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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....

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...

Mesa United Way

Mesa United Way raises donations through workplace campaigns and allocates the money to local non-profits who join us in fighting for the Health, Education, and Financial Stability for Mesa residents. Last year through designated and non-designated donations, we contributed over 1.6 million dollars to community agencies. However, Mesa United Way is so much more! In an effort to meet the needs of all of our citizens, we also create initiatives, collaborations, and volunteer opportunities that strengthen our community. Here are 10...

Mesa Youth Unite

Mesa Youth Unite is Mesa United Way’s summer AmeriCorps program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. Promising young leaders are chosen to work in Mesa non-profits to help build capacity while gaining valuable work and life experience. This summer, 19 Mesa Youth Unite members tutored children in four Mesa agencies that deal with vulnerable and homeless families and children. According to Neuman and Dickinson’s Handbook of Early Literacy Research, there is only one book for every 300...