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.
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.
DONORS, SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
Chris & Jill Trainor,
Douglas & Susan Trainor,
Joan & John Harrigan,
Jose Antonio Marquez Russo,
Ken & Joan Trainor,
Martin Sauvalle & Kathy Grant,
Pat Breslin & Emily Brooks,
Robert & Danielle Trainor,
Stephanie & Bob Grusczynski,
as well as several contributors who chose to donate anonymously.