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ACHa Executive Director Jamila Harris-Morrison Honored with "10 People Under 40 to Watch"

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Jamila Harris-Morrison, who was recognized as one of the "10 People Under 40 to Watch" by the Philadelphia Tribuen. On Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Philadelphia Tribune honored “Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans” including the 10 People Under 40 to Watch honorees. 

"It’s a privilege to work alongside families who are on the difficult journey of breaking the cycle of poverty," says Jamila. "I am honored to be recognized among this amazing group of accomplished professionals. Thank you Philadelphia Tribune!"

Read the article from the Philadelphia Tribune for more information.

 

Backpack Donation Drive

The 2017 annual Backpack Donation Drive was a great success thanks to the many donors who made contributions to the families and community we support. We thank Cardles to Crayons and organizations including Bank of America, Conduent, Cora Capital Advisors, DSM Biomedical, Grant Thornton LLP, Hamilton Lane, Intact Vascular, the Lawler Family, NeuroStar, the Stoudt Family, Tau Gamma Delta Sorority and various other individual donors.
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More than 1,000 backpacks with school supplies were donated in support of school age children in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program and residents in our local West Philadelphia Community.
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Support Our Backpack Donation Drive

At ACHIEVEability, we work hard every day to serve the Haddington and Cobbs Creek communities, and to support our families on their journey toward self-sufficiency. We understand that education is the key to success. The 38 parents in our program who earned degrees over the past two years, and their children who stayed in school, are proof that hard work can make a difference!

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To continue aiding families in achieving their academic goals, ACHIEVEability provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program and our local West Philadelphia community. Last year, we supported nearly 1,500 children with this drive. 

This year, we are aiming to help even more children! Please join us in supporting our youth by making a donation to this drive. All donated backpacks should be new and may include the following supplies: spiral bound notebooks, loose leaf paper, composition books, folders, pens, pencils, highlighters, calculators, pencil sharpeners, glue, erasers, scissors, crayons, etc. 

We are asking for all donated backpacks and supplies to be delivered/picked up by Thursday, August 12th. For more information, please contact Brian Hoskins at 215-748-8814 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

Faces of Philanthropy

PECO and ACHIEVEability are proud honorees of the 2017 Philadelphia Business Journal Faces of Philanthropy. This recognition honors the most philanthropic initiatives between for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that truly make a difference in the greater Philadelphia area.

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For several years, PECO has served as a strategic partner for ACHIEVEability promoting successful organizational outcomes through the provision of in-kind contributions, sponsorship dollars and many volunteer hours. 

Within the last 18 months, PECO has provided the largest sponsorship for the 2016 annual fundraising gala, Food for Thought. PECO's sponsorship contributed to the success of our event and provided invaluable unrestricted funding to support our mission. PECO team member and ACHIEVEability board member, Mary Walker, served as the co-chair of the Food for Thought event committee. The event raised more than $254,000 in gross revenue and hosted over 500 guests. Over six consecutive years, PECO has provided $90,000 in event sponsorships, helping ACHIEVEability raise a grand total of more than $1.5 million in gross revenue. This relationship remains strong for this current year's event. Mary once again is serving as the event co-chair and PECO is committing to the same level of sponsorship. 

PECO has provided ACHIEVEability with in-kind support in many ways over the years including making contributions to the Welcome Home Kits, Holiday Gift Drive and Backpack Donation Drive. PECO has been a participant in the Backpack Donation Drive for the last three years, collecting more than 80 backpacks full of school supplies in 2016 alone. 

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PECO's commitment to ACHIEVEability is not just financial, it's personal. PECO employees have volunteered to prepare two homes for families coming out of shelters. In addition, during the past two years, PECO participated in ACHIEVEability's annual neighborhood clean-up providing more than 40 employee volunteers. 

The partnership between ACHIEVEability and PECO has served to help vulnerable families in the Haddington and Cobbs Creek area realize their full potential. PECO believes in our mission to permanently break the cycle of poverty in Philadelphia and actively supports its successful implementation.

 

   

Drexel Side-by-Side

Drexel University is hosting a free side-by-side course for residents of West Philadelphia at ACHIEVEability’s offices. This unique course format brings college students and community residents or organizations together in classes taught by distinguished Drexel faculty. The goal of the courses is to create a mutually respectful learning environment where everyone can learn from each other and benefit from the experiences and perspectives of their classmates. We welcome members of our community to join these classes to learn and to share in this active learning model so we may work together to co-create solutions to social problems. There is no cost or education requirements for community students and all materials will be provided. The only requirements are simply registering for the course and making a commitment to attend every class.

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Here is information on the next class:

ENGL 323: Storytelling Through Mural Arts (Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00PM; April 3, 2017 through June 12, 2017)

Murals tell stories: about neighborhoods and communities, about individuals and their families, and about significant events in our histories. Students will research the context of a series of murals in Philadelphia, explore the process of community and artistic collaboration that produced them, and participate in a guided tour. Please call Special Projects Manager Griffith Ridgway at 215-557-8484 ext. 8826 for more information. Registration is open through March 31, 2017 on a first-come, first-served basis.

   

Need in Deed

For the first time this year, ACHIEVEability Senior Coach Harold Barrow participated in Need in Deed, an organization connecting the classroom with the community. On Wednesday, February 1, 2016, Harold provided his expertise on homelessness and poverty by speaking to a classroom of more than 30 fifth grade students at General George McCall Elementary School in Philadelphia's Washington Square neighborhood. The students were enthralled by Harold's presentation and said that he was the best speaker they've heard!

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Need in Deed works with over 80 public school teachers around Philadelphia, helping to bring real world learning and resources to their students about social issues selected by the students. ACHIEVEability and Harold Barrow are proud to support such a great program and classroom.

   

Happy Holidays

Thank you to our many donors who supported the 2016 annual Holiday Gift Drive. Because of your support, more than 400 children in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program and local West Philadelphia community received gifts.

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Sponsors who supported this drive fulfilled wish lists provided by each child, totaling more than $20,000 in in-kind contributions. Donors this year included Anthropologie, Arcadis, Buck Consultants, a Xerox Company, Cora Capital Advisors, Dechert LLP, FS Investments, Jones Lang LaSalle, PECO, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, and various individual donors. For more information about donation drives and volunteer opportunities please visit our volunteer page.

   

The Time of Year for Giving Thanks

ACHIEVEability is thankful for all of our wonderful donors who contributed to this year's Thanksgiving Dinner Drive. Because of their generosity, we were able to provide complete Thanksgiving meals, including the turkey and all the fixins' to 160 families in our program and the local West Philadelphia community! You have shown our organization, and the families and community we serve, the true meaning of Thanksgiving!

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A special thanks to Christine Beare Hoff and The Hoff Family, The Bryant Family and Avox Technologies/Raytech USA, and 62 Blues Soccer for donating food and gift cards to support more than 50 of our families. We are truly grateful for the support we received from Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant who provided 25 fully cooked meals for our families. We also want to thank International Flavors & Fragrances Inc./Ottens Flavors for providing donations to support 24 families, Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics for donating food and funds for 15 families, and Buck Consultants, a Xerox Company, Sullivan's Steakhouse - King of Prussia and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Ten Penn Center Associates for supporting 10 families each. In addition, we thank Tau Gamma Delta Sorority Incorporated Eastern Region for providing complete meals to 4 of our families.

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ACHIEVEability is also thankful for the numerous individual donors who made contributions to the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive and ShopRite of Parkside and ACME Markets who each gave incredible discounts for the purchase of turkeys and various food items.

 

   

Charity of the Game

ACHIEVEability was honored to be selected as Philadelphia Insurance Companies and Philadelphia Union's Charity of the Game for the last game of the season on Sunday, October 23, 2016. ACHIEVEability Events Manager Brian Hoskins and Senior Self-Sufficiency Coach Harold Barrow accepted the award on the field during halftime. 

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ACHIEVEability wishes the Union the best of luck in the playoffs. The hunt is on! #GoldBlooded. 

   

Annual Backpack Donation Drive

Thanks to the generous support of Cradles to Crayons and organizations such as Urban Outfitters, Bank of America, PECO and Greenphire, the 2016 Backpack Donation Drive was a huge success.

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Marking our best year to date, more than 1,500 backpacks and school supplies were donated to ACHIEVEability in support of this drive. These donations support the school age children in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program and residents in our local West Philadelphia community. The value of these items total more than $30,000.

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Other donors include Buck Consultants, A Xerox Company, Cora Capital Advisors, Grant Thornton LLP, Hamilton Lane, Intact Vascular, Neuronetics, Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, and many other individual donors. Because of our donors, we are able to make a positive impact on the families we serve.

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At ACHIEVEability, we work hard every day to serve the Haddington and Cobbs Creek communities and to support the single parent families on their journey to self-sufficiency. We understand that education is the key to success. The 38 parents in our program who earned degrees over the past two years, and their children who stayed in school, are proof that hard work can make a difference!

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Other ACHIEVEability donation drives include the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive and Holiday Gift Drive. For more information about these drives, please visit our volunteer page or contact Events Manager Brian Hoskins at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 215-557-8414 ext. 8814. To make a contribution, please visit our donation page.

   

ACHIEVEability Partners with St. Thomas Church for Summer Youth Camp

During the week of July 11th, 2016, 20 children from our Family Self-Sufficiency Program attended an all-day summer camp in partnership with St. Thomas Church in Fort Washington, PA. This was the first year that ACHIEVEability partnered with St. Thomas Church for youth programming.

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Camp activities included gardening, cooking, sports, arts & crafts, nutrition and music. The Elmwood Zoo came one day and the last day culminated with treats from an ice cream truck. 

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For many of the children in attendance, this is the only camp they will attend this summer. ACHIEVEability is looking forward to partnering with St. Thomas Church again next year for another youth summer camp. 

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