2020 Thunderbirds Charities Newsletter

The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open raised more than $14 million through proceeds from the 2020 tournament, held at TPC Scottsdale January 27 – February 2, 2020. This figure surpassed last year’s record of $13.2 million and is the ninth straight year of breaking a record for charitable dollars raised in a single year. In its history, dating back to 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised more than $161 million for charities in Arizona.

The Thunderbirds and the Waste Management Phoenix Open have raised more than $95 million for local charities since 2010 when Waste Management (WM) became title sponsor. To put this in perspective, in WM’s first year as title sponsor the tournament raised $4.4 million dollars, and in its 11th year increased that by nearly $10 million.

“We’re extremely proud each and every time we make this announcement, especially when we can announce, for the ninth-straight year, a record-breaking, single-year charitable contribution,” said 2020 Tournament Chairman Tim Woods. “Of course, this can only be possible with the incredible public engagement around our event, the help and support of our corporate partners and especially our title sponsor Waste Management. It’s because of them and the Greatest Fans in Golf we can continue to impact hundreds of Arizona Charities each year.”

Below are a few highlights from our Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 grantees as well as a complete listing of grant awards made during the 2020 fiscal year.


Highlighted Stories:

Arizona Helping Hands

Arizona Helping Hands

Arizona Helping Hands provides essential needs for children in foster care through programs that promote safety, permanency, and health. Their vision is that every child in foster care is safe and loved and their services remain unduplicated, supporting children in foster care with items, including beds, cribs, clothing, diapers, and hygiene. Arizona Helping Hands also provides backpacks with school supplies to help children succeed in school and fulfills birthday dreams to help raise self-esteem by showing children they are special and loved.

Thunderbirds Charities provided emergency support to Arizona Helping Hands to help families and children in foster care struggling to provide the most basic needs. “To be able to provide our most vulnerable, the children in foster care, with the basic needs such as twin beds, cribs, diapers and wipes is gratifying – and what our organization is all about,” says Tim Woods, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We are proud to support Arizona Helping Hands in their work in making a difference to the children in foster care and families who need us now more than ever.”


Keep Phoenix Beautiful

Keep Phoenix Beautiful’s vision is to create a vibrant Phoenix where each neighborhood is a healthy, beautiful place to live. A variety of events are held throughout the year to serve the community from gardening classes, neighborhood cleanups and community gardens. Through these initiatives, Keep Phoenix Beautiful provides the tools to empower communities across the Valley to improve the overall quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Thunderbirds Charities recent grant will support Keep Phoenix Beautiful by providing shade, storage and equipment needs at the Mountain View Park Community Garden. The storage container will be built to City Parks standards and provide a needed and well-organized way to store all the garden tools, supplies and equipment. The shade sail will provide a welcome respite for the After-School Program students that come to the garden during the later afternoon to tend to their garden bed. It will also serve as lovely shaded sitting area for community gardeners as well as park visitors who want to just take a moment to enjoy the garden and the beautiful view.

“We are so thankful to the Thunderbird Charities for supporting local initiatives,” said Tom Waldeck, President/CEO of Keep Phoenix Beautiful. “There is no question, that they leave an undeniable mark that is felt throughout our entire community.”

Keep Phoenix Beautiful

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun is dedicated to improving lives and preserving affordable housing for low-income homeowners. By providing critical repairs and accessibility modifications at no cost to income-eligible seniors, veterans, families with young children, and those with disabilities; individuals can stay in their homes and communities become safer and healthier.

Thunderbirds Charities has been supporting their Safe at Home Program for many years, which provides much-needed home repairs for homeowners in need. Recently a group of Thunderbirds lent their time and talents to build a wheelchair ramp for a woman with mobility issues. To see the impact of their work in action, click here to watch this short video.


Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Arizona serves more than 80,000 students each year by integrating programs into the classroom to help connect real world concepts like the importance of money management, work readiness and entrepreneurial thinking.

As students have transitioned to digital learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Junior Achievement has a need to augment and convert their curriculum to an online format as opposed to paper-based to reach students outside of the classroom. Their programming reach is Kindergarten through high school in thousands of classrooms across 400 schools in Arizona. The need to continue to reach students, no matter how they are learning is crucial now more than ever.

Junior Achievement

Esperança

Esperanca

Esperança’s mission is to improve health and provide hope through disease prevention, education, and treatment for everyone. Through their core values of Compassion, Integrity, Cultural Awareness and Tenacity they provide treatment and care regardless of the recipient’s walk of life. While Esperança works around the globe, over the past two decades, Esperança’s domestic program has served more than 30,000 children, adults, and seniors in the most vulnerable communities of Maricopa County, ensuring they receive culturally appropriate preventive health education for chronic disease and illness.

The support from Thunderbirds Charities will be used to further support Esperança’s health literacy programs for at-risk, low-income Latino children, adults, and seniors in the Phoenix area. These health literacy programs include Salud con Sabor Latino (Health with a Latin Flavor), Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), Platicas (30-minute talks on various health topics), and oral health education for all ages. Almost 4,000 participants are projected to be served through these programs.


Phoenix Police Foundation

The Phoenix Police Foundation addresses unmet capital needs of the City of Phoenix Police Department (PPD), providing financial assistance in crisis situations and recognizing those who protect our communities. Thunderbirds Charities is proud to support the various youth-based programs sponsored by the PPD, such as the Phoenix Police Department Cadet Program, Police Activities League, Hoops for Hope, and Youth Experience.

These programs provide youth with the opportunity to gain leadership skills, law enforcement training and mentorship. The Police Activities League brings together police officers and boys and girls through sports and school-related activities. All the programs provided by the PPD enhance and build on the relationships that police officers have with the youth of their community.

“This grant is an investment in our future. Today’s teenagers are tomorrow’s leaders. As officers and young people have a chance to work side-by-side, they build a camaraderie that lifts our entire community,” said Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams.

Phoenix Police Foundation Youth Programs

At-Risk Youth & Families

"Improving Outcomes for Children in Kinship Family Care"
$25,000
Fostering Success for Children in Foster Care
$25,000
Basic Needs for Children in Foster Care Emergency Funding
$50,000
Chandler Food Bank Vehicle and Program Request
$75,000
Big Futures SUCCESS - College and Career Readiness Mentoring Program
$20,000
Establishing Makerspaces at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale's Thunderbirds and Lehi branches
$100,000
Nourishing Grandfamilies
$5,000
Girls Living Well Program
$75,000
SPOT 127: KJZZ's Youth Media Centers Equipment Update
$7,500
Essential Home Furnishings
$25,000
Discover Your Future
$20,000
Pet Therapy Program
$15,000
Genesis City Trailblazer Program
$75,000
ICAN's Positive Youth Development Program
$75,000
JFCS East Valley Healthcare Center Expansion
$100,000
New Pathways for Youth Transformative Mentoring Program Expansion Project
$150,000
South Phoenix Community Convening for Early Childhood Education
$25,000
Phoenix Police Department Youth Programs
$50,000
Rising Youth Theatre Youth Leadership Program
$5,000
Creative Youth Development for Under-Resourced Youth
$10,000
Crisis Hotline/Textline
$200,000
Literacy and the Arts
$15,000
Technology & Virtual Training Expansion
$50,000
Valley of the Sun YMCA Emergency Childcare Services
$200,000
Year Up Arizona’s Direct Student Cost for Workforce Development and Education Program
$50,000

Community Outreach / Quality of Life

Comfort and Care Behavioral Health Counseling Center Program
$25,000
Paid Transportation Program
$25,000
HOPE Services
$50,000
Improving Lives Impacted by Pediatric Cancer
$25,000
Cancer Patient Housing Assistance Program
$75,000
Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit #2
$500,000
Neighborhood Children's Literacy Programs
$10,000
Esperança Health Literacy Programs for At-Risk, Low-Income Latino Children, Adults, and Seniors
$25,000
Durable medical equipment to meed the needs for COVID 19
$6,000
Hope Heals
$15,000
Keep Phoenix Beautiful Community Gardens
$10,000
Growing the Arizona Community Health Worker Workforce
$20,000
Basic Life Needs
$100,000
Homeless I.D./Birth Certificate Program
$20,000
Partners That Heal
$15,000
2020 Summer Youth Program Fund
$50,000
Wigs for Women & Children
$5,000

Domestic Violence / Homeless / Poverty

Comforts of Home Project
$50,000
Brighter Way Institute Downtown Dental Center Expansion
$250,000
Capital Improvement Project for Circle the City
$100,000
Specialized Support for Young Superheroes who have Survived Domestic Violence
$10,000
Mobile Career Center for Women
$20,000
Family Promise Emergency Shelter Program
$50,000
Free Arts Programs for Children
$25,000
Fresh Start Women's Foundation - Family Law Support Services
$125,000
ID Empowers Our Community
$100,000
Empowering Youth For The Future (EYFTF)
$50,000
Empowering Homeless Families with Children
$538,000
Critical Client Services
$300,000
Food Box Distribution
$60,000
Family Success Center Services for Homeless, Pregnant Women and Children (Families) at Maggie's Place
$40,000
Expanding Hope Capital Campaign Solutions Building
$750,000
Healing and Empowerment Center
$100,000
Employment Heals Communities
$150,000
Drive to End Hunger
$25,000
Increasing Family Emergency Shelter Capacity
$300,000
Collaborating to Combat Hunger
$200,000
Housing and Wrapround Supportive Services for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans in Maricopa County
$100,000
Support a Veteran
$20,000

Education

LEAF - Literacy Elevates Arizona Families
$30,000
Act One Field Trip Program
$50,000
Teaching the New Arizona Economics Standards (K-12)
$50,000
Exploration Station Redesign for Universal Accessibility
$10,000
CREATE on Wheels & CREATE Educator Boot Camps
$70,000
Operation School Bell®
$50,000
PIPELINE of College-going Programs & Postsecondary Transition Project
$50,000
The BE KIND City: our youth will make the difference
$50,000
Children's Emergency Shelter Operations
$150,000
The Children’s Garden & KIDchen
$30,000
Childsplay's In-school Performance Program
$25,000
RISE Scholars
$5,000
Building Brains to Listen, Talk & Read
$60,000
Expansion of Literacy and Mentors Program
$50,000
Jumpstart Arizona’s Workforce Development Program
$20,000
Converting Junior Achievement’s Paper-Based Curriculum to Digital Curriculum
$50,000
Sonoran Discovery Academy - Expedition Days (Formally Junior Citizen Science Festival)
$20,000
South Phoenix Promise Neighborhood Student Success Program
$10,000
Project Lit: Igniting Literacy through the Arts
$10,000
Nature in Your Neighborhood
$10,000
College Preparatory Program
$10,000
Mind Over Music
$15,000
PCA & - Sports Teach Arizona
$50,000
School Programs: After-school component
$5,000
Every Child Reads
$25,000
STEP: Student College Prep Program
$25,000
The Nash Jazz Interns
$5,000
T4T on Wheels
$40,000
Connecting Students with Veterans
$10,000
Arts Education Program
$8,000
Grant Request for Youth Entrepreneurs classes in Maricopa County
$25,000

Improving the Lives of the Physically & Mentally Challenged

Ability360 Youth Continuum of Services
$50,000
East Valley Learning Center Capital Support
$50,000
Neighbors Program (Former Name: Assistance for Independent Living Volunteer Services)
$25,000
Volunteer Home Services
$60,000
Best Buddies Arizona School Friendship Project
$25,000
Nine Student Scholarships for the 2019-2020 Lesson Season
$10,000
2019 Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy – Phoenix (AZMOM-Phoenix)
$20,000
Expanded Season Support
$10,000
Family Support: Family Support and Family Guide
$20,000
Early Intervention for Blind Babies
$100,000
Homerun Program Growth
$20,000
Oakwood Creative Care Dementia Coach
$8,000
Scottsdale Expansion - Music & Technology Rooms
$25,000
Interactive Online Resource Guide for Families of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
$12,000
Safe at Home Program (S@H)
$20,000
The Sanctuary Room and The Sponsor-A-Stay Program at Ryan House
$150,000
Angels Among Us
$5,000
Children’s Developmental Center
$50,000
2020 Special Olympics Arizona State Competitions
$100,000
Stem Cell Transplantation Capital Project at St. Joseph's Hospital
$150,000
(1) Financial Assistance Project for Medical-related Financial Crises, and (2) Loneliness Project
$10,000
Thunderbird's Resource Room
$10,000
Basketball Court for Youth with Disabilities at The Opportunity Tree
$30,000
Hydraulic Changing Table
$10,000