Our mission is to provide inclusive programs and services that uplift those in need by reducing inequality through the enhancement of education and the elimination of food insecurity. Our goal is to create welcoming and safe spaces for children, adults, seniors and our neighbors for their benefit and the benefit of future generations.
In the 1950s Old Pine Community Center was born from communities joining forces after the City of Philadelphia set aside the land along 4th and Lombard Street for redevelopment purposes. When the Friends of Old Pine Street acquired the land, they had a mind for the growing need of the community around them; Old Pine Street Church required more space for its expanding programming and pre-school and St. Peter’s School was in search of a gym to accommodate their growing enrollment.
The building project, completed in 1977, included a large banquet hall, gymnasium & locker room, kitchen, meeting rooms, library, and office space. The building space was to be shared by Old Pine Street Church and St. Peters School and the basement was allocated to the adjacent Presbyterian Historical Society for its extensive archives. Remarkably the Center was built entirely from private funds raised by the Friends of Old Pine Street, St. Peter’s School, and the Presbyterian Historical Society.
Over the last 40+ years, Old Pine Community Center has gone through many changes, including being recognized as its own, independent 501(c)(3), all while continuing the tradition of enriching the community for all. Individuals and families from across Philadelphia turn to the Center as a place to gather, a place to learn, a place to nurture, and ultimately a place to hope.
Who We Are
The Old Pine Community Center (or OPCC) Staff reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We pride ourselves on providing career and professional development opportunities to individuals within our greater community and seeking out highly qualified individuals to add to our community.
Board of Trustees
- James F. Everett- Board Chair
- Beth Gibson- Board Vice Chair
- Denise Horan-Board Secretary
- Ron Brady
- Alexis Peskin
- Leslie LaRocca
- John Nelson
- Rosemary Noce-Murphy