In a review of its 2010 charitable cash donations, event sponsorships and in-kind standbys, Southwest Ambulance announced it had contributed to more than 250 local events and organizations in central Arizona. 

The company also commended its employees for their personal commitment to improving the communities in which they live and work by volunteering at hundreds of events and serving on dozens of community boards.  

“Especially during these tough economic times, we’re proud that our philanthropic giving and community involvement remained at the same high level in 2010 as it has in previous years,” said Josh Weiss, director of communications and public information for Southwest Ambulance. “Our focus goes beyond the scope of providing medical transportation and care. We create relationships that make a tangible impact on our local communities through voluntarism, philanthropic giving, and our injury prevention and wellness programs.”

The company’s philanthropic reputation and history of active community involvement became more prominent this year when Southwest Ambulance was named the Outstanding Corporation/Foundation of the year on Nov. 17 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals), Greater Arizona Chapter. In its 26th year, the award honors those in the community who have made outstanding contributions in the field of philanthropy. Southwest Ambulance was nominated for the award by the Banner Health Foundation.

“Southwest Ambulance has long been an important supporter and active partner of Banner Health Foundation and more than 100 other organizations across Arizona,” said Andy Kramer, president and CEO of Banner Health Foundation. “Their long-standing reputation as a philanthropic leader, trusted volunteer and creator of award-winning health and wellness programs make Southwest Ambulance one of the state’s most sought-after partners and appreciated community stewards. We are proud to have nominated them for this prestigious and well-deserved award.”

The AFP award came one week after Southwest Ambulance was named Community Stewardship Award winner by the 2010 Volunteerism — Heart of Business Awards sponsored by the Phoenix Business Journal and Hands-On Greater Phoenix.

West Valley organizations include:

  • Avondale Hispanic Leadership Forum
  • Desert Foothills Land Trust
  • Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • Challenger Space Center
  • Peoria Chamber of Commerce
  • Peoria Sunset Lions Club
  • Play Peoria
  • Glendale Fire Department
  • Glendale’s Hope
  • Midwestern University
  • Glendale Rotary Club
  • Glendale Chamber of Commerce
  • Kiwanis Club of Glendale
  • Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce

East Valley organizations include:

  • Chandler Chamber of Commerce
  • Catholic Healthcare West Foundation
  • Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens
  • Mesa Chamber of Commerce
  • Mesa Leadership, Training & Development Program
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • Mesa Sister Cities
  • Mesa United Way
  • Sertoma Club of Mesa
  • Child Crisis Center
  • Mesa Westwood Little League
  • Mesa Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association
  • Arizona Regional Medical Center
  • Global Helping to Advance Women & Children
  • Constitution Week USA
  • Gilbert Historical Society
  • East Valley YMCA
  • Scottsdale Training & Rehab Services
  • Scottsdale Leadership
  • Orange Coalition
  • Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek
  • Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona
  • Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation

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