Chestnut Hill College to Host 2009 PHENND Conference  

Release Date: Friday, February 27, 2009 

 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Chestnut Hill College will host the 2009 Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development Conference (PHENND) on February 27, 2009 at the College.

PHENND is a consortium of 36 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area that works to strengthen Philadelphia's service and service learning communities. PHENND works with its member institutions to find beneficial community-based, service-learning partnerships and actively seeks to revitalize local communities and schools as well as foster civic responsibility among the region's colleges and universities.

The theme of the conference will be “Financial Asset Development” and will cover topics such as volunteer income tax assistance, public benefits campaigns, and financial education. The conference will focus on how regional colleges and universities can play a role in helping low-income communities become self-sufficient financially. Conference workshops will include:

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in the Delaware Valley
  • Financial Education Opportunities at VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Sites
  • Philadelphia Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign
  • Financial Education Clubs for College Campuses
  • Foreclosures in Philadelphia
  • The Benefit Bank & National Student Partnerships model
  • Workforce Development Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Karen Gross, president of Southern Vermont College. Karen Gross has a long and distinguished career as a community development leader and academic. For more than two decades she was a professor of law at New York Law School where she specialized in consumer finance consumer debt, and was previously the President and CEO of The Coalition for Consumer Bankruptcy Debtor Education.

The conference is open to the public. Attendees can register through PHENND’s Web site at Registration fees vary.

For more information about registration or the conference, please contact Ryan Murphy, assistant director of career services for service-learning and experiential education at 215.248.7032or e-mail