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Mesa United Way’s 3rd Annual Community Celebration

You are invited to Mesa United Way’s 3rd annual Community Celebration thanking our donors and the community for all of your support. The Community Celebration is on Saturday, November 4th from 10a-2p and is a family-friendly street festival with games, candy, bouncy houses, food trucks, and live entertainment. The event takes place in downtown Mesa on Pepper Place (between MacDonald and Robson). Entertainment includes Desert Sounds’ young mariachi group, games, dance contests, and professional magician Chris Rose. The Magical Mr. Rose...

Putting the “U” in “United Way”

An old buddy of mine recently told me that I tend to strike up lengthy conversations with strangers more often than most other people he knows. We exchanged a few confounded looks as I considered whether I should take his comment as a compliment or an insult. Did he mean to say that people perceive me as approachable and easy to talk to? I mean, I do enjoy meeting new people. Who doesn’t love the experience of finding something in common...

Mesa United Way AmeriCorps: We Get Things Done

Our 2016 AmeriCorps term has come to a close, and we are happy to share some of the positive impact this program has had on the Mesa community this past year. First, thank you to all the members who were able to complete the required hours term: Azza Abusief (950 hrs) Annie Allen (300 hrs) BJ Ayers (950 hrs) Patty Bailey (300 hrs) Marilyn Balph (480 hrs) Julia Beall (950 hrs) Rachel Bennett (950 hrs) Joshua Black (300 hrs) Darragh Boyle (300 hrs) Kyla Cahal (300 hrs) Laura Castillo (300 hrs) Carol...

Why Mesa United Way Fights For Our Community

I grew up in the Midwest, the oldest son of two hard-working, blue-collar parents. My father was a WWII vet and my mother was a stay-at-home mom until we were all in junior high. We were poor. My father worked as a stockman for Hallmark Cards and more often than not, his paycheck wouldn’t stretch between paydays. We ate a lot of navy bean soup and cheap cereal. We lived in a 1,000 square foot home where I shared...

Mentor’s Caring and Determination Help Ciara Find a Better Path

Like many foster children, Ciara was a troubled youth. She had a hard time making healthy relationships, was failing in school and had a generally negative outlook on life. That’s when one of Mesa United Way’s partner agencies, Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, stepped in and assigned one of its mentors, Alicia, to help Ciara navigate the twisting path of adolescence. Ciara wasn’t thrilled, to put it mildly. When Alicia set up meetings and outings, Ciara would cancel or...

Red Cross Volunteers Working to Prevent Disasters

This story of hope is from the local chapter of the American Red Cross, one of Mesa United Way’s partner agencies: Somehow it never fails – a home fire always seems to occur on Christmas day, and this past season it was in Mesa at a mobile home park on Dobson. Three units were affected, impacting 4 families. Of course, the fire fighters were on the scene – and of course the Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers were there, too....