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 over the weekends.
Thanks to our generous donors, kids have food over the weekend and come to school Monday ready to learn. WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks are a way for children in food insecure homes to discreetly receive meals for their family before leaving school for the weekend. After we fill plastic bags with the items needed, thanks to the help of our volunteers, we deliver these bags to local schools each Friday so they can be taken home in a child’s backpack at the end of the day.
Vello virtual tutoring is reaching students in more classrooms and connecting even more volunteers to become part of the program.
Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer in the Phoenix metro area? Sign up to join us at any of these upcoming activities!
Character Playbook teaches kids about healthy relationships, problem solving, and how to discuss how they are feeling. This program is made possible thanks to EverFi and the Arizona Cardinals.
Reflections from Valley of the Sun United Way Board Chair, Jenny Holsman Tetreault
Finding a time to volunteer that matches with the schedule of your busy life can be a challenge. Discovering the right at-home activity for you and your family and friends to do whenever you want is much easier! Look at these fun at-home activities with United Way to find the right one for you.