Jun 25, 2015

It’s time for a change! We will no longer be posting on this city blog, but make sure to check out our National Blog where you can find anecdotes from your Oxfam Action Corps Organizers and dedicated volunteers. The National Blog will feature events from across the country, important action items and news from Oxfam America. We hope you will move with us!

Jan 23, 2015

Reminder: It's Time to Become an Action Corps City Organizer!

Hello Everyone!

Let's talk about Action Corps: it is awesome. Period. No two ways about it. And luckily, it is once again that great time to join this amazing group of individuals as an Organizer!

Check out our page for more information about our locations in 16 different cities, the job description, and the application! And look below at what other Organizers have said about their experiences...

"This is leadership in practice. You can't just read a book on leadership. You have to put it into practice." --Jill Mizell, Researcher, New York

"Oxfam Action Corps has given me a ton of confidence... Gaining knowledge and being able to speak to people about the issues." --Amy L., Business Operations Analyst, Des Moines

"This has become one of the best parts of my life... I can't express enough how satisfying it is to be organizing with people who are just as committed and dependable and passionate. It is so great to have the support from the Oxfam America staff, and I've been really impressed by their accessibility, competency and friendliness." --Isaac E., Educator, New York City

Ready to join them? Apply to be an organizer or if you aren't ready yet, consider volunteering with any Action Corps in efforts to help Oxfam fight hunger and social injustices! Remember, Oxfam is here to Right the Wrong so come join us! 

Apr 19, 2014

Philly Farm & Food Fest

Sounds right up Oxfam's alley, right? Last Sunday a group of Oxfam volunteers trekked across the Convention Center meeting local vendors and sampling delicious foods.

Some of us were very interested in the coffee...
 There was plenty to see (and eat) and it was wonderful to meet farmers and producers local to the Philadelphia region. Eating locally and sustainably is part of Oxfam's GROW campaign, and one way to address poverty worldwide starting at your own kitchen table.

It was a fun way to spend an afternoon, and we hope it will be even bigger next year! Here's a picture of our little group:
Left to right: Brian Greer [volunteer], Emily Black ['13-'14 organizer], fig tree, Randy Scholl [volunteer], Ryan Black (sheepish sibling recruit), and Sarah Magnelia ['14-'15 organizer]
 We were also able to meet a representative from the Upper Merion Farmer's Market, so we hope to be tabling there one weekend this summer. If you're close by and would like to be involved, give us a shout through email or Facebook! If not, hop over to our Upcoming Events page and see what's happening soon near you :)

Mar 6, 2014

Flogging Molly Concert Recap

OAC Philly was invited by Flogging Molly to table at their concert at the Electric Factory  – many thanks to the band for being Oxfam supporters! We’re currently asking people to sign a petition supporting women farmers around the world, and we got a great response. Here to tell us more is brand new Oxfam volunteer Kimberly Weller. (If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, check out our Upcoming Events page and email Philadelphia@oxfamactioncorps.org to learn more!)
Kim manning the table
Kimberly writes: "My first experience volunteering with Oxfam will not be forgotten. In addition to attending a delightful concert, Oxfam Action Corps Organizer Emily Black and I teamed up to collect 60 petition signatures, setting a record high for the Electric Factory venue. The ability to raise awareness about Oxfam and its mission was quite rewarding."
Dark, I know! - Kimmy and a petition-signer
"Numerous fans flocked to the Oxfam table to learn about the organization and to hear about the latest campaign. We informed fans that on the whole, Oxfam supports three major goals: 1) To alleviate poverty and hunger 2) to advocate for equality for farmers both nationally and internationally, 3) to stimulate sustainable farming and food production practices. Oxfam chapters worldwide accomplish this mission through a series of campaigns and projects. During the Flogging Molly Concert, we petitioned for a campaign promoting equality for women farmers.
OAC Organizer Emily Black
Many people don’t know that women produce most of our food globally, yet a striking majority of those living in hunger (60%) are women. Many attendees exhibited concern over this issue and proudly endorsed its resolution. The fact that Flogging Molly and other eminent artists such as Coldplay, Radiohead and The Arctic Monkeys support Oxfam’s Mission piqued their interest even further. It was fantastic to see so many people develop enthusiasm about the cause. I feel energized from the success of our last event and hopeful for the achievements of future projects."
Thanks so much for sharing your experience Kimmy! To find out more information about this campaign and Oxfam’s focus on women, please visit http://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/stories/women-and-girls/. International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8th – it’s a great time to get involved!

Feb 6, 2014

Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our next meeting will be this Saturday, February 8th at 10:30am at the Starbucks closest to Rittenhouse Square (1801 Spruce Street). We will be planning for International Women's Day and a few more fun events for the interim - so you bring your ideas, and the snacks and coffee will be on us! See you there!

Philadelphia Dec. 12th Day of Action Event