Black History Month is a time to honor the impactful contributions Black Americans have made to our country and local community. The annual celebration happens during the entire month of February. During this time, you and your family can reflect on the achievements of Black Americans in history and everyday heroes close to you!
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
– Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress in 1968.
Black History Month is considered one of the nation’s oldest historical celebrations. It was started by Carter G. Woodson in 1926. He came up with the idea to encourage Black Americans, specifically children, to become interested in their own heritage. Woodson picked February to celebrate because it is the birthday month of President Abraham Lincoln.
The theme for Black History Month 2022 is “Black Health and Wellness.” This month, you are encouraged to learn about Black scholars and contributors in Medicine. This is also a time to examine access to healthcare in underserved communities.
Valley of the Sun United Way is committed to making sure everyone in our community is healthy and has access to food and healthcare. We are partnering with nonprofits and organizations to make this happen. You can learn more about our goals HERE.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” —
President Barack Obama, First Black President of the United States
Get involved in our community. Consider donating money, items or your time for those in need.
Black Americans experience more chronic diseases, making them more vulnerable to Covid-19. According to The Red Cross, about half of the African American population has type O+ blood. Due to high demand, this is often one of the first types of blood to run out during shortages. Donating blood can save the lives of people in our community.
Sign up to donate blood HERE
Everyone in our community should have access to food. We put together a list of local food banks that are accepting donations.
You can find that list HERE
There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities across our community. We have a list of events, including virtual opportunities, for you and your family.
You can sign up HERE
Valley of the Sun United Way is committed to creating an equitable, inclusive community for everyone. Our Mighty Change 5-year plan ensures all residents in Maricopa County have the support they need to lead healthy, happy lives. You can read more about our goals here: Our Work | Valley of the Sun United Way (vsuw.org)