Hometown Heroes: Desert Financial, SRP, SunUp Brewery, Phat Scooters
Several Valley companies that have been helping Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona during the pandemic.
Desert Financial Credit Union
As a part of their Random Acts of Kindness program, Desert Financial Credit Union created gift baskets for 18 Free Arts alumni who are now working or volunteering in Free Arts programs. The young adults were overwhelmed with gratitude as they pulled Air Pods, gift cards, and coloring books out of their baskets. Alumni Ellis commented, ““It was a really heartwarming feeling to receive the basket. It reminded me that even through these hard times, Free Arts is always there to bring up our spirits if they are down and to show how much they care about us.”
Free Arts neighbor SunUp Brewery, located at 330 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix, sent out an e-newsletter highlighting Free Arts to their customers. The SunUp Brewery owners are art collectors and loved the new mural on the Free Arts building next door. They sent a picture of the mural in-progress and encouraged their customers to consider donating their AZ Foster Care Tax Credit to Free Arts. They wanted to support Free Arts’ mission and educate their customers on the good work they are doing to help foster care, homeless, and abused children. It’s a great example of neighbors helping neighbors during COVID-19!
Salt River Project employees are volunteering their time to help Free Arts by writing and decorating handmade affirmation cards. These cards serve as a basis for reflection and promote positive thinking, allowing children to focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses. Crucially, they encourage children who have experienced the trauma of abuse, homelessness, or neglect at a time when the world is full of uncertainty and when many of their supports – already limited – have been removed or mitigated by the community response to the coronavirus pandemic. Free Arts is happy to partner with SRP to find unique ways for employees to continue to volunteer during times of social distancing.
Phat Scooters donating 1,000 meals per sale in May
Locally based company Phat Scooters is partnering with Meals Up & Feeding American to help provide meals for those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. For every qualifying scooter sold during the month of May, Phat Scooters will donate 1,000 meals to Meals Up. Their goal is to donate 50,000 meals by the end of May. Qualifying scooters include the Phatty, HD, and Sport.
Wheels Up, along with its partners, has joined forces on a new initiative called Meals Up which will supply 10 million meals to the food insecure and those facing hunger during the COVID-19 crisis through Feeding America, a hunger relief organization with an extensive network of food banks feeding the hungry across the country for over 40 years. For the 30 million Americans already facing food insecurity, the prospect of being quarantined means the real danger of lost wages and an increased reliance on food banks. Join our efforts to take action and help those who need it most during this difficult time.
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