This year, the Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped (AFH) was selected as recipient of the 2014 Valley Partnership Community Project.

Each year, on one Saturday, hundreds of business leaders trade their business attire for T-shirts and gloves and help to transform a local nonprofit.  AFH applied to Valley Partnership to have its outdoor common areas updated and to build a sensory garden for its clients.  VP’s volunteers will be constructing a built-in grill, seating for outside dining, re-purposing a sports court, adding a landscape screen, and building a sensory garden.

What: Valley Partnership’s Community Project at Perry Rehabilitation Center

Where: Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped, Perry Rehabilitation Center, 3164 E. Windsor Ave., Phoenix AZ 85008

Date:  Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

Time: 8 a.m. to noon

Who:  200 real estate executives will volunteer to plant, pour gravel and paint the center to transform the outdoor areas

For the past four months, Valley Partnership real estate professionals have dedicated their time and resources to creating a new outdoor space for the clients and families of AHF.  The planned sensory garden will feature permanent musical instruments. On Oct. 8, VP held its inaugural Rock for a Cause benefit concert. It raised more than $8,000 to purchase the musical instruments.

Valley Partnership solicits donations and engages corporate partners to assist with the Community Project each year.  This year more than 55 companies have donated more than $180,000 in services, support, and cash to rebuild the outdoor areas for AFH.