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POWER is independently financed. We operate with dues from member congregations, grants from charitable and faith-based foundations, grassroots fund raising and contributions from people like you who care about our city and want to see change. As a matter of principle, POWER takes no financial support from government entities.
We appreciate your one-time donation, or to become a POWER “Sustainer”, a recurring donation of $50/month.
Volunteer with POWER
In addition to being a POWER leader in your congregation, you can offer your time and talents to POWER in the following ways:
- Helping create and manage our growing mailing list through data entry work
- Helping communicate with POWER members through periodic phone banking
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call the office at 215.232.7697.
Interested in learning more about how to build leadership within your congregation, amplify your prophetic voice, strengthen community and address the issues impacting your people?
Then give us a call.
We welcome a conversation with you about pressures impacting your congregation and community and how faith-based community organizing can help you respond. We welcome a conversation about how POWER is equipping congregations across the city to play a more powerful role in shaping policies that effect families, neighborhoods, and our city.
Give us a call at 215-232-7697 or email us at email@example.com and we’ll set up a time to talk.
We are looking forward to the conversation.
Dedicated to bringing about justice to the Greater Philadelphia area
Reverend Greg Holston | Executive Director
Reverend Greg Holston is a recognized racial and economic justice community activist and the Senior Pastor of New Vision United Methodist Church. By promoting fairer workforce policies, he was instrumental in the improvement of job opportunities and skills development for the underserved and disadvantaged in the Philadelphia area.
Reverend Holston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pa., a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Masters of Education degree from Cheyney University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.
Reverend Holston is an experienced pastor, businessman, activist, entrepreneur, college professor, speaker and community activist. However, his most important role is serving as a devoted and loving husband to Deborah, his beautiful wife and father to the four children they share, Taheerah, Jamila, Nia and Nasser.
David Koppisch (Founder)| Director of Development
David has nearly 25 years experience working with community organizations as an organizer, fundraiser and social worker. Before helping launch POWER, David worked with several organizing groups in Philadelphia including the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, the Eastern Philadelphia Organizing Project, and the Philadelphia Affordable Housing Coalition. David is also an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.
Beulah Osueke | Communications Director
A Houston native, Beulah Osueke is a graduate of La Salle University holding a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Beulah has an extensive background in web design, community engagement, international network-building, and organizational development with particular focusing on utilizing emotional/social intelligence and strategic narration to decrease the gaps of communication between people of various communities.
Yvette Gimenez | Operations Manager
Graie Hagans | POWER Philadelphia Community Organizer
Graie Barasch Hagans is a former educator and graduate of Rutgers University holding a Masters in Public Policy. Before moving to Philadelphia, he coordinated a volunteer-based tutoring program and developed parent leaders as change makers in their children’s education and beyond. A native of St. Louis and convert to Judaism, he is dedicated to racial justice and liberation through faith, community, and action.
Nicolas O’Rourke | POWER Philadelphia Community Organizer
A native son of Indianapolis, Rev. Nicolas O’Rourke is the Assistant Pastor of Worship & Liturgical Arts at the Living Water United Church of Christ in Oxford Circle and Community Organizer for POWER. A strong proponent of social justice & spiritual awareness, he works across wide ranging lines of thinking to highlight common spiritual ground for all people. Since joining POWER his focus has been towards dismantling the crippling effects of Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality on people of color and combating Islamophobia within the city of Philadelphia. Nicolas is completing his education at the Lancaster Bible College: Center for Urban Theological Studies. He considers himself a “sacred activist” and contends for the rights of people with the guidance of God
Jordan Ford | POWER Philadelphia Community Organizer
Sheila Armstrong | POWER Philadelphia Community Organizer
Sheila E. Armstrong is a “home-grown” Philadelphian who graduated from University of Phoenix in 2013 with a Master’s in Business Degree in Organizational Development and Project Management. She began her work in advocacy 12 years ago as a spokesperson for “Women Against Abuse.” In addition to being a community advocate, Sheila is a Continuum of Care Board Member for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services and an appointed member of the State Parent Advisory Council (SPAC). Sheila believes that as a woman of faith, it is her responsibility and duty to be involved in the community and advocate for those that may not have the capacity or capability to fight for themselves.
Lena Glickman | POWER Metro/POWER Center PA Community Organizer
Lena Glickman grew up in a small town in Southern Vermont. She attended Oberlin College, where she majored in history, focusing on race and class in America. As an organizer for Pennsylvania Working Families, she built power around economic and racial justice in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Buddhist Vipassana meditation and Quaker faith and practice serve as guiding forces in her life and organizing–pushing her toward greater presence, connection and action for justice.
Mary Laver | POWER Philadelphia Catholic Outreach Organizer
- Catholic universities seeking a partnership with POWER,
- “Millennial” Catholics eager to work together to combat racism in the criminal justice system, and
- African immigrant Catholics through the Office of Cultural Ministries of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Will Fuller | POWER Metro Community Organizer
Tabitha Ssonko | POWER Center PA Community Organizer
Nathan Sooy | POWER Center PA Community Organizer
Anthony Giancatarino | POWER Fellow