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!
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.
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.
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
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