Welcome to Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC)

Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) community development corporation founded in 1983. OARC’s mission is to create and stimulate sustainable economic development through innovative and creative use of our available resources while improving the quality of life for residents in West Oak Lane and other neighborhoods throughout the Northwest section of Philadelphia.

We take a holistic approach toward community revitalization, by focusing on our Five Pillars: Business & Economic Development, Housing Development, Community Engagement, Arts & Culture and Greening Solutions for Sustainable Living!

Presidents Corner

October 1, 2022

Welcome to our webpage!

“Something special is STILL happening in Uptown”!!!

 OARC’s 3rd edition of Free Mammograms in the “Mobile Cancer Screening Van on Ogontz Avenue” a partnership with Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Jefferson Health is scheduled for Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  You MUST RSVP to receive the Free Mammogram and it’s free of charge, even if you do not have insurance!  Contact Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at skccoutreach@jefferson.edu or call at (215)503-9673.  There are only 14 appointment slots available, so please make your reservation ASAP!!  For additional information, please contact Brenda Briggs, OARC (215)549-9462 or bbriggs@oarcphilly.org.  This is a great initiative and thru this partnership we have serviced over 40 residents in the surrounding community who needed mammograms!

In celebrating State Representative Isabella Fitzgerald 45 years of Public Service in the community that we serve, we’re having a Shredding Event on Saturday, October 15th at West Oak Lane Charter School – 7115 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19138 – from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The following Businesses will also offer on Saturday, October 15th ONLY a 10% discount:  PA Barber School – (Free haircuts for kids), Knights Beauty and Barber Supply, Perfect Nails (VIP Nails), Stenton Pizza, and Number one Chinese Restaurant.  All of the Businesses are located at the West Oak Lane Shopping Center, Stenton and Washington Lane!  Come out, shred items, support a local business and get a 10% discount!

As we have been doing since September of 2021 and to date we have serviced over 2,400 Older Adults monthly in Uptown with Shoprite Gift Certificates to purchase food and other necessities, our 1st Friday Food give-away every 1st Friday in the month with Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church is still on-going and here to stay!  Please check out our social media to see pictures and to learn how as an Older Adult in the Uptown Community you can receive a special 1st Friday Food Box and Gift Card to be used at Shoprite!  Check out our social media pages to see items in the boxes!

Stay tuned for the “Mural on Ogontz” and many other activities in Uptown!  To see all of these activities, check out our Instagram: @oarcphilly and Facebook Page: Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation and give a FOLLOW!

OARC: Treasured and Thriving!

1983-2023

All the best!

 

OARC MISSION

To create and stimulate sustainable economic development through innovative and creative use of our available resources while improving the quality of life for residents in West Oak Lane and other neighborhoods throughout the Northwest section of Philadelphia.

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