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.
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Volunteers used a day off as a day ON assembling 2,080 WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks.
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.
Generation United in Guadalupe
While focusing their volunteer power in Guadalupe, Generation United assisted with community gardens and quality out of school time activities.
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.
Community Garden Installations
3 new community gardens were opened this year in Maryvale, Guadalupe, and Harmon Gardens in South Phoenix.
Our online virtual tutoring program launched nationally to 7 cities.
We created a new YouTube playlist called “Community Solutions” that you can view for more information on our work in the Valley.
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.
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.