We Are United is our signature event to fund hunger initiatives that ensure children in school are well nourished and ready to learn. You are ending hunger for the 1 in 3 children experiencing poverty in Maricopa County, providing the healthy food they need to focus, learn and succeed.
Our area of focus is neighborhoods in the Valley that have a high rate of poverty and hunger. Children who live in poverty are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school and twice as likely to drop out before graduation. Those who don’t graduate are twice as likely to live in poverty. By supporting kids so they don’t have hunger pains in school and over the weekend, you also support a future where the cycle is broken.
In May 2019, our community raised $481,000 at the We Are United Luncheon. Our community's incredible desire to end hunger in the classroom resulted in more kids being able to focus on schoolwork because they had the proper nutrition. And even more were sent home with meals over the weekend so they show up to school ready to learn on Monday. We are so grateful.
In 2020, for our 5th Annual Luncheon, we expand our reach to include initiatives that support children with meals during summertime learning programs.
Carli Lloyd is an American professional soccer player for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Sky Blue FC in NJ. A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2008 and 2012), Carli holds the unique distinction of scoring the game-winning goals in the finals at both the 2008 Games in Beijing and the 2012 Games in London. She became the only American to score multiple goals in three separate Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016).
She also represented the United States at the past four Women’s World Cup tournaments (2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019) and is a two-time World Cup Champion (2015 and 2019). She has been awarded the most prestigious and highest award in soccer being named two-time FIFA World Player of the Year (2015 and 2016), only four other Americans receiving the award. She became the first player to score in six straight Women’s World Cup games. Currently she has scored over 115 + goals, in almost 300 games played.
Off the field, Carli is a role model who empowers fans to never give up on achieving their goals. She almost gave up on her own soccer dream, but with the help and motivation from her coach/mentor James Galanis, Carli continued her journey and has never looked back!
Primary Evening Anchor, 3TV News
“I am thrilled to step in this year and be a part of the We Are United annual luncheon. My son is a first grade teacher at Academia del Pueblo and I hear firsthand, the stories of children who are struggling. The services Valley of the Sun United Way provides are critical to our community and I’m proud to be a part of sharing their mission.”
Heather Moore, an Emmy Award winning journalist, anchors the primetime news on 3TV. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of NATAS where she recently earned an Emmy Award for her report on The Politics of Public Safety.
A beach girl at heart, Heather enjoys the outdoors. The mother of four loves to travel, work-out and read, but admittedly spends most of her free time with her husband, trying to keep up with their adorable little boy.
Provides 2,850 children each year with Breakfast in the Classroom - that's over 513,000 breakfasts per year.
Provides 48 children with WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks throughout the year, so they have food over the weekend and show up to school ready to learn on Monday.
Provides 1,140 children each year with Breakfast in the Classroom.
Provides 16 children with WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks throughout the year.
When we match up 2 donors to fund one school, we can provide 570 children each year with Breakfast in the Classroom.
There are several partner options available for you or your company to show your support of the We Are United Luncheon.
For full details on what a partnership includes, download our 2020 We Are United Luncheon Partnership packet here.
Mark and Amy Schiavoni
American Furniture Warehouse
Aetna Medicaid and Mercy Care
Arizona State University
Fiesta Bowl Charities
Friends of Jim Sliwicki
Friends of Mary Alexander
SJS Investment Services
Sprouts Famers Market
A New Leaf
Alliance Residential Company
American Family Insurance
Brad and Kristy Smith
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Carla Vargas Jasa
City of Phoenix
Dawn Blocker and Friends
Enterprise Holdings Incorporated
Ernst & Young
Friends of Susan Frank
Govig & Associates
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix Leadership - Executive Assistant's Network
Helios Education Foundation
Johnson Financial Group
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mary Contreras State Farm Agency
Molera Alvarez LLC
Naoma and Randy Holmes
Pioneer Title Agency
Rio Salado College
Robyn Arnell Brenden
Snell & Wilmer
Town of Gilbert