Urban Seeds is commited to being a community presence! You can find us at various outreach events and happenings in the community, and increasingly we plan to be hosting our own!
Neighborhood Networking at the Rotunda
Lindsey Roseen May 2015
On May 30th, Urban Seeds was invited to participate in an community empowerment event at the Rotunda in West Philadelphia. Various community artists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and activists congregated to celebrate black culture and economic empowerment. Urban Seeds had a table with free giveaways and information on our microloan program and financial literacy programming. Other vendors included Rashie Abdul Samad and Sharif Abdur-Rahimthe of the well-established African Cultural Art Forum and Anwar Adams of 3M and The Tax Store. A crowd of 100+ came from all over the city to have fellowship and fun at this family-friendly Saturday evening event.
It was a pleasure to be out, enjoy the summery vibes and get acquainted with neighbors and groups with similar aims. Thanks to Derek of ghettorising entertainment for letting us play a part.
Programming Survey 2015: Make your voice heard!
Lindsey Roseen August 2015
As we review these past few months of events and programs (among them Predatory Lending Awareness, Free Tax Prep Clinics, community health fairs), Urban Seeds is currently hard at work planning quality programming for the coming year. Developments including equipping Benefit Bank sites to reach more clients, increasing our capacity to offer technical assistance for microloans, and working with groups like The Enterprise Center to plan a faith-based economic conference in October.
If you are part of a participating Urban Seeds congregation, would like to get further involved, or have suggestions for programming that you'd like to see happen in your neck of the woods, please drop us a line here, or take this survey to make your preferences count!
We are always looking for individuals with experience and expertise to share, and congregations eager to learn.
Buyer Beware: Predatory Lending Update
Lindsey Roseen May 2015, updated June 19, 2015
Ever wonder why there seem to be so many fast-cash outlets in our communities? Back in early May, we teamed up with Rev. Amy Ruemann of LAMPa (Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of PA) to get educated about the dangers of predatory lending (payday, auto-title, and other too-good-to-be-true financial products) and find out how our churches and communities can protect themselves and loved ones and actively work against this type of business.
In the weeks following our educational event, we learned that yet another sneaky workaround bill was being proposed in the Senate in support of a new “Pennsylvania Financial Services Credit Ladder," which appears to be clothing yet another predatory loan product in protections set by the CFPB (Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. The bill's circulator, Senator Senator John Yudichak (D), has co-sponsored pro-predatory lending legislation in the past and the public and lawmakers alike need to be aware of/fight against the crafty language that makes such loopholes possible. Urban Seeds joined with LAMPa to write to local reps like Sen. Anthony Williams to stop this bill in its tracks. More information about the bill and predatory lending in general, visit here.