FOUR incredible years…FORTY-THREE charities impacted! We wrapped up this year by touching the lives of individuals experiencing first-time homelessness; children with congenital heart defects; homebound citizens needing a little extra help; and kids affected by a disability, trauma or foster care. Each of these organizations are doing important work in our community. Thanks to our members’ giving hearts, we donated $27,900 this quarter and people’s lives are being impacted on a daily basis.  To date, our chapter has donated $350,225 to local charities.

Ahwatukee donated $10,900 to LoveIAM, an organization dedicated to sending children with congenital heart defects to summer camp in Prescott.  “Heart Camp” gives these kids an opportunity to be like any other child who goes to summer camp. They get to swim, zip-line, horseback ride and participate in many other activities that allude them in everyday life. Thanks to a whole crew of medical professionals and volunteers, these kids are free to have fun and set their health condition aside for a few days.

Our donations will be used to send as many kids to camp as possible.

Family Promise of Greater Phoenix was the recipient of $8,750 in donations from our Scottsdale group. This local nonprofit serves first-time homeless families with the help of the interfaith community. There are 200 Family Promise organizations in 43 states. They are the largest shelter provider of families in the US.

Our donations will be used to provide emergency shelter and social services to help families move toward independent housing and self-sufficiency.

Our West Valley sister group donated $2,300 to Silver Lining Riding.  This charity’s mission is to help people overcome life’s obstacles through equine interaction.  They provide therapeutic riding lessons to people with disabilities and their families, children in the foster care system, young adults in group homes, and individuals who have experienced trauma and need assistance dealing with the physical and emotional issues attached to that trauma.

Our donations will be used in direct support of programs expenses such as feed, board, veterinary services, saddles and other tack, and payment of instructors.

Our East Valley group selected About Care and donated $5,950.  About Care delivers caring and compassionate support services using trained volunteers with special concern for the elderly and physically-challenged, homebound residents of Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek.  The organization encourages and enables independent living by assisting their neighbors to continue living in their homes with dignity and self-respect.

Our donations will be used to recruit and train additional volunteers. Volunteers are the heart of this charity.  They make everything possible.

Happy Holidays!  See you in 2019!