Sundt Construction, Inc.‘s Phoenix employees have selected 26 local nonprofit organizations to receive Sundt Foundation grants totaling $64,000 for this quarter. The Sundt Foundation was established by Sundt in 1999 to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities. It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults. Most grants are made to organizations in the communities where Sundt has offices and construction projects. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $6 million in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond. Here’s a closer look at the Phoenix organizations that recently received funding.
$6,500 Grant Recipients (2)
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance improves the lives of disadvantaged children by providing them with meals on the weekends and during school breaks when they often skip meals because their parents can’t afford to feed them.
Children in Need Foundation will use the funds to provide clothing for students and to purchase clothing for the Community Closet(s) of UMOM, Sojourner and Children First Academy, which provides clothing and necessities for students throughout the school year.
$5,000 Grant Recipients (2)
G.P.V.C.A.T., Inc. dba Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank helps young students be better prepared to learn by providing Weekend Backpack food. They serve low income families, who often have to choose between paying bills and buying food.
Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona helps girls overcome traumatic life experiences and become independent women by offering housing and basic essentials, therapeutic treatment, life skills training, medical care, mentoring, education services and social support.
$3,500 Grant Recipient
West Valley Child Crisis Center (WVCCC) provides temporary shelter and supervision for children who are victims of, or at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Arizona is in a foster-care crisis, with more than 15,000 children in foster care.
$3,000 Grant Recipient
Maggie’s Place, Inc., will use the funds to provide nutritious food, emergency assistance and transportation assistance to the homeless mothers they serve.
$2,500 Grant Recipients (8)
Gabriel’s Angels provides children, aged newborn to 18, who have experienced homelessness and/or domestic violence, with basic needs so they can thrive and be kids.
Duet: Partners in Health & Aging helps older adults and their families cope with the challenges related to aging, as well as assists grandparents in raising their grandchildren to avoid foster care placement.
Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), Inc., addresses the needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness through a continuum of care that allows individuals to move forward in their lives.
The Foundation for Service Dog Support, Inc., grants service dogs to injured and/or disabled first responders, public safety officers, disabled military veterans, public school teachers, clergy and others who have provided outstanding service to the community.
Arizonans for Children, Inc., will use the funds to support its mentor program, helping foster youth achieve healthy, responsible, productive lives as adults.
Kids Need to Read will continue its Kids-N-Peace literacy program, which addresses the systematic barriers to early-school and childhood success by providing plentiful resources for at-home and on-campus reading activities, both crucial to building long-term reading achievement.
Glendale/Peoria YMCA will use the grant to improve the lives of disadvantaged children through the nonprofit’s annual Community Support Campaign.
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development provides a safe space for collaborating with youth and young adults in the community who are vulnerable or experiencing homelessness.
$2,000 Grant Recipients (2)
Neighborhood Ministries will use the grant money to support its Education for Life (EFL) program, which offers comprehensive education assistance to 130 disadvantaged children, improving their growth and development from pre-school to post high school studies.
Unlimited Potential, Inc., will use the funds to support its family literacy program, which assists parents and children in building a foundation necessary for educational success.
$1,500 Grant Recipient
FANS Across America Charitable Foundation provides assistance to families who struggle with the financial burden of raising a seriously ill or special needs child. FANS also works with homeless students and families in transition within the Chandler Unified School District and other Valley school districts to help keep them in school.
$1,000 Grant Recipients (9)
Lodestar Day Resource Center (LDRC) empowers people to end their homelessness and create positive, long-term life changes. Over 300 homeless individuals access the LDRC on a daily basis for water, refuge from weather conditions and to use public restrooms.
Achievement Learning Foundation (ALF) will collaborate with Espiritu Schools to offer targeted literacy intervention to 200 students, aged preschool through third grade, during the 2014/2015 academic year. The program offers students 120 hours of individualized, data-driven, small-group instruction during the context of a regular school day.
Independence Plus, Inc., will use the funds to enhance the quality of life of developmentally disabled adults in the West Valley by offering specialized programs and activities that allow individuals to reach their maximum potential physically, vocationally and emotionally.
Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children helps children diagnosed with cancer and their families pay for the necessary travel needed for treatment.
Educare Arizona will use the grant to improve the lives of disadvantaged children, both physically and academically, preparing them for kindergarten and beyond.
The Johnny O Alzheimer’s, Dementia, & Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Foundation will use the funds to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, dementia and traumatic brain injuries, as well as provide health care for low-income people with cognitive impairments.
Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped (AFH) will put the funds toward building a sensory garden at the Perry Rehabilitation Facility, a training and rehabilitation services center for the adult handicapped living with Down’s syndrome, autism and severe epilepsy.
Sunshine Acres Children’s Home/Two Hearts Horsemanship Program strives to provide a loving, wholesome, Christian home for children who are separated from their parents and help them establish long term relationships with stable parental figures, preparing them for success in adult life.
Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled will use the grant to support the purchase of new uniforms for the Team Mesa Bulldog soccer program for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
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