PHOENIX–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Desert Financial Credit Union donates $ 137,500 to 12 Arizona-based nonprofits as part of its annual Community Development Grants program.
“In 2021, we saw a strong need to help children overcome some of the learning gaps resulting from the pandemic,” said Jeff Meshey, President and CEO of Desert Financial Credit Union. “This year’s grants focus on organizations offering early childhood education programs, after-school or summer programs, and programs for at-risk teens.
Desert Financial’s grants program has provided more than $ 1 million over the past decade to local nonprofits focused on education, child and youth services, housing and social services, as well as hunger and food insecurity.
“Desert Financial’s support will impact the lives of over 1,200 homeless children this year,” said Greg Boone, director of development at Save the Family, a grant recipient in 2021. “Thanks to the Programming at Save the Family’s Little Kids Works daycare and our Youth Enrichment and Success (YEA) after-school and summer programs, Desert Financial is able to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to heal, focus on school and improve their chances of graduating. ”
Organizations receiving grants from Desert Financial in 2021 include:
- A New Leaf, Inc. – $ 15,000 for an early childhood education program serving 150 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years at Phoenix Day in south central Phoenix.
- Candle, formerly Association for Supportive Child Care – $ 15,000 to expand the organization’s Play & Learn program in Prescott. Play & Learn provides practical opportunities for brain development and school readiness as part of its literacy initiative.
- Native American connections – $ 15,000 for after-school and summer programs for youth from families living in Native American Connections Affordable Labor Housing Communities.
- Saint Joseph the worker – $ 15,000 for its Teen Workforce Initiative, which provides young people aged 16 to 24 with job preparation workshops, work clothing, vocational training and employment opportunities.
- The Launch Pad Teen Center – $ 15,000 to support after-school and summer programs offered to more than 500 young people in the Prescott region.
- Yavapai County United Way – $ 15,000 for the organization’s Student Ambassador program for high school students.
- Save the Family Foundation of Arizona – $ 12,500 for learning resources for children aged 0 to 5 and after-school and summer programs for children aged 7 to 17.
- Arizona Sustainability Alliance – $ 7,500 to expand the organization’s Sow it Forward program to 10 additional schools. Sow it Forward uses school gardens to help schools provide fresh produce to students in food deserts.
- Diocesan Council of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Diocese of Phoenix – $ 7,500 to support the Dream Center. The program supports and accelerates the learning of about 130 children per night by keeping them on track in their schoolwork and completing their education.
- Live the solution – $ 7,500 for education and coaching in financial wellness for college students.
- Southwestern human development – $ 7,500 for the organization’s Educare Arizona program, which provides year-round preschool education to at-risk children from birth to age 5.
- Southwestern Autism Research and Resource Center – $ 5,000 for the preschool program and the Southwest Autism & Resource Center Community School, serving 110 students.
Desert Financial, Arizona’s largest credit union, donated over $ 17 million in 2021 through its Member Giveback Bonus, Random Acts of Kindness, Teacher Appreciation, Grants, and Kindness programs. community donations.
In addition, credit union employees have dedicated almost 8,000 hours of their time to community organizations so far this year. Desert Financial offers paid time off to employees to participate in community service projects that are meaningful to them.
To learn more about Desert Financial’s Community Development Grants, visit desertfinancial.com.
About Desert Financial Credit Union
Celebrating over 80 years in Arizona, Desert Financial is the state’s most trusted local credit union with over $ 7.5 billion in assets, over 375,000 members and 47 branches. Member eligibility is open across much of Arizona with contactless solutions through eBranch, making it easy to click, call or enter. As a non-profit cooperative, Desert Financial is proud to share success. In 2020, members received $ 14 million in dividends through the Member Giveback Bonus, and Desert Financial provided over $ 5 million in COVID-19 relief as well as random donations, scholarships and acts of kindness to our members, our community and our team. Learn more at www.desertfinanical.com.