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Jim and Linda Jochim felt that serving the community was the right thing to do after they settled down in Ahwatukee Foothills for their retirement.
Two years ago, when I first was contacted by Sheila Coonen, the founder of Connecting to Serve, I really didn’t understand the value of her organization, or vision, to change the world through community engagement. She simply asked me to present to a rather small group of people passionate about connecting the Ahwatukee community to something worth changing.
John Scola has been named chief executive officer of Educare Arizona. Scola brings with him more than 25 years of leadership, fundraising, board development and strategic planning experience in Arizona and California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.
After seven years of bringing people together, Sheila Coonen, founder and executive director of Connecting to Serve (CTS), has announced she’s retiring from full-time work with the nonprofit.
The Kyrene Parent Summit is coming up and is in need of high school students to volunteer in their childcare rooms. Students with experience supervising and leading children in play can work with the Kyrene Kids Club Staff to provide childcare.
HERE: Dodge ball Wednesdays at YMCA
It’s time to take it all down.
Lisa J. Pino, president and CEO of United Food Bank of Arizona, was honored with the Arizona State University’s Los Diablos 2013 Horquilla Award during their Fall Hispanic Convocation on Dec. 18.
Tonic Photo Studios, a local photography studio specializing in food, product, architecture and conceptual photography, announced a partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
To better assist with student learning, Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School has been seeking student volunteering from its neighboring middle school, Kyrene Akimel A-al, to help out during morning lessons.
Winter break is quickly approaching, and the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA will be offering its Winter Break Camp for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert announced recipients of the 2013-14 Community Grants program.
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For the past six years the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA’s Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors (Y OPAS) has hosted its annual used book sale and has seen much growth in the community fundraiser.
Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk is helping 11-year-old Girl Scout Jaelah Thomas collect canned foods for the local organization, Mom’s Pantry.
Marissa Fisher from Ahwatukee was one of 557 Butler University students to participate in Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS), a large-scale single day of community service hosted by the Butler Volunteer Center. This year’s event partnered with 17 Indianapolis organizations including Gleaners Food Bank and Holliday Park. The 2013 event had the most student participants in the program’s 19-year history.
The unnamed woman with the weathered face stands on the corner of the street with her cardboard sign. The sign, like so many others around town reads, “Homeless and hungry. Anything helps. God bless.” Short and to the point the staccato sentences lay out the problem, tell us we have no excuse for not sharing something, and digs into our deepest held values. She doesn’t smile, but periodically salutes the oncoming traffic in a confident parody of Nixon’s classic V sign for victory, and of course, peace. Her gaze is largely fixed on the distance, as if mesmerized by the strip of shimmering pavement, interspersed by the bright shots of color as the vehicles flow by. Discretely hidden somewhere close by is her bicycle, and a few bags with her belongings. She’s not alone. Across the street is the man in whose company she’s often seen riding. They seem to trade off on corners, begging for relief, and preaching the gospel in silence.
Catholic Education Arizona announced that longtime corporate contributor National Bank of Arizona will be named as the inaugural recipient of the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Schools “Guardian of Hope Award for Corporate Philanthropy.”
The seventh annual Making a World of Difference event will be Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at Tempe Center for the Arts, and will recognize Ahwatukee resident Janine Skinner and others.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, a nonprofit community service organization serving the Ahwatukee community, announced that it’s the recipient of a 2013 Arbonne Foundation Grant that will fund the Teen Employee University program to help serve young teens in our community through leadership development and community service learning. The Teen Employee University (TEU) program is taking registrations at the Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA for teens ages 14 and up. The Teen Employee University program will provide hands-on workshops in life skills, job readiness, communication and interview skills, finding the right job for your strengths, personal accountability, application process, interview skills and most importantly volunteer internships that allows hands-on job experience.
As part of its annual donation of $250,000 to food banks across the country during Hunger Action Month in September, local representatives of Rent-A-Center made a donation of $20,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance on Sept. 4. The company invited 10 of St. Mary’s more than 300 agency partners from around the state to the Dell E. Webb Distribution Center, 2831 N. 31st Ave., on that day to receive one of 10 refrigerator-freezers donated by Rent-A-Center as part of its “Soup to Nuts” campaign.
Each summer, food banks in Arizona find their shelves a bit more empty as holiday food drives are still months away. Ahwatukee-based Clean ‘N Fresh Cleaning and local businesses want to help fill those shelves.
The third annual Love Walk will be from 7 to 9 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Phoenix Zoo.
In 1997, then Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Rev. H. George Anderson wrote a book called, “A Good Time to be the Church.” His successor, The Rev. Mark Hanson, who will complete 12 years as ELCA Presiding Bishop in November, quipped that he was thinking of writing a book called, “It’s Not All That Great a Time to Be the Church.”
The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, a nonprofit community service organization serving the Ahwatukee community, announces scholarships are available through the Max in Motion Grant that was awarded to the Valley of the Sun YMCA Youth Sports Jr. Suns/Jr. Mercury Basketball Program.