By working to increase home stability, we are also helping escalate academic success of local students.
When families experience financial hardships, they may have to move out of their home. For some families, this could happen many times in their life. Not only does the family’s home change, but the child’s school or even school district changes. Research shows students who frequently change schools tend to have lower scores on standardized reading and math tests and higher dropout rates than their peers.
Valley of the Sun United Way partners with The Siemer Institute for Family Stability to improve long-term housing. By working to increase home stability, we are also helping escalate academic success of local students.
To do this, United Way and partners work with local school districts to identify struggling families and pair them with a case manager. These case managers work with each person in the family individually to encourage stability throughout the home. Case managers receive financial coach training from United Way. They use these learnings to co-create budgets, and financial goals with the parents or other adults in the family. They also work with children to improve academic performance by connecting them to mentors, counselors or other services so they can succeed in school.
The Salvation Army is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily and has ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among its employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people it serves.
Timna Guerchon, started her career at Valley of the Sun United Way as a Loaned Executive Admin in 2011. Having enjoyed her experience, she came back to assist the LE program again in 2013 and was hired on full-time as the Volunteer Coordinator.
The ongoing pandemic has caused organizations like UMOM to reevaluate how to keep their workers and community safe while still providing essential services.
Find ways you can still support our Community and neighbors. Sign up to participate in these unique volunteer opportunities!
Through these unprecedented times, Stand for Children has used this as an opportunity assist and connect with children and families in different ways while working to understand the new landscape in front of them.
The United for the Valley COVID-19 fund provided resources to purchase the needed technology to ensure that students are still able to access their assignments and stay connected with their teachers.
We have the power to rebuild our communities and reimagine a better future for our children if we work together to help young people struggling in the wake of this virus.
As the temperature rises, staying safe outside will become more and more difficult. Here are a few resources available around the Phoenix Metro area.
With the help from the United for the Valley COVID-19 fund, NPFY is closing the gap and increasing their services to meet the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable youth in our community.
Through help from emergency funding from the United for the Valley COVID-19 grant, The Valley of the Sun YMCA has been able to allocate resources to critical needs areas ranging from child care and food programs, to virtual senior outreach.
Arizona’s spring 2020 graduates worked hard to get here, and we acknowledge that! In honor of Graduate Recognition Day, we want to say how proud we are of our intern’s accomplishments!