Valley of the Sun United Way will stand in solidarity with community members and other organizations calling for systemic change to address racial disparities in our community and across our nation. United, we must eliminate the systemic inequities and injustices that endanger the dignity, futures and sadly, the lives of people in our community. Everyone deserves to live in a society where they feel safe, respected, and protected. We can, and must, do better to guarantee the human rights and freedom of every person.
I don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I can promise:
United Way will start by looking inwardly at our own diversity, equity and inclusion practices with our Board of Directors and staff. We’ll seek opportunities to use our vehicles and platforms to amplify the voices that must be heard and counted. And, we’ll deepen our dialogue with community leaders, nonprofit partners and our community to determine United Way’s best role in forward-looking solutions.
The way forward includes all of us. Now, more than ever, we must LIVE UNITED.
Carla Vargas Jasa
CEO & President, Valley of the Sun United Way
United Way belongs to our community and our number one focus is to nimbly and effectively respond to, and develop solutions for, our Valley’s most pressing needs. We will ACTIVATE resources, ACTIVATE corporate and nonprofit partners, ACTIVATE change, ACTIVATE hope, and provide real solutions to the immediate and evolving needs of our community.
By working with partners to address the digital divide, we ensure every student in the Valley has equal access to a quality education whether that’s at home or in a physical classroom.
United, we help hard-working families achieve stability and success.
By partnering with leaders and residents in local communities, we can build long-term solutions to the emerging issues our community tells us are most vital.
Give a charitable donation that assists hardworking families by supporting areas like job skill training, childcare, education, and more.
View Valley of the Sun United Way's comprehensive COVID-19 community response report.
During these unprecedented times, we are committed to supporting urgent and emerging needs of Valley families and individuals, and the nonprofits serving them. With an in-kind donation, you can quickly provide support to areas of the highest need in our community. View the items our nonprofit partners are in need of by visiting the links below.
Maricopa County Funeral Assistance program provides help for grieving families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have recently lost a loved one. Through the program, families can qualify for up to $1,200 to be applied to burial or cremation services at a participating licensed funeral home. Losing a loved is especially difficult for Maricopa County residents who are also dealing with the financial burdens of COVID-19-related furloughs, work layoffs, reductions in pay, unemployment and other personal hardships. The program helps cover the costs of burial or cremation services during these difficult times.
Maricopa County Funeral Assistance program is available between 8 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday (except holidays). To apply, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602.240.6384. For more information, visit the links below.
The Valley’s top companies and organizations are coming together to activate change for families in our community.
The Valley of the Sun United Way Making Choices Simulation bridges the gap from misconception and assumptions, to understanding that at any given moment one of us could be susceptible to experiencing poverty in our lifetime.
Through the Vello program, Valley of the Sun United Way was prepared to ensure children in our community would not be left behind when schools closed and families retreated to their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Over the last 5 years we’ve come together with over 60 local organizations to address the unique needs of children and youth living in Phoenix’s urban core.
Financial stability is about much more than economics. When families have their basic needs covered and have savings and assets, it positively impacts every aspect of their lives.
The goal of the program is to provide Pantry Packs to 1,500 students, in Maricopa County every month during the school year, to ensure they and their families have food staples to get them through the month.
The 2020 election year is now in full swing. National Voter Registration Day is the perfect opportunity to get involved, no matter what party you support or which issues matter most to you.
When talking with your family about social issues such as homelessness, it’s important to remember that people who are in a situation that has led to homelessness are people first.
In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and school closures, United Way is pivoting to a 1:1 model of delivery for Vello that will provide children with virtual 1:1 reading sessions from home or on individual devices at school.
With the support of hundreds of volunteers, Valley of the Sun United Way’s Project Connect program has helped those who are experiencing, or on the brink of, homelessness. Since this program’s inception in 2008, Project Connect has served more than 22,000.
Valley of the Sun United Way will continue to provide relief for our Maricopa County neighbors struggling in these areas, respond to emerging needs, address racial, social, economic and educational inequities, and when the time is right, help our community rebuild.
From 2014 to 2020, United Way and its partners, worked with 108 schools to successfully bring breakfast into the classroom.
Find ways you can still support our Community and neighbors. Please follow recommended guidelines if you wish to volunteer at an organization in our community. Many agencies are taking precautions to keep volunteers and clients safe during this time.