August 22, 2016
URBN's annual ACHIEVEability Backpack Donation Drive was another success this year with employees donating 316 backpacks. Through these donations, URBN is helping support hundreds of children who are getting ready to go back to school in the Philadelphia region.
All backpacks collected were donated on Saturday, August 13th at ACHIEVEability’s Community Summer Jam event, which drew approximately 1,000 attendees despite the intense summer heat. The event included talented dancers and singers, ACHIEVEability resource tables, bounce houses, food, treats for the kids, and remarks from Mayor Jim Kenney, District Attorney Seth Williams, Councilpersons Jannie Blackwell and Curtis Jones, Jr. and Representative Joanna McClinton. ACHIEVEability distributed nearly 800 backpacks – including URBN’s 316 backpacks – that were generously given by corporate and local business partners. ACHIEVEability provides these backpacks, which are stocked with school supplies, to children in their Family Self-Sufficiency Program and their local West Philadelphia community. It’s all part of their overall mission: to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income, single parent and homeless families achieve self-sufficiency.
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