All for One and One for All!
Arizona Youth Partnership, GAP Ministries and Interfaith Community Services have come together to host the 2nd annual, Eat Drink & Be Giving event as a TRUE collaboration. We are three separate organizations serving our community in different capacities and invite you to join us as we focus on a single mission to Stomp Out Cycles of Poverty in Our Community!
In our own state of Arizona, 1 in 4 children live in poverty, according to the National Kids Count Data Center. Arizona also ranks 47th in the nation for economic well-being. Throughout the rural communities around the county, children are growing up lacking basic needs and families are struggling to make ends meet. Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) is a non-profit that serves low income communities throughout rural Arizona and in addition to serving children, we support the child’s family and the community as a whole.
AZYP seeks to employ a root-cause approach to fighting poverty and builds healthy, self-sufficient youth and families through evidence-based prevention programs and community involvement. AZYP’s mission is to build solid foundations for youth and families by partnering with Arizona communities to prevent and solve local issues such as substance abuse, youth homelessness, lack of educational opportunities, teen pregnancy, and challenging family dynamics. AZYP’s programs utilize a three-pronged approach to accomplish our mission and all of our programs fit into one of the following strategies: Cultivating healthy foundations for youth, Promoting Strong Families, and Mobilizing Communities through coalitions. AZYP is based in Marana and we serve the greater Tucson area such as Catalina, Ajo, and Sahuarita.
We are honored to work alongside Interfaith Community Services and GAP Ministries for the event of Eat, Drink and Be Giving. We hope you will get involved and join us on September 29 for a great event to Stomp out Cycles of Poverty in Our Community!
From our founding in 1999, I felt a strong call from God to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and to care for the orphan and the widow. My vision was broad but our funding was narrow so that call meant our spare bedrooms became rooms for foster children and our garage became an outpost for clothing and food donations.
All these years later I feel honored and humbled to be working alongside hundreds of like-minded individuals to accomplish this mission of bringing hope and healing to those in need in our community.
Through all our programs there has always been this common theme of poverty as an instigator of destructive cycles in individuals and families. While I am exceedingly grateful for all GAP is able to accomplish as a non-profit we are absolutely incapable of reaching everyone in need unless we are willing to collaborate and work together. When we share resources- time, talent and treasure- we are much more efficient individually and effective collectively and are empowered to create a lasting, sustainable impact in our community.
This is why we are deeply honored to partner with our friends at Interfaith Community Services and Arizona Youth Partnership for our Eat, Drink and be Giving event! We hope you will join us September 29th for a fun and entertaining evening and share our collective vision to Stomp Out Poverty in our community!
Every life story has many twists and turns along the journey. Each day at Interfaith Community Services (ICS), we see so many stories unfold. The family once thriving that has fallen on hard times and is now facing eviction. The lonely, isolated senior dealing with the challenges of aging now that they have outlived their spouse and their children live far away. The family trying to find help and answers for a loved one with a physical or mental health challenge.
And every day at ICS, we have the awesome opportunity to share help and hope as we try to positively change those stories and address these issues head-on. ICS works to prevent homelessness, respond to hunger, and reduce unemployment and isolation. Last year, we provided assistance to 39,647 children and adults in our community to equip them to turn a new page toward opportunity, hope and independence. With the support of over 100 faith community partners, 750 volunteers, donors and community partners, ICS helps write stories of change throughout Pima County.
Every day at ICS, we see how a small amount of help can change the story of people’s lives – and Eat, Drink, and Be Giving is one opportunity to help make that difference happen. We are excited to join with Arizona Youth Partnership and GAP Ministries in this truly collaborative event that highlights how we are already working together in our community. Together we are changing stories and lives for the better as we Stomp out Cycles of Poverty!
Serving with you,
Chief Executive Officer