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					                                                 help groups in the Pontiac area but they      individual, social, and institutional change
                                               were disjointed and often working at cross            to strengthen our community.”
                                                  purposes, with little results. Hoping to
       What Is the GPCC                         come up with a way for groups to clarify
  (Greater Pontiac Community Coalition)        their purposes, he sent out 50 invitations to
                                                  individuals in a variety of community                               Goals
                                                groups to meet together. Reverend Jones
The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition        hit a responsive chord. One hundred people                 Increase Community Participation
           is all about action.                     came to the first meeting! Although
                                                                                                      Increase the number of local, corporate,
                                                 Reverend Jones original idea was to put
 This organization of community groups                                                                         and business supporters
                                                   together some white papers on major
and businesses has, since it was founded in      concerns of the community, the spirited                     Increase Design Enrichment
 1994, banded together to do much more          meeting led to much more than that. The
   than talk, but to create change for the      consensus was to become an action group                 Increase Youth In Government and
  better, in the lives of the people and the     not a policy group. The first step was to              Business to 500 students with a trip to
     communities of Oakland County.             come up with a set of goals and missions,                       Washington D.C. for
                                               on which to base and measure the action of                         (10 Students)
The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition        the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition.
    is a federation of over 190 Oakland                                                                     Identify scholarship’s for youth
 County individuals, community groups,           Today the Greater Pontiac Community
  businesses, politicians, and clergy who                                                             Strengthen downtown business growth
                                                  Coalition holds a meeting the second                 through the Coalition’s and Woodward
have pooled their resources and talents to         Monday of each month. The entire                                Dream Cruise
 address the needs of individuals and the      membership is invited but generally, core
 community. We will work together with           groups of 25 to 30 attend, representing                  Curb Substance and Physical Abuse
  long established groups as well as new        different segments. The Greater Pontiac
  associations, focusing to meet all goals      Community Coalition moves quickly to                   Assist in the prevention of substance
      without duplicating efforts in the       resolve or offer assistance to issues facing                             abuse
                 community.                                  our community.
                                                                                                          Promote educational excellence and
                                                                                                                     family values
       How It All Started
                                                      Mission Statement
  In 1994 Reverend Douglas P. Jones, a
community activist and pastor of Welcome          The mission of the Greater Pontiac
  Missionary Baptist Church in Pontiac          Community Coalition is “To use actions
observed that there were many community          and advocacy to bring about needed
           GPCC Projects                        GPCC Supporters
    Health Clinic                          The GPCC is supported through
    Youth Conference                        membership by the following:
    Insurance Town Hall Meeting
    Boy Scout Achievers                  City of Pontiac, Chief Pontiac Credit
    Committee of Fifty                   Union, Oakland University, Oakland
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event
                                          Press, Oakland Community College,
     Luncheon
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
                                           Baker College, 5/3 Bank, Welcome
     Unity Week                           Missionary Baptist Church, General
    Ford Design Team Program/            Motors, Chrysler-LLC, TCF Bank,
     Enrichment                              GMAC- Mortgage, NOMC, St.
    Youth In Government and Business       Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital,
    Pontiac Youth Assistance Annual       Consumer Energy, OLHSA, DTE,
     Meeting                                  Pontiac Board of Education,
    Woodward Dream Cruise                National City Bank, P.O.H Medical
    Pontiac Oakland Symphony Orchestra                  Center
    Pontiac Alumni Association
    Teen Drug Court Review
    Walk for Warmth                              GPCC Partners
    New Beginnings
    Banking Forum                        Baker College         OCC
    Meeting of Minds II                  OLHSA                 Chrysler, LLC
                                          Oakland County        Oakland Press
       Board of Directors                 City of Pontiac       HAVEN
                                          Golden Opportunity GM
                                          Pontiac Schools       Churches
         Angela Griffin- Chair
                                          Oakland University                        143 Oneida Road
       Tanesha Taylor-Co-Chair
    Rev. Douglas P. Jones- President
                                          Pontiac Youth Assistance                  Pontiac, MI 48341
                                          Michigan 4-H Extension
      Ann Porterfield- Secretary          Pontiac Board of Education              (248) 335-8740/office
          Bill Shaw-Treasurer             Positive Male Role Models
     Terry Staples-Asst. Treasurer           And many many more…………….
                                                                                   (248) 335-7330/fax
        Derinda Shaw-Director
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