Hello My Friend,
This newsletter is my attempt to share some of the exciting things
that are happening in our community because ordinary people are
saying "Yes" to being part of the solution to these challenges:
hunger, homelessness, education, foster care, senior resources, school safety, domestic violence and more.
Most of these advocates will tell you they are not "leaders" but that they can do "something." I have observed that when individuals work together to identify, prioritize and educate others around local critical issues that passionate volunteers - and leaders - emerge.
When the Ahwatukee Community Network (ACN)
addressed homelessness and learned there were 400
homeless families in the Kyrene School District, the Homeless Advocacy Team
When they addressed the topic of hunger, local food pantries began to collaborate and the Ahwatukee Community Gardens
These gardens now provide food to needy families.
When the ACN presented a panel of local experts on on the needs of seniors and caregivers, the Senior Advocacy Group of Ahwatukee
was founded. Their inaugural symposium last November attracted close to 200 seniors and caregivers seeking resources!
There are many more examples, but you get the idea.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 19th
for a special forum on School Safety after the Sandy Hook Tragedy,
and share this information with your neighbors and family members. In April, the ACN topic will be domestic violence and in May the focus will be on foster care. My hope is that individuals interested in these topics will be part of the discussion - and the solution.
Visit our Facebook page for more exciting success stories of local advocates. For more information, or to find how you can get involved, you can reach me at (602) 541-7440 or visit our Website
for more information. Thank you for your support.