Arizonans for Children Inc., incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, exists to facilitate opportunities and provide effective solutions to alleviate hardships and improve the fragile lives of the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in foster care.
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End of Year Giving - STEM Pi-oneer
When I first started working with children in foster care I was shocked to realize that many kids have zero access to technology in their group homes or foster placements. How are they doing homework without access to technology?
When the need becomes apparent, Arizonans for Children finds a way to meet the need. We started the STEM Pi-oneer class that upon completion of a series of classes the child takes the entire computer system with them. A fully functioning micro computer called a Raspberry Pi, a monitor, mouse and key board to every single child that completes the class series!
In the class the kids build/assemble their Pi, learn basic programming languages, explore the vast functionality of the computer all while having workshops and presentations on things like neuroscience, financial literacy and internet safety and security.
Arizonans for Children goal - every school age child in the foster care system have their own computer system.
There are several ways you can help support this program:
You can help by providing lunch for the kids during the classes. A sack lunch, pizza, casserole - Anything! We can also use drinks for the classes.
We can use volunteers to sit with the kids and help through the class.
In Arizona you can claim the AZ Foster Care Tax Credit - a dollar for dollar credit towards what you might owe to the state that allows you to decide where your tax dollars go. Up to $500 if you file as single and up to $1000 if you file a joint return. Outside of Arizona your donations are tax deductible.
What do you get when you combine kids in foster care, goats and yoga? A wonderfully good time! Super BIG Thanks to Lil Goat Town for introducing the children we serve to your goats and yoga. The sunset was stunning, the goats hilarious and the laughter heart warming. This has to have been one of my very favorite events EVER! 🐏🐐🌵💓🧘♀️🧘♂️
The calming serenity of yoga coupled with the hilarity of the goats and the sunset on the beach sand, tiki torches surrounding the area - this was an evening the kids (and a staff, a board member and all the mentors) will never forget. There are times when I've talked to the kids in foster care as we interview them to match them with a volunteer Mentor when the kids cannot remember the last time they laughed. Thanks to Lil Goat T
What a weekend at Arizonans for Children! Technology, technology and more technology!
We were very fortunate to be part of AZ Give Camp's Hack-a-Thon where teams of developers volunteer their time and expertise to engineer solutions for non-profits. The hack-a-thon started Friday afternoon at 3:00pm and went all the way until Sunday at 4:00pm!
Thanks to my new best friend Chris Huie, Arizonans for Children participated in this fantastic opportunity. Our team Tomas, Mandy and Cindy listened to our agency needs, tossed ideas around and came up with the perfect solution. This team developed an electronic check-in system that will offer faster check in and out times that will translate into more quality time spent on a visit for the families using the centers. This new system also tracks the data creating seamless reports while respecting and protecting the confidentiality of our clients. All of this was done with the knowledge that cost is always a factor in non-profits and th…
As our current Visitation Center Coordinator makes plans for grad school we are actively accepting resume's for the position. We wish Paige the very best and thank her for her positive attitude and commitment to helping families heal.
The Visitation Center Coordinator is a vital position at Arizonans for Children and has to be filled with the right person. We are a small staff so we need someone who is a team player, willing to help as needed and a problem solver. Someone that identifies an issue and instead of focusing on what is wrong, finds a solution to make it right.
This is not a typical Monday - Friday position so flexibility is crucial.
The right person will be able to lead a team of volunteers, focus on their strengths and motivate the team to be welcoming and nonjudgmental with everyone utilizing the visitation centers.
If you are interested in this position please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line as "Visitatio…