CCPA Summer Series 2018: Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

By Nina Angileri ’19 Five weeks in, and I still look forward to my morning commute on Regional Rail. The 15-minute walk from 30th Street Station to City Coho, the space housing the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), is delightful. I love the last few minutes passing over the Schuylkill River Trail, which the building overlooks. My commute might be typical, but City Coho isn’t. Upon entering, the lack of cubicles is striking. There are two floors of co-working space, each with bookable conference rooms and a kitchenette. Every area pops with natural light, color, or fun decorations. Some organizations do have an “office” here, PLAN included, but everyone is free to move about between the open tables and cozy nooks. My usual day begins with finding a sunny spot to sit down and work at my laptop. Just five years old, PLAN is a nonprofit that cultivates and inspires the  student-led zero-waste movement across college campuses. This summer, I’m one of two Reuse Economy Research Interns, along with my coworker Emily. Together, we’re researching and writing two best practice guides that discuss how college campuses and Goodwills can collaborate on creative reuse projects which build the circular economy. Most of our research has consisted of phone call or video interviews with students, campus admins, and Goodwill representatives to learn more about their experiences planning and running their projects. At the outset, the outreach process seemed somewhat nebulous, as Emily and I emailed potential contacts and posted to listservs, waiting for responses. We weren’t sure exactly what to expect, or whether we’d hit our target of 12 interviews. As we now...
CCPA Summer Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 Philadelphia Women’s Center, Philadelphia PA

CCPA Summer Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 Philadelphia Women’s Center, Philadelphia PA

Julia Fortier ’18  CCPA Summer Blog Series 2017: Julia Fortier ‘18 at the Philadelphia Women’s Center   This summer, I spent Saturday mornings volunteering at the Philadelphia Women’s Center. Since 1972, this facility has offered women pregnancy testing, ultrasound exams, birth control, GYN care, emergency contraception, STI testing and treatment as well as surgical and non-surgical abortions. Not only has this volunteer experience given me a greater understanding of the medical field, it has also provided me with invaluable connections to further my journey towards a career in medicine. I became interested in this volunteer activity out of a desire to gain a more intimate perspective on women’s healthcare. At PWC, I experienced firsthand the challenges and difficult conversations associated with this specialty. At PWC, I volunteered as an escort to welcome patients and guests to the clinic. In particular, I helped patients enter the clinic swiftly and without harassment from pro-life protestors. Protestors stand outside the clinic from 6:30am-10 every Saturday morning. Two on-duty civil service police officers are always present to protect the safety of patients, protestors, and volunteers, although they are rarely needed. Some protestors are passive and simply pray and sing religious hymns, others are more active and pass pamphlets to patients walking in, and a handful are very aggressive and harass patients and volunteers. These protestors attempt to dissuade patients from entering the clinic and follow them down the street after their visit to propagate their anti-abortion views. Patients were typically disconcerted and frightened by protestors, especially the majority of patients that utilize the clinic for its reproductive healthcare services, not its abortion services....
Reblog: “Meet City Council’s new 28-year-old CFO, Mount Airy’s Matt Stitt” Haverford Class of ’09

Reblog: “Meet City Council’s new 28-year-old CFO, Mount Airy’s Matt Stitt” Haverford Class of ’09

Last Spring, we were honored to welcome Matthew Stitt ’09 back to campus for a Fords on Friday Alumni Career Chat. Here is a Throwback Thursday Reblog Article from CASSIE OWENS of Billy Penn: On Top of Philly News.  MATTHEW STITT, THE NEW CITY COUNCIL CFO.  PHILADELPHIA CITY COUNCIL Meet City Council’s new 28-year-old CFO, Mount Airy’s Matt Stitt The Haverford College grad gets huge props from Council President Darrell Clarke as he assumes a unique role for a major city at a pretty tender age. CASSIE OWENS FEB 16 2016  ·  11:00 AM SHARE The first word City Council President Darrell Clarke uses to describe Matthew Stitt, Council’s new Chief Financial Officer, is “unflappable.”“Matt is a pretty even-keeled kind of guy,” Clarke continues, adding that’s one of the reasons he enjoys working with him. Stitt’s colleagues and his family often describe him the same way: humble, laidback, whip smart and very thoughtful. His uncle, who coached him in basketball and baseball, often explains his nephew’s personality through sports stories, like the game where “he caught that ball, deep centerfield, to win the championship. You would never know by his reaction.”Clarke clearly sees that as a plus. In early February, he sent out a memo to his staff. Stitt, formerly the deputy chief financial officer of City Council, had been promoted to CFO at the tender age of 28. When I meet Stitt, I find him unusually composed. Every now and again a laugh or turn of phrase affirms that he has more than cool notes to his demeanor, but overall, his manner of speaking is pleasant but precise. He is that way when he’s speaking about...