Thursday, December 23, 2010

Another Successful Toy Drive

African American United Fund partnered with Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation to provide toys to 300 needy children

On December 21, 2010 from 5:30 pm to 7:30pm, in cooperation with the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, African American United Fund distributed toys for 300 children at the African American United Fund Conference Center at 2231 N. Broad Street.

“This time of the year people are in need and we are pleased our donors have contributed to this cause”, stated Linda Richardson, President of the Uptown Entertainment & Development Corporation.

Donors to the Toy Drive include Toys for Tots, Tree House Books, North Philadelphia Neighborhood Bike Works, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Home Real Estate, Uptown Entertainment & Development Corporation, African American United Fund and the African American Student Union of Central High School. Cherron Perry Thomas, African American United Fund Board Chair said, “We are so pleased at the donations from people and especially the Central High School students’ commitment.”

Each year demand for toys exceeds goals set by the African American United Fund and generous donors provide toys to help meet requests received often days before the distribution.

Thank you to our donors who made this year's toy drive a success! We were received local broadcast media coverage on December 21 during our distribution, we served many more families than we did last year and we were helped by number of organizations listed above.

Happy Holidays!

Warm regards,

Aissia Richardson

Friday, December 3, 2010

13th Annual Toy Drive

African American United Fund is partnering with TL Gilliams’s Joy to the World Fest, RL Little Consulting, Fraternal Order of Housing Police, Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation, Grey Social Bar and Lounge and others to sponsors a Toy Drive for 5,000 needy children and their families

Drop off new unwrapped toys at the African American United Fund’s headquarters at 2227 N. Broad Street

The African American United Fund is collecting toys for a monumental Toy Drive organized in partnership with T.L. Gilliams’ Joy to the World Fest. Additional partners include the RL. Little Consulting, Fraternal Order of Housing Police, Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation and Greys Lounge.

With the increase in prices for consumer goods, utilities and food, this year will be particularly hard for poor, working families to afford basic necessities let alone holiday gifts for their children. New unwrapped toys for children aged 0-12 are currently being collected at our main office at 2227 N. Broad Street, at RL Little Consulting at 128 Chestnut Street and local businesses.

Cherron Perry-Thomas, Board Chair, African American United Fund says, “This is our 13th year providing toys to low income families either by hosting our own Toy Drive or collaborating with other agencies. We’ve received numerous requests for toys over the years. This year we anticipate the requests will be overwhelming due to the state of the economy. Obviously, our supporters will work hard to ensure each child receives a significant gift, but this year we’re reaching out to the business community to help us reach the goal of providing toys and a holiday meal to 5,000 children and their families.”

This year, the toy drive is being sponsored by T.L. Gilliams’ Joy to the World Fest ( Celebrity guests have been invited to distribute toys this holiday season, curtsey of T.L. Gilliams LLC.

Each year demand for toys exceeds goals set by the African American United Fund and generous donors provide toys to help meet requests received often days before the distribution. Donations for the event can be dropped off at the African American United Fund’s headquarters at 2227 N. Broad Street between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed to help sort toys on December 18 and December 19 during the day. Please call 215.454.2583 to volunteer or to arrange to drop off toys.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Garden to Plate - Raw Food Cooking Classes Begin!

On October 9, AAUF began our Garden to Plate sessions with 10 youth participating in an alternative sentencing program.

The sessions are held on Saturdays from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at 2229 and 2231 N. Broad Street.

Garden to Plate is a project of AAUF's Urban Garden Initiative which was created to increase green space and green jobs in disenfranchised communities, promote growing produce in urban gardens and increase access to fresh food in low income and communities of color.

Garden to Plate includes providing information to youth about making healthy meal choices, preparing raw food recipes and information on linking good nutrition to healthy outcomes.

Registration is required to participate in Garden to Plate sessions.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please call our office at 215-454-2583.

Thursday, October 7, 2010



P.O. BOX 27423


A 501- C- 3 Organization

The Philadelphia Area Black Radical Congress Invites You To A Forum



Sunday, October 17, 2010 – 2 to 4 P.M.

Free Library of Philadelphia,

1901 Vine Street, Skyline Room

Why Is the November 2, 2010 Election So Important?

How will this Election effect our communities?

Special Guest Speakers

ELMER SMITH, Daily News Columnist


Philadelphia A. Phillip Randolph Institute

Who are the candidates?

What positions are they running for?

How can you protect your vote?




This is a Non-Partisan Public Meeting. All are welcome.

For Information: 215-848-1806 or 267-259-7196 Labor Donated

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Call for Installation Concepts

African American United Fund is seeking artists (multimedia, print, film, ceramic, textile, glass, sculpture, etc.) to create installations in an outdoor setting in North Philadelphia between July 2011 and September 2011. We are particularly interested in working with Temple University students.

Please contact Aissia Richardson at 215-454-2583 by phone or at by email if you're interested in having your work shown to the public.

Deadline to provide your installation concept is June 30.

Aissia Richardson, President
African American United Fund
2227 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132
215-454-2583 phone/fax
Twitter: akoben
You can find AAUF on MySpace and Facebook too!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September 11 Black Farmers Market

Please join the Black Farmers Agricultural Association and African American United Fund for a ...

Produce Sale

Date: Saturday, September 11
Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 PM
Site: African American United Fund Urban Garden Initiative
2229 and 2231 N. Broad Street

Fruits and Vegetables direct from North Carolina

Sweet Potatoes
Bell Peppers, Squash, Zucchini
And More...

Contact Reggie 215-370-3038, Elliot 267-205-1570 or Aissia 215-454-2583 for info

Aissia Richardson, President
African American United Fund
2227 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132
215-454-2583 phone/fax

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Join the African American United Fund and Uptown Entertainment & Development Corporation for a...


Friday, AUGUST 13
6:30PM to 9:30PM
2229 N. Broad Street.

Enjoy music, food and fun for only $25.

Mamma K will demonstrate and provide samples of raw food prepared from the on-site herb garden.

Wear your most festive garden hat and comfortable shoes!

Help celebrate the construction phase of the Uptown Theatre with Uptown Entertainment & Development Corp. (UEDC) and African American United Fund's (AAUF) new Garden at 2229 N. Broad Street!

RSVP before August 6 by calling UEDC at 215-236-1878 or AAUF at 215-454-2583.

Make your contribution to AAUF online

Thursday, June 3, 2010

AAUF Urban Garden Initiative Phase I Completed

From Urban Studio blog...

The Stage is Set for an Outdoor Community Center on North Broad

June 1, 2010 by jen G.

Urban Studio has teamed-up with The African American United Fund to transform a vacant lot into an outdoor community center. The 2500 square-foot lot is located at 2229 N. Broad Street (just above Susquehanna), and is propitiously situated between two AAUF properties.

The adjacent buildings provide valuable resources for constructing and maintaining the space; such as running water, two roofs from which to collect storm water, two walls for vertical gardening and murals, electricity, restroom facilities & office space.

The lot is currently inhabited by two mature Mulberry trees, which in turn support a diverse population of plants and animals at the site.

Mulberry trees also yield a wide array of products: bark for paper, branches for baskets, leaves for silkfarms, roots for medicine, and berries for food and fabric dye.

Our collective priorities are to preserve, cultivate and celebrate this habitat. Thanks to the generous support of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Zoo and the Department of Public Health, our plans have taken root.

Pending the installation of a wooden deck, AAUF will open an income-generating, mixed-use, open-air venue available for exhibits, workshops, meetings, markets, ceremonies, performances, parties, etc.

Our hope is that this project will inspire and promote work of this kind throughout the community; by cultivating an interest in the benefits of green spaces, urban gardening, nutrition and sustainability.

To learn more about Urban Studio, go to

Monday, May 3, 2010

Learn the Facts

Participant reading a discussion guide at an AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Town Meeting

As a nation, we need to come together to put our country on a sustainable path by setting national priorities and making decisions about how we are going to pay for them.

Unless we take necessary steps to plan for the future, our national deficit and mounting debt will grow out of control. Planning ahead so that our nation can support its highest priorities will help to ensure that our country is able to create new jobs and maintain confidence in our financial markets. If we don’t start making tough choices, the interest we will need to pay on our debt will begin to crowd out other priorities, like education, national defense, investment in roads, public transit, and other infrastructure.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing you with information to better understand the issues. Here are a few links to get you started.

Reports on the budget and economy:

Changing Expectations: Americans deliberate our nation’s finances and future
An initiative of the Facing Up to Our Nation’s Finances Project. Project partners: The Brookings Institution, The Concord Coalition, The Heritage Foundation, Public Agenda and Viewpoint Learning. Project Sponsors: The Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Submitted by Viewpoint Learning, Inc.

Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future
National Research Council and National Academy of Public Administration

Fiscal Stewardship Project: Americans Confront the Fiscal Crisis
The Final Report from Concord Coalition Fiscal Advisory Councils, which have been established across the country.

Red Ink Rising: A Call to Action to Stem the Mounting Federal Debt
Report from The Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform.
Video on the budget and economy:

I.O.U.S.A.: Byte-sized — the 30-Minute Version
The award-winning documentary I.O.U.S.A. opened America’s eyes to the consequences of our nation’s debt and the need for our government to show more fiscal responsibility. Director Patrick Creadon uses candid interviews and featured subjects include Warren Buffett, Alan Greenspan, Paul O’Neill, Robert Rubin, and Paul Volcker, along with the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s David Walker and Bob Bixby of the Concord Coalition, a Foundation grantee.

Fiscal Wake Up Tour Online Video
The Fiscal Wake-Up Tour’s mission is to cut through the usual partisan rhetoric and stimulate a more realistic public dialogue on what we want our nation’s future to look like, along with the required trade-offs. Produced by Concord Coalition.

National Briefing on our Budget and Economy
Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, moderated a panel discussion on April 23, 2010 with four experts, recorded via webcast.
Organizations working on economic, budget, and tax issues:

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Bipartisan Policy Center

The Brookings Institution

CATO Institute

Center for American Progress

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

The Concord Coalition

Economic Policy Institute

The Heritage Foundation

National Academy of Public Administration

Public Agenda

Tax Policy Center

Urban Institute
Government offices focusing on the budget:

Congressional Budget Office

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

White House Office of Management and Budget

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Haitian Relief

The African American United Fund will be attending monthly meetings with Philadelphia's Mayor's Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs to create a coordinated response to the immediate needs of Haiti as well as creating an ongoing fundraising strategy to help rebuild the country.

For immediate contributions please consider a donation to Yele Haiti You can text YELE to 501501 to donate as little as $5.00 (which will be added to your cell phone bill).

AAUF will be hosting the first in a series of monthly fundraisers at our Conference Center, 2231 N. Broad Street, on January 29, 2009 from 8pm to 12am. The Dance Party for Haiti will be our ongoing effort to provide constant contributions to the immediate relief and to help rebuild Haiti. Ticket prices will start at as little as $20. Proceeds from this first event will be donated to the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia to help them reach their goal to raise the last $50,000 needed to fuel a jet that was donated to fly medical personnel and relief supplies to Haiti.

Each month AAUF will host an event and donate the proceeds to organizations providing direct relief to the citizens of Haiti.

In the meantime, I encourage you all to contribute to Yele Haiti. If you spend on average $10 a day on lunch your daily or weekly lunch bill can save lives now. I implore you to make a $10, $20, $50 contribution to help rescue our world neighbors in Haiti.

If you feel compelled to donate items you can bring the following items to the African American United Fund (2227 N. Broad Street). This list will be expanding in the coming days, weeks and months.

-Nutrition Bars (individual or in packages)
-Ace bandages

Peace and Blessings,

Aissia Richardson