In Maricopa County there are hundreds of individuals, volunteers, donors, and organizations out there raising their hands to make change happen. These are the people dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, ready to be the game changers, making a difference in the lives of local families every day. This year our volunteers, donors, and partners have made amazing things happen in our community.
What would you do? It’s summer in Arizona and the sun is bearing heat down like it’s throwing fire. Luckily you’re in your car with the AC on full blast, feeling the cool breeze brush past you and fill your car with a refreshing coldness. The stoplight ahead turns red and you have to wait for your next chance to go when you notice the person on the corner with a cardboard sign.
Valley of the Sun United Way’s Weekend Hunger Backpacks program provides meals to help those Valley children get through the weekends, and come to school Monday ready to learn. Your support helps us provide the meals that allow growing children to focus on their education, and succeed.
Teaching moments are happening all the time in the life of a child. Every experience they have helps to shape them into who they will become as an adult. They absorb all information as they take in the world around them. We have an opportunity to show children an idea for parties that can be a little different.
There’s a saying that the best way to see something from a viewpoint outside of your own is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. It is easier to truly understand poverty when you get an idea of the choices and situations people face and struggle with every day. You can Walk-a-Mile and learn how people are Making Choices with these poverty simulations through Valley of the Sun United Way.