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Large Grant Beneficiaries

Intermountain Centers, $700,000

Intermountain provides vital programs and services for more than 5,000 Pima County’s most vulnerable children and families every year. Over the years, Intermountain has become the “go to” organization for difficult to serve youth, thus developing a reputation as a specialty provider and for successes in serving challenging populations. Intermountain creates the outcomes that matter most to children and families and to the community.

Intermountain has a 48-year legacy in Pima County demonstrating program innovation and dedication to the population it serves. Intermountain individualizes programs to meet the unique needs of each person it serves in order to promote self-sufficiency and maximize positive outcomes. Intermountain serves children and adolescents who are emotionally and/or behaviorally challenged, who are transitioning from one form of care to another, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children with specialized educational needs, as well as a variety of other diagnoses. 

Intermountain was selected by Angel Charity to receive $700,000 to help fund a 60,000 sq. ft. building at 401 N. Bonita that will become the Angel Charity Center for Children and Youth, an integrated service campus that provides these early intervention therapies. Children with complex needs will have access to primary care physicians, psychiatric services, occupational therapy, crisis intervention and more in this facility in an unprecedented timely manner.

Reid Park Zoo , $265,000

The Reid Park Zoo was selected by Angel Charity to receive $265,000 towards construction of the “World of Play Adventure Zone” within the existing zoo footprint which will be modeled after regions of the world, taking themes from animals and natural features of the regions, appealing to different age groups and abilities.

Activities to encourage learning and play include a cooled “ice cave” in the Antarctic Zone – the first of its kind in the playground. As children leave the ice and travel 12-feet up along the accessible ramp, they will find a treetop hut in the South America zone, leading to a corkscrew slide, at the bottom of which they will go through misters among representational lily pads of Victoria. Or they may enter the North American redwood forest and follow the ramp down to the climbing net. Along with striking natural forms, the architecture integrates a variety of materials and textures that mimic those found in nature and sparks curiosity. Younger tots will enjoy the age appropriate play equipment in view of their parents/caregivers watching them in the shade under the cooling misting systems. This area will teach basic science concepts about geographic regions and animals of the world while encouraging nature play, physical activity – and fun!

Total Large Grants = $965,000

Small Grant Beneficiaries

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels was awarded $65,000 to support one new Play Therapist in the Amanda Dream Center at Diamond Children’s Medical Center in Tucson. The Center will be a place for counseling, play therapy and other therapeutic services for at least 100 children each year battling cancer and their families.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson

$92,000 to support a “Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids” initiative with an Academic Support Specialist to work with mental health professionals and families to conduct academic and mental health assessments for 150 at-risk youth. Once assessed, an individualized profile and targeted plan of support will be developed for each child.

Boys to Men

Boys to Men was awarded $10,000 to support a campaign to recruit and train men to help 200 at-risk middle and high school aged boys at weekly group mentorship meetings. The program will expand outside Tucson Unified School District into Sunnyside and Flowing Wells school districts and the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center.

Interfaith Community Services

$71,000 to provide 200 children of very low-income families with access to academic support and extra-curricular activities. The funds will be used for academic tutoring, technology, school supplies, uniforms, after-school and summer enrichment programs, sports fees and music lessons that are cost prohibitive for families.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS)

Jewish Family & Children’s Services was awarded $20,020 to renovate and refurnish a play therapy room which is used to provide play therapy services to over 150 children per year who have experienced psychological trauma. The room in the Jewish Family & Children’s Services Tucson facility will be designed with equipment and toys to help the children heal and develop in healthy ways.

Literacy Connects

Literacy Connects was awarded $50,000 to provide free, educational opportunities to 50 middle school youth after school and in the summer at the Literacy Connects’ Youth Center in the Amphi school district. The digital arts programming is designed to transition young people from passive consumers of technology and entertainment into empowered creatives.

Make Way for Books

Make Way for Books was awarded $50,000 to support the Family Education and Literacy strategy; an innovative, two-generation approach where children and parents learn together, and both gain skills. Proven programming, books, and resources will be delivered throughout the community to ensure that 700 young children start school ready to read and succeed.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

$48,983 to redesign the playroom at the Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from-home for families from out-of-town with a critically ill baby or child. The funds will transform the existing playroom from a disparate collection of worn-out toys into a Center for Adventure to allow sick children and their siblings to forget about illness for a while.

Tu Nidito Children and Family Services

$20,000 to help expand Children to Children virtual bereavement support groups into rural areas of Pima County. The pandemic has increased the need for services to children grieving the diagnosis of a serious medical condition or the death of a loved one.

Tucson Refugee Ministry

$22,400 to support refugee children who often don’t get adequate schooling before coming to the United States, and therefore struggle with the new culture. Funding will help the International Kids Camp to bridge cultural gaps and the Youth Outreach program to keep kids out of gangs.

Total Small Grants = $449,403

Total Large & Small Grants = $1,414,403

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