Children's Hospital of Philadelphia employees have a strong commitment to the Hospital and are deeply involved in its surrounding communities. One of the many ways we deliver on that commitment is through strong community partnerships. The CHOP Cares Community Advisory Board is comprised of CHOP employees and external community leaders. Their mission is to promote the health and well-being of children and families by supporting the philanthropic and volunteer efforts of CHOP employees. The CAB’s role is twofold. First, to advise on the awarding of grants: the CHOP Cares Community Grant, established in 2013 help employees fill a specific need through community programming in areas served by CHOP and the CHOP Care Network across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the CHOP Cares EXCEL Grant, which was created in 2019 to further support with the growth and sustainability of projects previously funded by the CHOP Cares Community Grant. The Board’s other responsibilities include providing invaluable insight regarding partnerships or recommendations to help grantees optimize their ability to meet needs in the community. To date, the program has awarded over $740,000 to employee-led projects.
In April, the Office of Community Impact officially welcomed John William Chin as the new CHOP Cares Community Advisory Board Chair. He has served on CHOP Cares Community Advisory Board for the past three years. John is filling the position after David Rosenberg stepped down from his role as the inaugural CHOP Cares Community Advisory Board Chair earlier this year after nine years of service. David’s leadership was vital to the sustainability and growth the program. We are forever grateful for his many years of service and are left with the reassurance that he continues to be a strong advocate for CHOP.
John is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and promote Chinatown as a viable, ethnic, residential and business community. He is passionate about equitable development for people regardless of income, race, ethnicity, self-identity, and ability. He achieves this through four core programs: neighborhood planning and advocacy; support services to achieve housing and economic security and benefits access; economic development and small business assistance; and neighborhood beautification and mixed-income housing development. John also serves on the board of numerous organizations including PHLDiversity and the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, as well as the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). He chairs the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and serves on the board of The Trust for Public Land.
"As someone who was born and raised in Philadelphia, I am passionate about giving back to our city and local communities. More than two decades of serving a grassroots organization has deepened my commitment to advocating for equitable access for all. I am thrilled and honored to join the CHOP Cares Community Advisory Board as the Board Chair, and I look forward to working with our partners to create sustainable, long-lasting impacts on the health and wellness of children across the city," John said.
We are excited to work alongside John to continue to support employee-led community projects. Under his new leadership, and with program coordination support from Community Impact’s Community Impact Team (Falguni Patel, Manager and Tessi Ruiz, Program Associate) we look forward to recruiting new board members and supporting FY23 CHOP Cares and CHOP Cares EXCEL grant projects.
Get involved! All are welcome to apply to join the Community Advisory Board, for which we are periodically recruiting. Complete your CAB Member Application here!