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.
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.
to our United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund lead donors
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.
Families and individuals served by A New Leaf represent populations who are the most vulnerable to the social and economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early literacy efforts and resources that are making a difference during the pandemic.
Every year, Valley of the Sun United Way has the pleasure of welcoming in staff from our corporate partners as Loaned Executives (LEs).
To prevent reading regression during the COVID-19 school closures, Read Better Be Better created and distributed Family Literacy Kits to all 2nd and 3rd graders at partner schools.
Now more than ever, it is vital for littles to have interactions and the mentorship of their big and fortunately, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been able to continue their mission of impacting the lives of children and families.
ASCC supports children everywhere by providing resources and support to anyone who impacts them, helping every kid achieve the brightest outlook possible.
With schools shutdown due to the Covid Pandemic, a new learning gap has manifested, which is similar to Summer Learning Loss.
Free Arts uses the healing powers of the arts to help abused and homeless children build resilience and learn to trust and heal. Now more than ever, Free Arts is vital in helping children cope with and navigate these uncertain times.
It is reassuring to know that organizations like United Way and Stand for Children who are here for us, providing much needed resources and supporting our efforts to strengthen our communities.