King of Prussia, PA, September 12, 2017 – The Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, an organization that seeks to provide education, training, and resources to individuals as they seek employment or advancement in their career, recently announced it achieved 501(c)3 status, or non-profit organization status, as deemed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The PAGCG supports more than 2,800 Philadelphia-area job seekers, people in career transition, people desiring career management, consultants, entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs in their search for a rewarding career, regardless of industry, career level, or office environment.
Begun in 2010 by two Philadelphia-area career coaches, PAGCG was originally founded to provide resources to job seekers. Over the next seven years, the organization expanded its services to accommodate a growing number of job seekers, plus expanded its resource base to include a number of local events and other ‘meetups,’ spanning Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties. A professor-led student team from Immaculata University provided the manpower to help the PAGCG achieve non-profit status, gaining 501(c)3 status in just eight days from submission, instead of several months from start to completion.
Lynne Williams, BA, MS, ABD, and PAGCG Executive Director, states, “I had been involved with the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group for several years, and was asked by the original founders to take over the management of the group, which I gladly accepted to keep its mission alive. I can’t think of another career-focused group in the Philadelphia area that provides as many resources as PAGCG for no cost or very little cost to job seekers, people in the job market, and those looking to advance their careers. The future of this group holds a lot of promise and, along with my board of directors, I see us being able to help a lot of local people find the careers they deserve.”
The non-profit status means the IRS approved the group as a tax-exempt, charitable organization, with its purpose being for educational activity. With this status, the organization gains a number of benefits afforded to non-profits, including the opportunity to apply for national grants to expand programming, free banking services, and free use of technology platforms to conduct its business.
In addition to Ms. Williams as Executive Director, the careers group nominated a slate of leaders, to include the following volunteer staff members:
Steven Ritchey, Chairman of the Board, and VP Marketing & Communications
Sean Reynolds, Vice Chairman of the Board, and VP IT
Loaida Rodriguez, Secretary/Treasurer
Monterry Luckey, VP HR
Andrea Cabrelli, VP Curriculum & Instruction
Steven Burda, VP Operations
The PAGCG provides a number of online resources: its own website with articles, links and additional career information; a comprehensive online directory with job seeker events, career websites, and other resources; and its social media accounts on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. In-person PAGCG events for job seekers are held in local coffee shops, grocery stores, corporate offices, libraries, and county career offices in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties, with most calendar weeks offering ten or more events to accommodate a growing job seeker audience in the region. Sponsors are encouraged to donate to the organization via its website to provide for additional education programs and career resources within the Philadelphia metro area.
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About Philadelphia Area Great Career Group
The Philadelphia Area Great Career Group is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing career information, resources, support, educational programs, and a large social network for job seekers, people in job transition, consultants, entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs. With career resources available at little to no cost, the PAGCG offers an uplifting, welcoming environment for those who want to find the career they deserve. Visit us at: https://www.greatcareersphl.org/