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West Philly Community Summer Jam

The first annual West Philly Community Summer Jam was a huge success! Nearly 500 local West Philadelphia residents attended the event on Saturday, August 8, 2015, enjoying the opportunity to engage with local organizations and resources that promote healthy and safe communities. 

Presented in collaboration with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, as well as the ACHIEVEability Community Advisory Committee (CAC), the event included keynote speakers, entertainment and live performances, resource tables for local businesses and organizations, great food, and great raffle giveaways. In addition, nearly 300 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to local youth during the event. A special thanks to Director of Community Services Kimberly Snowden,Community Services Associate Yolanda Mack and Events Manager/Development Specialist Brian Hoskins for their leadership and hard work in delivering this wonderful event. It is truly amazing what a small group of staff can do to make a difference for the families and neighborhoods we serve.

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Recapping the event, it began with Pastor Dewayne Ross of Divine Destiny Community Fellowship providing the opening welcome, with Councilman Jones and Councilwoman Blackwell all giving warm and welcoming remarks to the local residents in attendance. Former ACHIEVEability participant Gerald Parnell provided his artistic service as the event’s DJ and many local residents and groups gave memorable performances including the Universal African Dance Ensemble, Jazzy the Clown and Her Dancers, and a skit from the play The Garbage Can, performed by Cleos Young.

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ACHIEVEability thanks the many partners and volunteers who supported the Community Summer Jam with contributions of their time, energy and resources. PECO employees, including ACHIEVEability Board Member Mary Walker, and CAC members graciously volunteered their time to help set-up and execute the event, along with Brown’s ShopRite,Deitz & Watson, Second Chance Foundation and Wawa, which all donated various food and beverages. ACHIEVEability also thanks the nearly twenty 60th Street merchants who donated items to be raffled off at the event, and the many organizations who provided resource tables and information including Enroll America,Gwynedd Mercy, Habitat for Humanity, Health Partners Plans,Mariposa Food Co-Op, SWEEP Philadelphia, and Wordsworth.

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We are excited to have provided this valuable resource to our local West Philadelphia community, and will continue to strengthen our roots with our many partners and supporters . We have already begun planning for next year’s event, aiming for an even bigger turnout from local residents and more partnerships with local businesses, organizations and other local stakeholders.

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