Giving Back

Our Community Outreach Program is one way AACT makes an impact in our local community.

House of Refuge

 In 2021 AACT Arizona teamed up with House of Refuge again, in order to donate more to families in need. We are also proud to announce that we donated $11,000 to their Adopt a House Program! This Program provides a house for 1 family, as well as all the wrap-around services needed for transitioning out of homelessness and into stable housing.

Who They Are:

House of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on 20 acres in Southeast Mesa, Arizona. Their community includes 88 2-bedroom homes that they rent to families experiencing homelessness. By providing a home and comprehensive, wrap-around supportive services, they help families overcome homelessness, become self-sufficient, and move to sustainable housing. House of Refuge provides a home, home furnishings, clothing, food boxes, individualized case management services, employment guidance, and education support. All residents have access to services and facilities in their community, including the Community Center for after school programming, the Employment & Education Center, the Community Garden, and the Donation Center. Through their innovative programming that values employment and education, House of Refuge believes their families can stabilize their lives, and transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

www.houseofrefuge.org

Feed My Starving Children

We were able to team up with FMSC again in 2021 with nearly 50 volunteers packing food for individuals located in the Philippines! 

Who They Are:

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Nonprofit, FMSC is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development. FMSC meals are developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition. Nutrition allows children to grow, thrive and develop to their full potential. Donations given by people fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals, which are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!

www.fmsc.org

Autism Speaks Walk

In October 2021 AACT put on their best sneakers and went for a walk to support Autism Speaks! We were able to raise funds that will go towards research for autism. 

Who They Are:

Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of people with autism and the parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and providers who support them, the funds raised help to ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives.’

 

Yes Day for Autism

In November 2021 AACT joined SAARC for their first-ever YES! Day for Autism. We were able to sponsor over $2000 for this nonprofit that provides education, evidence-based practices and research for the autism community. In addition to that, we were able to set up our booth for the free event, provide resources, and connect with families and providers within the autism community.

Who They Are:

To signify the 1 in 71 children identified with autism in Arizona, YES Day for Autism is a 71-day fundraising and awareness campaign.

www.autismcenter.org

REV’D Up for Autism

In December 2021 AACT had the pleasure of sponsoring the Best in Show Truck award as well as the raffle table at Pawsitive Friendships’ Rev’d up for Autism event. Totaling over $5,000, AACT’s sponsorship will give many individuals with developmental disabilities access to therapy animals partnered with Pawsitive Friendships. The AACT Intake team was able to meet many of Pawsitive Friendships’ therapy animals ranging from puppies and goats to an alpaca named Adele!

Who They Are:

REV’D Up for Autism is a charity car and bike show raising funds to provide animal therapy to children with autism and other special needs. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Pawsitive Friendships.

www.3wishes.global

2020

Arizona Food Bank Network

During August through October of 2020, AACT Arizona began a campaign to raise awareness through our Community Outreach program, in order to help raise much needed funds for The Arizona Food Bank Network. During this campaign, AACT Arizona was able to raise $1,500 to contribute to these food banks.

Who They Are:

The Arizona Food Bank Network (AzFBN) is a coalition of 5 regional food banks and almost 1,000 food pantries and agencies, working to address hunger in Arizona. Their network feeds almost one million people each year in all 15 counties in Arizona. AzFBN amplifies the good work of these food banks by raising awareness about hunger, coordinating large food donations between food banks, and providing resources and education. In conjunction with food banks, AzFBN also works with government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other partners to create a hunger-free Arizona. 

www.azfoodbanks.org

Feed My Starving Children

Last year, AACT Arizona partnered with Feed My Starving Children to help with their program. Through our Community Outreach program, a team of 18 AACT Team Members donated their time for a full day to help hand-pack meals. These crucial and nutritious meals were shipped to a community in a small village in Mexico.

Who They Are:

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Nonprofit, FMSC is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development. FMSC meals are developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition. Nutrition allows children to grow, thrive and develop to their full potential. Donations given by people fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals, which are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!

www.fmsc.org

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Carlos Apache Nation

In the early months of 2020, AACT Arizona donated $3,000 and purchased 50 brand new sports balls, including Basketballs, Soccer balls, and Volleyballs. This effort was to help The Boys & Girls Club of the San Carlos Apache Nation rebuild their stock of necessary equipment to keep their kiddos active.

Who They Are:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Carlos Apache Nation is part of a nationwide affiliation of over 4,000 local, autonomous organizations through Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) that serve almost 4 million youth annually across the nation. Since its inception, the Club has been at the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances throughout the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The Club offers opportunities to provide Native youth with ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, a safe place to learn and grow, life-enhancing programs, character development experiences and, most of all, hope and opportunity.

House of Refuge

Christmas time can be rough for many families, which is why AACT Arizona teamed up with House of Refuge, to donate over $3,000 worth of household items, for families in need. The donation list consisted of over 50 items that went to 10 different families.

Who They Are:

House of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located on 20 acres in Southeast Mesa, Arizona. Their community includes 88 2-bedroom homes that they rent to families experiencing homelessness. By providing a home and comprehensive, wrap-around supportive services, they help families overcome homelessness, become self-sufficient, and move to sustainable housing. House of Refuge provides a home, home furnishings, clothing, food boxes, individualized case management services, employment guidance, and education support. All residents have access to services and facilities in their community, including the Community Center for after school programming, the Employment & Education Center, the Community Garden, and the Donation Center. Through their innovative programming that values employment and education, House of Refuge believes their families can stabilize their lives, and transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

www.houseofrefuge.org

Three Wishes For Ruby’s Residents

In Early 2021, AACT Arizona stumbled across Three Wishes For Ruby’s Residents, while on a business trip to Missouri. Being moved by the impact this non-profit has on their community, AACT founders Cori and Danon acted quickly with a $500 donation to help local seniors have a little more joy in their life. 

Who They Are:

Three Wishes For Ruby’s Residents is a non-profit that fulfills small wishes to nursing home seniors across America.  They serve ALL nursing home seniors but especially the lonely and the poor. They provide seniors with small items that they would otherwise go without. They fulfill wishes for simple items that you and I take for granted- fresh fruit, new shoes, pet food and take-out. Their youth activists have granted over 8000 wishes since 2019 and with your help they can continue to make a big difference in the lives of nursing home seniors. 

www.3wishes.global

Community Outreach Looking Forward

During this new year, AACT Arizona wants to give back even more! We are constantly using our Community Outreach Program to find ways to give back to those in our community that are in need.