Building Community Wealth in Philadelphia Many local economic development efforts work under the premise that community revitalization is a zero-sum game, where progress can only be achieved in one area through extracting resources from another. Too often this unproductive and dangerous competition positions marginalized individuals against each other. Every community has intrinsic and unique [...]
Like it or not, gentrification is changing the shape of Philadelphia neighborhoods. What to do?
Community Development in America’s Poorest Large City As reported by the Pew Charitable Trust, a quarter of the Philadelphia population lives in poverty, the highest rate out of America’s top ten most populous cities. Despite a city with job growth above the national norm, its economy is failing many. This is not an isolated phenomenon, [...]
After a successful summer these 14 WesGold Fellows are back in school and doing well. Most of them are seniors and graduating this year and we can't wait to see what's next for them! Along with work preparation, personal development, college planning and social responsibility, they learned about financial management. We are proud to say [...]
Earlier this month, on November 9th, West Philadelphia Financial Services received $1,000 as part of the Wells Fargo Community Connections Giving Program. This is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selects a nonprofit organization or school to receive a grant. This year, Wells [...]
After purchasing the First Born Church of God in Christ 9 years ago, to build ParkWest Town Center, we completed and turned over their brand new church to Pastor Kenneth Walker Sr. The church had been located in a small, temporary storefront space on the 5400 block of Market Street. The Pastor and his congregation [...]
This past Saturday, June 6, 2015 we celebrated our 8th annual Festival @ ParkWest Town Center. This is a celebration for the community and businesses in the area to show our appreciation of the efforts that contributed to the development of ParkWest Town Center. Partnered with WURD Wellness Pavilion this year, we had sponsors [...]
This $1,250 educational award is for current seniors who are committed to improving the community around them. We are looking for young adults who will use their further education to make the world a better place! Please encourage students to apply. Completed applications and recommendations are due April 24, 2015. To qualify students must: Be [...]
WPFSI invited stakeholders, residents of the Hestonville neighborhood and business owners to participate in a community meeting regarding the creation of an “Urban Pop-Up” at the intersection of 55th Street and Lancaster Avenue. Our goals included familiarizing the participants with the site, introducing them to the concept of Urban Pop-Us and listening to their ideas [...]
Last month Mayor Nutter and Secretary of Education, Arnett Duncan hosted a roundtable at Community College of Philadelphia. Our WesGold Fellows intern, Derrick Brockington, was a part of the event. He was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer story, read more here.