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  • THE CHALLENGE

    The U.S. is one of the richest countries in the world, yet 43.1 million Americans live in poverty and 19.4 million live in "deep" poverty, which often persists across generations. Family members may remain unemployed or "stuck" in low wage jobs, lacking education and skills needed in an increasingly competitive job market.

  • THE SOLUTION

    OIC provides quality education and training services through a national network of local affiliates. We offer high quality skill development opportunities that enable economically disadvantaged and unemployed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled members of society.

We envision a world in which all people are contributing members of their families and communities.

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States

33

Affiliates

150+

Programs

80k+

People Served/Yr

"The surging power of OIC  is the will of the people to become more than they have been, to prove to themselves and to others that they can achieve."

Rev. Leon H. Sullivan

Ride To Work LLC and Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America are on a Mission to Make Transportation Accessible for 1000 Marginalized Workers in 2021

Ride To Work LLC and Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America are on a Mission to Make Transportation Accessible for 1000 Marginalized Workers in 2021

A synergistic collaboration of values and missions

Philadelphia PA: Ride To Work LLC (RTW) announced an exciting new partnership with OIC of America (OICA). This partnership will align Ride To Work’s transportation management services with OICA’s mission of workforce development for people in the reentry sector and other marginalized populations in OICA’s national network.

OIC of America will serve as the fiscal agent for Ride To Work in this joint initiative. The pilot seeks to raise a minimum of $3 million to subsidize transportation for up to 1000 adversely impacted and marginalized workers in the Southern Eastern Pennsylvania area. This initiative will help fill supply chain/warehouse jobs, and others, that are not easily accessible by public transportation.  The Philadelphia initiative represents a model of deployment that can be replicated in other cities. 

“We are committed to implementing creative solutions in helping our program participants, and the communities they live in, achieve economic independence.  One significant barrier, among many in marginalized communities, is reliable and safe transportation to and from places of employment outside of the inner city.  We believe this transportation solution with RTW will fundamentally change people’s lives—getting them to and from living-wage jobs.  We are extremely excited to be partnering with the RTW team, who’s mission and values align with ours,” says James Haynes, President & CEO of OIC of America.

“We are honored to partner with OIC of America. Their work and mission over 50 years are in alignment with the work of Ride To Work. Providing better access to jobs is essential to the work and mission of both organizations. This partnership will provide Ride To Work a national footprint that will be invaluable to OIC of America’s affiliates,” adds Tim Styer, President & CEO, Ride To Work LLC. 

Providing better access to jobs is essential to the work and mission of both organizations. This partnership will provide Ride To Work a national footprint that will be invaluable to OIC of America’s affiliates,” adds Tim Styer, President & CEO, Ride To Work LLC. 

About Ride To Work:  Ride To Work is a transportation management company assists workforce development provide solutions for adversely impacted and marginalized workers with barriers to employment. Our transportation model fosters collaboration with Philadelphia’s robust network of workforce development agencies, employers, and governments.

Background – OIC of America Background – OIC of America is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides leadership, technical assistance, and service alignment across a nationwide network of 31 affiliates in 19 states. OIC’s affiliates serve youth and adults, including currently or formerly incarcerated individuals and those who have been historically underserved in education and training programs. Founded in 1964 by Dr. Leon Sullivan, our mission is to provide high-quality services that will enable economically disadvantaged and unemployed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled community members. By providing comprehensive services in four key areas: Education, Economic Development, Healthcare, and Community Development, thousands of participants break the cycle of poverty through our efforts and theirs, creating a more just society. For more information, please visit oicofamerica.org.

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Don’t miss OICA’s Fireside Chat with Tamika D. Mallory and Rev. Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr.! Register Today!

Don’t miss OICA’s Fireside Chat with Tamika D. Mallory and Rev. Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr.! Register Today!

Join us on December 18th at 12:00 pm EST for our Fireside Chat with the one and only Tamika D. Mallory and Rev. Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr. in a timely discussion that aims to leave us all energized and inspired. Together, we will seek to understand what 21st-century activism looks like by tracing its historical roots to uncover the myriad connections between those efforts and our modern-day advocacy on behalf of returning citizens and communities of color affected by racial injustice across the country.

Discover the role you currently play in the movement toward equity and justice; reaffirming dignity, reallocating opportunity, and redistributing resources to compassionately equip our community members with the tools to contribute to and transform society for the better. We are being tasked to rise to the challenges and possibilities of the present moment in order to achieve meaningful reform. Let’s renew our collective commitment to the only pathway forward- People, Purpose, and Passion! 

Register for the Fireside Chat and Awards Ceremony here!
Submit questions for Tamika D. Mallory and Rev. Dr. Roger Mitchell Jr. here!


And remember to use the hashtags #SOARwithus and #OICA2020 when posting on social media about the event.

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Happy Veterans Day from OICA

Happy Veterans Day from OICA

Veterans Day is certainly a good time to honor those brave men and women who served this country representing all military  branches.   Thank you for your  sacrifice snd bravery in protecting our individual and collective freedoms.  


We would also ask those that can, please  pledge to do something for those who have served this country only to find on most nights nearly 40,000 veterans are classified as homeless.

Thank you in advance!

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TESTIMONIALS

  • Laurence Matthew

    “[South Florida OIC] truly is a blessing to the community by assisting the under-employed, unemployed, and ex-offenders population with training and job placement assistance programs.”

  • William Bright, Summit Academy OIC, MN

    “This experience gave me the confidence to return to a normal life, a normal home, and the ability to use my homelessness to empower those who struggle as I have.”

  • Adelina Rondeau, OIC of New London, New London, CT

    “What a wonderful place with wonderful people that truly and genuinely want to help you!”

  • Maria Mabanag, JobTrain, Menlo Park, CA

    “Tremendous thanks to JobTrain and its financial supporters for giving me the opportunity to graduate in Culinary Arts….God Bless to you good people at JobTrain and EDD as well!!”

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OIC is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization preparing people for today's workforce with quality life skills development, fundamental education, superior job skills training, and employment readiness services.

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