Happy Holidays

Thank you to our many donors who supported this year’s Holiday Gift Drive. Because 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,Dechert, Ernst & Young, Franklin Square Capital Partners, The Hoff Family, Jones Lang LaSalle, PECO, Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, members of our Board of Directors and various individual donors. For more information about donation drives and volunteer opportunities please visit our volunteer page.


Family Holiday Party

On Saturday, December 12th ACHIEVEability held its annual Holiday Party for families in our Family Self-Sufficiency Program and local West Philadelphia residents. This year's event was themed "Despicable Me" and even included an appearance by one of the Minions! More than 100 parents and children attended the party which was held at St. Matthew AME Church in West Philadelphia.


The Holiday Party was a festive celebration featuring delicious food and many interactive activities. Families in attendance had fun with arts and crafts, dancing, face painting, a moon bounce and raffle prizes. The event was topped off with a special appearance from Santa Claus.


Thank you to all ACHIEVEability and Mission First staff who volunteered their time and energy to make this party a great success. A special thanks to Akilah Abdul-Rahman and Jessica Falk of ACHIEVEability for managing the event. We also want to thank the following volunteers: Mark Deitcher of Mission First and his family, Gary O'Rourke and Julie Carter of Mission First, Jack O'Brien of Morgan Lewis and his wife Jennifer Lutz, who tutors ACHIEVEability children, and former Philadelphia Police Officer Doug Paige who has played Santa for the past four consecutive years.


In addition, we want to thank Herrs Food, Inc., Mariposa Food Co-Op, Metropolitan Bakery,Olive Garden, Wawa, and Wendy's for providing in-kind donations and discounts to the Holiday Party.


Grant Thornton Volunteering and Making a Difference

For the fourth consecutive year, employees from Grant Thornton volunteered their time and energy to help ACHIEVEability prepare a home for a new family.



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EY Connect Day

For the fourth consecutive year, employees from Ernst & Young supported ACHIEVEability by volunteering their time and energy on EY Connect Day. 


On Friday, October 2nd, a group of 14 volunteers helped our organization to prepare a home for a new family by painting and cleaning, and canvassed the local West Philadelphia neighborhood picking up liter and debris. Though it was rainy and dreary, this lively group of eager volunteers helped to brighten the day for ACHIEVEability and the families and communities we serve. 


Ernst & Young has been a great supported of our agency over the past few years by sponsoring Food for Thought, contributing to our donation drives and providing volunteer services. Thank you EY for all that you do! 



Backpack Donation Drive

Thanks to the generous support of Cradles to Crayons and organizations such as Urban Outfitters, PECO, Bank of America, Morgan Leiws and Greenphire, this year’s Backpack Donation Drive was a huge success.


Marking our best year yet, more than 1,100 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 $25,000.


Other donors include DeVry University, Grant Thornton, Hamilton Lane, Intact Vascular, Neuronetics, Tau Gamma Delta Sorority, Towers Watson 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 19 parents in our program who earned degrees last year and their children who stayed in school are proof that hard work can make a difference!


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 215-748-8814. To make a contribution, please visit our donation page.



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