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Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Arizona’s Children: Make a difference for kids in foster care

It really does take a village. For this fifth installment in a six-part yearlong series about Arizona’s foster care crisis, we explore ways to support the nearly 17,000 kids in state care — even if you can’t foster or adopt. THE JOYS OF CHILDHOOD are simple — a ride on the swings at the park, […]

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Hello Children Project delivers smiles, memories to the Valley’s seniors

On a sweltering day in late July, I visited a beautiful memory-care facility in Sun City, where Samantha Asher and her mother, Ena Barrise, had convened their Hello Children Project. At this informal, joyful, hour-long meetup, babies and kids sat encircled by residents at Royal Oaks Friendship House. The kiddos worked on a craft project […]

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Two generations of gratitude and giving back

It’s been about a year since I joined the board for Raising Special Kids, a 38-year-old nonprofit that provides parent-to-parent support for families navigating disabilities and special healthcare needs in children from birth to age 26. As a rare board member who doesn’t have a child with special needs, I’m learning a lot. The most […]

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Welcome to America Project helps create tiny ambassadors

Roland Anderson isn’t your typical ambassador. For one thing, he’s 3 years old. And while he’s met people from countries around the world, he’s done it all from Phoenix. Roland’s mini ambassadorship comes through his volunteer experience with the Welcome to America Project, a Valley nonprofit that provides a warm welcome to refugee families settling […]

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At-home volunteering: Make heat-relief sacks for the homeless

As temperatures begin to rise again, life on the streets in Phoenix can go from unbearable to deadly. Homeless men, women and children are at high risk daily for severe dehydration and sun exposure. “What may come as a surprise to people is that dehydration is actually a bigger cause of death compared to cold […]

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At-home volunteering: Make “no-sew” blankets for kids in foster care

Families Giving Back creates in-person volunteering events as well as at-home projects for families with kids of all ages. These events and projects — in conjunction with nonprofits across the Valley — offer opportunities that can fit any family’s busy schedule. This month, we’re spotlighting our partnership with Southwest Human Development. The first 2,000 days […]

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Skate Rising boosts girls’ self-confidence, advocacy, empathy

On a typical Saturday morning at the indoor 91 West Skatepark in Peoria, skateboarders from all over metro Phoenix wearing snapback hats and gray hoodies zoom across plywood ramps, bowls and banks, grind on smooth iron rails and practice their kick flips. But one Saturday in late January, the skaters who descended upon 91 West […]

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Befriending seniors: A worthy, rewarding volunteering opportunity for kids

Our views of aging evolve. As kids, all we want is to be older. Then, at some point during adulthood, all we want is to completely stop aging. We fight the clock. When I was a teenager, I remember commenting about my mom’s wrinkles, and her response has stayed with me. She told me she […]

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Detour Company Theatre stages “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

Valley audiences have an opportunity to see a special performance by Detour Company Theatre this weekend, when Detour returns to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” An adaption of the play “Beauty and the Beast” that ran on Broadway for 13 years, “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is […]

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Family resolutions: Unplug, and give to others

We live in a time in which our data plans, Netflix accounts and smartphones are among our greatest interests and biggest distractions. Although I’m a fan of and an avid user of technology, when it comes to family time, I have to set boundaries. This year, I think it would be nice for us all […]

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