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Philadelphia Community Corps

Philadelphia Community Corps provides career training programs that create jobs through reuse.

HISTORY OF THE CORPS

Greg Trainor, Executive Director, learned how to deconstruct buildings in 2006 as an AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member working for several disaster response organizations in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. In 2009, Greg was struck by the idea that later became the Philadelphia Community Corps after reading “A Prayer for the City” by Buzz Bissinger. With 40,000-60,000 abandoned properties costing the Philadelphia upwards of 20 million annually plus 70 million in noncollectable property taxes, this is clearly a city facing a catastrophic disaster.

BUILDING NEIGHBORHOODS BY TACKLING BLIGHT

BOARDED UP BUILDINGS ARE BAD NEIGHBORS

People living near boarded up buildings have higher rates of STDs, premature mortality, diabetes, homicide and suicide.

LOW INCOME FAMILIES SUFFER MOST

Philadelphia has over 40,000 vacant properties concentrated in low-income neighborhoods.

4 MILLION US CHILDREN ARE AT RISK

4 Million US children live in housing that poses a public health or safety hazard.

TACKLE BLIGHT, TACKLE VIOLENCE

Remediation of blight correlated to a 39% drop in gun violence.

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

REQUEST SITE VISIT

Are you renovating or demolishing a property? Fill out the Request a Site Visit form.

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

Trade in salvaged materials, for the materials you need, always.

BECOME A DONOR OR VOLUNTEER

Your support makes a substantial impact in the environment, our community, and preservation of architectural heritage.

Philadelphia Community Corps offers job training and career development opportunities to entry-level and re-entry job training for individuals facing barriers to employment.

BENEFITING TAXPAYERS TO SUPPORT THE MISSION

$100,000 AVERAGE DECONSTRUCTION DEDUCTION

for Philadelphia Community Corps Clients

NO FORM NEEDED FOR LESS THAN $500 OF MATERIALS

IRS TOPIC NUMBER: 506 - CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

DEDUCT UP TO $5,000 WITHOUT AN APPRAISAL

IRS PUBLICATION 526 ON CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

PCC IS A 50% LIMIT ORGANIZATION

DETERMINING CHARITABLE CONTRIBTION STATUS OF AN ORGANIZATION

RECLAIMING LIVES BY INCREASING OPPORTUNITY

17% INCARCERATION RATE REDUCTION

Evidence Based Outcomes Supporting Job Training

12% HIGHER WAGES

Evidence Based Outcomes Supporting Job Training

MORE LIKELY TO REMAIN EMPLOYED LONG TERM

Evidence Based Outcomes Supporting Job Training

OUR JOB-TRAINING PARTNERS

SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT WITH WASTE DIVERSION

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65% OF HARDWOOD FLOORING IS LANDFILLED

That’s 65% too much. Hardwood flooring is one of the easiest things to reclaim and there is a high demand for beautiful old growth wood in the reuse market.
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SAVE TREES, SAVE MONEY

The U.S. Army’s Twin Cities Army Arsenal in St. Paul, Minnesota, saved over $70,000 in transportation and tipping fees while salvaging 1.5 million board feet (BF) of lumber from the deconstruction of a large industrial building
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3 TRILLION BF OF LUMBER PRODUCED IN US

Falk estimates that over 3 trillion board feet of lumber has historically been produced in the United States, a large volume of which is potentially recoverable.
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ONE TON OF DOORS

Simply saving a houseful of wood doors keeps one ton of usable material out of a landfill.

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