About Us

Organizational Status

The Interfaith Coalition Building Blocks for Wilmington (ICBBW) is incorporated as a non-profit corporation and has received it's 501(c)(3) tax exemption status from the IRS. We have an approved a set of Bylaws and an established a Board of Directors. We have received several foundation, State government and congregational grants and are actively seeking additional funding for our programs and initiatives. Click here for a copy of our Bylaws (.pdf)

There is a great deal of work to do to bring about the positive change that we envision. We have made great strides, yet much more needs to be done. We encourage you to read to share your comments and reflections with us. As always, we invite you to join us at our meetings and to check back to this website often for updates and ways to get involved.

Board of Directors

Co-Chair:                Rev. Paula A. Maiorano, Center for Relational Living

Co- Chair:            Dr. Donald Morton, Perfected Life Church   

Secretary:           Rob Gurnee, Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew 

Treasurer:            Rev. Patricia Downing, Trinity Episcopal Church

Member at Large:   Mercedes M. Fields, Hicks Anderson Community Center

                                The Rev. Juan George, Trinity Episcopal Church
                         Imam Al Hajj Umar K. Hassan EL, Masjid Al Kauthar 

Steering Committee

The ICBBW has had the benefit of a dedicated group of individuals on its Steering Committee that have guided its formation and development to date. It includes all Board members as well as the following individuals:

La Vaida Owens-White   Member Christ Our King Catholic Church
Yvonne Bunch   Dept of Services for Children, Youth and their Families
Apostle John Graham   Pastor, Temple United Church
Rev. Al Holden    Pastor, New Pentecostal United Holy Church
Chris Dolley   William Hicks Anderson Community Center
Jo Klinge   Trinity Episcopal Church
Ed Klinge   Former Interfaith Coalition Chair

Community-wide input

The ICBBW has also drawn upon insights gathered from monthly forums with youth, residents, faith and community leaders, service providers and government officials; consultations with national and local experts; and participation in Wilmington's Hope Commission and its faith-based and Hope Outreach Worker subcommittees.

Organizations attending ICBBW meetings 

  • First and Central Presbyterian Church
  • Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church
  • The New Pentecostal UHC
  • Christ Church Christiana Hundred
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Temple United Church
  • Spirit of Life Lutheran Church
  • Cathedral Chruch of Saint John
  • Christ our King Church
  • Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
  • St. Paul's Catholic Church
  • Aldersgate United Methodist Church
  • Atonement Methodist Church
  • Hanover Street Presbyterian Church
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Grace United Methodist Church
  • Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Congregation Beth Shalom
  • WD Mohamed Dawah Committee
  • Masjid al Kauthar Muslim Center of Wilmington
  • Interdenominational Ministers Action Council (IMAC)

  • Connections Community Support Programs, Inc.
  • Stand for Children
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Churches Take a Corner (CTAC)
  • Delaware Office of Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Latin American Community Center
  • William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center
  • Cool Spring Neighborhood Association
  • United Way of Delaware
  • University of Delaware
  • Neighborhood House
  • Motivational Center
  • YWCA Home-Life Management
  • Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware
  • Cool Spring Neighborhood Association
  • United Way of Delaware
  • University of Delaware
  • Neighborhood House
  • Motivational Center
  • YWCA Home-Life Management
  • Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware
  • The Search Institute
  • SURJ
  • Department of Correction
  • Sojourners Place
  • Metropolitan Wilmington Urban league
  • Ministry of Caring
  • Friendship House
  • T.A.L.K. Associates
  • Success Center
  • Delaware Futures
  • Urban Promise
  • The Wellness Community
  • Knoble Players Inc.
  • Stop the Violence Coalition
  • DAPI
  • New Castle County Council
  • Wilmington Enterprise Community Inc.
  • Incite Solutions, Inc.
  • The Wilmington Hope Commission
  • Nonprofit Development Institute
  • The Lion of Judah Nonprofit
  • Wilmington City Council
  • Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center
  • Wilmington Police Department