Action Tank is at it again—Bringing theory to action in our community! Members took to Harrisburg and met with the PA House of Representative’s Armed Forces Caucus, including PA National Guardsman and State Representative Zach Mako for state action on gun violence while another Action Tank group met with Representative Chrissy Houlahan to discuss federal impacts on gun violence. Action Tank is utilizing their unique position as veterans to develop innovative solutions to ensure a safe America while also protecting our right to bear arms. Anyone interested in making an impact should email firstname.lastname@example.org Pictured (top): Matt Miclette, Chris Diaz, Representative Zach Mako, Andres Galarza; Pictured (bottom): Randall Hsia, Nick Lierman, Representative Chrissy Houlahan, Emily Balog, Doug Wieglet
Executive Director, Chris Diaz, attended the Rally Against Gun Violence in Center City. He was captured by NBC 10 news discussing Action Tank's Mission this year to tackle gun violence in Philadelphia and beyond. Check out the clip here.
Member Chris Molaro won two prestegious awards promoting his company, NeuroFlow, an organization designed to promote behavioral health access and engagement. The awards honored his company mission to improve mental health access and treatment. The awards included the 2019 Venture Connect Pitch at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and the 2019 Hatch Pitch at SXSW. Congratulations, Chris! We're so lucky to have you on our team!
Feeding Philly is a documentary produced by Giddyup Bronco Productions in partnership with Action Tank to build awareness about the impact of food insecurity on the Philadelphia community. The documentary will be available in 2019--Stay Tuned!
Action Tank's Operation Director and member, Matt Miclette, published an article entitled "Strengthening partnerships between substance use researchers and policy makers to take advantage of a window of opportunity.” The article discusses closing the gap between research and policy. This is Miclette’s second published article on substance use and AT is lucky to have him on the team! The article can be found here.
The Philadelphia Flyers and United Health Care awarded Action Tank $1000 to support the organization’s efforts in the city. Action Tank is grateful to have been recognized throughout the stadium as a model community partner.
Action Tank member, Jessica Wiesnewski, was a panelist for Drexel University’s HERstory on February 11, a program showcasing women veterans. Jess and the other panelists courageously told their stories and answered questions about the struggles and achievements of being a woman in the military. Jess also shared how the military mindset has allowed her to grow in her career. She is an exemplary leader and an asset to Action Tank. Way to go, Jess!
Join us in congratulating Action Tank member, Linda Fontanilla, in placing 2nd place in Penn’s StorySlam. Linda shared her personal stories and experiences to a room full of people demonstrating her strength, courage, and ability to be vulnerable. We’re lucky to have this incredible woman on our Team. Way to go, LInda!
Action tank members orchestrated an interactive meeting to tackle the food insecurity epidemic in Philadelphia. Members of the federal, state, and local government—including Pennsylvania’s very own Representatives, Evans and Houlahan—as well as non-profit organizations, corporate leaders, local university leaders, and individuals who have experienced food insecurity,participated in 100 for Hunger this Friday on behalf of Action Tank. Check out the coverage from KYW Newsradio here.
CONTACT: Emily Balog 856-287-1700 Emilyjo.email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ACTION TANK, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DIETZ & WATSON, TO HOST 100 FOR HUNGER: AN INTERACTIVE MEETING ON FOOD INSECURITY
WHAT: The aim of this invitation-only meeting is to foster new relationships with an array of community leaders, scholars, and innovators through collaboration. The meeting includes break-out sessions to present evidence, determine funding, implementation, and sustainability strategies intended to curb food insecurity in Greater Philadelphia. Meeting attendees range from members of the federal, state, and local government, non-profit organizations, corporate leaders, local university leaders, and individuals who have experienced food insecurity.
WHERE: We Work: Northern Liberties 1010 N Hancock St Philadelphia, PA 19123 860-859-7322
WHEN: January 18, 2019 9:00 - 12:00 *Breakfast and Lunch Provided by Dietz & Watson
WHO: Action Tank is a team of veterans who are dedicated to serving the greater Philadelphia community. We tackle tough problems by harnessing the experience, skills, and relationships of service-minded citizens to improve the social conditions of the communities in which we live and work. Currently, we are focused on food insecurity in the greater Philadelphia area and have worked with several organizations that address different facets of food insecurity, including government programs, food access and cost, food and health, urban agriculture, and zero waste. We are honored to partner with Dietz and Watson to bring together a diverse collaboration of individuals, groups, and ideas – all focused on the task of raising awareness and developing solutions to the issue of food insecurity. https://www.actiontank.us/
Dietz & Watson is a fourth generation family company that has been able to grow with the support of communities and the individuals within these communities – starting with their hometown of Philadelphia. Dietz and Watson is always striving to find ways to give back to these communities. They do this in a variety of different ways, one being their philanthropic program, “Families Helping Families,” which is a nationwide effort to raise money and provide resources for community focused organizations. With their hometown of Philadelphia in mind, Dietz &Watson is thrilled to support Action Tank, and didn’t hesitate in teaming with Action Tank on this meeting. https://dietzandwatson.com/
Action Tank members, Linda Fontanilla and Matt Connolly, met with Dietz & Watson to participate in a food drop off to the Share Food program where 20,000 pounds of food was donated in an effort to end hunger in Philadelphia.
Action Tank's Operation Director and member, Matt Miclette, published an article entitled "Closing the gaps in opioid use disorder research, policy and practice: conference proceedings" in the Journal of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice. The article describes policy recommendations from stakeholders associated with the University of Pennsylvania aimed at closing the gaps in substance use policy and practice. The article can be found here
Chris Diaz, Action Tank's co-founder and Tillman Scholar was featured in a promotional spot for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Chris shares the story behind his motivation and passions. Learn more about how the Pat Tillman Foundation is molding the next generation of leaders.
Member and Operations Director, Matt Miclette, discusses substance use disorder, the opiod epidemic, stigma, policy and treatment in this interview with Jack Ford.
Action Tank member, Nick Liermann, entered his fifth year as the leader of Team Foster, a service organization that raises money to partner service dogs with veterans suffering from combat-related disabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). More information can be found at Team Foster's website.
Action Tank alumnus Chris Molaro's company, NeuroFlow, brings technology to behavioral health treatment and compliance. Its cloud-based platform enables health-care providers to track, assess, and encourage patients. Read more...
Matt Miclette, Action Tank member and Pat Tillman Scholar, speaks at the Pat Tillman Leadership Summit about Medically Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction. Read more about the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Action Tank is proud to announce that our member, Matt Miclette, will participate in a panel discussion on “Policy & Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic” at SXSW 2019! More information can be found here.
Action Tank, a non-profit group, founded and based in Philadelphia, PA honored with the 2018 SXSW Community Service Awards. The group is comprised of veterans focused on continuing service to their community after their service in uniform.
AUSTIN, TX (March 12, 2018) -- In the annual famous gathering of techies, producers creators and artists, known as South by Southwest, aka SXSW, a small group of Veterans from Philadelphia were recognized on the national stage in Austin, TX. Action Tank, was picked to receive the 2018 SXSW Community Service Awards for their work they’ve done to start, grow and run a non-profit focused on making an impact in their community. The awards ceremony brought together 6 individuals from 6 organizations around the country to honor them for their work in doing good for their respective causes.
They were all presented with a financial grants to help fund their work for the next year.
Chris Diaz, the organization’s executive director and co-founder was joined by their policy director, Matt Miclette. Chris, a Navy Veteran and Pat Tillman scholar currently pursuing his PhD at Drexel University in clinical psychology said, “it’s surreal to be here, in Austin, TX, recognized for the work we’ve done as a collective group over the last year. Part of me is honored to be here and to help spread the word that Veterans want to continue to serve and be an integral part of our community, even after wearing the uniform. Part of me is also humbled because we [Action Tank] believe there is still so much work to be done.”
Action Tank was formed when like-minded Veterans from Philadelphia gathered for a meal on Veterans Day in 2016. They wanted to give back, but they were not quite sure how to do so.
Philadelphia, unfortunately, has been heavily impacted by the Nation’s opioid crisis, and so, for 2017, the group set their eyes on helping to support their community and those that dedicate their daily lives to that issue.
Their intent is that every year they will focus on a new issue in their community. 2017 was the opioid crisis - volunteering at drug and addiction clinics, cleaning up needles in parks and introducing policy and legislation that will reduce overdoses and ultimately save lives.
In 2018, the group is focused on food safety and insecurity, and currently working to form relationships with key partners in the area who needs support and can help educate the rest of the community on the issue.
Diaz explained further that “we each served our country because we felt a calling. Now that we’re Veterans and living in our community, that calling hasn’t subsided, and this is our way to continue to serve. We hope that we can inspire other Veterans in their communities to do the same, and even reach out, to collaborate and open their own ‘Action Tank’ chapters around the country.”
About Action Tank
Action Tank tackles tough problems by harnessing the experiences, skills, and relationships of service-minded citizens to improve the social conditions of our community.
They are a group of Philadelphia-area military veterans who formed a new type of service organization. Beyond just thinking about the problems facing our community, they act by engaging their skills, resources and relationships.
They believe they have learned the necessity of this social capital - and who better to take on these societal problems than those who have previously taken on these challenges together, in uniform and service to the country? They believe that their experience as Veterans has led to a unique type of growth and resilience that can be leveraged for the benefit of our community. Philadelphia, with her rich history of serving as the founding city of our military branches, is perfectly suited to launch this initiative.
Action Tank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Employer Identification Number is 82-2327032.
About SXSW Community Service Awards
The SXSW Community Service Awards celebrate the spirit of community in Austin that we think is unique to SXSW by selecting six individuals and six organizations to receive grants to further their goals, complimentary badges to SXSW, and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community. These outstanding organizations and individuals selected as 2018 honorees will receive more than $50,000 in grants and were honored in a ceremony on March 12, 2018 during SXSW.
When selecting these honorees, we looked for uniqueness, level of impact, clarity of mission, relationship to Austin, and the SXSW community. All of these individuals and organizations are reflections of those qualities. Read below for more information about the 12 honorees and please join us in March to celebrate their achievements.