Civic and Community Engagement

Comcast RISE Initiative Gives $1 Million to 100 Local Businesses

Comcast announced Tuesday the company’s RISE initiative “will award an additional $1 million in total grants to more than 100 Philadelphia small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners as well as technology and marketing resources.” | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Philadelphia woman returns library books 30 years overdue

Philly’s Free Library went fine-free in February 2020. It’s an increasingly common way for libraries to increase equity and encourage more people to take out books, and it’s had success in other cities like San Francisco and Chicago. When the Free Library’s trustees officially voted to eliminate late fees for overdue materials, President Siobhan Reardon said the decision would “make sure that this library is a fully accessible library.” | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)


Planned Parenthood abortion care overshadows other reproductive health offered there

A nationwide shortage of family medicine and obstetrician-gynecologists, and a rush to reschedule appointments missed during the pandemic have strained a limited network of medical providers who offer sexual and reproductive health services. Planned Parenthood serves patients who most likely cannot get care elsewhere, such as those who are uninsured, low-income or who live in neighborhoods without a provider nearby. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)