As neighbors, it is important that we all play a part in creating a healthy, thriving community by maintaining clean streets. ACHIEVEability is committed to playing our part in partnership with the Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) and the Department of Commerce.
In partnership with PHS’s Community LandCare program and Cherry Blossoms Landscaping, more than 150 vacant lots receive monthly care and maintenance throughout Haddington and Cobbs Creek. According to research done by Dr. Charles Branas, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, neighborhood greening is linked to significant reductions in certain crimes, such as gun assaults, as indicators linked to stress.
Additionally, ACHIEVEability works with ‘Brothers of Nature’ and the Department of Commerce, to provide cleaning and sweeping services along the 60th Street Commercial Corridor. In January alone, Brothers of Nature picked up more than 150 bags of trash. It’s our goal to empower residents to take ownership over the well-being of the neighborhood.
For the first time this year, ACHIEVEability Senior Coach Harold Barrow participated in Need in Deed, an organization connecting the classroom with the community. On Wednesday, February 1, 2016, Harold provided his expertise on homelessness and poverty by speaking to a classroom of more than 30 fifth grade students at General George McCall Elementary School in Philadelphia's Washington Square neighborhood. The students were enthralled by Harold's presentation and said that he was the best speaker they've heard!
Need in Deed works with over 80 public school teachers around Philadelphia, helping to bring real world learning and resources to their students about social issues selected by the students. ACHIEVEability and Harold Barrow are proud to support such a great program and classroom.
Thank you to our many donors who supported the 2016 annual Holiday Gift Drive. Because of your support, more than 400 children in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program and local West Philadelphia community received gifts.
Sponsors who supported this drive fulfilled wish lists provided by each child, totaling more than $20,000 in in-kind contributions. Donors this year included Anthropologie, Arcadis, Buck Consultants, a Xerox Company, Cora Capital Advisors, Dechert LLP, FS Investments, Jones Lang LaSalle, PECO, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, and various individual donors. For more information about donation drives and volunteer opportunities please visit our volunteer page.
The ACHIEVEability Community Services Office held its quarterly Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, December 3, 2016. More than 30 community residents were in attendance for the meeting at Divine Destiny Community Fellowship Church.
A special thanks to Barbara McDuffie of United Communities Southeast Philadelphia who gave a great presentation on proper home weatherization techniques from the basement to the top floor. Weatherization kits were given out to everyone in attendance. In addition, community residents had the opportunity to apply for LIHEAP. Please click here for more information about the Community Services Office.
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.
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