As part of its Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony on April 25th, the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) will honor several community leaders, organizations, and professionals working to build an equitable Philadelphia. We are so excited that Promise Zone residents and partners are among this year’s honorees!
De’Wayne Drummond, President of the Mantua Civic Association, and Callalily Cousar, President of the East Parkside Residents Association, are winners of the Community Leader Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. De’Wayne Drummond was born and raised in Mantua. He is committed to the Mantua Civic Association’s mission of improving the quality of life for all residents in Mantua, especially children, youth, and families. Callalily Cousar has lived in the area since 1947. She’s passionate about making sure neighborhood children and youth are served by and involved in their community.
Tya Winn, who works for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and is co-chair of the Promise Zone Housing Committee, received the Rising Star Award for PACDC Members under 40.
Last but not least, Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Coordinators throughout the city got a shout-out in the Community Development Champion Award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication in Advancing the Field. In the Promise Zone, our local NAC Coordinators are Kevin Brown at People’s Emergency Center, Lorraine Gomez at Mount Vernon Manor, and Jamar Bordley at The Enterprise Center. They can connect you to help for paying property taxes or utility bills, finding employment programs, signing up for benefits, addressing unsafe vacant lots and building, and much more.
Congratulations to all these amazing leaders!