Old First is a founding congregation of P.O.W.E.R. (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild), an interfaith movement committed to exercising power in the public arena so that the needs and priorities of all Philadelphians are reflected in the systems and policies that shape our city.
P.O.W.E.R.’s agenda is focused on five issue areas: Jobs, Education, Public Safety, Housing and Health Care. Its current strategy for effecting change in these areas is to reduce unemployment in Philadelphia. P.O.W.E.R. is seeking partnerships with government officials, unions and other nonprofit organizations to secure commitments that will lead to an additional 10,000 living wage jobs in Philadelphia by 2016.
As of 2011, there are 40 member congregations of P.O.W.E.R., representing over 25,000 Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims from all neighborhoods of the city and all walks of life. P.O.W.E.R. is a member of the PICO National Network (People Improving Communities through Organizing).
Old First has been involved in P.O.W.E.R. since its inception and voted to become a dues-paying member in September 2011. Old First has a long history of advocacy on local issues, most recently as a member of Philadelphia Interfaith Action.