Tag: United Way of Northern Arizona

United Way of Northern Arizona — Imagine What’s Possible

| October 12, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — Imagine What’s Possible

With the recent kickoff of our Annual Community Fundraising campaign, we’re imagining what’s possible when we ensure that our children are ready to learn. That’s the purpose of programs like KinderCamp™ – making sure our students are ready academically, emotionally and socially for that all important first day of school.

Don’t take our word for it. We think Riley and her Mom do a great job explaining what KinderCamp has meant to them in the video above.

Thanks to generous people like you, United Way of Northern Arizona and our partners can provide KinderCamp and other early education program at no cost to families.

Will you join us as a supporter of this year’s campaign, and Step Up for Our Community with a donation today?

Every donation makes a huge difference in our community and we sincerely THANK YOU for your support.

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United Way of Northern Arizona — In Case You Missed It: Our Campaign Kickoff Video

| October 5, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — In Case You Missed It: Our Campaign Kickoff Video

Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter for the virtual launch of the 2021-2022 United Way of Northern Arizona Annual Campaign.

A big thank you as well to all the people who participated in our video, sharing their stories about how programs funded by UWNA have impacted their lives.

In case you missed it, you can view the video here:

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Sept. 30 — United Way of Northern Arizona to present Annual Campaign Virtual Kickoff

| September 27, 2021
Sept. 30 — United Way of Northern Arizona to present Annual Campaign Virtual Kickoff

Please (virtually) join us at 11:30 a.m. this Thursday when we unveil the 2021-2022 UWNA Annual Campaign kickoff on YouTube.

This brief session – about half an hour – will cover what UWNA has been able to do this past year, thanks to our partner agencies and supporters like you, and what we hope to do in the future with your help.

You’ll hear from Board Chair Stacey Brechler-Knaggs, UWNA President & CEO Carol Dykes and this year’s community leaders, Andy Bertelsen and Susan Hilgart.

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United Way of Northern Arizona — Meet the 2021 Annual Campaign Leaders

| September 21, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — Meet the 2021 Annual Campaign Leaders

We are excited to announce that long-time United Way supporters Andy Bertelsen and Susan Hilgart will be leading this year’s United Way of Northern Arizona Annual Campaign, which officially kicks off with a virtual event later this month.

Both Andy and Susan are long-time civil servants with impressive resumes in the public sector.

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United Way of Northern Arizona — 2 New Reports Show How Far We Need to Go

| July 20, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — 2 New Reports Show How Far We Need to Go

A pair of recently released reports illustrate how far our region and state have to go to provide better outcomes for our children and youth – and how the pandemic has complicated those efforts.
According to the 2021 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Arizona was slowly making improvements in multiple areas for children. The state is consistently in the bottom 25% for overall rankings, but had shown gains in 2019 in both the economic well-being of children and with more elementary and middle school students meeting math and reading proficiency levels.
And then COVID hit.

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United Way of Northern Arizona — KinderCamp™ Events Celebrate Special Summer

| July 13, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — KinderCamp™ Events Celebrate Special Summer

The classes were a little smaller, the program was a little shorter, and smoke from wildfires sometimes made getting outside for recess difficult. Despite those challenges, the return of KinderCamp™ last month was a great success.

More than 130 students from Flagstaff, Williams and Pinetop-Lakeside took part in this year’s collaborative project, which prepares pre-school age children academically, socially and emotionally for kindergarten.

“It was great,” said Sara Owen, the coordinator for the project. “The families were excited to be back in person, the kids were happy to be in school, and the teachers were appreciative for a chance to help them grow.”

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United Way of Northern Arizona — Ready to Live United

| June 29, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — Ready to Live United

If there is anything good that we can take from the pandemic, it is that it reinforced some things that we can all agree on: the importance of taking care of each other and the power of caring communities to step up in times of crisis and create positive change.

Supporters like you raised tens of thousands of dollars to help those impacted this past year. Your United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA) funneled those funds to where they would do the most good. Because of you, families were able to stay in their homes, feed their families and keep the lights on.

But our work is not over.

Coronavirus laid bare some of the inequities of our society, and the gulf between the haves and have nots unfortunately got a little wider.

As we recover, our goal should not be to go back to what we had before, but to reimagine how we can be better and build towards that. We are committed to building a community:

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United Way of Northern Arizona — Providing Child Care in the Grand Canyon

| June 1, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — Providing Child Care in the Grand Canyon

For most of the past year, Kaibab Learning Center has been able to remain open, an amazing feat for the child care provider as it celebrates 20 years of serving the Grand Canyon area.

There was an initial closure when the pandemic first began, but on June 29, 2020, KLC reopened its doors, providing child care, preschool, after-school and summer school programs for dozens of families.

“With the exception of our six holiday days, our center prides itself on being there every single weekday, Monday through Friday,” said KLC Assistant Director Andrea Ramsey.

Not that it’s been easy.

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United Way of Northern Arizona — Getting Your Money Where It Needs to Go

| April 27, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — Getting Your Money Where It Needs to Go

At the heart of the United Way of Northern Arizona’s grant process is the Community Investment Fund, a volunteer-driven process that invests your donations into the proven programs, partnerships and initiatives that are changing lives in Coconino, Navajo and Apache counties every day.

Volunteers with the committee make a year-long commitment to review grant applications, evaluate programs and perform site visits.

“As a member of the Community Investment Team, I get to see first-hand how UWNA brings together community partners and leverages resources to support our local non-profit agencies,” said Tami Suchowiejko, who is with Coconino County and one of the three newest CI team members.

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United Way of Northern Arizona — Partner Update: Quality Connections Launches QCKids

| February 9, 2021
United Way of Northern Arizona — Partner Update: Quality Connections Launches QCKids

Quality Connections, a United Way of Northern Arizona partner agency, recently opened up a child care program called QCKids at its offices in East Flagstaff. However, as with many things in the era of Covid-19, the launch wasn’t quite what they expected.

At first blush, operating child care services might seem a little off-brand for the nonprofit, whose mission is to help adults with disabilities become more independent through employment opportunities, job training and practical life learning programs.

QCKids, however, was designed to align with the organization’s goals as it would provide training for Quality Connection clients who wanted to explore careers in child care. The added benefit was the new service would be targeted to underserved populations – low-income families and those with children who have disabilities.

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