Greater Pontiac Community Coalition

Greater Pontiac Community Coalition

143 Oneida

Pontiac, MI 48341

Ph: 248-335-8740

Fax: 248-335-7330


(Greater Pontiac Community Coalition)


The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition is all about action.

This organization of community groups and businesses has, since it was founded in 1994, banded together to do much more than talk, but to create change for the better, in the lives of the people and the communities of Oakland County.

The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition is a federation of over 190 Oakland County individuals, community groups, businesses, politicians, and clergy who have pooled their resources and talents to address the needs of individuals and the community. Long established groups as well as new associations, work together, under one umbrella, to see that they all meet their goals without duplicating efforts in the community.



How It All Started


In 1994 Reverend Douglas P. Jones, a community activist and pastor of Welcome Missionary Baptist Church in Pontiac, observed that there were many community help groups in the Pontiac area but they were disjointed and often working at cross purposes, with little results. Hoping to come up with a way for groups to clarify their purposes, he sent out 50 invitations to individuals in a variety of community groups to meet together. Reverend Jones hit a responsive cord. One hundred people came to the first meeting! Although Reverend Jones original idea was to put together some white papers on major concerns of the community, the spirited meeting led to much more than that. The consensus was to become an action group not a policy group. The first step was to come up with a set of goals and missions, on which to base and measure the action of the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition.

Today the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition holds a meeting the second Monday of each month. The entire membership is invited but generally a core group of 25 to 30 attend representing different segments. The Greater Pontiac Community Coalition moves quickly to resolve or offer assistance to issues facing our community.



Mission Statement


The mission of the Greater Pontiac Community Coalition is “To use actions and advocacy to bring about needed individual, social, and institutional change to strengthen our community.”





Increase Community Participation

Increase the number of local, corporate, and business supporters

 Increase Safety & City Image

Increase Youth In Government and Business

Identify scholarship’s for youth

 Strengthen downtown business growth through the Coalition’s and Woodward Dream Cruise

 Curb Substance and Physical Abuse

 Assist in the prevention of substance abuse

 Promote educational excellence and family values



GPCC Projects


 Annual Healthy Affair

 Youth Conference

 Insurance Town Hall Meeting

 Boy Scout Achievers

 Committee of Fifty

 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event Luncheon

 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Unity Week

 Youth In Government and Business

 Pontiac Youth Assistance Annual Meeting

 Woodward Dream Cruise

 Pontiac Symphony Orchestra

 Pontiac Alumni Association

 Teen Drug Court Review

 Walk for Warmth

 Banking Forum

 Community Clean-up

 Community Gardens

12-14 Week Financial Literacy Workshops



Board of Directors


Angela Davis- Chair

Tanesha Taylor-Co-Chair

Rev. Douglas P. Jones- President

Ann Porterfield- Secretary

Terry Staples-Asst. Treasurer

Derinda Shaw-Director



GPCC Supporters


The GPCC is supported through membership by the following:

Comerica Bank, City of Pontiac, Oakland Press, Oakland Community College, Baker College, Welcome Missionary Baptist Church, TCF Bank, Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, Consumer Energy, OLHSA, DTE, Pontiac Board of Education, McLaren-Oakland, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Molina Health Care, Fifth Third Bank & Genisys Credit Union



GPCC Partners


Baker College



Oakland Press

Oakland County


City of Pontiac


Community Gardens

 Pontiac Schools

Churches Area

Golden Opportunity

MI Works

Oakland University

ERB Foundation

Pontiac Youth Assistance

United Way

Michigan 4-H Extension


Hubert Distributors

Pontiac Board of Education

Positive Male Role Models

Lawrence Technical University

And many many more!


For more information contact us!



143 Oneida Road

Pontiac, MI 48341

Phone: (248) 335-8740

Fax: (248) 335-7330