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.
#1 We’ll continue to address the immediate needs of families and individuals, focusing on hunger, housing and homelessness, financial stability, education and out of school time, and the ongoing/emerging needs of our neighbors.
#2 Address the social, economic, education and racial inequities that have become so clear and have increased with this pandemic. For example, we’ll work with partners to address the digital divide and so that every student in the Valley has equal access to a quality education whether that’s at home or in a physical classroom. We’re exploring how United Way might support equal access to quality health care, job training, addressing systemic racism and other community needs as they emerge.
#3 We’ll re-engage our community-centered planning process to develop long-term solutions to the issues our community tells us are most vital.
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.
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This exercise demonstrates many of the tough financial decisions families in our community must make every day. The barriers that families and individuals faced prior to the pandemic – affordable housing, hunger, accessing quality childcare, ensuring their kids were ready for kindergarten and reading at grade level and on the path to a high school diploma and college or career – are even more pronounced due to COVID-19.
Despite working hard, many families in Maricopa County live paycheck to paycheck, and that number is on the rise. For the next few minutes, you’ll experience some of the tough circumstances faced by families in our community.
See how we are ACTIVATING: Hope in our community alongside our nonprofit and corporate partners!
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.
We can’t stress enough how important your gifts are to United Way and to families in our community and we would like to tell you a bit more about how we’re putting your investments into action in our community.
This year, Valley of the Sun United Way will continue to provide relief for our Maricopa County neighbors, respond to emerging needs, address racial, social, economic and educational inequities, and help our community rebuild.
Through the Vello program, Valley of the Sun United Way was prepared to ensure children in our community would not be left behind when schools closed and families retreated to their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The goal of the program is to provide Pantry Packs to 1,500 students, in Maricopa County every month during the school year, to ensure they and their families have food staples to get them through the month.
Valley of the Sun United Way will continue to provide relief for our Maricopa County neighbors struggling in these areas, respond to emerging needs, address racial, social, economic and educational inequities, and when the time is right, help our community rebuild.
Families and individuals served by A New Leaf represent populations who are the most vulnerable to the social and economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early literacy efforts and resources that are making a difference during the pandemic.
To prevent reading regression during the COVID-19 school closures, Read Better Be Better created and distributed Family Literacy Kits to all 2nd and 3rd graders at partner schools.
Now more than ever, it is vital for littles to have interactions and the mentorship of their big and fortunately, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been able to continue their mission of impacting the lives of children and families.