July 9, 2020
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Philly Plans to Open Cooling Centers as Heat Wave Nears, But Details Scant

Philadelphia is expected to begin experiencing temperatures at or above 90 degrees along with high humidity, which is a threat to vulnerable populations, including infants, children, the elderly, and those with preexisting conditions. However, the city won’t release guidance on how it will reopen cooling centers until it gets closer to the time when it has to declare a heat emergency. | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)

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Comcast Extending Free Internet Service Program for Families in Need

In a bid to continue helping families in need after the end of the spring school term, Comcast announced it will extend free internet service to new customers for another 60 days. The company said Thursday that its Internet Essentials program, which was set to expire June 30, will be available to new eligible customers for two more months. The free offer will now be available through the end of 2020, with the company also waiving the requirement that customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify. | From: NBC10 Philadelphia (Read more.)

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School District of Philadelphia Reveals Summer Meal, Camp Plans

The district is partnering with the City of Philadelphia to continue providing food to students, expanding on the 2.7 million meals it has already distributed since schools were forced to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, Superintendent William Hite said. He added that food distribution is a “critical” issue for students. | From: NBC 10 Philadelphia (Read more.)

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The Common Market is Donating $3.9 Million of Fresh Produce to Locals Facing Food Insecurity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box program awarded nonprofit regional food distributor The Common Market $5.7 million to purchase, pack, and facilitate deliveries of up to 50,000 “Farm-Fresh Boxes” for six weeks. $3.9 million is allocated to The Common Market Mid-Atlantic, the organization’s Philadelphia-based branch. | From: Green Philly (Read more.)

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5 concrete ways employers can uplift Philadelphia’s Black workforce

How do we see racial oppression manifest itself in workforce and hiring practices? How can employers help mitigate this impact? Undoing the systemic oppression of the last several centuries will involve placing racial equity front and center in workforce practices, and this pieces suggests a few ways that employers in the Philadelphia region can do this. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)

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Missed our Facebook Live conversation? We got you

Our partners at NBC10/Telemundo62 hosted a bilingual panel discussion on Facebook Live to kick off Broke in Philly Thursday afternoon. From left: Emma Restrepo from ParaTiMujer Radio, Edgar Ramirez from Philatinos Radio, host Alicia Lozano from NBC10 Philadelphia and Mónica Zorrilla from Billy Penn. (Read more.)

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