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“I Am OIC” Donna’s Story

The “I am OIC” program started a few years ago and continues to be a powerful way for our clients, staff, donors and volunteers to express why they are a part of the OIC family. The following is a story submitted by Donna as she recounts her many impressive achievements she attained after graduating from CCOIC:

“My name is Donna Brown and I am a Supervisor at the Chester County Adult Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services in West Chester, PA. I am a 1984 graduate of CC-OIC. I went on to Immaculata University and received my B.S. in Business and Psychology. I worked as an Adult Parole Officer with Chester County for 14 years, working in a variety of programs like Veteran’s Court, Drug Court, and the Women’s Reentry Assessment Program before becoming a Supervisor. I entered into the workforce with Servistar Corporation and I ended up working as a Corrections Officer and then later transitioned to a Correctional Counselor at the Chester County Prison. I also spent time as an Intensive Case Manager for Human Services, Inc. I am a Veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, serving 6 years with an Honorable Discharge in 1988. I live in Coatesville area with my husband, Joseph. I love CC-OIC because I went from being a CC-OIC graduate to a Board Member!”

If you have been touched by OIC we would love to hear your story on how you are a member of the “I am OIC” family. Please email cynthia@ericsonsms.com and include your full name and a paragraph on your experience. If you are comfortable please also attach a picture of yourself, note that testimonials may be included in OIC’s social media program and website.

40th Annual Gala “Trips of a Lifetime” Auction: Wine, Wonders, and Romance of France!

CCOIC will hold its 40th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel, in Malvern PA.

For our 2019 event, we will be hosting an exclusive “Trips of a Lifetime” Auction sponsored by the nonprofit organization AmFund. These bucket list trips will be good for three years with no blackout dates, they include deluxe accommodations, round trip airfare and a travel specialist to do all of the booking for you!

One of the trip offerings during the auction is a trip for two to Paris, France. Enjoy a romantic chateaux and wine from the finest region of the country as well as gorgeous views of the Eiffel Tower and the charm of the Parisian arts and culture.

Bidding will only be open during Cocktail Hour! So come ready to BID, WIN & TRAVEL in support of CCOIC!

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chester-county-oic-40th-annual-awards-gala-tickets-69204635929

Meet the 2019 Leon H. Sullivan Award Winner: Alice M. Thomas!

Community Leader and Activist Alice Thomas will be attending our 40th Annual Gala to receive the 2019 Leon H. Sullivan Award! Meet her and other winners on November 15, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern as we celebrate those who work with us to help people help themselves. Tickets can be purchased through our website with more information being available by calling 610-692-2344. We hope to see you there!

“I Am OIC” Emily’s Story

The “I am OIC” program started a few years ago and continues to be a powerful way for our clients, staff, donors and volunteers to express why they are a part of the OIC family. The following is a story submitted by Emily as she recounts her experience influencing lives and careers at OIC:

“I am OIC because I believe everyone has the right to opportunity and education and OIC is an organization dedicate to providing both our local community. I celebrate being part of a place that touches so many people’s lives. OIC helps our clients grow into their best selves – as employees, as citizens, as caregivers – and take this growth back to their family and friends to form a healthier, more positive community.”

“I am successful because…I am OIC!”

If you have been touched by OIC we would love to hear your story on how you are a member of the “I am OIC” family. Please email cynthia@ericsonsms.com and include your full name and a paragraph on your experience. If you are comfortable please also attach a picture of yourself, note that testimonials may be included in OIC’s social media program and website.

CCOIC’s “Power Up” Series Presents Their Money Management Seminar!

CC-OIC’s POWER UP SERIES
“Handling Your Money” October 16, 2019 from 10 am-12pm

Learn basic financial and budgeting skills that may not have been taught in school or family settings. From checking accounts and cashing checks, to using your bank account to your benefit by saving or investing, come learn about skills that can help you level up your finances! The workshop, led by Fred Sharpe & Donna McFadden, includes a free consultation with a financial wellness coach!

To RSVP please email Ms. Margaret Hamilton mhamilton@cc-oic.org with the subject MONEY and the message: CONFIRMATION with your (name) and (phone number). Or call 610-692-2344 and RSVP with the Receptionist.

“Dare to Lead” Workshop with Chris Cavalieri

Join us December 12-13 from 8:30am – 5:30pm at Immaculata University to participate in the “Dare to Lead” Workshop led by Chris Cavalieri.

Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is a 2-day empirically based courage-building and leadership development program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals.

Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and most recently completed a seven-year study on courageous leadership. She is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which also debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly lists.

The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these courage-building skills through workshops, trainings, and coaching to help individuals, teams, and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership. The Dare to Lead™ curriculum lies within leadership competency content and many times it will count towards CEUs.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 16-hour Dare to Lead program will receive a certificate of completion and are allowed to put a Dare to Lead™ Trained badge on their LinkedIn account.

The “Dare to Lead” Workshop focuses on 4 Courage Skill sets:

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability
  • Living into our Values
  • Braving Trust
  • Learning to Rise

Purchase tickets NOW:
https://daretoleaddec2019imacuniv.eventbrite.com
(All Proceeds Benefit CCOIC!)

Continue the conversation with Chris:
chris@workwhilelife.com or 610-357-7047
www.workwhilelife.com

“I Am OIC” Chris’s Story

The “I am OIC” program started a few years ago and continues to be a powerful way for our clients, staff, donors and volunteers to express why they are a part of the OIC family. The following is a story submitted by Chris as he recounts his experience volunteering with OIC and networking with others:

“I came to the OIC in mid-January seeking to volunteer. I just went through a very close and competitive campaign for District Judge and one of my campaign issues was to have our court system better support our veterans. I made a promise that no matter what the outcome of the election, I was going to dedicate some time towards veterans to help eradicate the many barriers they face in the civilian world.

Since that time I have been fortunate enough to meet numerous veterans and hear their stories. My partner (Karen Newman) and I have traveled extensively and enrolled dozens of veterans into our HVRP program. More importantly, we have actually made a positive impact in their lives by providing them with employment, training and various services. As a veteran, I feel fortunate to help those fellow veterans who I know would do the same for me had our circumstances been different. I feel grateful to have this opportunity to make a real difference for our vets and our community. It’s a wonderful feeling to not only commemorate our veterans but to actually commit to them and their needs. The OIC made this amazing experience a reality. I am successful because… I am OIC!”

If you have been touched by OIC we would love to hear your story on how you are a member of the “I am OIC” family. Please email cynthia@ericsonsms.com and include your full name and a paragraph on your experience. If you are comfortable please also attach a picture of yourself, note that testimonials may be included in OIC’s social media program and website.

40th Annual Awards Gala “Trips of a Lifetime” Auction

CCOIC will hold its 40th Annual Awards Gala on Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel, in Malvern PA.

For our 2019 event, we will be hosting an exclusive “Trips of a Lifetime” Auction sponsored by the nonprofit organization AmFund. These bucket list trips will be good for three years with no blackout dates, they include deluxe accommodations, round trip airfare and a travel specialist to do all of the booking for you!

Bidding will only be open during Cocktail Hour! So come ready to BID, WIN & TRAVEL in support of CCOIC!

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chester-county-oic-40th-annual-awards-gala-tickets-69204635929

Volunteers Needed for Resume Writing Services

Chester County OIC is seeking volunteers with good writing and editing experience to assist with resume creation and revision at our office for 5-10 hours a week. If you or someone you know is able to help, please contact Donna McFadden at dmcfadden@cc-oic.org.

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