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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘volunteering’

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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Holiday gift guide: Choosing to give memories

Every year since she turned 9, my daughter has asked for an iPhone for Christmas. There are other items on her list, ranging from a dress she spotted at Target to an art set or a new tennis bag. This isn’t unexpected, but it does push our family to consider what we want our daughter […]

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Furry friends from Gabriel’s Angels foster strong readers

Students at Humphrey Elementary in Chandler were among the first to try the new Animals, Books and Children program — ABC for short — by Gabriel’s Angels, a local nonprofit that offers healing pet therapy for at-risk kids. ABC pairs kids with a pet-therapy team for fun and furry reading sessions that help improve children’s […]

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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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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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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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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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