediately following the 46th Anniversary Breakfast on November 20, UAC will host a private reception for guests who would like to meet Friends, including Maria and Kareem, and are interested in joining Friends of the Coalition.  For more information about the reception, please contact Felicia Harris at or call 215-851-1701. 
2015 Community Leadership Award recipient Steven Scott Bradley with Robert "Bob" Bogle, President & CEO of The Philadelphia Tribune, at 2014 Anniversary Breakfast.
UAC's 2014 Anniversary Breakfast: Friends of the Coalition Co-Chair Kareem Thomas speaks to guests about UAC's new initiative to engage and cultivate its next generation of leaders. 
Join the Coalition in Fighting Hunger this Thanksgiving
Help us Feed 2,000 Needy Families
Over the past 32 years, UAC has fed more than 150,000 Philadelphia area residents during the holiday season with our annual Thanksgiving Basket ProgramFor 11 years, UAC has partnered with Brown’s Family ShopRite and their vendors who provide all of the Thanksgiving fixings. 

However, UAC must raise $30,000 to purchase the turkeys for 2,000 fully trimmed Thanksgiving baskets to feed 12,000 individuals.


UAC needs your support to ensure our families have a meal this holiday season! A donation of $25 feeds a family of 6, a donation of $100 will feed 24, a donation of $250 will feed 75! Click here to make your donation today!
This is UAC's largest annual internal community service project and as a member of the Coalition Family, we would be honored if you would join us in our fight against hunger.  For more information about donating to the program or ways in which your company can sponsor families this Thanksgiving, please email
Don't Do More with Less,
Do More with Us!

Empower Executive Directors to be Executives

Most nonprofit Executive Directors are not only making executive decisions and leading their organizations, they often are the office manager, accountant, HR manager, and janitor. Many Executive Directors are spending their precious time on day to day operations leaving little time to focus on long-term goals. When an organization joins UAC, we help  Executive Directors by managing key operational areas of their nonprofit. This allows Executive Directors the time they need to focus on growth and sustainability.

If you are an Executive Director who wants to focus on your mission, why not let UAC help you with your back office! Our Manager of Partnerships and Outreach, Tivoni Devor, will be happy to help.  Call 215-851-1936 or email
#PartnerTuesdays with the Makom Community

Makom Community is a Jewish enrichment center providing daily, high-quality after-school care and Jewish education for children ages 4-11 (Pre-K through 5th grade). With a project based and student-led teaching approach, this inclusive, family centered community provides an interactive learning environment for both students and parents.  With UAC's support, enrollment in their after-school enrichment program tripled after its first year and continues to grow.  To learn more about Makom Community’s programs for your child, click here 
Search the hashtag #PartnerTuesdays on Google or any social media platform to learn more about UAC Program Partners and their impact in the region!
UAC #ontheground

Marketing & Communications Coordinator Felicia Harris represented UAC last week at Convening the Conveners, a quarterly meeting of city-wide community event planners. She shared best practices with planners from leading business and civic organizations.

Community members gathered at UAC's Center City office last week to learn how their community projects could be included in the 2016 Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This is the largest King Day of Service in the nation run by UAC Program Partner Global Citizen.

UAC Vice President & Chief of External Affairs Arun Prabhakaran met with city's leaders and visionaries at the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange to continue forging dialogue and connections across the public, private, and government sector. 
#ontheground #GPLEX2015
Events & Opportunities
Click on the event for full event details! 
Nov. 3rd -- Election Day: Find Your Polling Place
Nov. 6th -- Keystone First Fall Resource Fair
Nov. 12th -- Inspire. Insight. Innovate College Symposium
Nov. 18th -- Advocacy & Nonprofits Seminar
Nov. 20th -- UAC's 46th Anniversary Breakfast
For more event listings, visit
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Priorities is a publication of the Urban Affairs Coalition. The contributing author and editor is Felicia Harris, Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Founded in 1969, the Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. Visit us at Thank you for subscribing to Priorities

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