Finding a Family

Arizona’s foster care system is overwhelmed. Presently it finds itself with over 17,000 kids in the system, but less than 700 listed foster homes available. While the majority of those children may be in the system for a short time as the legal process plays itself out, 2,300 children wait patiently, hoping to find their forever families.

Speaking Up

For a child who has been pulled out of their home and placed into foster care, the world can be an understandably uncertain place. But while the state and relatives battle it out in court, there is a third group of dedicated volunteers who take the time to listen to the kids and help make sure their voices don’t get…

Finding a Forever Home

The statistics earlier this decade for Maricopa County’s homeless pet population were startling for any animal lover. Rather than accepting this grim equation, seven of the state’s animal welfare agencies decided to act. Together they formed The Alliance for Companion Animals, and crafted the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative to fight the issue head-on.

Homes & Hearts

Positively disruptive! Andrew Bloom has built a brand around doing things differently. Shortly after graduating from ASU and working as a Headstart caseworker and housing advocate for the City of Phoenix, Andrew Bloom dove into the real estate business, where he has been helping shape the Valley’s industry for over three decades now. As a founding partner, in 2002 he…

A History of Giving

Childhelp began amidst the glitz and glam of 1950s Hollywood, where founders and friends, Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, were working as actresses on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Show. As fate would have it, in 1969 O’Meara and Fedderson were recruited to perform for our troops overseas and headed out for a typhoon ravaged Tokyo, Japan. One stormy…

Giving Spirit

It was certainly a season of giving at the Tayles household this year, as the long-time North Scottsdale residents organized a spectacular holiday charity drive to benefit the homeless, soldiers coming back from battle and kids at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The whole idea for the drive actually came from Christina Tayles’s 12-year-old daughter, Bailee. “I told my mom some…

Girl Power

A 13-year-old girl traded her dreams of being a doctor for motherhood. Everyone told her she couldn’t do both, and for a while she believed them. Two-years later, at 15, something clicked in her heart and mind when she attended the Girls Rule Foundation’s (GRF) Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold (BBB) event with her basketball team. “After the workshop she said,…

Season of Giving

When Rob Perelka was a teen going through a challenging time, someone wisely taught him that every kid counts, even him. This notion was something that stuck with Perelka as he grew up and what eventually inspired him to help start the nonprofit organization Every Kid Counts, Inc. (EKC).

The World Race

Christian Shappee, 22, walked through the design studio at Arizona State University just months before graduation when a glimpse of his friend’s project grabbed his attention. She was designing posters for a friend who had joined the World Race. Shappee was unfamiliar with the program so she sat him down and showed him a video clip, not knowing that this…

Phoenix American Youth Football

If the football industry decided to change its tactics by hiring players, cheerleaders, videographers and reporters who were children between the ages of 5 to 15, the National Football League might also end up with a new name: Phoenix American Youth Football (PHX AYF). I may be exaggerating a tad; however, PHX AYF is a great microcosm of the real…

Foothills Animal Rescue

Rescuers found a yellow Labrador pup with a serious leg injury, most likely caused by being hit by a car. He was under a year old and needed a new hip, months of rehabilitation and a safe foster home where he could heal. Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) made this all possible by holding a donation drive to cover his care.…

Paradise Valley Mothers of Multiples

Twins, triplets and quads, oh my! Having a new baby is always life changing, and at times overwhelming, but having two, three or four at a time can take the joy and happiness, as well as the stress, to a whole new level. Paradise Valley Mothers of Multiples (PVMOM) was founded to help parents of multiples thrive in this challenging,…

As You Wish

Walking through the doors of As You Wish, a pottery painting studio, you are instantly hit with cool, damp air mixed with the smell of clay and paint. One wall of the studio is lined with shelves full of eclectic pottery pieces, ranging from vases to figurines, just waiting for someone with a spark of creativity to come along wielding a…

Scottsdale Firefighters Charities

I believe that giving and kindness are both contagious and prolific. And once you give back, it’s difficult to stop. To prove my point, I present the Scottsdale Firefighters Charities (SFC), a charity run by people who already give, risk and sacrifice on a daily basis.

Whispering Hope Ranch

Families Find Hope Among the Pines Article by Michelle Guerrero We were one of the last groups of campers to arrive. After checking in at the office we were escorted, via golf cart, to the campfire where the rest of our group was waiting. The sun was nearly set and the light from the campfire … Continued

Paradise Valley Florist

Suki Jandu, the owner of Paradise Valley Florist, makes stunning arrangements for her clients. She adds a memorable touch to their events, brightens up their homes or sends a touch of love in a bouquet. She’s magic with flowers and finds delight in making people happy. There’s one client in Scottsdale who is particularly grateful for Jandu’s service, compassion and…