A special thank you to both the McDowell Family Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation and Achieva Board Chair Mary Richter and husband Bill, for their generous challenge grants of $10,000 and $2,500 respectively. Because of your support, Achieva was able to secure the full match for both challenge grants!
There's more to be done as costs for additional supplies continue to rise. Your support will help us reach our $90,000 goal!
This first request was in response to Achieva’s initial efforts to find and secure basic levels of PPE as the early phases of the COVID-19 public health emergency took shape. As we’ve all learned more about how easy it is for the Coronavirus to spread, and the devastation that’s possible for vulnerable people with underlying medical conditions, Achieva has continued to build its supplies of PPE so it can meet the challenges of this pandemic for the perilous months ahead. In doing so, continued unbudgeted expenses for PPE (e.g., medical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields, and extra supplies of hand sanitizers, disinfectants and more) continue to mount.
Achieva’s mission is to advocate for, empower, and support people with disabilities and their families throughout their lives. In order to fulfill that mission, we need to protect both the people we serve and our valued direct support professionals by ensuring we have sufficient supplies of PPE when the need arises. Please help Achieva meet those needs by donating to the #ProtectAchieva campaign. Based on PPE orders filled, orders still unfilled, and those still to be made to get us through the fall, Achieva has established an updated goal of $90,000. Thanks to the successful challenge grant from the McDowell Family Fund and several other large donations, we are just over halfway to this goal.
Mister Rogers used to tell a story about when he was a child and he saw something disturbing on the news. His mother would comfort him by telling him to "look for the helpers." In these difficult times we cannot simply look for the helpers - we must be the helpers. Your financial support today can help absorb the cost of this life-saving protective equipment, which are needed to keep both the people we support and their direct support professionals safe and healthy.
We hope you can step up to be a helper.
$10 - 1 Liter of Hand Sanitizer
$25- 500 Gloves
$50 - 25 Gowns
$100 - 22 Face Shields
$250 - 4 Electronic Thermometers
$500 - 80 Cloth Masks
Achieva is southwestern Pennsylvania’s largest provider of lifelong services and supports for people with disabilities and their families. Achieva is a nationally-renowned leader in the field of disabilities, an organization known for its innovative programs and steadfast dedication to children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Achieva Provides the following Services:
From early intervention therapies and in-home support, to older adult protective services for medically fragile senior citizens, Achieva is the only agency of its type in our region that provides lifelong supports. We are committed to advocacy, innovation, and support for the people that utilize our services.
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