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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,...

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 ---...

Shopping, dining with Care Card supports Foundation for Blind Children

When you watch 4-year-old Oliver Clark negotiate the halls of the Foundation for Blind Children, you are truly watching a miracle. The Phoenix boy...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Family New Year’s 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...

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...

MORIAH Cooperative: Peer mentors for kids with special needs

On a sunny day at Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Phoenix, the air is filled with children’s laughter, carousel music and the whistle of...

My daughter’s Iraqi best friend taught me to hope and help

At our kitchen table one evening, my 10-year-old daughter, Victoria, wanted to show me something as I checked her homework. “Here’s how you write the...

Homeless teens find shelter, and hope, at Tumbleweed

Tonight and every night, at least 600 young people in Arizona will find themselves sleeping on the streets. They are homeless --- runaways, castoffs,...

Why I’m going to March for Babies

In 2003, I found out I was pregnant. My baby was due in early September 2004. My husband and I were ecstatic! The first...

CaringBridge keeps families and friends up to date during a medical crisis

Gilbert pediatrician Tim Jacks, DO, and his wife, Anna, found out in August 2014 that their little girl, Maggie, had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a...

Emma joins “Super Six” to start Run to Fight Children’s Cancer

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Eleven-year old Emma Kerr, of Phoenix, proudly wears the...

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