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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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| 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.
Cecily Harwitt| Director of Organizing
A Los Angeles native, Cecily began organizing in 2009 as a fellow of the Jewish Organizing Initiative and Network (JOIN) for Justice in Boston. She spent three years in Somerville, MA, organizing immigrant workers and other community members to win good local jobs in the face of rapid gentrification. The team that she built in Somerville ultimately won an agreement with MassDOT for local jobs on the multibillion dollar Green Line expansion project and the creation of a linkage fee to support job training. Since joining POWER in September, 2012, her focus has shifted to education as she leads the organization’s work to win a full, fair, funding formula in the state of Pennsylvania and to ensure every child in Philadelphia receives a high quality education.
Graie Hagans | 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.
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.
Nicolas O’Rourke | 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
Will Fuller | POWER Metro Organizer
A son of western Kentucky, Will is joining POWER in the fall of 2016 to complete a Community Organizing Fellowship through Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). A 2010 Teach for America alumnus, he is dedicated to the causes of educational equity, faith-based social justice, theological education reform, and racial reconciliation. He holds a Masters of Education from Lipscomb University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Mary Laver | Catholic Community 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.
Yvette Gimenez | Operations Manager
Tabitha Ssonko | Center of the State Organizer
Nathan Sooy | Center of the State Organizer
Anthony Giancatarino | POWER Fellow