So, you have our word. We are committed to working together to grow our job base and to lift residents out of poverty — for good. To advance our commitment, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will bring together civic leaders and experts focused on reducing poverty and exploring a public-private fund that tests, evaluates, and scales solutions that work with and for residents.

When families rise out of poverty, we all rise. We view this as our opportunity to strengthen our great city, and it’s our commitment to you, fellow Philadelphians. Please join us. Email: 

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Jim Kenney is mayor of the City of Philadelphia.

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