News from the Coalition
Free Tax Sites Open Monday
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Ladies in Construction: FMC Tower at Cira Center South
The Urban Affairs Coalition's Regional Impact on Economic Opportunity
On January 14, 2016, UAC President & CEO Sharmain Matlock-Turner met with several of the women who are working on the “FMC Tower at Cira Center South.” She toured the site with them and was accompanied by UAC/EDP team members Michelle Gumbs and Aisha Easton. Miya Robinson, Assistant Site Superintendent at Turner Construction led the tour. Amy Ignatosky and Noelle Helmstetter (Turner Engineers), shared their love for engineering and the work they are doing to build the FMC tower. Lexi Kapusta is a Drexel University co-op student working at Turner specifically on the project's “Fit-Out”. Theresa Spohn, Project Management Assistant, makes sure that all of the appropriate documents are reviewed and distributed. Sharmain was also accompanied by Brandywine Realty Trust Construction Director Christopher Franklin.
Sharmain serves as Chair of the project’s Economic Opportunity Plan Oversight Committee and during the tour, she met and talked with minority construction workers. UAC’s role is to monitor economic inclusion both in contracting and workforce. The FMC Tower at Cira Center South will be a part of Philadelphia’s first vertical neighborhood. Brandywine Realty Trust is the project developer and Turner Construction is the construction manager.
UAC’s Economic Development Projects Unit (EDP) has managed over $7.5 billion in projects in the Philadelphia Standard Metropolitan area, Maryland and New Jersey over the last 30 years. EDP helps project owners with economic opportunity planning, project monitoring, data mining, analysis and reporting. UAC monitored projects have seen $2.3 billion in contracts awarded to minority, women and disabled owned businesses and more than $559 million in wages paid to minority and female workers.
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Campaign for Working Families Tax Season Kickoff
Offices Now in New Jersey and Montgomery and Delaware Counties in PA!
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 FASFA assistance. CWF services are available to families and individuals that fall within the IRS guidelines. Tax sites in PA open Monday, January 25 and will remain open through mid-April; selected 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

CWF has been part of the UAC family since July 2003 receiving fiscal sponsorship services that have helped them save time, money and other resources to help them support their growth. I
n 2015, CWF expanded its services beyond Philadelphia to New Jersey and Montgomery and Delaware Counties in PA. Over the last 13 years, CWF has 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!

Pictured above: Campaign for Working Families Director Mary Arthur and UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner.
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.

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Global Citizen/MLK365: Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service Reaches Another Participation Record

On Monday, January 18, UAC Program Partner Global Citizen/MLK365, led by Todd Bernstein, hosted its 21st Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service and celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. More than 140,000 volunteers served in more than 1,800 projects throughout the Philadelphia region. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the King Day of Service is a good time for reflection. Read more here.
UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner on Inside Story this Sunday!

Tune into Channel 6ABC this Sunday at 11:30AM to watch UAC President Sharmain Matlock-Turner, host Tamala Edwards and fellow insiders Brian Tierney, Jan Ting and Val D-Giorgio offer their opinions on a myriad of local topics. Inside Story is an award-winning political discussion program and Sharmain is a reoccurring panelist. 

(Please note that the opinions expressed are her own.)
Summer Jobs Matter: Join UAC in an Advocacy Campaign to Ensure our Youth have Jobs this Summer! #MyFirstJob

UAC hosted an advocacy campaign for Summer Youth Employment with a digital media and letter writing campaign at the Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service. The UAC team collected testimonials from community stakeholders, parents and students about the importance of summer jobs. Participants also shared their #MyFirstJob stories! Want to know Dr. William Hite's (Philadelphia Public Schools Superintendent) first job? Follow @UACoalition on Instragram and Twitter! #MyFirstJob #SummerJobsMatter

Pictured: Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Sawyer @pfdcommish; #MyFirstJob Paper Boy
Events & Opportunities
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January 25: Campaign for Working Families - FREE Tax Services Available at UAC and other locations 
February 9 - 13Entrepreneur Works - Start It. Grow It. Workshops
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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