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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....

United We Help Families Get Back on Their Feet

A New Leaf’s La Mesita Apartments, located in Mesa, opened in March, 2014.  The campus provides 80 units of affordable housing with 30 units reserved for families and individuals who are chronically homeless or homeless with special needs. Support services include case management activities that support housing stability, which may include goal setting, skill building, community coordination, referrals and advocacy. Additional onsite services include a computer lab that is an Arizona at Work Access Point, a Health and Wellness Center,...

Highlights from our 2017 Community Allocation Panels

Another year, another Community Allocation Panel! In case you don’t know, every year Mesa United Way invites community volunteers to judge applications and decide how the money we raise gets spent. This year, Mesa United Way hosted our panelists in our renovated conference room. Here are some highlights! Our total allocation raised this year: $618,000 Thanks to our generous donors, this year Mesa United Way raised $618,000 specifically for our Community Allocation Process. These dollars are donated with the intention that community...