We believe in helping kids have a better relationship with food and more focus on their education, not their hunger.
When children are hungry, they cannot focus in class, putting them behind their classmates. This brings stress and anxiety into the classroom for the student, their peers, and the teacher, impacting the entire learning environment. Some children rely on school for all their meals and may not have access to nutritious food at home.
Thanks to our generous donors, kids have food over the weekend and come to school ready to learn. After we fill plastic bags with the items needed, thanks to the help of our volunteers, we deliver these bags to local schools so they can be taken home in a child’s backpack at the end of the day. Snack Packs are a way for children in food insecure homes to discreetly receive meals for their family before leaving school.
In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and school closures, United Way is pivoting to a 1:1 model of delivery for Vello that will provide children with virtual 1:1 reading sessions from home or on individual devices at school.
With the support of hundreds of volunteers, Valley of the Sun United Way’s Project Connect program has helped those who are experiencing, or on the brink of, homelessness. Since this program’s inception in 2008, Project Connect has served more than 22,000.
Valley of the Sun United Way will continue to provide relief for our Maricopa County neighbors struggling in these areas, respond to emerging needs, address racial, social, economic and educational inequities, and when the time is right, help our community rebuild.
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.