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Operation Rebuilding Pride in Motion at Central Arizona Shelter Services

According to AZ Central, unsheltered homelessness has increased for the sixth straight year, and now makes up half of the population experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. For 35 years, CASS has worked towards ending homelessness one life at a time. They are committed to treating those experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect – a philosophy that facilitates their clients’ ability to take the steps needed to end their homelessness. CASS has been awarded $100,000 from Thunderbirds Charities for their 13-year-old downtown shelter, located on the Human Services Campus. The entry way for the shelter was described as “cold and impersonal.” CASS envisioned a more welcoming place to begin a fresh start. Operation Rebuilding Pride is a collaborative effort to renovate CASS’ downtown adult shelter and administrative space. Since moving their 74,000 square foot facility in 2013, CASS’ interior and exterior have become extremely worn and run down; many areas were never high-quality to begin with and certainly not designed to inspire and instill hope. A renovated and welcoming shelter will reflect CASS’ commitment and culture of empowerment of those served, while helping instill a sense of pride and ownership in clients and staff. Thunderbirds Charities was invited to celebrate Groundbreaking […] More
 

Gompers’ Assistive Technology Team Awarded $25,000

Thunderbirds Charities has awarded Gompers’ Assistive Technology team with $25,000 to support the implementation of Gompers’ groundbreaking program, Readtopia, a reading program aimed to teach literacy to adults with developmental disabilities.  In Readtopia, you won’t find elementary-looking line drawings and “See Spot Run” text. Designed initially for school-age students, Gompers brings Readtopia to adults with developmental disabilities for the first time. Readtopia brings first-hand experiential learning into the classroom, so members can bridge the gap between learning through reading and learning through experience. Thanks to the generous support of Thunderbirds Charities, Readtopia takes members down 1,000 feet in a submarine as they learn about oceanography. Members hear from Sacagawea to understand the journey Lewis and Clark faced heading west. Readtopia brings members into a volcano in Iceland to introduce them to the book Journey to the Center of the Earth. For more information: https://gompers.org/ More
 

The Homeless ID Project Received a Grant for $100,000

The Homeless ID Project recently received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from Thunderbirds Charities in support of the “ID Empowers Our Community” Program. Thunderbirds Charities’ support will help individuals and families to end their homelessness and rebuild their lives by providing the critical first step of identification replacement services.  With offices in the Brian Garcia Welcome Center, the Homeless ID Project does much of its work on the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. They also participate in programs intended to reach the homeless population across the Valley and Maricopa County. According to Rick Mitchell, Executive Director, “Our mission is to help people end their homelessness, not to extend it. Support from Thunderbirds Charities will help us provide the critical first step of replacing identification documents necessary for so many individuals and families seeking to end their homelessness. Need for replacement documents can result from loss, theft, eviction, or even fleeing a domestic violence situation. And while it is not something many of us think about, it is not possible to get a job, to gain housing, or enroll the kids in school without current and valid identifying documents. The Homeless ID Project is honored to receive this […] More
 

Waste Not’s Feeding Children, Youth & Families in Arizona Awarded $30,000

Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded Waste Not $30,000. These funds will help fuel Waste Not’s Feeding Children, Youth & Families in Arizona programming which provides 3.5 million meals to 75,000 individuals in need. They are able to achieve this impact by working with more than 40 food donor partners (businesses such as event venues, catering companies, and grocery stores) and 65 nonprofit agencies serving those in need in Maricopa County. “Thunderbirds Charities has been a longtime supporter of Waste Not. With 1 in 4 kids in Arizona experiencing food insecurity, this grant helps Waste Not to achieve our mission of feeding children and families right here in the Valley”, says Executive Director, Kate Thoene. “Waste Not is doing tremendous work in the community, providing vulnerable families with nutritious meals,” said Chance Cozby, Thunderbirds Charities President.  “At Thunderbirds Charities, we know the deep and long-lasting impact that food insecurity has on families and we are very proud to work with Waste Not to make a difference.” For over 30 years, Waste Not has been the only nonprofit agency in Arizona collecting prepared foods that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to nonprofit agencies that serve those in need. Their goals […] More
 

House of Refuge Awarded $25,000 Grant

House of Refuge was awarded a $25,000 grant in support of the “Adopt a Home” program. The “Adopt a Home” is one of House of Refuge’s sponsorship programs which provides an opportunity for organizations like Thunderbirds Charities to sponsor a house for an entire year in the House of Refuge community. These sponsorships provide families experiencing homelessness a safe home and essential services for an entire year. Nancy Marion, executive director at House of Refuge says that the work her agency does aligns perfectly with Thunderbirds Charities mission. “One part of Thunderbirds Charities mission statement reads ‘to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities.’ What better way to support that mission than to partner with an agency like House of Refuge, that provides housing and wrap around support services for families as they strive to overcome their cycles of homelessness”  Marion said. “Thank you Thunderbirds Charities for your commitment to the families and children in our community that simply need a helping hand as they heal and get back on their feet and on to a brighter tomorrow.” Located on 20 acres in Southeast Mesa, House of Refuge is a […] More
 

American Cancer Society Receives $25,000 Transportation Grant

Hundreds of cancer patients will be transported to potentially life-saving treatment thanks to the financial support of Thunderbirds Charities who made a $25,000 commitment to support the American Cancer Society’s transportation programs. “Transportation shouldn’t be a roadblock to cancer treatment,” reports Ashley DeGooyer, Executive Director. “Even with help from family and friends, sometimes patients have trouble getting every ride they need. The American Cancer Society is here to help. Thanks to donors like Thunderbirds Charities we have several transportation assistance programs across Maricopa County and can connect patients to the best option for their situation.” “We’re proud to support American Cancer Society’s transportation programs,” said president of Thunderbirds Charities, Chance Cozby. “The work they do is vital to cancer patients and transportation should not be a barrier to their treatments.” The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery and transportation programs provide rides to and from cancer-related medical appointments for patients who otherwise might not be able to get there. If you or someone you love needs a ride, the American Cancer Society can help.  Based on eligibility and availability, patients will be matched with volunteer drivers,  transportation providers working with the Society, or other local resources. To learn more about […] More
 

$40,000 Awarded to Maggie’s Place for the Family Success Center

Maggie’s Place is proud to announce that through a grant from Thunderbirds Charities, $40,000 will go toward the organization’s Family Success Center services for homeless, pregnant women and children.  Founded in 2000, Maggie’s Place provides housing, resources and services to support pregnant and parenting mothers in need reach their goals, and welcome them into a community filled with love and dignity. Maggie’s Place provides life-changing programs and services for homeless women and their children by offering a warm and welcoming community, a safe place to live and learn, and ongoing services that promote self-sufficiency. Thunderbirds Charities answered the need through their most recent grant cycle. Maggie’s Place Family Success Center provides maternity and infant supplies, parenting education, bus passes, educational classes for children 0-12, and family coaching for nearly five hundred clients annually. Grant monies will make it possible for the Success Center to serve more mothers, babies and families, helping lift fragile mothers out of poverty and despair. “We are thrilled to receive the grant from Thunderbirds Charities,” said Laura Magruder, Maggie’s Place CEO. “It will change the lives of the mothers and babies we serve and give us the opportunity to help many more mothers in our community.” […] More
 

Neighborhood Ministries: Katy’s Kids Preschool

Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Neighborhood Ministries, a social service agency in downtown Phoenix that helps impoverished children and families, for their Katy’s Kids Early Childhood Development Preschool program.  During the 2019-2020 academic year, this program will serve 20 three to five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged households. It will provide opportunities for sensory learning, physical activity and social, emotional and cognitive development. Developmental, physical health, dental, hearing, and vision screenings will be offered free of charge. A unique aspect of this early education program is the comprehensive services that will be provided to meet the various needs of children and families. In addition to connecting families to Neighborhood Ministries’ onsite food and clothing bank, health and dental clinic, after-school programs, counseling services, workforce development program and parenting classes, community partnerships will be utilized to ensure families’ holistic needs are met. https://nmphx.com/programs/katys-kids-preschool/ More
 

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging Awarded Grant by Thunderbirds Charities

More than 100,000 children in Arizona are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives, according to the U.S. census. Duet: Partners in Health & Aging helps grandparents raising grandchildren through Valley-wide support groups, workshops, family activities, respite care, and information and referrals. Recently, Thunderbirds Charities provided Duet with a $15,000 grant to support their one-of-a-kind Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. “When grandparents raising grandchildren come to Duet, they are often in turmoil,” said Patricia Dominguez, MSW, director of kinship care services for Duet. “They are often confused and scrambling to find resources and help. Duet is that life-line to making sense of their situation and provide them with hope. This grant from Thunderbird Charities will make a huge impact to grandfamilies [grandparents and the children they are raising] facing many challenges.” By supporting grandparents raising grandchildren, Duet provides families with the tools they need to navigate an often unexpected transition and helps to keep children out of foster care. The funds from the Thunderbirds Charities grant will support group family activities, respite care, and more. These social and cultural outings such as family picnics, visits to local attractions, and more, allow grandparents and grandchildren to know that they aren’t alone […] More
 

Hope Women’s Center

As ACEs and the importance of trauma informed care continue garnering awareness in Arizona, one question remains: How will low-income individuals afford trauma care?  Hope Women’s Center has an answer – their trauma informed services are free. And thanks to the recent grant award from Thunderbirds Charities, Hope’s 5 locations can continue helping Arizona women heal from past trauma.  ‘Empower Her’, Hope’s one-on-one mentoring program, is Hope’s approach to trauma healing. “Mentoring allows a client to meet with a trained mentor for deeper emotional work. Being both relational and holistic, ‘Empower Her’ has a unique approach that creates a safe space for a woman to heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually from past trauma,” says Tammy Abernethy, CEO of Hope Women’s Center. “We’ve spent 35 years building trusting relationships with women and teen girls. In 2018, we invested 2,770 hours mentoring women in our communities and we expect that number to grow in 2019 as we open our 5th center in Maricopa and expand our Coolidge center. We are so grateful to Thunderbirds Charities!” “We admire the work and services that Hope Women’s Center provides,” said Chance Cozby, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We know this grant is going to help so […] More
 

Harvest Compassion Center

The Harvest Compassion Center Phoenix (HCC) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities. These funds will support the mission of the Harvest Compassion Center at both the North Phoenix and Maryvale locations of providing free food, fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy, clothing, hygiene, home and baby items to all who live in Arizona. In partnership with Thunderbirds Charities, as well as St. Mary’s Food Bank, both Harvest Compassion Centers welcome anyone living in Arizona to visit once every 30 days to receive a free shopping trip. Needy individuals, seniors, veterans, families and children come to HCC to find a unique mini-mart shopping experience where a personal shopper volunteer helps them select and fill a cart with their needed and desired grocery, home and clothing items. Last year alone, HCC served 36,180 individuals and children over 205,200 pounds of food and 36,000 pieces of clothing! HCC first opened its doors to the public in memory of a young 23-year-old brother and son, Mitch Swaback. Through one family’s loss, the desire and mission to serve the underserved in Phoenix was born. “Unfortunately, we know we will not end hunger or alleviate poverty in the Valley but […] More
 

Soldier’s Best Friend Receives Support from Thunderbirds Charities

Local nonprofit, Soldier’s Best Friend (SBF), is pleased to announce that Thunderbirds Charities has awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 towards SBF’s Service/Therapeutic Companion Dog Training Program that supports veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Arizona. The funding will be used to pair the program’s veterans with appropriate and vetted rescued dogs, providing professional training, all necessary equipment and veterinary care to the veteran/dog team for the duration of their participation in the program. Founded in 2011 and based in Peoria, the Soldier’s Best Friend mission is to provide veterans with combat-related PTSD and/or TBI with service/therapeutic companion dogs. The effects of PTSD can include anxiety, depression, flashbacks, reclusive behavior, uneasiness in public and suicidal thoughts. Additionally, TBI can cause mood and behavioral problems, memory loss, physical pain and difficulty with communication. To lessen the challenges these conditions present, the veteran/dog team undergoes 6-9 months of training with SBF trainers, and upon graduation, the dog has qualified for service/therapeutic companion dog status. SBF conducts training in metro Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, Sierra Vista and Flagstaff. Through August of this year, 281 veteran/dog teams have graduated and over 156 dogs have been rescued […] More
 

Teach For America Phoenix Granted $265,000 by Thunderbirds Charities

Teach For America Phoenix (TFA) announced their newest cohort of 2019 corps members, and recognizes Thunderbirds Charities for their gift of $265,000 and the critical role this investment makes in building the leadership pipeline here in Phoenix for the 2019-2020 school year. In sponsoring the local recruitment and training of 25 promising leaders, Thunderbirds Charities’ donation of $265,000 provided TFA Phoenix with an opportunity to welcome additional corps members into the Phoenix community. The incoming corps size increased significantly, as TFA welcomed 76 corps members for the summer program.   As a result of Thunderbirds’ investment, the TFA Phoenix 2019 corps will increase educational access and opportunity for over 5,700 students across the valley. In addition, corps members will begin their two year commitment with a rigorous six-week training program to develop the instructional skills needed to be ready for the first day of teaching. TFA Regional Board Chair Jim Swanson said, “I’m already so impressed with this group of leaders. They’re bright, ambitious and driven. With the support of Thunderbirds, they’ll now have the opportunity to serve in the communities that need it the most, and to change the lives of students growing up in Arizona.” “Thunderbirds has always been […] More
 

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“Every year in Arizona we see about 100 fatalities due to domestic violence, these are not limited to those involved directly in the violence, but include bystanders who tried to intervene and first responders. A 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that almost 40% of people in Arizona had been subject to domestic abuse” (Maricopa County Attorney’s Office). Thunderbird Charities continues to support organizations in the Valley whose mission is geared towards providing safety, support, therapy, and more. Here is what has been funded from our most recent Fall and Spring cycles. We’d also like to thank organizations we have funded in the past for the work they do. Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) CAAFA’s mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to be free from abuse through collaboration, prevention, awareness, and support. They received $7,500 from Thunderbird Charities to implement equine-assisted therapy facilitated by a licensed professional counselor, on-site at the CAAFA shelter. Children often come to CAAFA not trusting others or isolating themselves due to the domestic and/or sexual violence they have experienced. Over time, through interacting with the equine therapy horses, they become more communicative and trusting, and they begin […] More
 

Stewarding a Valuable Community Resource Capital Renovation Project

Thunderbirds Charities recently funded several capital projects at our Laura Dozer Center campus; a community resource for individuals and families with disabilities. After 15 years, the campus was in need of restoration to bring it back to its prime condition to improve facility use. Their grant allowed for the installation of healthy Eco flooring in the UCP Early Learning Center and the UCP Therapy Clinic. Thunderbirds Charities also funded upgrades to improve the kitchen at our Day Training for Adults program, which improves food safety for our members learning healthy nutrition. This contribution has supported UCP in their efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families with disabilities. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Awards Grant to UMOM New Day Centers

UMOM New Day Centers, Arizona’s innovative leader in shelter, services, and housing for families, single women, and youth experiencing homelessness, has received a generous gift from the Thunderbird Charities. The $300,000 donation will provide critical programming assistance for families and unaccompanied youth as they rebuild their lives to end their homelessness.   In addition to emergency shelter, UMOM focuses programs and services on each individual to ensure barriers to employment and stable housing are addressed. Examples of programs and services include education and employment assistance, child care, housing assistance, utility and rent deposits, work tools and uniforms, bus passes or gas cards to get to and from work or school, and more, depending on the need. “We value our partnership with Thunderbirds Charities and the support they provide for those in need in our community,” said Darlene Newsom, UMOM CEO. “The recent Thunderbirds Charities donation will go a long way to improving the programs and the reach of the families we serve.” “UMOM has such a tremendous impact on the individuals in our community, experiencing homelessness. They are critical to providing the needed support to help stabilize our most vulnerable and we are proud to support such a great mission,” said […] More
 

Veterans Furniture Center Awarded Grant by Thunderbirds Charities

The Veterans Furniture Center is honored to have the support of Thunderbirds Charities, 100% of the $25,000 donation will  go toward purchasing the furniture and household goods our transitioning veterans so desperately need to start a new life and stay off the streets. The Veterans Furniture Center (VFC) is a veteran run, volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting formerly homeless veterans’ transition to permanent housing by providing them, free of charge, the furniture and household goods they need to establish a home and successfully return to society. The VFC focus is on transitioning veterans who are moving into permanent housing under the HUD-VASH program. While the VA does an outstanding job providing counseling, healthcare, and other services, and transitioning these homeless veterans into subsidized housing, providing them safe shelter, it lacks the authority and budget to provide furniture or necessary household goods. By providing free furniture and household goods, the VFC fills that “critical gap.”  When the VFC volunteers deliver furniture and household goods, they turn that shelter into a home, giving the destitute veteran hope for the future and a new lease on life. https://www.veteransfurniturecenter.org More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Awards $35,000 to ALS

Thunderbirds Charities awarded $35,000 to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Arizona Chapter. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. “We are so grateful for this incredibly generous gift from The Thunderbirds,” said Taryn Norley, President and CEO of the ALS Association Arizona Chapter. “This donation will allow us to continue to invest in the children and young adults who are affected by family members diagnosed with ALS.” The Children and Youth Program was established in 2016 to serve the needs of youth affected by ALS. Services supported by the donation include: Kid’s Day Out, a day of fun designed for youth ages six through 18 as a way to take a break from the realities of ALS. At Kid’s Day Out, youth can immerse themselves in entertaining activities while connecting with peers in similar situations. Family Connections, a support group that brings families together to engage in emotional processing activities that foster discussion on the struggles of life with ALS in a safe and supportive environment. Family Fun Packs, which are mailed every quarter to families that include supplies for bonding and memory […] More
 

MentorKids USA Receives $10,000 Award from Thunderbirds Charities

Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded $10,000 to MentorKids USA for the Student Success Program, helping kids in South Phoenix with their reading and homework.  Students who lag in their reading skills are at greater risk of falling behind; while those who keep up significantly increase their chance of long-term academic and life success.  “Thunderbirds Charities has been great supporters of MentorKids, and of our efforts to help kids develop their full potential through academic success,” said Aaron Parrott, executive director of MentorKids USA. “Thunderbirds Charities ongoing support of Arizona-based youth programs is helping to build local leaders who will continue to impact our neighborhoods, cities, and state.” Thunderbirds Charities, using funds raised at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, have partnered with MentorKids the past six years, helping make a difference in the lives of hundreds children through improving their reading and leadership skills, and helping grow program capacity to better meet kids’ needs. “Mentor Kids helps children in our community learn and grow,” said Thunderbirds Charities president Chance Cozby. “We believe in strengthening our local communities, and the best way to do that is to empower our young people through education. We’re honored to have a small part in helping our […] More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Awards Grant to Greater Phoenix American Red Cross

American Red Cross, Greater Phoenix Chapter The Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Red Cross recently received a generous $10,000 donation from the Thunderbirds Charities that will be used to support The Sound the Alarm campaign; a national Red Cross initiative to reduce fire fatalities, centers around the instillation of free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods.  Recently it was announced that almost 600 lives have been saved nation-wide by free smoke alarms that were installed by volunteers and purchased by partner donors like Thunderbirds Charities. “People are what make an organization work,” said Kurt Kroemer, Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona, New Mexico & El Paso Region of the Red Cross.  “Thunderbirds Charities and the Red Cross have a strategic alignment to help people and reduce injury and death.  I have seen firsthand the amazing results that can be achieved when people set out to complete a complex task, like going door to door installing hundreds of smoke alarms. This Sound the Alarm specific donation will allow us to build our volunteer teams and purchase needed materials. Thunderbirds Charities generous donation will provide the people we serve with comfort and hope knowing that the Red Cross bench is strong, we […] More
 

Assistance League East Valley Receives Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

Thunderbirds Charities has awarded $20,000 to Assistance League of East Valley for its signature program, Operation School Bell.  Through Operation School Bell, Assistance League of East Valley provides new school clothes, shoes and hygiene kits to needy elementary school children in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Kyrene School Districts. In the 2018-19 school year, the organization provided a record 10,436 children with new clothing, uniforms, shoes and hygiene kits. The children are recommended by school resource officers. “Assistance League of East Valley has made positive life changing impacts on children through Operation School Bell and we are delighted to support such a great mission,” said Chance Cozby, president of Thunderbirds Charities. Assistance League of East Valley is an all-volunteer group that raises funds through its thrift shop at 2326 N. Alma School Rd., Chandler, and through various events through the year. It is a chapter of a national nonprofit organization. http://www.assistanceleagueeastvalley.org More
 

East Valley Adult Resources Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded $20,000 to East Valley Adult Resources (EVAR).  This generous award will be used to support the Assistance for Independent Living Volunteer Services Program.  Through this program, volunteers are matched with homebound seniors in the East Valley who benefit from assistance with essential daily activities such as: assisted transportation to medical appointments, prescription pick-up, help with grocery shopping, and friendly visiting and phone calls. “We are very grateful to Thunderbirds Charities for their support,” said Deborah Schaus, CEO of EVAR. “The program makes the difference in enabling our homebound neighbors to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible, and strengthens our community along the way.” “East Valley Adult Resources has such a positive impact on so many homebound seniors in our East Valley community and we excited to support such a great mission,” said Chance Cozby, President of Thunderbirds Charities. www.evadultresources.org More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Awards Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council $50,000 Grant

Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded $50,000 to Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) to support the Council’s Social Impact programs addressing the needs of at-risk youth.  GSACPC Social Impact programs are designed to reach girls who may not otherwise have access to Girl Scouting. They operate as early intervention programs and empower girls–who face challenges outside of their control–to break cycles of poverty, incarceration, abuse, and other issues, and realize their full potential. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ social impact work in Arizona, that began with the innovative Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program that connects girls with their incarcerated mothers. “We are deeply grateful to the Thunderbirds Charities and their decade-long support of our efforts to introduce more girls to Girl Scouting,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “It’s the best leadership development program for girls in the world that has proven positive life outcomes, and every girl deserves the opportunity to be a Girl Scout.” “The most fulfilling aspect of what we do as tournament host is giving back. It’s especially rewarding to see the funds raised from the WM Phoenix Open impact our community in ways that matter today and tomorrow,” said Chance Cozby, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We love […] More
 

Camp O’Connor Receives $50,000 Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute has been awarded a generous $50,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities for Camp O’Connor, a civics program for middle school students. Camp O’Connor is a free, merit-based week-long summer program providing interactive civics education and leadership development for 7th and 8th graders. Now in its third year, Camp O’Connor takes place in downtown Phoenix at the Beus Center for Law and Society, home of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute and the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. With a large Arizona contingent, an increased focus on outreach to rural communities resulted in participation by students from Bullhead City, Yuma, Chino Valley, Sahuarita, Tucson, Hereford, Clifton, Florence, and Nogales, in addition to Maricopa County. Camp O’Connor works to educate, inspire and encourage the next generation of leaders to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for our democracy and their important role as citizens.  Campers develop leadership skills, greater knowledge of our nation’s democracy and experience civics in action, enhanced by field trips to the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of Arizona’s government. O’Connor Institute Board Chair Matt Feeney, added, “Through its generous grant to the O’Connor Institute, the Thunderbirds have once again demonstrated their remarkable […] More
 

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

Please take a moment to watch a video of one of the impactful organizations that Thunderbirds Charities supports, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. We specifically supported the expansion of the CVICU to include an additional 24 beds on the 5th floor, 12 new CVICU beds and 12 cardio “step down” beds. We are helping PCH CVICU patients receive the care that is appropriate to their levels of acuity as they heal and recover! More
 

Human Services Campus Awarded $300,000 Grant by Thunderbirds Charities

Thunderbirds Charities has awarded the Human Services Campus (HSC) a $300,000 grant for critical client services to help individuals experiencing homelessness remove barriers leading to permanent housing.  The Human Services Campus opened in 2005 as a compassionate response to a community problem as well as an economic response to an increase in homelessness in the downtown Phoenix area. HSC, is located at 12th Avenue and Madison and is home to 20 nonprofit organizations providing services and resources to people experiencing homelessness.  Services include identification; physical, mental and dental healthcare, meals, shelter, legal services, employment services, navigation, housing match and more. “We are incredibly grateful to Thunderbirds Charities for their deep generosity through this grant that will provide vital support in our mission to use the power of collaboration to provide solutions to end homelessness,” said HSC Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender.  “Of the nearly 7,000 unduplicated homeless individuals who visited the Brian Garcia Welcome Center on the campus last year, more than half initiated a strategy to achieve self-sufficiency.  This grant will enable us to provide services to even more men and women. When guests arrive at the Brian Garcia Welcome Center, our first step is to try to reunite them […] More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Grants Local First Arizona $80,000

Local First Arizona recently received $80,000 from Thunderbirds Charities in support of Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program. The new investment will boost outreach of the program to new Latino businesses across the Valley, helping to further Thunderbirds Charities’ mission to improve the quality of life for Arizonans. Fuerza Local Business Accelerator is a six-month program offered at no cost to underserved Latino micro-entrepreneurs in the Greater Phoenix area. The curriculum brings industry experts together to teach courses on business fundamentals, cash-flow projections, marketing, business planning and more – all taught entirely in Spanish. During the program, students solidify a credit score and upon graduation, each student is given the opportunity for a line of credit to grow their business. “The Fuerza Local Business Accelerator program was created from a need to help underserved Latino business owners. We are proud of the hard working entrepreneurs that go through the program because they are adding significantly to our communities and our economy. Thunderbirds Charities realizes the impact and potential and we’re thrilled to partner to continue bridging the gap for Latino entrepreneurs,” says Tanairi Ochoa-Martinez, Director of Fuerza Local Arizona.  “Local First Arizona is doing tremendous work in our community assisting underserved […] More
 

Treasures 4 Teachers

 It is ‘Back-to-School’ and thanks to the generous financial support of Thunderbirds Charities, hundreds of teachers and students from Title 1 schools in metro Phoenix will benefit with a delivery of school supplies from Treasures 4 Teachers – T4T on Wheels. This year truckloads of free school supplies will be delivered directly to Title 1 schools, serving an average of 50 teachers and 1,500 students in one trip. Most students in Title 1 designated schools live in low-income households and are less likely to be adequately equipped with the supplies they need to learn. The T4T on Wheels mobile program provides a solution to this problem while also alleviating the financial pressure many teachers feel when having to purchase their students’ supplies with their own money. Supporting teachers is critical. “Teaching is the one profession that teaches all others” says Barbara Blalock, Executive Director of Treasures 4 Teachers. “Where would we be if we didn’t have a teacher to educate and inspire us?” Barbara expands by saying, “Treasures 4 Teachers has always been available to educators all over the state, but we often hear that they cannot access the supplies they need because of time, money or distance.” Back-to-School is the […] More
 

Homeward Bound

Thunderbirds Charities granted a whopping $250,000 to Homeward Bound towards their Empowering Homeless Families with Children program. The monies, raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, will be divided between direct services and programming for residents, and maintenance on the now 20-year-old apartment campus named Thunderbirds Family Village. Homeward Bound is a local nonprofit that- along with a housing component- provides tailored stabilization programs targeted at the root issues of homelessness for children and their parents to get back on their own two feet. 89% of Homeward Bound resident families are headed by young, single women with an average of 3 children, limited education and large debt. “Homeward Bound has such a tremendous impact on at-risk families, giving them tools to be self-sufficient and thrive,” said Chance Cozby, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We are happy to support their efforts in our community.” With homelessness on the rise in 2019, and Arizona temperatures rising even faster, Thunderbirds Family Village is the heart of Homeward Bound’s two-generational program. With the help of the funds granted, homeless children and their families are housed, the parents access training for family-supporting jobs, learn how to advocate for their children, and manage finances. Meanwhile, […] More
 

Kids Need to Read

Kids Need to Read was the fortunate recipient of a generous $25,000 grant award from Thunderbirds Charities. This is the third year of funding Kids Need to Read has received from Thunderbirds Charities, which has provided over $147 million of charitable donations to Arizona-based organizations over the years. The funds will be used to provide books and other reading resources to children living in low socioeconomic and rural areas of Arizona via The Page Coach, Kids Need to Read’s mobile conveyor of literary treasure.  The Page Coach was selected for funding because of its ability to reach areas traditionally overlooked by many literacy programs, including remote areas where children live without electricity and running water. Kids Need to Read has also worked with Thunderbirds Charities to deliver books to the Blessings in a Backpack program at Nevitt Elementary School in Tempe, Arizona via The Page Coach. “Ensuring that children have access to books is vital to breaking the cycle of generational illiteracy that exists in many impoverished areas of the state,” said Kids Need to Read Executive Director Denise Gary. “The Page Coach makes it possible for our organization to deliver books to children living in areas where the need […] More