A New Leaf
A New Leaf is a 45-year community nonprofit organization, providing a broad spectrum of support services to help individuals and families in crisis. Vulnerable families receive emergency shelter, essential programs and hands-on support for a new start – transforming their lives to become independent and thriving members of the community. Their successes include employment, healthier lifestyles, high school diplomas / GEDs, college degrees, life skills and proud self-sufficiency. A New Leaf is a recognized leader in crisis and family services with 20 programs Valley wide – from foster care to children's behavioral health services to financial literacy. With a strong board and long-term dedicated leadership, A New Leaf serves as a vital community resource.
ACCEL promotes lives of dignity and self-worth for individuals with severe autism and other disabilities by providing highly specialized, research based educational, therapeutic, behavioral and vocational programming. ACCEL has served the community for over 35 years with highly effective K-12 school programs, intensive preschool programming to prepare children for successful entry into kindergarten, rewarding adult day programs and individualized vocational training designed to meet the needs of high school students and adults with disabilities. All ACCEL programs share a common goal, to help those we serve acquire the skills they need to succeed in school, at home and in the community.
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK)
AASK creates lasting and permanent relationships for children in foster care by connecting children with foster families, adoptive families, siblings, kin, and mentors. Children enter foster care having experienced abuse and neglect, and lacking secure attachments to stable, caring adults. AASK recruits, trains and supports foster and adoptive families, and matches adult mentors with children living in group homes and shelters. AASK supports families who foster the children of relatives, and works to reunite brothers and sisters separated by the foster care system. Please help AASK to fulfill its mission - to ensure that every child has someone who cares.
Arizona Burn Foundation
The Arizona Burn Foundation, founded in 1967, is the only agency in our state whose mission is to assist children, adults, and families who have suffered a severe burn injury. We do so through emotional, financial and outreach programs designed to help burn victims become burn survivors. The Arizona Children’s Burn Camp, Forever Courage House shelter and Family Support Services are just a few of our assistance programs. The Foundation also serves as a leading advocate for burn and scald injury prevention and installs approximately 1,000 free smoke alarms every year.
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation was founded 32 years ago to give children in foster care the kinds of experiences that other kids enjoy without a second thought. AFFCF funds social, athletic and educational activities including music lessons, karate classes, tutoring, sports registration, summer camp, swim lessons, prom dresses and tuxedos, school field trips and more, that give children in foster care the childhood they deserve. AFFCF also provides post-secondary scholarships for youth who have aged out of foster care.
Arizona Helping Hands
Arizona Helping Hands is a nonprofit organization that provides basic, essential needs to children in foster care. Nicknamed the “Care Barn,” we support children who have been removed from their families due primarily to abuse (physical or substance) or neglect. From our 8,000 square foot warehouse in Scottsdale, Arizona Helping Hands provides a bed in which to sleep, clean clothes to wear, hygiene products, books, toys and more to help ease the transition into a new family. In 2016, we will provide 2,000 beds and cribs, 1,000 personalized birthday packages, backpacks, school supplies and much more to ease the burden on boys and girls in foster care.
Arizona Special Olympics
Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) aims to help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities and closely-related developmental disabilities into the larger society where they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. SOAZ was founded in 1975 with one competition and 100 athletes. SOAZ has grown to over 25,000 youth and adults ages 2 to 91. SOAZ programming includes motor skill development for toddlers; traditional and inclusive sports; school and community-based programs; leadership training and opportunities; public speaking, governance, self-advocacy and technology training; disability awareness campaigns; inclusive school leadership and health education with screenings. All SOAZ programs are offered at no cost to participants. By equipping this population with information, resources, training and opportunity, SOAZ assists individuals with reaching their full potential, participating in their communities, contributing to society and managing their own health, welfare and happiness.
Arizonans for Children
Arizonans for Children Inc., incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, exists to facilitate opportunities and provide effective solutions to alleviate hardships and improve the fragile lives of the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in foster care. Sensitive to the day-to-day needs of children in protective custody, AFC has developed programs designed to help stabilize and bring comfort to their complicated lives. In addition to the priceless gifts of time, energy and love, AFC provides abused, neglected and abandoned children with: two Children’s Visitation Centers located in Phoenix and Mesa that provide safe and fun places for family visits; toys, clothing and other special needs items; admission tckets to sporting events, the Ballet, Phoenix Art Museum, etc.; new and used luggage; tutor mentor program; Boy Scout program; educational classes; special Events such as monthly birthday parties, days of beauty, swimming, bowling, ice skating, roller skating parties, laser tag, Enchanted Island, Train Park Picnic, Holiday parties etc.
Aspiring Youth Academy
The Aspiring Youth Academy, in partnership with Arizona State University's Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Tonto Creek Camp, along with support from Valley business leaders and service organizations delivers entrepreneurship and leadership education to Arizona youth. We work with schools and resource centers in underserved areas to identify students that have a passion for entrepreneurship. We host these students at a four-day camp program in Payson, AZ that teaches students the skills and steps required to turn a dream into a successful company. Additionally, we provide advanced after-school education, mentorship, and networking programs after the camp is over to keep students engaged. Your donation to the Aspiring Youth Academy directly supports underprivileged youth attendance at this camp.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona provides Arizona children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better. Since 1955, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has been making meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"). Serving all of Maricopa, Gila and Pinal Counties, the agency serves over 1,600 at risk youth each year through various site- and community-based mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona is one of the largest affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation's premier mentoring program.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help 18,000 youth of all ages and backgrounds develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and multiple outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale was established in 1954 serving 282 youth in order to keep them productive and safe during critical non-school hours. Since then, our organization has added, built and expanded Clubs, served thousands upon thousands of more children and teens.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Foster Children LLC
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help 18,000 youth of all ages and backgrounds develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and multiple outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale was established in 1954 serving 282 youth in order to keep them productive and safe during critical non-school hours. Since then, our organization has added, built and expanded Clubs, served thousands upon thousands of more children and teens. Among the thousands of youth the Clubs serve, they also serve a number of children in the Foster Care system.
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona
Boys Hope Girls Hope serves promising, highly motivated children-in-need with alternative housing, private school tuition, college scholarships, academic support, enrichment opportunities, and the resources scholars need to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential. Boys Hope came to Arizona in 1989 with the opening of the boys’ home and our girls’ home followed in 1998. In 2003, the Arizona affiliate became the first in the nation to implement a Community-Based Program model, allowing us to serve additional children-in-need whose home lives are not so severe as to require residential placement.
The Care Fund mission is to financially and resourcefully support Arizona families who endure financial hardship while experiencing extended illness or injury of their children. The Care Fund provides mortgage and rent support during a child’s extended health crisis. Launched in 2010 by the “homeownership industry”, Care Fund is a critical part of Arizona’s family support network. Working with all hospitals, case workers and the health and welfare community, ensures the Care Fund’s bridge to a stronger, more stable family environment for all Arizonans.
Catholic Charities Community Services
Toward the end of the Great Depression in 1933, Catholic Charities opened an office in downtown Phoenix. Over the years, Catholic Charities staff and volunteers continued to monitor the needs of central and northern Arizona communities and responded by providing life-changing services that protect and nurture children, help strengthen families and assist individuals in crisis - growing to serve communities in Maricopa, Yavapai, Coconino and Mohave Counties. We continue the thread of our early work today by delivering services in foster care, adoption and pregnancy counseling, North Star youth development and Westside Head Start early education. Catholic Charities is a place where miracles happen every day in the lives of more than 100,000 men, women and children every year.
Child Crisis Arizona
Child Crisis Arizona’s vision is safe kids and strong families. We operate the Valley’s only two Emergency Children’s Shelters for young children who have experienced abuse and neglect. We have one of the largest foster care and adoption programs to license, train and certify individuals and families to find homes for the 18,000 Arizona children in foster care. We create strong and successful families through our home visitation, counseling programs and family classes and workshops. We are expanding our Early Education Program to some of the Valley’s poorest children in Phoenix and Mesa. There are many opportunities to get involved through volunteering, donating and advocating. To learn more, visit childcrisisaz.org.
Christian Family Care
Christian Family Care has served Arizona since 1982 by providing families, churches and communities with information, resources and counseling services. The difference is our Christ-centered, 24/7 professional counseling and support services we make available to every family we serve. Our aim is to provide professional care and biblical counseling to these families, at no cost, so every child finds a stable, permanent home with a Christ-centered family. These “wrap” services are above and beyond what is required by Arizona’s Department of Child Safety. And, through the power of God at work in CFC families and staff, we are making a difference for many lives.
The mission of Desert Voices, Arizona’s only nonprofit, private oral education school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, is to teach each child the oral language skills needed to talk and understand when others talk to them. Our goal is to prepare the children to mainstream into their school of choice with hearing children their age. The school was founded in 1996 by parents of children with hearing impairments who believed that spoken language instruction provided their children with the greatest educational and social opportunities. Desert Voices opened their doors based on strategies and tools from the nationally recognized and awarded Moog Curriculum method of teaching oral education. Desert Voices works in collaboration with pediatricians, audiologists, school districts, and state referral agencies in order to identify these children and facilitate their enrollment in Desert Voices.
Educare is a research-based program that prepares young, at-risk children for school; a specially designed place that nurtures early learning and sends a bold message about the value of investing in the first five years; an innovative partnership between the public and private sectors to create a more efficient, more effective early learning program; and a compelling platform to drive change among policymakers, business leaders and early childhood providers by showing what quality early learning looks like.
Firm Foundation Youth Homes
We are a community of family-centered homes for Arizona’s foster children where the staff and the model of care work to repair the negative effects of a child’s past and where the community at large is given the opportunities to infuse their strengths and blessings into the less fortunate. Our vision is to see children that have been abused, abandoned, and neglected raised in an environment where they are shown honor, respect, grace, and truth. Our goal is to end the cycle of trauma in their lives by giving these children a foundation of trust in their hearts that they can use to create healthy relationships. Our approach is by doing this one child at a time.
Florence Crittenton Services of AZ
Founded in 1896, the mission of Florence Crittenton is to give every girl whose life we touch safety, hope and opportunity. The Agency has helped foster the recovery of girls and young women who have endured periods of victimization, chronic neglect, homelessness, poverty, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and/or mental instability. Our evidenced-based programs and services provide housing, healthcare, education, counseling and social support to girls and young women, ages 10-to-25.
Foundation for Blind Children
The Foundation for Blind Children believes that vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability. To that end, they teach blind children how to grow up with the expectations that they can do anything and the responsibilities to care for themselves and their loved ones. So whether teaching how to read bumps on a paper, how to cross a busy intersection or climb the tallest mountain in Africa, FBC’s lifelong skills lead to successful education, careers and families for those with vision loss.
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation provides education, resources, and support for women to positively transform their lives and strengthen our community. We envision a world in which every woman and girl reaches her full potential through achieving personal empowerment and financial self-sufficiency. At the Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center in downtown Phoenix, we serve 5,000 women and girls each year with the following programs and services: career readiness, social work services, family law support services, domestic violence support, an intensive mentoring program, computer skills training, education scholarships, entrepreneurial programs, financial literacy, health and wellness classes, and personal development/self-empowerment workshops, as well as job placement services through an onsite Goodwill Career Center. We also offer Girls Thriving, a program for pre-teen and teen girls to explore and learn effective strategies to increase their ability to make safe and healthy choices as they mature into adulthood and prepare for college.
Future for KIDS
Future for KIDS’ mission is to provide mentor driven out-of-school time programs and camps that focus on academics, athletics, and ethics to improve the lives of youth who face adversity. FFK's vision is that all children have the resources for a bright future. We provide programming for youth ages 6-14 that include out-of-school time school enrichment programs, sports & fitness camps, and a summer program. Future for KIDS is an organization recognized for excellence and innovation committed to creating brighter futures for our community’s most vulnerable youth.
Hope & A Future
Hope & A Future is an Arizona nonprofit founded in 2004. We provide programs and services to over 1,000 foster children annually, including summer camps, life skills, mentoring, tutoring, back to school clothing, college scholarships and an annual Christmas party. Our core values are compassion, love, encouragement, acceptance, reliability and service. By demonstrating these core values, we help create positive childhood memories and provide the children hope and a brighter future.
Jewish Family & Children's Service
The road to independence can be intimidating, especially for foster youth. Jewish Family & Children’s Services provides mentorship, guidance, and education for life skills and healthy living to give them the confidence they need to become healthy adults. JFCS is serving over 41,000 individuals of all ages and faiths. They are proud to be one of the longest-serving, most comprehensive behavioral health and social services agencies in Arizona. For over 80 years, they have been able to assist families coping with behavioral health challenges and domestic violence; help older adults live independently and get the services they need; and aid in strengthening families.
Junior Achievement of AZ
For the last 60 years, Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA) has been empowering the futures of millions of Arizona students by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Delivered by 9,000 business and community volunteer mentors, our hands-on, age-appropriate programs focus on three key areas: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Serving more than 80,000 students each year and over 2 million since its founding, JA is shaping the college- and career-readiness conversation, and we play an important role in Arizona’s workforce and economic development. We serve students with diverse backgrounds and socio-economic status throughout Arizona, with primary focus on providing our programs to students from low-income households.
Miracle League of Arizona
With the support of many community partners, the Miracle League of Arizona is able to offer a safe and successful baseball experience for children, teens and adults with disabilities or special health care needs. Our players start at the age of four and go up into adulthood. There are different teams for the various ages and skill levels, with even a competitive league for players who want to put their knowledge of the game and their baseball skills into practice. We try to eliminate the barriers that prevent players from playing ball, to do away with stigmas, to replace isolation with inclusion, and to wash away discouragement with the power of friendship. Miracles really do happen every week at the Miracle League of Arizona.
New Pathways for Youth
New Pathways for Youth takes its commitment to the community seriously. Too many youth are exposed to violence, poverty and crime, which in most cases leads to them repeating the cycle. New Pathways for Youth uncovers the root causes of these issues and, in turn, transforms youth and builds a safer community through mentoring and life skill development. New Pathways for Youth supports one on one relationships between high risk youth and trained, volunteer mentors to unearth the core beliefs that are impeding youth from achieving their goals and reaching their full potential. Our services include 1-1 mentoring and intensive match support, life skill development, college and career readiness, service learning, parenting programs, and after school services. Over the 26-year history, New Pathways for Youth has transformed the lives of nearly 5,500 youth through the development of core social, emotional and academic skills. The programs create a 1:3 return on investment by preventing the future need for more costly social and criminal justice services.
OCJ Kids (Opportunity Community and Justice for Kids) was founded in 1992 and formed an alliance with the business and faith communities to provide services, resources and caring adults to address the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. OCJ Kids mission is to equip foster and at-risk youth, by providing them tools, resources, and positive role models to succeed and excel in every area of life. OCJ Kids programming includes a Fostering Connections Program and a Transition Success Center project, supplying hygiene Welcome Kits, Transitional Suitcases, Kinship Kits, Emergency Overnight Sleep Kits, clothing items, and visitation rooms for children and youth in the foster care system.
Onward Hope, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is devoted to passionately advocating for youth in foster care, alumni of foster care, permanency for youth, at-risk youth, the hungry, needy and politically under-represented members of our Arizona family. Onward Hope, Inc. is licensed through the Office of Licensing and Regulation as a Child Placing and Licensing Agency, and is contracted with the Arizona Department of Child Safety to provide Home Recruitment, Study, Supervision, and foster parent pre-service Training.
The PACE Foundation is the national non-profit patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for persons with Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorders through advocacy, education and research. The PACE Foundation is managed by a 100% volunteer Board of Directors comprised of business executives, parents and community members. Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorders affect an estimated 4.6 million patients in the United States (including disorders such as Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalitis (PAE); Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Sydenham’s Chorea
Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital that is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Phoenix Children's provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across over 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education.
Recycle Your Bicycle (AAFAP)
Remember when you received your first bike? If you are like me, you remember the color, the shape and probably even the name. Many of the kids in foster care have never had their own bike. With this program we get them the joy of having their own bike. For many it is not just the excitement, it is also a way to get to school or work. You can help by donating that bike that is collecting dust in the back of your garage or also new bicycles. Financial donation help us purchase materials like tubes, tires, new seats and even cleaning supplies, as well as managing the entire program from collection to distribution.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix is a welcoming "home away from home" for families with children facing medical challenges, providing an atmosphere of comfort, hope and courage. Annually, they help more than 2,400 families facing medical crises with their children at one of three Valley-wide Houses. Last year they provided over 19,500 nights of temporary housing
With world-class care and programs, Ryan House embraces all children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys. For Arizona families caring for children with life‐threatening conditions, every moment, touch and smile count. Quality time..., a must for sustaining energy and hope, is nearly impossible for most families to find on their own. Respite – short breaks from the continuous strain of round-the-clock care – is essential for families to remain intact, and for children to experience quality of life. That’s what Ryan House is all about. The mission of Ryan House is to provide respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our community who have nowhere else to turn for help. As important, SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion. SVdP has been serving our community throughout central and northern Arizona since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms that serve thousands each day, thrift stores throughout the region, a bridge housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need.
Sojourner Center’s mission is to provide a continuum of multicultural services to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence in Arizona, while collaborating with the global community on education, research, and advocacy to end domestic violence. We are the largest prevention and intervention agency in Arizona, providing comprehensive services to address the many ways domestic violence impacts women, children and the community. Since 1977, Sojourner Center has provided shelter and support services to thousands of women, children and most recently, pets affected by domestic violence. Sojourner Center provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, domestic violence education, safety planning, lay-legal advocacy, case management, NECPA approved 4-star Quality Plus Accredited Child Development Center, 24 hour crisis hotline, referral services, pet companion shelter, community education, and on-site naturopathic clinic services to nearly 10,000 individuals a year.
Southwest Human Development
Southwest Human Development is Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development. Since our founding in 1981, Southwest Human Development has been a leader in providing services for children ages birth to 5 and their families in the areas of childhood development and mental health, Easterseals disability services, Early literacy and Head Start, child welfare and professional education and training. Southwest Human Development serves 135,000 children and their families each year through more than 40 programs and services that focus on preventing problems before they start or, when they already exist, providing opportunities to intervene as early and effectively as possible.
Swift Youth Foundation
Founded in 1980, Swift Youth Foundation provides overnight camps, after school, and weekend programs that promote positive mentor relationships between economically disadvantaged youth and college-bound teens. At the signature Swift Youth Foundation overnight camp, they offer nutritious meals, physical activity and, most importantly, a safe environment in which to learn and play, away from neighborhoods often characterized by violence. Campers are referred from homeless shelters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Title 1 school districts. Select high school and college volunteers lead activities and act as role models for making positive choices in health, physical activity and behavior.
UMOM New Day Centers
UMOM New Day Centers addresses a critical community need by providing safe shelter, housing and supportive services to homeless families and women. In 2015, the agency served over 3,500 adults, youth and children. UMOM keeps families together, providing a continuum of care, from emergency shelter to permanent, affordable housing and all necessary services. Families at UMOM have the opportunity to gain the skills, medical care, quality child care, education and training they need to rebuild their lives.