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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Phoenix 20-30 Aspiring Youth Fund
Since 1932 the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix has been supporting Phoenix area underprivileged youth. In an effort to end the cycle of poverty, we work with schools and resource centers in underserved areas to identify students that have a passion for entrepreneurship. We host these students at four-day camp program in Payson, AZ that teaches students the skills and steps required to turn a dream into a successful company. The camp is a partnership between Phoenix 20-30, Tonto Creek Camp and the Arizona State University. Additionally, we provide mentorship and networking programs after the camp is over to keep students engaged. Your donation to the Phoenix 20-30 Aspiring Youth Fund directly supports underprivileged youth attendance at this camp and other critical services for Phoenix area underprivileged youth.
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.
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.