The following are ways in which we have had an impact in our community to date.
Sponsored Lions Mobile Eye Unit in 2016&2018 providing free eye exams, glasses, and surgical referrals for 43 residents.
Sponsored free lunches for parents of children attending Summer Free Lunch program contributing to program participation doubling. This program was in danger of being discontinued which would have resulted in children in the community going without meals during summer break.
Sponsoring Moms Meet ‘n Greet program developing relationships with moms and their children offering support and advice regarding issues of child development, budgeting, health, and healthy family relationships as well as time out for moms who often find themselves isolated in our rural community. This program has the potential to affect close to 400 families with children under the age of 18 according to 2010 Census.
Donations and service with Paulden Food Bank where we volunteer regularly serving at least 75 families weekly. Our participation gives an opportunity to evaluate needs and develop relationships. Also participated in Christmas Senior Angel Tree program providing gifts for seniors who were alone.
Participation in women’s luncheons. This offers opportunities to assess women’s needs and develop relationships promoting healthy relationships, support, and advice for women who find themselves somewhat isolated and often suffering from loneliness and depression which can lead to child abuse, substance abuse, and health issues. We are assisting in developing additional programs for socialization and support.
Participation with the local faith-based community in functions and events such as Back to School Backpacks and Supplies for 100 to 150 children, gently used clothing, free haircuts, and when available, new shoes and socks. We also support the development of women’s and children’s programs teaching strong moral values directing them towards a productive life decreasing the potential for substance abuse, dropping out of school, juvenile problems, and poverty.
Administering Paulden Plunge program in collaboration with Yavapai Regional Transit. This is a program designed to provide children free transportation to and from the public swimming pool with free admission during summer break providing summer activity and assistance to families.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program established to ensure that low-income children, ages 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children by schools, private non-profits, and local or county governments. The SFSP is administered at the State level by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).
But here in Paulden, we do one little thing different….
If a child is accompanied by parent(s) or guardian, then they can also eat free due to our grassroots effort. We saw that some parents were hungry as well and did not have the funds for the cost of a meal. We decided to make sure that these parents did not leave hungry. Thanks to local donors and organizations, we have been able to meet this need.
The Children’s Summer Lunch program will continue in Paulden, Arizona this year sponsored by Chino Valley Unified School District’s Summer Food Service Program. This program provides free lunches for children, the same program that they participate in during the school year. Last year Paulden Foundation initiated a program whereby parents who were accompanied by their children could also receive a free lunch as we saw that there were parents who were in need. This was very successful and nearly doubled program participation and the parents were very appreciative.
We believe this to be a vital grassroots program for Paulden as evidenced by last year’s success and additionally helped to sustain the children’s summer lunch program through increased participation. Raising funds for this program is our primary need at this time. The price of an adult lunch is $3.75. We rely completely on donations from individuals and organizations to sponsor this program. The program runs June 5th until school begins in August, Monday through Friday t Paulden Food Bank, 195 E. Aspen.
Donations for adult lunches can be made via this fundraiser page or can be sent to Paulden Foundation, PO Box 970, Paulden, AZ 86334. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Paulden Foundation can issue a tax-deductible receipt for your donation.
Can you please help us by passing the word about this program and also consider a donation? We still need to meet our funding goal and appreciate all donations. Thank you in advance for your help!
Donate $15 dollar to feed 5 parents that bring their kids for lunch
The Paulden Foundation partnered with Drake Cement, Cemex Concrete, and others to build a parking pad for weekly deliveries from Saint Mary’s to the Paulden Food Bank. It took about 5 months to set it up and 1 month to get all cement poured for the parking pad and sidewalks. Total donates totaled $4,800 and 1500 in cost for the Paulden Food Bank.