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Sundt Foundation Awards $53,000 to Local Nonprofits

Sundt Construction’s Phoenix employees — through the Sundt Foundation — have selected 19 local nonprofit organizations to receive Sundt Foundation grants totaling $53,500 this quarter.

The 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 $5M in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond.

The Phoenix organizations that recently received funding:

$7,500 Grant Recipients (1)

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona will use the grant to provide 222 bed nights of transitional housing, case management and education for 260 homeless children this year.

$5,000 Grant Recipients (4)

Child Crisis Center will use the grant to fund the costs for its Emergency Shelter Program, a 42-bed shelter where children from birth to age 11 whose families are in crisis are provided with temporary care in a safe, home-like environment.

Neighborhood Ministries Inc. will allocate the funds to support activities and purchase supplies for Kids Life, a weekly outreach to 600 at-risk K-7th graders. The program provides children with nutritious meals, character-building lessons and enriching activities.

Phoenix Revitalization Corporation will utilize the funding to expand its work with its community gardens that provide additional fresh produce for Phoenix residents.

Sojourner Center will use the grant to help cover direct program expenses of the Family Enrichment Program, which includes meals and snacks, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, sleep mats, pillows, blankets, books and toys to families in need.

$3,000 Grant Recipients (3)

Arizonans for the Protection of Exploited Children and Adults, Inc. will use the grant for constructing and installing security gates to ensure privacy and protection for victims at Natalie’s House, a place that provides a safe home setting to those in need.

Desert Mission, Inc. will allocate the funds to support high-quality dental care for uninsured and underinsured children ages six months to 20 years old.

New Foundation, Inc. is a residential treatment program that helps children overcome the devastation caused by abuse, neglect, addiction and mental illness. The grant will be used for its ISI program, offering a short-term stabilization experience to help children return to their home environments.

$2,500 Grant Recipients (3)

Angels on Patrol, Inc. supports families in crisis and youth who have either been abused or neglected and/or whose caregivers are facing extreme financial hardship. Awarded funds will help subsidize immediate crisis needs for families with children by providing necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Additionally, the grant will help underwrite enrichment and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

Hope and a Future, Inc. will use the funds to provide year-round life skills mentoring to 75 Arizona teens currently in foster care.

Neighbors Who Care, Inc. provides volunteer services to low-income homebound, disabled seniors such as evening meal delivery, transportation to medical appointments, errand assistance and respite service for caregivers. This grant will provide the resources necessary to recruit, background check and train an additional 100 community volunteers.

$2,000 Grant Recipients (1)

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation will allocate the grant to provide tutoring and other educational support for children in foster care in order to prevent them from falling behind education standards.

$1,500 Grant Recipients (1)

Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children, Inc. is a free afterschool music academy for disadvantaged children in inner-city Phoenix. This grant will be used to sponsor a piano class for six new students from low-income families as classified by HUD guidelines.

$1,000 Grant Recipients (6)

Acts of Simple Kindness provides grants up to $200 for dependent children of widows and widowers. This grant will be used to help subsidize a program or class within the areas of education, sports, music or the arts in Maricopa County.

Blueprint Education, Inc. will use funds to cover costs for its Youth Education and Social Services (YESS) program, which brings the nationally recognized Nurturing Parenting Program to Hope and Blueprint High Schools. The program includes 16 instructional sessions and four “Put in Practice” events with parents and their children.

Flagstaff Shelter Services, Inc. will allocate the grant to underwrite the increased operational costs of expanding its emergency overnight shelter in Flagstaff, which currently has only 160 of the 1,000 beds needed to serve the city’s homeless population.

House of Refuge, Inc. hosts a no-charge, on-site donation center where food items can be obtained to assist in hunger relief and monthly budgeting of families in need. This grant would be utilized for the purchase of additional food to supplement the center.

Inn Transitions, Inc. will use funds to increase staff support of the organization, which assists those not receiving aid from other agencies, such as teenage parents, single fathers, homeless veterans with families and the disabled elderly.

The Arc of Arizona Inc., Tempe provides a life skills and recreation program for people ages 16 and older who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funds from this grant will help develop a vocational component to the current life skills program that aims to help these teenagers find and hold jobs.