OUR PAST IMPACT
Phoenixville Walks Coast 2 Coast
This innovative, one-time community walking initiative launched in 2014. 640 neighbors walked 121,886,649 steps in six months – far surpassing the goal of walking ‘coast 2 coast’ across
America! New friendships were made, health was strengthened, and thousands of dollars were
raised to fight pediatric cancer.
Phoenixville Phitness Club
The PPC provides fourth and fifth graders at Barkley Elementary School, a title one school, with
low-cost fitness activities and nutrition education after school. More than 150 children have
learned how to live healthier lifestyles, set goals, and be a part of a team through this motivational program. The PPC, now in its twelfth season, was created in partnership with the Phoenixville Area YMCA in 2010.
Girls On the Run
A tremendous source of pride for APA is having brought Girls on the Run, Girls on Track, and
STRIDE to the Phoenixville community in 2008. Phoenixville GOTR by the numbers:
350 volunteer coaches were recruited and supported. They collectively contributed
21,000 service hours in five years to improving the lives of young people in Phoenixville!
3000 + plus children have been impacted by this transformational youth development running program.
12 teams at six elementary schools and two middle schools participate bi-annually.
Phoenixville’s Schuylkill Elementary had the largest GOTR team in Chester County two years “running!”
Fed Up Movie Screening and Panel
The Phoenixville Farmers Market, in partnership with Activate Phoenixville Area, brought this documentary about systemic issues in the sugar industry to The Colonial Theater in 2014. More than 550 community members were educated about food sustainability and nutrition through an expert panel comprised of doctors, activists, farmers and authors.
Community Wellness Champions
Produced in partnership with Phantom TV, the Phoenixville Area High School Media Studio, this interview show highlights inspirational community leaders whose contributions motivated others to live courageous, service-oriented lives.
Fall Foliage Family Fun Walk
APA hosted these walks to showcase beautiful local parks like Black Rock Nature Sanctuary. With food, crafts, prizes, exercise demos, APA helped build active community connections between diverse families while enjoying our natural heritage and trail systems.
APA launched this social media campaign that used the hashtag #PhoenixvulleINSPIRED to tell stories about diverse community members to motivate others to get engaged and involved in their community.
APA brokered partnerships for raised-bed community gardens to be built in Phoenixville by the
Triskeles Foundation and Chester County Food Bank. These gardens resulted in thousands of
pounds of food grown and donated to those who otherwise would not have access to organic
APA then designed a system where community volunteers drive excess produce from the local
food bank (Phoenixville Area Community Service) to the low-income housing community at
Kings Terrace, to The Clinic, and to St. Peter’s Food Pantry.