About Us


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.

Why wasn’t anyone approaching the problem in much the same way disaster response organizations did after a single catastrophic event?

In 2011, Philadelphia Community Corps was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, revitalizing blighted neighborhoods by deconstructing abandoned buildings. By 2014, job training, tax benefits for property owners and the Philly Reclaim retail experience were added to the business model to ensure exponential growth and long term sustainability for Philadelphia Community Corps.



A big thank you to everyone who has supported Philadelphia Community Corps. Your gifts have made an impact on the community, the environment and the young men and women who launched successful careers. Our success is your success and we are grateful. (The listing is in no particular order)

Aaron Levine,
Ben Schneible,
Bernadette Gillen,
Chris & Jill Trainor,
Clifton Farr,
Danny Kay,
Dawn Hosack,
Douglas & Susan Trainor,
Elizabeth Meenen,
Emily Krebs,
Geneve Dupuy,
George Maynes,
German Parra,
Gillian Tanz,
Ilya Dvilyanski,
Jacquelyn Gola,
Jason Pantano,
Jeffrey George,
Jennifer Gola,
Joan & John Harrigan,
Jose Antonio Marquez Russo,
Jose Marquez,
Juan Rodriguez,
Judith Hartl,
Ken & Joan Trainor,
Kevin Riccardi,
Kyle O’Neill,
Lanetta Parks,
Lisa Camasi,
Martin Sauvalle & Kathy Grant,
Marycatherine Baur,
Meredith Trainor,
Michele Travis,
Nathaniel Lownes,
Pat Breslin & Emily Brooks,
Robert & Danielle Trainor,
Robert Bissell,
Robert Fallahnejad,
Sharon McNeil,
Sonia Hijab,
Stephanie & Bob Grusczynski,
Susan Lister,
Susanna Battiston,
Tanya Grinblat,
Troy Hannigan,
Yevgeny Neginsky,
as well as several contributors who chose to donate anonymously.