Sunday, October 11, 2009

October 2009
Graffiti Clean Up

On Sunday, October 25th, we teamed up with the City of Phoenix Graffiti Busters program to help clean an area of our community tagged with unsightly graffiti. The City of Phoenix provided the paint and supplies -- we provided the labor!

Messy painting is always fun. Helping a neighborhood at the same time made this a terrific event! Thanks to Dave and Sheila Pimnser for scouting the area, working with the city, and delivering supplies and snacks.


Monday, September 07, 2009

September 2009
UMOM New Day Centers

Our September project was in support of the UMOM New Day Centers. UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in the state, housing approximately 400 men, women and children each night, with over 2/3rds of these being children ages 0-15. Since 1964, UMOM has provided homeless and low-income families with food, shelter and tools to build a bridge to self-sufficiency. The UMOM campus offers a wellness center, chapel, Kids Den for after-school activities, a Clothes Closet retail establishment for residents and the public, and a community dining facility providing 3 nutritious meals daily plus culinary skills education.

The need for services provided by UMOM is at an all-time high. A new subset of homeless families has formed due to job loss and foreclosures. As a result, the UMOM waiting list has grown to as much as 120 families. Now more than ever UMOM needs help to meet the basic needs of our community's less fortunate children and families.

On September 26th our kids had an opportunity to tour the UMOM campus and learn about the services provided and the new UMOM facility opening across the street in October. Then we spent some time sorting and organizing items in the UMOM thrift store. We finished by hosting a Ice Cream Sundae Bar for UMOM families.

The kids also collected and donated several bags of hygeine and baby items and clothings. This was a great way for the kids to learn about the homeless in our community and help an organization that provides much-needed services to the homeless population.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

March 2009 (2)
Lost Boys of Sudan

For our second March event, we heard the amazing story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. There was a short video and then we heard from one of the Lost Boys about his journey and his assimilation into America.

The kids also did an art project. Partial funding for the Arizona Lost Boys Center comes from the sale of their hand made cows. We supported this truly inspiring human story by taking home cows to help remind our families of the incredible blessings we have received.

For more questions, please contact Cindy Beers at

To learn more about the AZ Lost Boys Center, visit:
1918 W Van Buren St
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 262-2300


Monday, February 16, 2009

March 2009 (1)
Creature Comforts

For our first March event, we decided to sponsor a CREATURE COMFORT COLLECTION to benefit Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC).

Everybody likes to have soft, clean places to sleep -- that includes the dogs and cats in animal care facilities!

We helped the homeless pets at MCACC feel more safe and comfortable. The shelter uses old towels, sheets, and blankets in their kennels to make beds for the animals. Last year, they took care of over 55,000 animals --that is a lot of beds! Many people have old towels, sheets, and blankets that they no longer use. Arcadia Kids collected those items to help the animals. We collected the donations and then tie-dye bandanas for the animals in the shelter.



February 2009
Plant a Garden at Hopi

On February 6, Arcadia Kids took over the Hopi garden, planting vegetables that will be harvested in May. The plan is to take the bounty to a local food bank, giving people in need fresh, organic produce. The kids had a blast digging in the dirt, eating organic hummus and chips and drinking fresh lemonade.

Thank you to our organizing families:

Christina, Donia and Dominic Surrano
Barbara, Lena, Maya and Marco Halden
Donna, Danny and Nicholas Wirtel


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