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.
All of us at Arizonans for Children were absolutely devastated to learn of the death of "The Cutest Monkey EVER!"
The Parent Aid that supervised visits between this baby and his mother and siblings came to me asking if we could hang his picture at our center. We have it up and will keep it there forever as he is forever in our hearts.
We hear news stories of kids being abused and neglected, we see those children. I cannot imagine having the job or the decisions that go along with it. Arizonans for Children cannot control what happens before and after time at our Visitation Centers but what we can do is ensure the time the families spend with us is as wonderful as possible.
In the words of this Parent Aid "his time spent at the center were happier times in his short life."
We are going to have our Arizonans for Children Costume Closet in honor of this life lost far too soon. The centers will be filled with pirates and princesses, skunks and skeletons, Batman a…
BREAKING NEWS! Healthy Mason Jar just announced they will provide a FREE meal with a toy for the Arizonans for Children Annual Holiday Party for kids in foster care! (while supplies last)
On Saturday November 17th from 2:00-4:00 Arizonans for Children will be collecting toys for the Annual Holiday Party for children in foster care. Each year about 1000 kids attend this party and it is often the only holiday type event they get to experience.
Stop by the Arizonans for Children Mesa Visitation Center with a toy, have a meal, do a craft activity and visit with Santa!
When: Saturday November 17th 2:00-4:00
Where: Arizonans for Children Mesa Visitation Center 1020 N.Horne, Mesa AZ 85203 (housed in Desert Heritage Church)
One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing the Mentor visit posts and updates. I so enjoy reading over Mentor logs and hearing about the changes in the kids lives. Sometimes they are very uplifting and sometimes I'll need to offer some guidance but either way having a consistent person in the child's life changes them. It gives the kids a restored hope, they start to believe in something. If you have joined the Arizonans for Children Facebook Group than you have seen Mentor Kathy and her Master Mentee. Kathy was matched with her mentee in May 2017 and their relationship continues to grow right along with her mentees confidence and exuberance for life. This past weekend Kathy took her Master Mentee to the i.d.e.a. museum in Mesa. Arizona is full of wonderful museums and activities that a Mentor can explore with their mentee!
In Kathy's words: "A morning at the museum with Master Mentee! This week he turned 7 years old! Happy Birthday Master Mentee, Happy Birthday t…