October CEO Message

We hope you are joining us Saturday October 14th for the Spirit of AZCEND Gala. It promises to be a great evening as we honor Lori Dayton with the Tracey Washington Spirit Award. Tickets are still available at https://azcendgala.eventbrite.com.

This past week in a partnership with Maricopa County Safe Kids, Chandler Fire Health & Medical and Target, we were able to provide forty eight new car seats FREE to families.  Each family participated in a car safety presentation to receive a car seat.

The Family Resource Center delivered an energetic SUPER WHY CAMP to children ages 3 – 6 years old to help them learn numbers and letters.  The program’s content is drawn from the PBS show SUPER WHY.

On October 24th from 10 am to 6 pm AZCEND will partner with Chandler Gilbert Community College to host Empty Bowls.  At this event, art meets hunger, compassion and advocacy. Talented artists create beautiful ceramic bowls and offer them for a small contribution of $10.  All donations benefit AZCEND. We are grateful to our soup and bread partners; Dilly’s Deli, Liberty Market, Even Stevens, Panera Bread, Chik-fil-A and Buca di Beppo.

As the holidays approach many families rely on your donations to make the season a much brighter time. The process for Operation Santa is where families can register to acquire gifts for children seventeen and younger, October 17 through October 31.  Toy distribution will take place mid December.  For more information please contact Yessica Munoz, 480-963-1423 ext 106.

Also with the holidays, extra donations are needed for the food bank. In addition to monetary need, our families need turkeys, chicken and hams. Side dishes requests are mac and cheese, instant potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, corn and gravy. Please remember ready to eat food with pull top lids for people experiencing homelessness.

Your donations to the Food Bank and Operation Santa help make the difference to a family who may be struggling. Donations can be made at www.azcend.org/causes/donate.

Sometimes we at AZCEND wonder about the courage it takes someone to come to us for services. We know each person has a personal story as they walk through our door to receive assistance to move from crisis to stability. We are grateful for supporters like you who know there are many vulnerable people who need these services and programs. Because of your compassion we are able to provide those services. THANK YOU!