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PA reinstates general assistance cash grant program

Pennsylvanians once again can apply for General Assistance, a monthly cash program that aided the poorest individuals in the commonwealth before it was eliminated by the Legislature and then-Gov. Tom Corbett in 2012.

Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the law that repealed the program, Act 80, saying the legislative process used to pass the bill was unconstitutional.

The program gave $205 monthly to about 60,000 people, many of whom were waiting for Social Security disability determinations.

The state’s Department of Human Services is working to implement the court decision, the agency said in a statement.

“We are currently working to update internal systems and train staff to determine eligibility and process general assistance cash benefits. Eligible Pennsylvanians will start receiving general assistance as soon as all updates are completed,” according to a statement.

Those approved for the program would not receive any benefits until September. The program cost the state about $150 million annually.

Steve Miskin, a spokesman for state House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, questioned how the administration would pay for the program.

“Has the governor looked at the fiscal impact?” he said.

Applications will be accepted either online or on paper at local county assistance offices. Information will be posted in the county assistance offices and on the state website(link is external). The DHS toll-free helpline is 1-800-692-7462.

“There are a lot of people who are really in desperate straits, many of whom are homeless, who will find this to be a tremendous relief,” said Richard Weishaupt, a senior attorney at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, who litigated the case against the state.

“This is great for people who have a temporary disability and need some assistance now, or who are struggling with domestic violence … anyone who is in a drug or alcohol treatment program,” said Trish Romano, director of Wood Street programs for Community Human Services in Downtown Pittsburgh

The program was critical for single adults without dependent children who are in many cases ineligible for other forms of assistance, she said.

“The people who need these benefits need them urgently,” said Ken Regal, executive director of anti-hunger advocacy group Just Harvest.

While county assistance office staff should be able to answer questions, the agency will consider any applications that were submitted since June 18 — 30 days before the court’s July 18 decision, the Department of Human Services said.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shoe Drop Off Locations January 1, 2018

Update for HVC Shoe Drop Off Locations – Philadelphia and Surrounding Suburbs

Wynnewood, PA – Temple Beth El – 1001 Remington Road, 19096

Wynnewood, PA – Main Line Reform Temple – Montgomery Avenue 19096

West Philadelphia – Laura Sims Skate House – 63rd & Walnut Street @ Cobbs Creek Parkway 19139il

West Philadelphia – Universal Kingdom of God Church – 31 North 60th Street 19139

West Philadelphia – State Representative Vanessa L. Brown – 52nd Street at Media Street 19139

West Philadelphia – East Parkside Residents Association – 4168 West Poplar Street 19104

West Philadelphia – Carousel House – Belmont Avenue at the Avenue of the Americas 19104 (Fairmount Park)

West Philadelphia – West Philadelphia Community Center – 3512 Haverford Avenue 19104 (Powelton Village)

West Philadelphia –  Christ Community Baptist Church – 41st Street at Parkside Avenue 19104 (East Parkside)

West Philadelphia –  Grace Memorial Baptist Church – 52nd Street at Woodland Avenue 19143 (Southwest)

South Philadelphia – Community Laundry Mat – 1501 Montrose Street 19145

North Philadelphia – State Representative Donna Bullock – 2817 West Girard Avenue 19133 (Brewerytown/Sharswood)

North Philadelphia – Strawberry Mansion NAC/CDC – 2829 West Diamond Street 19132

North Philadelphia – Mediator Lutheran Church – 28th Street at Cambria Street 19132

North Philadelphia – Water Department Security Gate – 28th Street at Chalmers Avenue/Cambria Street 19132

North Philadelphia –  Widener Branch Library – 2808 West Lehigh Avenue 19132 (Strawberry Mansion)

North Philadelphia – Hooks Barber Shop – 1804 Susquehanna Street 19121 (Strawberry Mansion)

North Philadelphia – Foster Memorial Baptist Church – 1801 North 18th Street at York Street 19121 (Strawberry Mansion)

North Philadelphia – Union Hall – 455 North 5th Street near Spring Garden/Callowhill

North Philadelphia –  Greater Olney Library – 5501 North 5th Street at Tabor Road 19120 (Olney)

Olney Philadelphia – TracyHelton Apartment E42 at 5600 Ogontz Avenue 19141 (Telephone – 267-904-0463

Greater Olney Library -5501 North 5th Street and Tabor Road 19120

TOlney Phildelphia –  Lorna’s Store @ 3rd Street and Godfrey Avenuey

Olney Philadelphia – 2nd Street Auto Tag @ 2nd and Spencer Streets

Olney Philadelphia – Brent’s Barber Shop @ 4th and Spencer Streets

Olney Philadelphia – Porch Lisa Richardson @ 259 Sparks Street

North Philadelphia –  New Horizon Baptist Church – 5532 Rising Sun Avenue 19120 (Olney)

North Philadelphia –  State Representative Jason Dawkins – Paul Street at Frankford/Magreget 19124 (Frankford)

Faith Assembly of God Church – 1926 Margaret Street 19124

North Philadelphia –  Ray of Hope Project – 1358 Ruan Street  19124 (Frankford)

North Philadelphia –  Mitzpah 7th Day Adventist Church – Paul and Unity Street 19124 (Frankford)

North Philadelphia –  Masjidullah Mosque – Washington Lane at Limekiln Pike 19144 (West Oak Lane)


HVC Shoe Drive Caravan Coming Soon!!!

The Harmonious Volunteer Center is expanding it’s HVC Shoe Drive Campaign and making preparations to travel from City to City in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.  Announcements will be made to advise citizens of Days / Times / and Locations of Shoe Collection Events.  Starting in September 2018 the HVC Shoe Drive Caravan will be at various locations in Philadelphia, PA   Requests for the HVC Shoe Drive Campaign to come to your city are taken at email:

Million of Shoes Needs Hundreds of Volunteers

Help Wanted Sign The Office of the Executive Director is now interviewing individuals who are interested in spare time / part time / full time work experiences as Shoe Collectors and Outreach Specialists for the HVC Shoe Drive Campaign which is expanding into Statewide coverage.  Philadelphia residents apply by Email to:    *267-595-5278  Facilitator: Irvin B. Shannon.

The HVC Goal for 2018 is to raise 18 million pair of shoes.  We now have offices in Johnstown, Pa; Mt. Vernon, NY; Liberty, SC; Easley, SC; Philadelphia, PA; Wilmington, DE; and Camden, NJ; Laurel, MD; Montgomery County, PA;

Shoe Collectors

for the Harmonious Volunteer Center can earn $25.00… $50.00… up to $100.00 in one day.

*The Job is: Accepting and obtaining shoes

*Age requirements: 18 and older

*Physical requirements: None

*Methods Used: Various such as – High Traffic Locations – Drop Off Locations – Block to Block, Special Events – 3K/5K Walks, etc..

Interested Person(s) may apply in person at the following locations / Day / Times. Resume is helpful but not required. High School Diploma not required. Background not required. Physically Challenged is acceptable.

Jobs being created by HVC 2016-2017-2018

These are Part Time Jobs with Flexible Work Hours and Days and they are available for immediate start for selected candidates and interested persons.

Landscaper and Grounds Keeper                     $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Facility Custodian and House Keeper $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Office Administrator $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Office Administrator Assistant $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Shoe Drive Collector Independent $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Shoe Drive Collector Mobile Table $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Shoe Drive Collector Shoe Drop Locations $10,400.00 $200.00 Wkly 20 hours

Shoe Drive Collector Spokesperson $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Material Handler $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Warehouse Processor $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Inventory Manager $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Literature Circulation Specialist $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Radio/ TV Talk Show Host $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Talent Coordinator for Special Events $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Security $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Security/Facility Receptionist $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Special Events Coordinator $5,200.00 $100.00 Wkly 10 hours

Welcome to 2017 as we Move into 2018

 The Harmonious Volunteer Center is A 5 Star 501c3 Nonprofit, Nonpartian, Pennsylvania Corporation and we are happy to announce the arrival of solutions to address some of our civil and civic concerns.   “Community Freedom Day” will be held at location to be announced  on Saturday, July -21st, 2018.  On this day which is a festive occasion generically presented from -8:00a.m. until -8:00p.m. There will be education, Sports Exhibitions, Live local Entertainment and enjoyment.  At our designated locations we are planning to accommodate up to -10,000 citizens. making everyone aware of and recognizing that when Independence Day was declared in the United States of America (Not all citizens were free. Anti Bondage Day Awareness). We welcome Exhibitors, Vendors and Resource Organizations who wish to participate. Contact Me. Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director, Event Planner and Activities Coordinator at: Email: Telephone: -267-595-5278.

Dear Viewers of my site… Thank you for accepting the invitation to review.  As we continue with our various programs, projects, and campaigns the many posts that I have made are piling up, therefore, I am consolidating them into this update page.

First is my availability schedule which is mostly by appointment. Contact me at Email: or telephone: 267-595-5278.

HVC Shoe Drive Campaign is allowing those citizens who are under-served and perhaps disenfranchised with an opportunity to improve the quality of their lives and thus improve the conditions of in our local neighborhoods and our Philadelphia community at large Our organization is going national with the HVC Shoe Drive Campaign and by doing so provides for the inclusion of citizens of all ages to volunteer to help others.   I have asked before and I will be asking again.  PLEASE DONATE YOUR GENTLY USED AND NEW SHOES TO THE HARMONIOUS VOLUNTEER CENTER.  We have several locations in and around Philadelphia where you can drop off your shoe donations. Please donate your unwanted, unused, outgrown Shoes to the Harmonious Volunteer Center and join with our Joint Fund Raising programs whereby we can share the money that is being produced.  This is creating an economic stimulus to provide employment along with an impact upon the quality of air in our climate and environment.  Dear Supporters of the HVC’s Shoe Drive Campaign, I am pleased to inform you that our efforts are working.  We are training Ambassadors for Environmental Education and Jobs have been created:   John; George; Frank; Agnes are Transportation Drivers who pickup shoes from Shoe Drop Off locations weekly.  We put gasoline in their vehicles and provide them with a small stipends for their time. Mickey handles the shoes when they arrive at the processing center and he receives a stipend for his efforts for banding and bagging shoes.  John;
Allen; Janice; Diane; and Tracy provides the material handling of the bags and They receive a stipend.  As a fund raiser the Shoe Drive Campaign is working well. Tracy and Diane are in training as Mobile Table Monitors collecting shoes and passing out literature. Mini Grants have been Issued to Redeem Baptist Church; Laura Sims Skate House; North Penn Civic Association; Mitzpah 7th Day Adventist Church; Grace Memorial Baptist Tabernacle; New Horizon Baptist Church;  Strawberry Mansion NAC/CDC; St. James Baptist Church; Hedges and Highways Ministries; Faith Assembly of God Church;   Our Shoe Drive is Diverting this toxic materials from our landfills and helping to create cleaner air in our environment. Soil and Water are also affected favorably.  More locations are supporting our Shoe Drive by becoming a Shoe Drop Off location.  They are listed below:

Main Line Reform Temple, Narberth / Temple Beth El, Wynnewood / Our Mother of Good Council, Bryn Mawr / Mediator Lutheran Church, -28th & Cambria Streets, / Redeem Baptist Church – 3229 North -31st Street /  Office, St. Rep. Jason Dawkins (179th) / Widener Branch Library – 2808 West Lehigh Avenue / North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center, – 2800 North – 29th Street / Community Laundrymat, -1501 Montrose Street /  Laura Sims Skatehouse, Cobbs Creek Parkway & Walnut Street / New Horizon Baptist Church, Rising Sun Avenue / Foster Memorial Baptist Church, -1801 North -18th Street / Universal Kingdom of God Church, -31 North -60th Street / East Parkside Residents Association – 4168 West Popular Street / Christ Community Baptist Church, -41st Street and Parkside Avenue / First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Veterans – Rose Tree Park, Media, PA / Hooks Barbershop, 1804 W. Susquehanna Avenue / Tommy’s Place Restaurant, 5511 North 5th Street / Greater Olney Library 5501 North 5th Street / Office, St. Rep. Donna Bullock (195th) / Office St. Rep. Vanessa L. Brown (190th) / Carolule House, Belmont Avenue Fairmount Park…  More locations will be added to this site

Dynamic, Forceful. Motivating Personality

Wish to make a financial contribution:  Make your check or money order payable to the HARMONIOUS VOLUNTEER CENTER and mail to -Post Office Box 50463, Philadelphia, PA -19132 or go online to:

*Adult Literacy Classes are Expanding The Big Read program; GED Preparation; Job Readiness Training offering Basic Academics and applicable applications. In September the Harmonious Volunteer Center donated – 2000 books for citizens.       *Now Underway Computer & Electronics Recycling Continues  and you can now donate your outdated, broken, unused computer and electronic equipment to the Harmonious Volunteer Center for the following reasons: (a) the creation of jobs. (b) Help saving the environment (c ) Basic Computer Training.  Call us for pickup arrangements if necessary.

*Community Festivals ( Planning for the “COMMUNITY FREEDOM DAY) scheduled – for Saturday, July – 21, 2018 – 10,000 expected to attend.Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Location to be Announced.

Development of Collaborative Groups CBOs / FBOs / NPOs / Associations / Small Businesses / NGOs / Government Agencies are participants in regular resource exchange meetings for planning sessions; implementation training sessions; Grant Writing; Networking; Monitoring; Impact Evaluations; and Follow Through sessions.

Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month from 6:00p.m. until 7:30p.m. Facilitated by Agnes L. McRavion, CEO, Harmonious Volunteer Center

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONSIDER BEING A SHOE DRIVE COORDINATOR IN YOUR STATE, you are welcome to contact me for details.  Irvin B Shannon at Email:  My
Telephone 267-595-5278 

Harmonious Volunteer Center in a Nutshell

PRESS RELEASE – September 1, 2017

Harmonious Volunteer Center -Authority: Office of the Executive Director, Irvin B. Shannon –   Post Office Box 50463,

Philadelphia,  PA 19132 Telephone: 267-595-5278 Email:                                                                                                                is not just digital information.  We are Real people working in real time with real situations to bring about social changes within our community.  The impact that is being made by the Harmonious Volunteer Center is reaching thousands upon thousands of citizens with measurable outcomes.  20 plus years of organizational development has laid a foundation of providing community service; volunteer training systems; and assistance to community based organizations which is our MISSION.  What we seek to express in this message to the public is the importance of volunteerism, charitable giving, and the development of collaborative groups working toward common goals to improve the “quality of life” issues within our society.

The Harmonious Volunteer Center has been innovative with establishing working system designs that can be reproduced, implemented and utilized by the nonprofit community; business community; and civic community.  These designs affect the population from birth to death and cross all disciplines of commerce, education, and government.  We have designated our involvement for the improvement of our society as a “Healthy Community Concept which is all inclusive of the multiple concerns that we have as citizens.  These concerns are taking place at the same time and space in our lives and as such will be no easy task to solve each one at the same time, however, through open transparent communications and honest discussions we are approaching collaborative input resulting in sound planning processes that brings our collective efforts to equitable conclusions.  As we all agree to the pros and cons of these given situations, we allow ourselves to develop relationships in harmony with one another and thus the Harmonious Volunteer Center has become self reliant and self sufficient in being a conduit for effective resources on behalf of participating nonprofits, businesses, civic and government agencies and the individuals we serve.  All volunteers at the Harmonious Volunteer Center take a particular pride in achievements that have been accomplished over the years and even more pride at the creative inclusion representing the vision of our social future.  It would give our organization great pleasure to name names of those who have been recipients of our volunteer efforts, however, we will recommend that you visit our website for additional information:

Is our story one of human interest in America today.  You bet it is, because we are Grassroots (individuals) who are making change not only in our best interest, but also at the request of the President of the United States of America and all of our elected representatives who we hold accountable for our best interest as citizens.

Welfare to Work Reform – National Sports Tournaments – Community Events – Educational Advantages – Volunteerism – Humanitarian Assistance – Economic Development – Successful Urban Models – Job Readiness and Skill Training – Financial Literacy – Positive Youth Engagement Activities – Turn key Employment – Technology Advancements – Veteran’s Resource Exchange – Crime Reduction all being provided by the Harmonious Volunteer Center which is representative of the citizens of the United States of America who are makers of change in our society.  Contact: 267-595-5278 Email: Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director


An Overview of the Harmonious Volunteer Center lies in our day-to-day work to fulfill our Mission of “Providing Community Service” which in our perception is people helping people; Providing Volunteer Training Systems which in our perception is our ability to be as professional as we can be without changing who we are and offer our methods to others; and Assistance To Community Based Organizations which in our perception is to offer whatever resources we can to help others do good works in their areas and with their targeted groups.


Irvin B. Shannon

Post Office Box 50463, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Telephone: 267-595-5278 Email:                                  Website:

Objective:      To develop a major Nonprofit Corporation that provides Community  Service; Volunteer Training Systems; and Assistance To Community  Based Organizations on a National Scale.


1959 Edison Technical, Vocational, Commercial High School, Mt.  Vernon, New York 10550 Diploma-Radio Engineering

1960 Essex College of Business, 1019 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 2-1/2 years Court Reporting

1965 United States Air Force Inventory Management Technical School,                     

1969 Trans World Airlines Customer Service Training, Laguardia                                                   Airport, Flushing, New York-Customer Service                                    

1973 Businessmen Clearing House,   Chicago, Illinois, Employment                                              Specialist                                                                                                                                   

1980 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor,                                                         Unemployment Division, Intermittent Intake Interviewer                                               

1996 Metro Public Adjusters, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Licensed                                                  Public Insurance Adjuster                                                                                                       

1996 MarRon Caterers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Assistant                                                              Business Manager

1998 to Current Harmonious Volunteer Center, Executive Director

Awards, Fellowships, Grants:

2000           *W.E. Martin Productions, Man of the Year Award,

2001   *West Chestnut Street Educational Institute, Five Star Achievement Award

2011  *Public School Notebook, Award for Distribution Services Award

2013   *Philly Rising Community Hero Award

Positions Held:

1998 to Current     Executive Director, Harmonious Volunteer Center

1998 to Present     Advisory Board Member, East Parkside Residents Association

1999 to Present     Advisory Board Member, United Block Captain’s Association

2000 to Present     Alumni Member Civilian Philadelphia Police Academy

2013 to Present     Equal Dollars Community Currency Program Volunteer Administrator

2017 to Present            Member, National Association of Nonprofit Organizational Executives


Carolyn Harris, Executive Director, West Chestnut Street Educational Institute, 6027 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Additional References available upon request.

1.       Our mission statement is: “The Harmonious Volunteer Center provides “Community Service; Volunteer Training Systems; and Assistance To Community Based Organizations”.

2.       Our perception (Community Service) is neighbor helping neighbor and our organization is available to anyone in the country who makes written request for assistance.  We will do what we can, with what we have, and make no promises to anyone.

3.       Our perception (Volunteer Training Systems) We have the desire to produce the best qualified volunteer within our organization in order meet with whatever the situation may be, therefore, we train all of our volunteers concerning our policies, procedures, methods, etc.

4.       Our perception (Assistance To Community Based Organizations) Community Based Organizations and nonprofit organizations have requested our assistance on many occasions and we have been able to comply, however, when assisting other organizations, it may be necessary for the volunteers of the HVC to comply with their rules, regulations, etc.  We bring additional resources and meet with the needs and or desires of other organizations.

The Harmonious Volunteer Center works to assist community based organizations with projects that work toward the achievement of peaceful, just and equitable reltionships among people.  Our organization believes that being strongly rooted in local communities will bring about the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world.  Our organization works with the importance of building movements to create systemic social change and the transformation of society.  We recognize young people’s ability to reshape our society athletically, educationally, and culturally as a vital force in the transformation of society.

Our organization is committed to supporting organizations and projects that recognize an appreciation of both the diversity and unity of the human family.  While the Harmonious Volunteer Center strives to build equitable relationships-with our fellow human beings and with the natural environment of organization becomes creative in finding needed solutions to critical issues within our common society.

Evidence that some of the institutional and structural causes of injustice, whether physical, social or economic remain largely intact.  These causes have created increasing incidences of violent crimes, increasing poverty and unemployment.  It is our challenge in locating those causes and developing community based alternatives that promote a more just, nonviolent society which is at the heart of our commitment to serve.

To bring about positive and progressive actions necessary for immediate change, the Harmonious Volunteer Center introduces the BUILDING OF COMMUNITY CENTERS IN UNDER-SERVED NEIGHBORHOODS by creating NEW (State of the Arts) COMMUNITY CENTERS in urban settings that can serve a large population and have a meaningful impact upon the lives of the participants.  OUR MISSION is to “PROVIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE; VOLUNTEER TRAINING SYSTEMS; AND ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS”.

Our organization’s interest in working with the building of a new community center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which is estimated to cost approximately three million dollars which means this would accommodate the constructional costs as well as the creation of a minimum of twenty paid volunteer positions.  The results of the efforts will produce accommodations of services and programs that impacts 500,000 up to 1,000,000 citizens directly with residual effects as well.  This effort includes: planning, one time construction costs, paid staffing for ten years, and facility maintenance costs.

Entertainers / Performers Wanted!!!


The Harmonious Volunteer Center, Talent Bank is seeking Entertainers which include singers, musicians, models, comedians, dancers, graphic arts, toast masters and masters or mistresses of ceremonies.  Apply directly to the Executive Director, Irvin B. Shannon.  Contact telephone: 267-595-5278 or email: Auditions are conducted weekly on Saturday and Sunday by appointment.  The opportunity being offered is for public exposure and personal development if required.  This is an immediate request for all Entertainers and you are welcomed to spread the word.  Entertainers will be performing at various venues for our HVC Bus Club Members and other public audiences.