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.
ACHIEVEability wishes the Union the best of luck in the playoffs. The hunt is on! #GoldBlooded.
For the fourth consecutive year, employees from Grant Thornton have supported ACHIEVEability by volunteering their time and energy as part of the Grant Thornton Day of Service. On Friday, October 21, 2016, 16 volunteers helped to paint the first floor common area of the Mission First Housing Group residential building on Warren Street in West Philadelphia.
Thanks to the commitment and dedication of ACHIEVEability board member and Grant Thornton Parnter Bill Stickney, Grant Thornton has been a supportive partner with ACHIEVEability for the past serveral years from providing volunteer services, to making contributions to our various donation drives, and sponsoring our fundraising events. Thank you Bill Stickney and Grant Thornton for all that you do!
Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenue in excess of $1.6 billion and operates 60 offices with more than 570 partners and more than 8,500 personnel in the United States and at their Shared Services Center in Bangalore, India. The firm works with a broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically — whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment, or innovation.
For the fifth consecutive year, employees from Ernst & Young have supported ACHIEVEability by volunteering their time and energy as part of their annual EY Connect Day. On Friday, September 30th, 25 volunteers helped to paint common spaces at Mission First Housing Group's Freedom Village, and assemble and stain picnic tables and flower boxes to be used by residents in the courtyard.
It was a rainy fall day but it did not stop the EY volunteers from successfully completing the job. In all, the team of volunteers painted the hallways and stairwells on six floors.
EY has been a supportive partner with ACHIEVEability for the past few years, volunteering their services in support of EY Connect Day, making contributions to our various donation drives, and sponsoring our fundraising events. Thank you EY for all that you do!
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
Thanks to the generous support of Cradles to Crayons and organizations such as Urban Outfitters, Bank of America, PECO and Greenphire, this year’s Backpack Donation Drive was a huge success.
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.
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.
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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