Arizona Community Foundation Invests in EyeSpy 20/20 for South County!

November 01, 2018

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – PRESS RELEASE

UNITED WAY OF YUMA RECEIVES DONATION FROM ARIZONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR EYESPY 20/20 VISION SCREENING PROGRAM FOR SOUTH COUNTY SCHOOLS.

(Pictured from left to right: Karina Jones, President/CEO United Way of Yuma County and Veronica Shorr, Regional Director, Western Region of Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma )

Yuma, AZ - United Way of Yuma County announced today Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma has made a very generous donation to the EyeSpy 20/20 program.

The EyeSpy 20/20 has already screened nearly 8,000 children in Yuma County. The 2018-2019 school years, will allow more children in Yuma County to be screened for potential vision problems. Early detection leads to early intervention to correct possible future issues even blindness that can occur. Now, with this donation from ACF, United Way of Yuma County can bring the vision screening down to Somerton, Gadsden and San Luis school children.

This generous donation from Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma will continue to help advance the common good for several children in our Yuma County community, who normally, would not have access to vision screening or glasses.  Every dollar is empowered and goes directly to help those children who have undetected vision problems.  With a whopping 25% of children screened having failed their vision screening, more than ever, in these times, we all must Live United Yuma.

 

For more information please contact Karina Jones, United Way of Yuma County President/CEO at (928) 783-0515 or email: karina.jones@local.unitedway.org.  

 

Or, Veronica Shorr, Regional Director for Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma, 928-539-5343 or email: vshorr@azfoundation.org

Talking LOCAL community with Mario V. Hogue!

September 24, 2018

Meet Mario V. Hogue, proud business owner of Pacè By D&M, Practice Manager of Yuma Regional Medical Center Specialty Clinics and Cardiology Clinic, 
Foundation of Arizona Western College Board Member and Board of Director at United Way of Yuma County. 
Mario is 1st generation Italian/America and was born in Canton, Ohio; he graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and completed his baccalaureate degree from Malone University in Marketing Management. Most recently, Mario earned his Master’s of Business Administration and Master’s of Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix and was inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society of Healthcare Executives. Mario is a wonderful husband and father to his family, Dr. Joseph Hogue and their puppy, Francis.
United Way of Yuma County is the community’s leading not-for-profit, community service organization that strategically removes barriers and “red tape” with a collective approach with other like-minded service organizations to remove poverty and provide supportive-resources for families, children and other service-organizations throughout Yuma County.

“For me, United Way of Yuma County is so much more than just its name, United Way.” 
“Day-in-and-day-out, this organization, and its people work tirelessly with the best intent, motivations and business acumen to support the growing needs of families, children and other service organizations in our local-community.” 
“As I learned more and more about United Way of Yuma County, I knew God was calling me to part of this organization; my heart and spirit were completely, 100% committed to the organization, staff and programs – 
I knew this is where I was supposed to be.”

Talking LOCAL Community with Regina Carey!!

September 10, 2018

Meet Regina Carey, 1st Bank Yuma, VP/Human Resources Manager, United Way of Yuma County Board of Director. Regina was born and raised in Yuma, attending St. Francis Elementary School and graduating from Kofa High School. Regina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Human Resource Professional via the Society for Human Resource Management. Regina is the mother to two wonderful boys, Jake and Joey. "I am involved with our local United Way because I believe in giving back to the community that I live in. But more than that, I believe in working with an organization that aligns with my beliefs. United Way does more than just facilitate programs and donations, 
United Way actively works on breaking the cycle of poverty. As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you will feed him for a lifetime.”

Programs like JA Biztown set the foundation for students to be financially literate and financially independent. Many of these students would never have a conversation about money, interest rates, how to balance a checkbook or how to run for office. Without those conversations, they could easily fall into a cycle of debt that follows them throughout their lives. JA Biztown is equipping the students with skills and knowledge that will carry them into adulthood. This program is helping to mold students into contributing members of society.

There are many charities in Yuma, many organizations deserving of volunteer time and commitment. However, none spoke to me the way that United Way did. I appreciate the fact that all of the funds the United Way raises stay local. When I say all, I mean 100% of the funds raised stay in Yuma. Funds raised go to programs like the Healing Journey, Arizona Children's Association and Girl Scouts of Southern AZ. You can designate your donation to Amberly's Place, Crossroads Mission or Yuma Community Food Bank. United Way may seem like a large, national organization. However, we are 100% local…with a local Board…locally raised funds…and local programs. My grandfather was a longtime Yuman who founded one of the local service organizations. He taught me, by example, how important it is to give of your time and talents to our community. By joining the Board of the United Way, I am following in those philanthropic footsteps and setting an example for my children to do the same." 

Washington Federal Donates to United Way of Yuma County's JA BizTown program!!

August 08, 2019

Yuma, AZ - United Way of Yuma County announced today it has been awarded a $1,000 donation from its community partner, Washington Federal, for the JA BizTown program for school year 2018-2019.

This generous donation by Washington Federal will allow United Way of Yuma County to expand its comprehensive, JA BizTown program that combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

 

For more information please contact Karina Jones, United Way of Yuma County President/CEO at  (928) 783-0515 or email: karina.jones@local.unitedway.org. For more information on our community partner Washington Federal please contact: Gina Kutas, Branch Manager or Shelia Wood at (928) 726-3774 or email: sheila.wood@wafd.com.  

 

Photo Credit: Gene Doten, Doten Photography              

Corona Optique My Lit'l Eye Shop Donates $2,000 to United Way of Yuma County's EyeSpy 20/20

July 24, 2018

Yuma, AZ - United Way of Yuma County announced today Corona Optique My Lit’l Eye Shop has made a very generous donation to the EyeSpy 20/20 program in the amount of $2,000 dollars.

The EyeSpy 20/20 has already screened 3,501 children in Yuma County last school year. The 2018-2019 school years, will allow more children here in Yuma County will be screened for potential vision problems. Early detection leads to early intervention to correct possible future issues even blindness that can occur.

This generous donation from Corona Optique My Lit’l Eye Shop will continue to help advance the common good for several children in our Yuma County community who would not have access to vision screening or glasses.  Every dollar is empowered and goes directly to help those children who have undetected vision problems.  With a whopping 25% of children screened last school, failing the vision screening, more than ever, in these times, we all must Live United Yuma.

For more information please contact Karina Jones, United Way of Yuma County President/CEO at (928) 783-0515 or email: karina.jones@local.unitedway.org.  Or, Corona Optique Karen McCafferty (928) 726-1100 or email: Karen@coronaoptique.com.

$1,000 donation from Fort Yuma Rotary for EyeSpy 20/20 vision program

June 28, 2018

Big THANKS to Fort Yuma Rotary for their generous donation to our vision screening program. Last school year United Way of Yuma County vision screened 3,501 students in the Yuma District 1 Elementary schools.

378 CARS SOLD IN MAY = $7,560.00 DONATION!!

July 03, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

PRESS RELEASE UNITED WAY OF YUMA RECEIVES DONATION FROM  ​ALEXANDER AUTO GROUP!

Yuma, AZ - United Way of Yuma County and Alexander Auto Group working together to make an impact on breaking the poverty cycle in Yuma County.

This generous donation by Alexander Auto Group who donated $20 to every car sold in the month of May 2018, ended up selling a total of 378 vehicles!  United Way of Yuma County board member Mario Zappitelli, YRMC Ambulatory Operations Manager stated, "It's a humbling, intangible connection and marvelous feeling to collectively work with another community based organization that is also passionate about breaking the local cycle of poverty." 

The $7,560.00 donation will be used for the local Community Impact Fund that supports 12 local non-profits and programs. United Way of Yuma County is 100% local and all donations remain here in Yuma County to help local agencies and families. You can check out our local partner agencies at: https://www.liveunitedyuma.org/our-partners or click here.

For more information please contact Karina Jones, United Way of Yuma County President/CEO at (928) 783-0515 or email: karina.jones@local.unitedway.org. For more information on our community partner Alexander Auto Group please contact: Jeff Fritz, Jr., Treasurer/CFO at (928) 217-6310 or cell (928) 920-0520 or email at: jfritz@billalexanderford.com

APS Awards United Way of Yuma County $13,688.00 for the Local Commuity Care Fund!

May 31, 2018

Yuma, AZ - United Way of Yuma County announced today Arizona Public Service has made a very generous donation to the Yuma County Community Care Fund.

The Community Care Fund is the best way to do the most good with a single contribution. United Way of Yuma County tracks the results of donations to the Community Care Fund so donors are assured of accountability and results, measured in changed lives and a healthier community.

This generous donation from APS will continue to help advance the common good for all in our Yuma County community.  Every dollar is empowered and goes directly to help those agencies making a difference in Yuma County.  Reach out a hand to one and influence the condition of all.  More than ever, in these times, we all must Live United Yuma.

For more information please contact Karina Jones, United Way of Yuma County President/CEO at (928) 783-0515 or email: karina.jones@local.unitedway.org.

Wells Fargo Awards $10,000 Check to United Way of Yuma County for JA BizTown Program!

May 17, 2018

Yuma, AZ - United Way of Yuma County announced today it has been awarded a $10,000 donation from its community partner, Wells Fargo Bank, for the JA BizTown program for school year 2018-2019.

This generous donation by Wells Fargo will allow United Way of Yuma County to expand its comprehensive, JA BizTown program that combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

For more information please contact Karina Jones, United Way of Yuma County President/CEO at (928) 783-0515 or email: karina.jones@local.unitedway.org. For more information on our community partner Wells Fargo Bank please contact: Shawna Cordova, Branch Manager at (928) 341-2481 or email: Shawna.L.Cordova@wellsfargo.com.                     

JA BizTown Trip to Tempe, Az.

March 22, 2018

Connecting the dots between what kids learn in school and how it’s applied in the real world isn’t that simple. That’s why  United Way of Yuma County once again brought JA BizTown®, an engaging, hands-on program that introduces local 5th graders to economic concepts, workplace skills, and personal and business finances in a student-sized town built just for them.

Students first take part in a series of classroom lessons where they learn about working in and being consumers in today’s world. They work together to create business plans, calculate operating costs, design a marketing campaign, apply for jobs, vote for city officials, and explore careers. Then, they put their skills to work by becoming employees for a day in one of our two JA BizTowns, on-site learning facilities that feature more than 40 different businesses and industries.

During their time at JA BizTown, students operate a simulated economy and take on the challenge of running businesses. They get hands-on experience as both employees and consumers, paying rent, taxes and utilities, buying advertising from the radio station, conducting TV interviews, purchasing insurance, depositing paychecks and buying other business’ products, handling customer service, and more.

Assisted by volunteer mentors, the students must make the hard and practical decisions to see their businesses thrive and succeed in their role, just like the real world.

We are looking for 15 volunteers for this trip. If you're interested, please email kari.tatar@local.unitedway.org for more details. Or call our office at (928) 783-0515.

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