Valley of the Sun United Way will stand in solidarity with community members and other organizations calling for systemic change to address racial disparities in our community and across our nation. United, we must eliminate the systemic inequities and injustices that endanger the dignity, futures and sadly, the lives of people in our community. Everyone deserves to live in a society where they feel safe, respected, and protected. We can, and must, do better to guarantee the human rights and freedom of every person.
I don’t have all the answers, but here’s what I can promise:
United Way will start by looking inwardly at our own diversity, equity and inclusion practices with our Board of Directors and staff. We’ll seek opportunities to use our vehicles and platforms to amplify the voices that must be heard and counted. And, we’ll deepen our dialogue with community leaders, nonprofit partners and our community to determine United Way’s best role in forward-looking solutions.
The way forward includes all of us. Now, more than ever, we must LIVE UNITED.
Carla Vargas Jasa
CEO & President, Valley of the Sun United Way
United Way belongs to our community and our number one focus is to nimbly and effectively respond to, and develop solutions for, our Valley’s most pressing needs. We will ACTIVATE resources, ACTIVATE corporate and nonprofit partners, ACTIVATE change, ACTIVATE hope, and provide real solutions to the immediate and evolving needs of our community.
By working with partners to address the digital divide, we ensure every student in the Valley has equal access to a quality education whether that’s at home or in a physical classroom.
United, we help hard-working families achieve stability and success.
By partnering with leaders and residents in local communities, we can build long-term solutions to the emerging issues our community tells us are most vital.
Valley of the Sun United Way is seeking an independent contractor to provide Math Curriculum Design and Training for the Summer Learning Collaborative. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 PM on March 12, 2021.
Give a charitable donation that assists hardworking families by supporting areas like job skill training, childcare, education, and more.
View Valley of the Sun United Way's comprehensive COVID-19 community response report.
Beginning Thursday, January 7, 2021, The United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund (UVCF) will prioritize funding for organizations providing immediate relief to families and communities in Maricopa County related to the Digital Divides. The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 21, 2021.
During these unprecedented times, we are committed to supporting urgent and emerging needs of Valley families and individuals, and the nonprofits serving them. With an in-kind donation, you can quickly provide support to areas of the highest need in our community. View the items our nonprofit partners are in need of by visiting the links below.
Maricopa County Funeral Assistance program provides help for grieving families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have recently lost a loved one. Through the program, families can qualify for up to $1,200 to be applied to burial or cremation services at a participating licensed funeral home. Losing a loved is especially difficult for Maricopa County residents who are also dealing with the financial burdens of COVID-19-related furloughs, work layoffs, reductions in pay, unemployment and other personal hardships. The program helps cover the costs of burial or cremation services during these difficult times.
Maricopa County Funeral Assistance program is available between 8 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday (except holidays). To apply, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602.240.6384. For more information, visit the links below.
The Valley’s top companies and organizations are coming together to activate change for families in our community.
CASS remains committed to ending homelessness by providing shelter, case management, housing services, and collaborative wraparound services to those most in need.
To date, nearly $3.1 million has been granted to 88 United Way nonprofit partners, serving more than 1.1 million individuals across the Valley.
Today, in partnership with Scholastic, School Readiness Kits are available to the public, ensuring all children, parents and teachers have access to tools and resources to achieve school readiness.
In a crisis or disaster, 211 is here to help every person in our community find food, pay bills and connect to other essential services. During the pandemic, our United Way promoted 211 Arizona as the number to call for COVID-19 help and questions.
Find ways this February to share the love of helping others while social distancing – It’s our way to show how much we “heart” you!
Over the last 95 years, partnerships have been at the heart of United Way’s approach to meeting its mission. Collaboration with community is the work of our organization, with some relationships enduring almost a century.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the socioeconomic inequities many students, families and neighbors face daily. The nonprofits serving our vulnerable community members face their own new set of challenges: growing needs and decreasing funds.
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. this month. Here are some activities you can do with your family to promote community, kindness, and equity.
Before the pandemic, the flow of goods coming and going was ongoing and easily manageable, but nothing could have prepared us for the vast amount of donations requested and received in response to COVID-19 and the impact on our community.
Did you know that there are actually three separate tax benefits that you may qualify for? We have made it simple by detailing these tax benefits.