It is with great excitement and pleasure that we announce that finally after two years we are once again going to be able to serve the Paulden community with summer activities for the children. Please watch this site as well as our Facebook page for all the details. We are still forming the plans and dates are yet to be determined. It looks as though we will have Paulden Plunge, Summer Lunch, and Summer Backpack programs. Stay tuned ….
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.
Paulden Food Bank Parking Pad
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 donations totaled $4,800 and $1500 in cost for the Paulden Food Bank.