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60th Street Health & Wellness Community Summer Jam

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!

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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.

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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. 

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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

 

 

 

 

Annual Backpack Donation Drive

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Other ACHIEVEability donation drives include the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive and Holiday Gift Drive. For more information about these drives, please visit our volunteer page or contact Events Manager Brian Hoskins at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 215-557-8414 ext. 8814. To make a contribution, please visit our donation page.

   

ACHIEVEability Partners with St. Thomas Church for Summer Youth Camp

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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ACHIEVEability Parents Awarded Cars through Vehicles for Change

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.

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Morgan Lewis Impact Day 2016

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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