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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.
The third annual New West Community Clean-Up Day was a huge success. Thanks to a partnership with Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., District Attorney Seth Williams, and Ready, Willing & Able - Philadelphia, ACHIEVEability staff, and the support of PECO volunteers, we cleaned eight square blocks in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia on Friday, May 20th.
Thanks to the CLIP (Community Life Improvement Program) of the City of Philadelphia Government for providing sufficient tools for the project.
For more information about ACHIEVEability and how you can get involved to support your Philadelphia community, please click here.
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