Thanks to hundreds of kind donors, the 2018-19 Season for Sharing campaign raised $2.1 million for Arizona nonprofit agencies.
Those donations will help 162 organizations that are working to improve education, protect at-risk children and families and assist elderly people.
The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com conducted the fundraiser from November through January, and the agencies are receiving their checks this month.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and Gannett Foundation provided matching funds of 50 cents on the dollar up to $600,000. And because all administrative and promotional costs are paid for by The Republic/azcentral, 100 percent of donations and matching funds go to local charities.
This year’s campaign marked the 25th anniversary of Since Season for Sharing. Since 1993, more than $66 million has been raised.
The grant checks will be distributed on Thursday, March 14. The Republic has dubbed it Thank You Thursday, a day to recognize the generosity of our donors and the work of the nonprofits. Grant recipients will celebrate on social media with the hashtag #TYTHURS. You can follow along at www.facebook.com/SeasonForSharing.
Here are some of the organizations and people who will benefit from your Season for Sharing donations this year.
$10,000: Help for single moms in college
Since 2010, Helping Hands for Single Moms has helped more than 220 women earn college degrees and land jobs after graduation. The women in the program are making great sacrifices to move their families out of poverty and toward financial independence, Chief Executive Officer Chris Coffman said.
“They have also created a positive family legacy, demonstrating for their children the rewards of an education, sacrifice and hard work,” Coffman said.
The Season for Sharing grant will provide unrestricted scholarships for three moms.
The organization also offers auto repair assistance, legal guidance, mentoring and tutoring, holiday gifts, budget management and emergency funds.
“Season for Sharing has been one of Helping Hands for Single Moms’ most consistent funders since 2010,” Coffman said.
“I want donors to know that their contribution will produce positive change in the community.”
$25,000: Fresh meals for older adults
With a mission to provide services and support to older adults, East Valley Adult Resources needed help to deliver meals to older adults.
And that’s exactly what their Season for Sharing grant will do.
“We are deeply grateful for the support of community members who are Season for Sharing donors for our home-delivered meals program,” CEO Deborah Schaus said.
“Your generous gift is truly making the difference in the lives of our homebound older adult neighbors.”
For the home-delivered meals program, staff members and volunteers make wellness checks and deliver more than 500 meals to older and disabled adults. The meals are delivered hot at lunchtime on weekdays.
A transitional meals program provides five weeks’ worth of meals for individuals returning home from a hospital stay or nursing home or who are recovering from illness.
“Each dollar we receive goes directly to providing another nutritious meal to a low-income vulnerable senior who we would otherwise not be able to serve,” she said.
In addition to the meal programs, East Valley Adult Resources also provides services at adult centers and individual living communities, and helps people manage transportation, grocery shopping and housekeeping.
More about Season for Sharing: Season for Sharing gives to 162 Arizona non-profits
$15,000: New school clothes for students
The Assistance League of Phoenix has been working to improve the lives of children since 1960. Its Season for Sharing grant will provide new school wardrobes for about 187 children living in poverty.
“Many of these children don’t have a pair of shoes that fits, or more than one set of clothing to wear to school,” CEO Aimee Runyon said.
“Not only will this wardrobe package help them with the basic necessities they need in order to attend school, but it will give them confidence and improve their self-esteem.”
Students receive polo shirts, pants, shorts, shoes, socks, a sweatshirt, belt, hygiene kit and a book of their choice.
The Assistance League also supplies gift bags for infants of new parents in need through its Wee Help program and distributes teddy bears to children with its Hugs program.
“We can each give our own meaningful gift and bring all of those donations together through Season for Sharing, who in turn can make significant grants to nonprofits in our community. Now that’s impact,” Runyon said.