“Organizing for Justice and Serving the Unemployed”
Since 1975, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project has organized the poor and unemployed to fight for economic justice, bringing diverse groups together to bring about major changes that benefit millions of unemployed and impoverished. PUP has helped the unemployed link with coalition partners in the labor, religious, community civil rights and women’s movements to increase our power.
Our victories prove that, once organized, working people and the unemployed can be a powerful voice in the city, state, and nation. PUP’s sister organization the Unemployment Information Center has also played a important role by providing research, direct services and organizing support to jobless Philadelphians and PUP since 1976.
Volunteer opportunities are available to students in different departments, such as volunteers to assist clients with using the computer lab as part of our job search services. Please contact us for more opportunities.
We are Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild (POWER). We are congregations from all across the city, intentionally bringing people together across the lines of race, faith, income level and neighborhood — lines which have historically kept Philadelphians divided. We are people of faith committed to the work of bringing about justice here and now, in our city and our region. By strengthening and mobilizing our networks of relationships, we seek to exercise power in the public arena so that the needs and priorities of all Philadelphians are reflected in the systems and policies that shape our city.
POWER employs a model of organizing often referred to as “Faith-Based Community Organizing” (FBCO) and which is sometimes called “congregation-based” or “broad-based” community organizing. Faith-Based Community Organizing is grounded in key principles and stories from our major faith traditions and also draws from the spirit and lessons learned from some of the main historical movements for justice and progress in our nation’s history including the American Revolution, the Civil Rights Movement and other popular movements for justice.
POWER congregations are promoting a 5-part, multi-year organizing platform for policy change in the areas of Jobs, Education, Housing, Public Safety and Healthcare, with a first focus on a jobs plan for Philadelphia.
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