Sunday, December 09, 2007
Interfaith Ministries Support
For our December project, Arcadia Kids filled quart-size bags with beans and rice for distribution by Interfaith Ministries to poor families throughout the Valley. In addition, we collected three vehicles full of items to donate to the charity, including food, clothing, toys, books, and toiletries.
During recent projects we learned about Interfaith Ministries of Phoenix. This multi-organizational charity helps families that are trying to become self-supporting, recognizing that sometimes people must choose between paying rent and feeding their kids. Interfaith Ministries helps struggling families by giving them a few day of food, shampoo, soap, and used clothing, to help get them on their feet.
We toured the property and learned that one of the greatest needs is for used children's shoes - often kids are in bare feet, even in winter. The charity also told us that bagged beans and rice would be welcome. Just about anything we donate will be useful to these needy families. Last year the group served 60,000 families!!
Thanks to Sheila and Alaine Pimsner for organizing and leading this terrific project.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Candy 4 Coats
For our November service project, Arcadia Kids collected coats of all shapes and sizes for donation to Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, who, in turn, will distribute them to needy and/or homeless people in our city. We collective over 150 coats, exceeding our goal of 100. That's 150 people (many children) who will be warmer this winter because of Arcadia Kids. Every year, we hear about homeless people found dead in the cold right here in Phoenix. We're proud of the kids for choosing this project. They made a real difference in people's lives.
The November project was selected and is organized by Ethan Lipson and Sydney and Caitlin Hartman. For more information contact Joan Lipson (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Nicole Hartman (email@example.com
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
June 2007Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL)
For our June project, we worked with the Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) to select and adopt a dog for a month and create signs to draw attention to dogs in need of adoption. When people come to the shelter looking to adopt a dog, our colorful personalized signs on the dogs' kennels will help a dog get adopted. The signs draw attention to the dogs who have been in the shelter for a long time and they provide information about the dogs to the families considering adoption. You can see all of the dogs and learn more about the AAWL at http://www.aawl.org/adopt_dog.asp
Since 1971, the AAWL has provided a temporary home for nearly 2,000 dogs and cats every year, offering medical and behavioral treatment for those in need. The shelter's priority is to take in adoptable animals from other shelters where they might be put to sleep and to care for them until each is adopted into a loving, lifetime home.
Many of the dogs in the shelter are older dogs and some have medical problems. The AAWL does not receive any government funding, but instead relies entirely on donations. The AAWL also maintains a wishlist of donations on their website at http://www.aawl.org/wishlist.asp
. Arcadia Kids provided donations for AAWL.
Thanks to the Durchslag family for planning this fun event!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
May 2007 Soldiers in Iraq Letters and Packages
In May Arcadia Kids wrote letters and drew pictures for soldiers in Iraq. They also made donations for care packages and viewed a video about our soliders
Here is some of what they wrote:
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Fresh Start Women's Resource Center
On April 20, 2007, about 20 Arcadia Kids went to the Fresh Start Women's Foundation in central Phoenix to drop off donations and clean the center's classroom tables. Fresh Start holds classes and workshops year-round, and the tables needed some attention. The kids first marched through the center to the nursery to drop off donated toys, games and books. The kids and staff in the nursery thanked them. The group then got a tour of Fresh Start and learned how the center helps women become self-sufficient.
Then, they got to work. Pairs of kids carried tables out to the parking lot, where they scrubbed them with soap and water. Then, they dried the tables and carried each one back into the center. It was quite a scene.
Finally, Fresh Start volunteer coordinator, Donna Martin, gave each helper a Fresh Start coin pouch, and thanked them for their work. She talked about the importance of community service and said they were welcome back anytime.
The event was organized by Ethan Lipson (and mom Joan) and Sydney Hartman and Caitlin Hartman (and mom Nicole). Thanks also to the parents who came along to help out with such a fun and successful event.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Reading at Phoenix Day
In February the kids read to the pre-k class at Phoenix Day, a center which provides free childcare for working parents who cannot afford it. Their thematic unit for the week was the letter F and friendship, so the kids read related stories. We had so many volunteers that the kids were able to read one-on-one or even two-on-one with the preschoolers. The school invited us to come back any time.
Friday, January 05, 2007