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Bob Schuster is a retired journalist and volunteer publicist for Mesa United Way.
Most people want to help worthy causes, but many wonder whether their hard-earned dollars are actually going to assist people in need. News reports that some charities have overstated the good they do or used large portions of donors' dollars to pay for administration and fundraising can make us skeptical.
Keona Thurman knows how hard it is for some Mesa residents to pay their bills during these tough economic times. As a resource counselor for Salt River Project, she’s helped put customers struggling to pay their electric bills in touch with agencies that provide temporary utility assistance.
With so many people struggling during these tough economic times, charitable organizations like Mesa United Way face an enormous funding challenge. Needs are greater than ever, yet many of our donors have had to cut back on their contributions.
October 21, 2004
With just four weeks left to reach this year’s $2,825,000 fundraising goal, Mesa United Way is challenging the community to come up with the $178,000 shortfall.
Bob Schuster: With government services being slashed right and left, it’s time for all of us to step up. Volunteerism always has been an important American tradition, and it’s deeply rooted in Mesa’s culture as well. But several decades of expanding government have eroded our willingness to help our neighbors in need; we assume the government will take care of them.
Everyone is familiar with the Salvation Army’s bell ringers, who raise money during the holiday season to help the poor. In addition, funding from Mesa United Way helps support the Mesa Citadel Corps’ recreation, education and music programs for children, as well as its emergency food pantry.
Mesa United Way is inviting qualified non-profit organizations to apply for funding from its 2013-14 Community Chest. Representatives of interested organizations must make reservations and attend one of two pre-application meetings this month. Applications will be accepted beginning Nov. 1.
Mesa United Way's 2012-13 pledge campaign has surpassed 27 percent of its goal, and leaders of the effort say they hope the holiday spirit will provide an additional boost during December.
Helen’s Hope Chest, Mesa United Way’s clothing bank for foster children, needs your help to restock for back-to-school season. There are two ways to help:
If you’re having trouble affording your prescription medications, just text the word “family” to 700700 to save up to 75 percent on the cost of your medicine. “It really is that easy,” said Mesa United Way President Dan Wollam.
Last June 5, 17-year-old Mesa High School student JaKelle Michelle Westergard lost a three-month battle with a baffling lung ailment.
After last year's pledge drive fell short of their goal, Mesa United Way officials are cautiously optimistic that the current campaign will be successful.
May 10 was a red-letter day for Helen’s Hope Chest, thanks to a donation from Valley charity Season for Sharing and 14 volunteers from Keller Williams Realty who participated in the company’s annual RED (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day at the clothing closet for foster children. The workers took a small mountain of laundry to local laundromats and installed plumbing and electrical for a new commercial washer and dryer purchased with the donation.
Dozens of volunteers showed up at Helen's Hope Chest in Mesa on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16, to sort thousands of garments and spruce up the clothing bank for foster children.
The Tribune will sponsor a debate on the proposed Riverview at Dobson retail center today, three days before early voting begins in the Mesa special election.
October 20, 2004
Perhaps it was a surge of adrenaline, or maybe just feeling that it was the right thing to do that led to a fatal decision by 84-year-old Elvis Johnson to do battle with a purse snatcher.
Arizona’s highest court is being asked to decide whether people who feel threatened by a letter to the editor can sue the newspaper.
Nine-year-old Mychiel Fair Jr. loves to count his Goldfish crackers out loud before popping them into his mouth. He feels around the top of his desk to make sure he hasn’t missed any, then picks up his little abacus with brightly colored beads and begins to count again.
When Eric Rodriguez was 7 years old, the Grant Woods Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley became his second home. Today it’s still his second home — and also his livelihood. He’s been the branch executive for the past three years.
Alan Floth can't wait for tax season. He can't get enough of 1040 forms, W-2s, 1099s and shoeboxes full of receipts. And not just his own.
Leisure World will host a golf tournament on Dec. 3 to benefit Mesa United Way, continuing a 35-year tradition of supporting the charitable organization. The event, open to all interested golfers from throughout the Valley, will take place at the Coyote Run Championship Golf Course and will include an awards luncheon, raffle and putting contest.
LaDawnna Hudson is driven by a desire to help struggling women gain the skills and self-confidence needed to lead happy, productive lives. That drive comes from her own struggles to free herself from an abusive relationship, and the strength she draws from her religious faith.