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Despite the intense heat wave on Saturday, August 13th families from Cobbs Creek and Haddington in West Philadelphia got their "cool on" at the second annual 60th Street Health & Wellness Community Summer Jam!
More than 1,000 community members enjoyed the festive event that included talented dance and singing performances, resource tables, bounce houses, treats for the kids, food and remarks from the Honorable Mayor Jim Kenney and other elected officials. “The day was a huge success. As we transition from summer into the school year, we look forward to providing accessible resources and supports to our community, as they strive to create a better life for themselves and their children.” said Jamila Harris-Morrison, ACHIEVEability’s Deputy Director.
During the event, ACHIEVEability distributed nearly 500 backpacks that were generously donated by corporate and local business partners. “Providing opportunities for fellowship and safe fun activities for the family is so important, especially in a community where resources are stretched so thin. We look forward every year to our huge backpack giveaway, which we couldn’t do without our generous corporate partners.” said Jamila Harris-Morrison.
The 60th Street Health & Wellness Community Summer Jam was a partnership between ACHIEVEability, PA State Representative Joanna McClinton, Councilpersons Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones, Jr., as well as District Attorney Seth Williams.
Photo's by Bill Z. Foster
During the week of July 11th, 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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, June 11th, four ACHIEVEability parents were awarded vehicles through Mazda & Vehicles for Change. The program empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training.
For the sixth consecutive year, employees from Morgan Lewis have supported ACHIEVEability by volunteering their time and energy as part of their annual Impact Day. On Saturday, June 4th, 18 volunteers helped to beautify our Community Services Office by painting, gardening, landscaping and assembling patio furniture.
It was a beautiful late-Spring day in early June, and Morgan Lewis volunteers took full advantage of the weather. In addition to weeding and mulching the community garden, Morgan Lewis purchased flowers and vegetables for planting.
The team of volunteers also painted the common space in the Community Services Office and constructed and stained patio furniture for use in the community garden.
As an added bonus, Morgan Lewis is making a contribution of an original piece of artwork to be put on display in the newly painted space. In addition, other Morgan Lewis staff assembled interview kits, art supply kits and "Bake me Back Home" kits for families and children in our program and local West Philadelphia residents.
Morgan Lewis has been an incredible supportive partner of ACHIEVEability for the past several years, volunteering their services in support of Morgan Lewis Impact Day, making contributions to our various donation drives, and sponsoring our fundraising events. Thank you Morgan Lewis for all that you do!
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Neighborhoods can shape success - down to the level of a city block. A small but intriguing study done in West Philadelphia points to the importance of what researchers call microenvironments. Please click here to read an article published in The Atlantic which highlights the study done by a group of researchers from The University of Pennsylvania.
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