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!

Jan 26, 2014

Applications open for 2014-2015 organizers!

Happy New Year everyone! It's recruitment time for Oxfam Action Corps, as my year is starting to draw to a close. (It has flown!) We are currently seeking 2 dedicated individuals to lead grassroots advocacy and organizing efforts with the Oxfam Action Corps from April 2014 through March 2015. You'll work alongside Oxfam staff and volunteers on our GROW campaign to build a better food system through support of farmers, women, and their communities.

This commitment is beyond that of one of our regular volunteers. An organizer takes a consistent leadership role in grassroots advocacy and outreach, recruiting volunteers for events and activities, such as house parties and visits with elected officials and business leaders. Organizers receive ongoing training and coaching from dedicated Oxfam staff. They commit to one year of volunteer service, giving approximately 8-10 hours/week. People who apply to be organizers are eligible for selection to attend a high-quality, free 4-day training and day of lobbying in Washington, DC from Saturday, April 5 – Tuesday, April 8 (spaces limited to two people per city). Travel and accommodation are provided by Oxfam.

Dec 18, 2013

Happy Holidays from OAC Philly!

OAC Philly is slowing down for the holidays...we hope you have a wonderful, safe December and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year! We're in the planning stages for a number of events - International Women's Day in March will be the biggest - and excited for the year to come.

To catch up from our last post - the Hunger Banquet at University of Pennsylvania was a great success! Penn for UNICEF did a fantastic job. The Hunger Banquet focused specifically on the plight of children in poverty around the world. It ran so smoothly and closed with performers from different campus groups, which was a treat. A big shout-out to them for a job well done.

We also visited two International Marketing classes at West Chester University last month to talk about the Behind the Brands campaign. Coca-Cola has signed on with us (hooray!) but Pepsi and ABF continue to drag their feet. If you haven't already, pop over to the website to add your name - there's no reason for the products we consume to ruin people's lives through land grabs!

Watch this space for updates, but if you would like a question answered or to get involved in the meantime, please feel free to email me at philadelphia@oxfamactioncorps.org. We'll see you in 2014!

Philadelphia Dec. 12th Day of Action Event