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Foundation awards $3,000 grant to Memory Café.

The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation (The Foundation) has awarded a grant of $3,000 to Creative Engagement Partners for their Memory Café at the Sun Lakes Methodist Church. The Memory Café is designed and operated for Sun Lakes and East Valley families with Parkinson’s and memory loss through engagement activities – “a place to make new friends, learn, and have a cup of coffee”.  Engaging activities are created and guided by Music Therapists, Tai Chi instructors, Visual Artists, etc., and are offered several days every week. These programs are designed for both the recipient and his/her caregiver to support both of them in order to help eliminate isolation and loneliness and to stimulate the participants intellectually and physically.

The Foundation regularly presents grants like this to many local community groups throughout each year in order to enhance the quality of life for the older population in the East Valley, including all Sun Lakes residents, in the areas of health, education and culture.  To find out more about The Foundation’s activities or to apply for a grant for your non-profit organization, go to www.slcommunityfoundation.com

(l-r) Frank Gould, Carolyn Holmes-Leneway, Wayne Mangold (Creative Engagement Partners Chairman), Richard Hawkes (President of The Foundation), Cheryl Ravenscroft, Jeanne Duncan, Maidy Horst, Elaine Poker-Yount (Creative Engagement Partners Board President).

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOUNDATION GRANTS NEIGHBORS WHO CARE $5,000.

Members of the board of The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation (The Foundation) were pleased to present a grant in the amount of $5,000 to Neighbors Who Care (NWC).  These funds will be used to complete the purchase of a new passenger van which will be used by NWC to provide assistance in the areas of transportation, shopping/errands, grocery transport, friendly visitation, business assistance, dinner delivery, and caregiver relief/respite.

The Foundation regularly presents grants like this to many local community groups throughout each year in order to enhance the quality of life for the older population in the East Valley, including all Sun Lakes residents, in the areas of health, education and culture.  To find out more about The Foundation’s activities or to apply for a grant, go to www.slcommunityfoundation.com

Caption: Pictured from left to right are Dr. William Wilhelm, Jeanne Becker, Frank Gould, Madeleine Lutz, Cheryl Ravenscroft, Maidy Horst and Ramon Rubio.

 

Crystal Cards Project awarded $2,000 grant by The Foundation (May, 2022)

By Maidy Horst, Foundation Grant Coordinator

A grant check for $2,000 was accepted by The Crystal Card Project President, Charlene Petragallo. The grant will be used to cover the cost of additional supplies, materials and equipment needed to make the Crystal Cards, which is estimated to be about $.25 per card. That means for each one dollar donated, they can generate four dollars’ worth of cards, so this donation of $2,000 will translate into $8,000 worth of card sales in our Sun Lakes Communities, all of which is donated to My Sister’s Place. Many local Sun Lakes volunteers are involved by donating their time and their old cards, by gathering together to help make new cards, by selling the cards, and by disseminating them to their relatives, friends, and acquaintances for birthdays and other special occasions. Crystal Cards are available through “Home Delivery” – The Crystal Cards Project can deliver an assortment of greeting cards directly to your Sun Lakes or SunBird home.  You send an email to thecrystalcardproject@gmail.com  that includes: your name, home address (including community name), phone number, the kinds of cards you want (get well, birthday, thinking of you, anniversary, sympathy, etc. or an assortment of all types). A volunteer arranges to deliver a box to your house. At your convenience, you look thru the cards and pick the ones you want. Cards are $1 each. You can pay with cash or by a check made out to The Crystal Card Project. Place the payment for the cards you have chosen inside the box along with the cards to be returned. Then call the volunteer whose phone number is on the box to arrange for pickup. Starting in the fall of 2022, Crystal Card sales will be held in all three Sun Lakes Communities (Sun Lakes Country Club, Cottonwood/Palo Verde and IronOaks); specific locations, dates and times will be publicized to Sun Lakes residents by September.  

ALL (100%) of card sales is donated to My Sister’s Place, which serves victims of domestic violence and abuse and is one of only two confidential domestic violence shelters in the East Valley. Victims are provided with a private and comforting environment for their safety and recovery. The shelter serves individuals of all ages as well as parents with children.  My Sister’s Place provides safety planning, case management and skill/resource building to empower clients to advocate for themselves and truly make a permanent change to their situations.  The program also assists with after-care planning, employment, information and referral to transitional programs, affordable housing, furniture, food and other items.

The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation has been established to enhance the quality of life for the older population in the East Valley, including Sun Lakes residents, in the areas of health, education and culture. The Foundation gives grants to local non-profits to enhance their work in all our Sun Lakes communities; to apply, go to https://slcommunityfoundation.com .

The people in the photo are (left to right): Maidy Horst, Jeanne Becker, Charlene Petragallo, Cheryl Ravenscroft and Louis Baca.

 

 

 

The Foundation makes a $3,000 award to AFMA Sun Lakes Firefighters Food Fund (May 2022)

By Jeanne Becker, Foundation Treasurer

Recently, The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation made an award of $3,000 to the Sun Lakes Firefighters Food Fund, which is used by the firefighters and EMS personnel at Stations 231 & 232 to help supplement the cost of their food which they pay for themselves. The award amount is being divided among the six shifts in both firehouses, so each shift gets $500 to help alleviate the cost of buying the food which is prepared communally by each shift. The Foundation is proud to assist our firefighters in this way, and at the award presentation, the AFMA Assistant Fire Chief said that he has been in the fire service for 27 years and he has not encountered this type of direct community support for firefighters and EMS personnel anywhere else.

The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation has been established to enhance the quality of life for the older population in the East Valley, including Sun Lakes residents, in the areas of health, safety, education and culture. The Foundation gives grants to local non-profits,  service organizations and clubs to enhance their work in all our Sun Lakes communities. If you are part of an organization that needs financial support, to apply, please go to https://slcommunityfoundation.com .

Picture  Members of The Foundation Board of Directors pose with firefighters of Station 231 at the check presentation event.