It seems like a lot of money -- $2.5 million – but it’s actually priceless when you consider the money was used to get 250 homeless people off the streets in Phoenix into their own apartment as part of Rapid Rehousing, a program that helps with rent and supportive services for a short time.
Did you know that children living in food-insecure households are 50 percent more likely to miss days of school, twice as likely to be suspended and 50 percent more likely to have to repeat a grade? This is happening right here in OUR community. Children in 82,000 Valley households don’t know where their next meal is coming from.To put that number in context: If one refrigerator from each of these households were lined up, they would reach rim-to-rim and back again at the Grand Canyon!
Giving back! That’s what family philanthropy is all about. Parents bringing their children to Valley of the Sun United Way volunteer events, teaching their children about the impacts of hunger and the fact that some kids go to bed hungry; explaining about homelessness and how some families and kids sleep on sidewalks, benches, couches, or wherever they can find a safe place. Family philanthropy is also about helping those in need with monetary donations.
Do you know where you’re sleeping tonight? On any given day in Maricopa County, 6,000 people don’t know where they’ll spend the night. They’re looking for a place to sleep under an overpass, a bush or tree, or maybe a car. Another 20 percent experience chronic homelessness, meaning they haven’t had a home for at least a year or multiple times in recent years and have a disability. Valley of the Sun United Way wants to reduce homelessness in our community by 75 percent by 2020.
Meet Frank McKinney. He’s an amazing 104-year-old with quite a sense of humor! Frank lives in Scottsdale with his long-time friend, 90-year-old Alice. Not only has Frank lead a full life, he also believes in helping others. In fact, he may be Valley of the Sun United Way’s oldest donor!