WIL Service Committee (SC)
WIL Service Goals:
WIL’s service goals are to build strategic partnerships with local/international organizations focused on empowerment of women – raise women’s economic and social status, promote self-determination, and help women become community leaders.
To further WIL’s service goal, WIL had its second annual Poster Contest on January 12, 2016 to decide on the local service organization for WIL in 2016-2017. There were four excellent poster-applications from local organizations: the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative, PROFUGO, Schools for Sustainability and the Nationalities Service Center.
The Nationalities Service Center topped the balloting. It was originally founded as the International Institute of Philadelphia in 1921, to assist immigrant women in acquiring language proficiency and gaining citizenship. During its initial years, the organization provided English language instruction, recreational activities and assistance with employment and housing problems.
As the landscape of immigration changed with the initiation of quotas in 1924 and the movement of displaced people after the world wars, the now titled Nationalities Service Center (NSC) began connecting immigrants to appropriate legal assistance and serving both women and their families. NSC has expanded and transformed to meet the changing and increasing complex needs of immigrants and refugees. Continuing services to immigrants and refugees include: language access and proficiency, legal protections and remedies, community transition and integration, access to health and wellness and job readiness training.
Current initiatives include: Domestic Violence, Anti-human Trafficking, Services to survivors of torture and trauma and the “Hire a Refugee” Program. It has been a privilege to work with the NSC since January.
Progress to date:
Thus far the response to service requests has been quite good. WIL members who have agreed to help set up accounting systems, identify interns; provide social enterprise (marketing) advice; provide legal advice; provide NGO business advice, and participate as a Board member.
To further enhance the Service Committee’s ability to help NGO’s, several members provided the following list of local Organizations, and Websites, who work with NGOs to help them accomplish their goals.
We invite all WIL members to consider Service Involvement. Contact Mary Osbakken, for more information.
Service Committee (SC)
Mary Osbakken, Chair SC
Christian Stanley, Co-Chair