Valley of the Sun United Way’s commitment to our community goes far beyond our annual campaign. Maintaining an active presence in community planning and taking a leadership role in helping to solve some of the most critical issues in the Valley is a year-round focus for our organization. By partnering with businesses, individuals, government and other nonprofits, we’re able to monitor issues and opportunities as they arise. And when necessary, respond quickly with innovative solutions.
This year, more than 170 trained volunteers from throughout our community participated in investing donor contributions in local programs that do the most good. Over 6,000 community service hours were dedicated to meeting with the agencies requesting funding and reviewing programs for efficiency and effectiveness.
As the requests for funding far outpace the money available each year, Community Investment volunteers are faced with tough funding decisions. Nearly 500 programs received volunteer-directed program funding giving hope to kids, families, senior, people with disabilities and individuals fighting disease. Some of the highlights of the 2002-2003 Community Investment Cycle include:
More than $39 million was invested in local health and human programs and services, giving hope throughout
Fifteen new Primary Partners joined Valley of the Sun United Way’s network of human care agencies.
Over 6,000 of combined volunteer hours were committed in ensuring contributions are invested in results-driven
Valley of the Sun United Way is committed to investing for impact throughout the Valley of the Sun. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. And through our partnerships with local nonprofits delivering quality services to people in need every day, we are collectively building a stronger, more caring community.
On any given day, there are nearly 14,000 homeless in Maricopa County, 40% of which are families with
From 1995 to 1998, nearly 16,000 people survived a traumatic brain injury and more than 675 survived a spinal
cord injury. The leading causes of these injuries resulted from a car accident, fall or gunshot.2
An estimated 22,100 Arizonans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year.3
It costs more than $39,000 per year to provide bed space in a Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Facility.4
In 2000, there were nearly 72,000 domestic violence related calls to 22 law enforcement agencies in Maricopa
Nearly 58,000 homeless families or individuals received shelter and case management services.
Nearly 1.4 million nutritious congregate/home delivered meals or food boxes were provided to seniors, people
with disabilities and families in need.
Nearly 5,000 individuals with disabilities from accidental injuries received mentoring, counseling and support.
More than 300,000 people with a life-threatening disease were provided support and counseling.
More than 1.5 million Valley youth participated in after-school and character development programs.
More than 32,000 women and children received shelter from domestic violence.
Note: Numbers based on reported clients served by Valley of the Sun United Way-funded programs. Numbers include clients who may have participated in multiple programs at one or more agencies.
1. DES Community Services Administration, Homeless Coordination Office; Maricopa County Continuum of Care 2001 Gaps Analysis
2. AZ Dept. of Health Services, Bureau of Public Health Statistics, Office of Health Registries, Traumatic Brain Injury Surveillance Program. Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury in Arizona, 1995-1998. January 2002.
3. American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts and Figures 2002.
4. VSUW calculation based on a daily bed cost of $108.24 in FY 2002 as reported in Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Dept Strategic Plan. 2000 Detention data: Average stay – 14 days; Avg. Daily population – 397; Juveniles detained – 10,159. (Maricopa Cty. Juvenile Probation ;Dept 2000 Data Book)
5. Derived from primary data provided by staff of the State of Arizona, Governor’s Division for the Prevention of Family Violence.