We are in the season of Advent, a four-week time of waiting for the light of the Star of Bethlehem...
It was Christmas Day, 1949 when Jean Tinney, a 6th grader from Collingdale, Delaware County, walked several blocks to her friend Betty’s house to deliver a small gift. Betty was a classmate of Jean’s living in a home with a foster care provider – the fourth or fifth foster home Betty had known. Jean was disheartened when she found Betty not celebrating at all, but scrubbing the bathroom floor. “It’s what I have to do,” Betty told her. “It isn’t right,” Jean exclaimed to her parents when she returned home. That spring, Betty was sent to the Burd School, an orphanage for girls on Baltimore Avenue.Read More
I'm Jessica Main, Director of The ECS Fund. Starting out as a social work intern at ECS back in 2012, I have loved being part of an organization that makes meaningful change!Read More
Since 2000, Lights On Afterschool has been celebrated nationwide to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities.Read More
World Golf Hall of Famer, Gary Player, Presented $300,000 Check to Support ECS's Out-of-School Time Program
On October 14, 2022, professional golf champion and World Hall of Famer Gary Player presented a check for $300,000 to Episcopal Community Services (ECS) to support ECS’ out-of-school time (OST) program, the second largest OST program in Philadelphia. The check presentation took place at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences.Read More
Economic Mobility in West Philadelphia Session One: The Benefits Cliff October 13, 2022 3:00PM – 4:30PM The benefits cliff occurs when people face a sudden loss in public benefits as their income increases. It is a persistent and often overlooked issue – but it is especially pressing now that we are facing the additional challenge of cliffs that occur as a result of the expiration of key COVID-19 relief measures. Join ECS at the St. Barnabas Community Resource Center in West Philadelphia for an informative panel discussion featuring leading experts who will provide important insights and clear advocacy and action steps.Read More
The 21st CCLC Advisory Board announced that Christian Holland, Senior Director for Episcopal Community Services Out of School Time Educational Initiatives and Programs will serve as the Advisory Board Chair for the 2022-2023 school year. The 21st CCLC Advisory Board supports the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in moving the 21st CCLC program forward to most effectively help students access high-quality after school experiences. By representing grantees’ interests and providing feedback to PDE, the Advisory Board encourages best practices, effective resources and training for after school programs. Christian is a highly functional, visionary leader and strategic professional with over 20 years of human services/educational experience. Christian has a history of repeated success in turnaround operations and is a respected administrator with a reputation for high performance. He has oversight of all 21st Century Community Learning Center cohorts. Christian has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts and two Master’s Degrees; one in Divinity and one in Business Administration, where he finished with honors. He is an active member of his community, serving as Chairperson for Oasis Prayer and Recovery Centers and Ministries, International Volunteer Team Leader/ Endorser of the Council of Accreditation, and a member of PSAYDN and the Philadelphia OST Coalition.Read More