2017–2018 Year In Review

06/12/2018, By Valley of the Sun United Way

Every year donors and volunteers like you are hand-raisers and game-changers. Without you the fight to end poverty in Maricopa County by tackling the many issues in poverty wouldn’t be possible. Poverty is not a single solution problem. You united against the cycle from all angles to help many local kids, families, and neighborhoods. Here are a few accomplishments you made happen this year:




Sparky’s Day of Service

More than 1,500 Arizona State University student volunteers put together 2,600 WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks, 12,000 School Readiness kits, and hundreds of Book-in-a-Bags.

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Promotores HOPE Network

In partnership with the Promotores HOPE Network and Isaac Elementary School District and Foundation, 31 Maryvale Promotores opened up a community resource house for food access and human service resources.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Volunteers used a day off as a day ON assembling 2,080 WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks.

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StandDown

During this annual event, 1,200 volunteers helped 2,000 homeless veterans get access to the resources they need to get back on their feet.

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Generation United in Guadalupe

While focusing their volunteer power in Guadalupe, Generation United assisted with community gardens and quality out of school time activities.

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Gus the Garden Bus

Gus the Bus is a mobile garden, built during Day of Action at Cartwright Elementary School to help kids learn about gardens and healthy eating. It was burned down in October, but we found a new bus! With the help of our volunteers and local fire fighters, police officers, and cadets the new Gus the Bus has been rebuilt, repainted and replanted.

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Community Garden Installations

3 new community gardens were opened this year in Maryvale, Guadalupe, and Harmon Gardens in South Phoenix.

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Vello

Our online virtual tutoring program launched nationally to 7 cities.

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Community Solutions

We created a new YouTube playlist called “Community Solutions” that you can view for more information on our work in the Valley.

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We Are United Luncheon

Women United and Venessa Williams hosted the We Are United Luncheon where community leaders raised more than $378,000 that went toward more than 200,000 meals for local children in food insecure homes.

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Just as you can’t fight poverty with one solution, it can’t be done alone. It takes a whole community coming together. It takes your help. Thank you for making the choice to Live United and join the fight.


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