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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘Families Giving Back’

Families Giving Back: Help local homeless families

Since opening its doors in 1964, UMOM New Day Centers has been dedicated to helping homeless families in Phoenix. This year, UMOM acquired Tumbleweed, a nonprofit that helps homeless youth, and the organization continues to work to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions. “Our ultimate goal is to be a leader […]

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In need of a friend, Scottsdale third-grader creates the “Mensch Bench”

Despite the fact that Olivia Feldman sings and acts in front of more than 200 people through her involvement with Desert Stages Theatre, her onstage confidence was not transferring to her time at school. As a third-grader, Olivia was feeling shy and uncomfortable when it came to finding friends to play with during recess at […]

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Summer volunteering: Ways to give back during your vacation

If your family is traveling to escape the Phoenix heat this summer, consider adding a new element to your vacation: volunteering. It’s a great way to spend quality time together, learn more about the community you’re visiting and make a difference. Before your trip, do some online research about volunteer opportunities in or near your […]

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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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Teach your child kindness by asking the right questions

At school pickups and dinner tables across the country, parents are asking: “How was school today?” “How did you do on your test?” “How was practice?” Many times, the answers are less than informative. Getting your kids to open up about their day can be like pulling teeth, but it doesn’t have to be that […]

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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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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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Socks From Santa brings the spirit of the season

The goal was 5,000 socks. But at the end of the day, when all the donations were bundled, tied up in red ribbon and adorned with heartfelt, handmade cards of good spirit and support, more than 9,000 pairs of socks were ready to be distributed to homeless men, women and children served by Central Arizona […]

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Join the Socks From Santa sock drive

When I think of socks, the first thing that comes to mind is the countless number of single socks that go missing in my household. Where do they go? Do they consciously uncouple? At any given moment, we have at least 20 unmatched socks at the bottom of the laundry basket waiting for their mates, […]

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