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Donate to Save Lives Through Teen Lifeline

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For teens, the end of the year means stress at school, which can lead to anxiety and even depression. But a simple conversation from a parent or family member letting them know that it’s OK can make them reverse suicide thoughts. That’s exactly what Teen lifeline aims to do all year round. Michelle Moorhead, the executive director of Teen Lifeline, has seen the impact the organization makes since she started as a volunteer with its outreach events, campaigns and hotline help. It can be easy to miss signs of suicide in a teen with the holiday excitement, but with the organization’s tax-deductible program, you could help a child change their fate.

Teen Lifeline is a Qualified Charitable Organization. This means you can save a life by donating and getting that money back through a tax refund. Each phone call Teen Lifeline receives costs $100, which means it costs $100 to save a life. Because individuals can receive up to $200 in a tax refund, they can save two lives. And joint couples can receive up to $400 back and save four lives. Last year, donations like these made it possible to help more than 12,000 teens have a critical life conversation with one of Teen Lifeline’s phone operators, who are teens themselves.

Donations will also help the organization with its increased January outreach programs. Moorhead says January has the highest suicide rates.

“When the holidays come, they [teens] have their break from school. And for kids, that’s their biggest source of support, their friends and others around,” Moorhead says. “We see that the holiday season, in December and January, can be a time that’s hard for teenagers.”

So at the beginning of the year, the organization will mail every middle school and high school a flier about the organization. She says they will also reach out to schools in Prescott and Tucson.

Help Teen Lifeline change lives and donate through Dec. 31.

Go to https://teenlifeline.ejoinme.org/QCO2014 to donate now. And teens, if you are having suicide thoughts, don’t hesitate to call Teen Lifeline at 602.248.8336.


Million Dollar Matching Campaign Supports Teach For America in Arizona

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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Pledges 2:1 Matching Dollars to Help Raise Funds to Address Educational Inequity


Semper Fi Fund Announces 10 for 10 Challenge to Help Injured Veterans

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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with Support from GoDaddy, Will Match Donations Dollar-for-Dollar to Semper Fi Fund


UCP of Central Arizona to Host Champions in Life Night “Fashion without Limits”

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United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UCP) is proud to announce the 2014 Champions in Life Night “Fashion without Limits” Gala on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. Champions in Life Night was established in 2010 by UCP to recognize the ongoing commitment and unwavering support of Circle K, the 2014 UCP Champion Sponsor.

This year’s “Fashion without Limits” theme is an opportunity for the children and young adults of the UCP to be celebrated and allow for participation in new experiences. Kathleen Tinkler of Mrs. Tinkler’s Evening Wear along with the Art Institute of Phoenix, will be showcasing clothing specifically designed for the children and young adults of the UCP.  

In recognition of Ms. Purper’s dedicated volunteer service to UCP

UCP impacts children and families every day and offers the opportunity to be a champion and become a sponsor of a very special evening. All funds raised at the Champions in Life Night Gala will benefit UCP, which serves approximately 7,000 children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, and developmental delays, through thoughtful and comprehensive services designed to enable living "life without limits."

Along with Circle K as the Champion Sponsor additional honorees of the 2015 gala include President of Molina Fine Jewelers Alfredo Molina for the Compassion Award, Miss Iowa 2008 and First Runner up for Miss USA 2008 Abbey Curran for the Laura Dozer Award, Vice President of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Sue Glawe for the Leadership Award, and Maria Purper for the Volunteer Award.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, attending, or have any questions, please contact Veronica De La O, Development Director, at 602-682-1819, or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Give a Hand to the Homeless this Holiday Season with Phoenix Rescue Mission

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Providing meals for the state with the fourth largest homeless population is no small feat, and the holiday season brings an even bigger task for the Phoenix Rescue Mission. The nonprofit serves three meals every day and is adding multiple events for the entire community to help during the holidays in its second annual “Feeding Phoenix: More than a Meal” campaign.

For almost 60 years, the Phoenix Rescue Mission has launched assistance programs to accommodate the growing homeless population in Arizona. Maricopa County alone has more than 13,000 homeless people. Programs include the Hope Coach Street Outreach, Homeless Emergency Services, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children, which was not fully occupied last year. The facility is now fully occupied this year, which means the organization needs more donations. Nicole Pena, the public relations director at Phoenix Rescue Mission, says promising the community 100,000 meals for this campaign is just one way to show that the organization is “dedicated to transform[ing] the city.”


From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, the entire community can come together to provide men, women and children with food, water, blankets, sleeping bags, socks and other items. On Nov. 9, visit the Frozen Turkey Open House at the shelter campus. Simply bring a frozen turkey to the shelter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., feast on a barbecue lunch and even get a tour of the facility. The second event, The Fill-a-Box Feed a Family Turkey Delivery, is on Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. Guests can put together a food box for a family. At the end of the holiday season, the center will host an Adopt-a-Family event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 20. You can drop off your chosen family’s wish list items from 9 a.m. to noon. 

And the holidays aren’t the only time you can help, Pena says. “What we’re looking for from the community is support. Not only [with] canned food, but we also know that it costs $1.92 for us to feed a homeless person. So of course donations are always welcome.”

To learn more about the “Feeding Phoenix: More than a Meal” campaign visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org

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