A worldwide pandemic could not stop our members from showing up BIG this quarter!  We transitioned our giving circles to Zoom and continued to show our local charities support in this time of crisis.

This quarter, we chose to support nonprofits who serve domestic violence victims and their families, provide food and clothing to under-served communities, and support veterans. Thanks to our members’ giving hearts, we donated $29,300 this quarter and people’s lives are being impacted on a daily basis.

Ahwatukee donated $11,150 to A New Leaf, specifically their DVSTOP Program.  DVSTOP provides short-term emergency placement at a confidential location to domestic violence victims and their children when Maricopa County domestic violence shelters are full.

A New Leaf’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program provides women, children, teens, senior citizens, and men suffering from domestic violence crimes with court advocacy.  Acting as a key support service, Court Advocacy focuses on providing individuals with the tools and resources necessary to apply for Orders of Protection and Injunctions of Harassment. Court Advocates are bilingual in Spanish and English at all sites, assisting individuals in person or over the phone.

Our donation will support these vital domestic violence programs.

Harvest Compassion Center was the recipient of $11,200 in donations from our Scottsdale group. Since 20011, HCC Phoenix/Maryvale has fed over 100,000 individuals.

HCC strives to be more than just a local food bank, it’s a one-stop shopping experience! HCC’s look like mini-marts and clothing boutiques, where clients are welcomed to shop and choose their most-needed food, hygiene, baby and clothing items all FREE of charge. With no pre-qualifications and/or appointments ever needed, HCC’s are open to the general public and provide service to anyone living in Arizona. Their desire is to welcome and love every client who walks through their doors offering them a first-class, dignified experience.

Our donation will go directly to their smallest clients by providing food, hygiene, and baby products.

Our East Valley group selected the Arizona Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America and donated $6,650.  The charity champions and honors veterans of the United States of America by taking action to improve the lives of U.S. military veterans and all who have experienced Spinal Cord Injury, Disease/Dysfunction, and Disability. They do this through advocacy for proper health care, improving public accessibility, communication, education, and the promotion of activities and sports. Together, they are effective partners for life; ensuring each veteran receives full benefits earned through their service to our nation.

The Chapter also has one of the largest Loan Closets in the state of Arizona.  They provide durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, toilet risers, tub transfer benches, commodes and more. The Loan Closet serves Veterans and families of Veterans who are unable to obtain the equipment through the VA, or their insurance, at no cost. After serving Veterans, they are able to provide equipment to the community for those who can’t afford it, or insurance doesn’t cover.

Our donation will be used buy supplies for the Loan Closet, such as batteries for power chairs that range in cost from $75 – $125 each.

Please visit our Facebook page for more photos from our donation meetings.  Our next quarterly giving circles are August 18 in Ahwatukee, August 19 in Scottsdale and August 20 in the East Valley. We hope to meet in person but will have a contingency plan in place in case we still need to take precautions.  Please register here.