What Happened After Winning Arizona Gives Day?

by Terri Durham, Office Coordinator

Last April we competed in Arizona Gives Day – a 24 hour online giving campaign for nonprofits across Arizona – and won $10,000 in prize money! It was the support of our community that put us on top, so we returned the favor by investing the prize money in our Mondo Anaya Community Center.

The MACC houses the after-school program, grandparents raising grandchildren program and adult education programs like Jobs for Life. But in cooperation with other like-minded nonprofits, we offer our building free of charge to programs like the University of Arizona’s Strengthening Families, CGESD STEM training, a monthly wellness check by a local doctor, summer feeding site for our local school district, Connect Autism support group, men’s Bible study and so much more. It’s a hub of activity five days a week.

The MACC is a community treasure chest because of the opportunities for all ages there. Take Agnes for instance. She is a grandmother raising her four grandchildren. She participates in a monthly support group for other grandparents in similar circumstances. Her grandchildren can participate in our after school program where they receive tutoring and see prosocial behavior modeled. Her unemployed daughter uses our computer lab to update her resume, apply for jobs online, and check her e-mail for replies. Not only do we meet the needs of Agnes’ entire family, but we do it under one roof in a location she can walk to.

Arizona Gives Day is April 5 this year. If you’re reading this article we hope you will choose to make a donation on that day. Any amount helps us get closer to our goal of raising $35,000 in 24 hours. Sound impossible? That’s what we thought last year too. And $10,000 later we learned that nothing is impossible with God. Visit our Web site to find out how to donate on April 5 and follow us on Facebook. We’ll be watching the leaderboards closely and sending out updates all day long!