Community Grants 2020

At the annual project night celebration, Desert Club of Mesa honored eight non-profit organizations with community grants.  Project Night 2020 was a touching event as we heard personal stories from each organization’s representative. 

Room for Joy – Room For Joy’s mission is to enhance the healing process of chronically ill children by providing fun, imaginative, medically appropriate bedroom renovations, focusing on their individual needs, wishes and medical conditions. They strive to bring hope and joy to the children and their families, one room at a time. 

AZ Blankets 4 Kids   – AZ Blankets 4 Kids is an all-volunteer non-profit organization serving children in need in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Their goal is to provide comforting blankets and quilts to needy, seriously ill and traumatized children in the community.

AZ Cancer Fund for Children – Arizona Cancer Fund For Children has a mission to provide social, emotional and financial support for families managing the health and well being of a loved one with pediatric cancer. They take pride in providing practical support directly to families.

AZ Friends of Foster Children Foundation – The more than 13,000 children currently in foster care in Arizona depend on AFFCF to provide them with something extra to help raise their self-esteem and bring them closer to experiencing a normal childhood.

Child Crisis Arizona – Child Crisis Arizona provides emergency shelter, foster care, adoption, counseling, early education, home visitation, and parenting support services to Arizona’s most vulnerable children and families. Their mission is to provide children and youth in Arizona a safe environment, free from abuse and neglect, by creating strong and successful families.

Care Fund – The mission of Care Fund is to financially and resourcefully support Arizona families who endure financial hardship while experiencing extended illness or injury of their children. The Care Fund provides mortgage and rent support during a child’s extended health crisis.

Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled – Recognizing the importance of recreational, leisure and competitive opportunities that contribute to the quality of life, the primary mission of the Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled is to provide a variety of programs and activities to individuals with disabilities.

Westwood High School Band – New Band director David Wick is working to rebuild the musical program at Westwood High School after multiple staff members have left. The band has won awards for their division under new direction but struggles to repair and replace instruments due to the financial hardships of the students and families.