Monday, September 19, 2016

Meet Fast Forward Presenter >> Tom Maksymiuk

What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
Honoring the Past through Prosperity

How does a nonprofit organization maintain a century old 10,000 square foot building on a 4 acre property? With a lot of love and dedication.

Founded in 1909, the Ukrainian American Citizens’ Association was formed to provide aid to Ukrainian causes and assist in resettling refugees from Ukraine. These efforts helped to create a vibrant Eastern European community in the neighborhoods of Poplar and Northern Liberties. After a failed redevelopment effort by the City of Philadelphia in the 1960’s drove away the core membership of the club, it was necessary to find creative ways of staying afloat.

Having strategically focused on maintaining just portions of the property for years, the club is finally in a position to focus on growth instead of survival.

As a rental facility the grounds play host to fundraisers, weddings, and concerts all while volunteers plan events, make light repairs, clean the trash, and stock a regularly open social club.

Here is how we do what multitudes of other nonprofit clubs are doing across the city, coming together as a community to not just survive but thrive.

Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Definitely.

Thomas Maksymiuk is a volunteer board member of the Ukrainian American Citizens’ Association, a nonprofit organization founded 107 years ago to aide refugees from Ukraine. Today the association serves as a social club and popular rental hall in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Being community oriented, Thomas is also active in the Ukrainian American Youth Association and the Philadelphia 7th Police District Advisory Council in addition to a host of other organizations. He has earned degrees in History and Criminal Justice from Penn State University as well as a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University.

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