2017 Community Impact Grant Recipients
UniSource Energy Services has awarded $82,500 in grants to more than two dozen nonprofit groups in Arizona to improve education and provide community assistance.
UES’ Community Impact Grants will help provide healthy meals for the hungry, provide emergency shelter to hundreds of families in crisis, create thousands of new educational and enrichment opportunities for children in Arizona and provide other critical services to local residents.
UES employee volunteers and other stakeholders selected this year’s Community Impact Grant recipients through a competitive process that attracted nearly 100 applications. Winners were chosen based on program effectiveness and sustainability, applicants’ organizational capabilities and other criteria.
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- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff - $2,500 was awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff for Step Up Mentoring. In collaboration with Coconino County Juvenile Court, Step Up matches mentors with approximately 150 court-involved youth.
- Coconino County - 2,500 to Coconino County’s Financial Literacy and Empowerment program, which provides personal finance education to families involved in the justice system.
- Flagstaff Shelter Services - $2,500 to Flagstaff Shelter Services for its Rapid Rehousing Program, which helps cover the cost of application fees, security deposits and first month’s rent for individuals transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing.
- Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona - $2,500 to Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona for Empowering Victims & Changing Lives with Sharon Manor, which will use funds to pay for safe housing and professional staffing to help more than 100 local homeless domestic violence victims and their children.
- Northland Family Help Center - $2,500 to Northland Family Help Center to provide homeless and abused youth with shelter, toiletries, clothing, bedding, transportation, school supplies, cleaning supplies and food.
- Victim Witness Services - $2,500 to Victim Witness Services, which provides counseling and support to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and survivors of suicide or homicide.
- American Red Cross- $2,500 to American Red Cross for its Home Fire Campaign in Navajo County, which provides free smoke alarms to limited income residents.
- Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus Pine Council - $3,000 to Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus Pine Council to cover the costs of membership dues, afterschool activities and summer leadership development programs for girls who live on the Navajo Nation.
- White Mountain Association fro Victims of Domestic Violence - $3,000 to White Mountain Association for Victims of Domestic Violence to cover costs of providing emergency shelter, food, medication, travel expenses and outreach for women and children affected by domestic violence.
- Arizona Youth Partnership - $2,500 Arizona Youth Partnership in Kingman for its street outreach programs. The programs help address basic needs such as food, water, clothing, toiletries, transportation, medical and dental care and behavioral health services for hundreds of at-risk youth.
- Boys and Girls Club of Kingman - $3,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of Kingman for its After School Nutrition Program, which encourages better academic performance by providing healthy meals and snacks to club members.
- Cornerstone Mission Project - $2,500 to Cornerstone Mission Project Inc. in Kingman to support services at two emergency shelters that also provide job training and life skills classes.
- Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council - $3,000 to the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council, a volunteer-run organization in Lake Havasu City that helps veterans overcome mobility issues and provides assistance with living expenses, medications and transportation.
- Kingman Academy of Learning - $2,500 to the Kingman Academy of Learning for its First Robotics Team 60, a community robotics club with members from several schools in the Kingman area.
- Kingman Aid to Abused People - $2,500 to Kingman Aid to Abused People, which provides sexual abuse and domestic violence prevention programs to children, teens and seniors.
- Kingman Area Food Bank - $2,500 to the Kingman Area Food Bank to help buy groceries for needy families, seniors and homeless people.
- Kingman Mohave Lions Club Foundation - $1,500 to the Kingman Mohave Lions Club to help pay for eye exams and eyeglasses for limited-income residents.
- River Cities United Way - $5,000 to River Cities United Way for the Kids Bright and Healthy program, which assists youth from limited-income families with vision and dental care, extracurricular activity participation fees, shoes and clothing and transportation.
- Special Olympics Arizona - $2,500 to Special Olympics Arizona Inc. for its Unified Champion Schools program to provide sports supplies and activities at several local schools, and transportation to competitions.
- Workplace, Education, and Literacy Coalition of Mohave County - $1,000 to Workplace, Education, and Literacy Coalition of Mohave County, which provides free tutoring services to children and adults. Grant funds will help to pay for workbooks, equipment and other supplies.
- American Red Cross - $2,500 to the American Red Cross for its Home Fire Campaign, in which volunteers go door-to-door to distribute fire safety education materials, help families develop fire escape plans and install free smoke alarms.
- Cornucopia Community Advocates - $1,000 to Cornucopia Community Advocates for outreach activities to promote its Community Platform software, which provides comprehensive listings for social services in Yavapai County including food banks, homeless relief, domestic violence support, emergency financial assistance, foster care and child abuse prevention services.
- The Environmental Education Center - $1,000 to the Environmental Education Center for its Verde Watershed Environmental Education Program, which educates students about water conservation and stewardship of the Verde River.
- Local First Arizona Foundation - $1,000 to Local First Arizona Foundation for its Science Happens Here program, which provides elementary students living in rural areas opportunities to engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities in partnership with local businesses.
- Old Town Mission - $1,000 to Old Town Mission for its Offering Hope programs, which will provide hot meals and food boxes to hundreds of families and individuals during the holiday season.
- Prescott Area Shelter Services - $2,500 to Prescott Area Shelter Services to continue providing emergency shelter and transportation for homeless women and women with children, and to help these women move into their own homes.
- United States Veterans Initiative -$3,500 to the United States Veterans Initiative for its Feeding Our Homeless and Hungry Veterans program, which provides meals to veterans who are homeless and living in transitional housing. Funding also will support the Culinary U Program for veterans who would like to enter the food service industry.
- Yavapai Casa for Kids Foundation - $2,500 to Yavapai Casa for Kids Foundation, which prepares young adults in foster care to live on their own by teaching interpersonal and daily living skills, money and household management and job interview skills.
Santa Cruz County
- Arizona Theatre Company - $2,500 to the Arizona Theatre Company for its Theatre On the Go - Shakespeare in The 21st Century project. The program will give about 250 Rio Rico and Nogales high school students an opportunity to learn about the basics of theater production and stage a performance while discussing social and community issues.
- Child & Family Resources, Inc. - $2,500 to Child & Family Resources, Inc. for the First Steps child abuse prevention program, which will provide parenting support and education to approximately 50 prenatal and postnatal parents in under-served, rural communities.
- Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona - $3,000 to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, which provides emergency food boxes to families, seniors, homeless people and others in need of assistance.
- Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona - $1,000 to the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. The funds will enable more than three dozen elementary school students to attend a 24-week after-school leadership development program that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math.
- Rich River Athletics Club - $1,000 to the Rich River Athletics Club to help pay for elementary school cross country and track meets that serve hundreds of local students.
- Santa Cruz Training Programs - $5,000 to Santa Cruz Training Programs for its Transition to Employment program, which provides job training and employment support to youth with cognitive and physical disabilities