A prominent nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the Phoenix area, UMOM New Day Centers, Inc., has spent more than 50 years helping individuals and families gain stability and find permanent housing. In addition to its many adult supportive services, the organization draws upon its Child Development Center to provide educational programs to children between the ages of 6 weeks and approximately 10 years.
Children in the UMOM Child Development Center have a unique opportunity to play and explore the world in a safe and meaningful way. The center encourages curiosity and helps children achieve certain developmental goals and objectives. Children are assessed based on their social, physical, cognitive, and emotional growth, and center staff members encourage parents to play an active role in their children’s education by attending regular parent-teacher conferences.
The UMOM Child Development Center holds accreditation with the National Accreditation Commission for Early Child Care and Education Programs.
To show support for the ALS Association, Bob and Renee Parsons recently accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, part of a viral campaign to raise awareness of the disease as well as funding to support research. The couple participated in the challenge at the site of the world’s largest Harley Davidson dealership, currently under construction. While Renee Parsons got off easy with only a shot glass of ice water poured over her head, her husband took the challenge to a new level.
Helpers collected two 100-quart coolers of ice that they spread between 10 buckets of cold water. For good measure, they added in another 30 pounds of ice from bags. Parsons pledged to donate $10,000 to ALS Arizona for each bucket of ice water poured over his head. Despite fighting for his breath between each bucket, he willingly stood while 10 separate containers were emptied on him.
In the end, Parsons donated $100,000 to ALS Arizona. He also called on a few of his good friends to take the challenge and spread the word about the importance of raising money to combat ALS.
For many years, the Arizona Burn Foundation has worked to prevent burn injury and assist individuals experiencing burn injury in the Phoenix area. The organization stresses the importance of prevention education, which helps people understand the risk factors of burns and learn the best ways to avoid getting burned. Through its numerous Health and Safety Fairs and other outreach initiatives, the Arizona Burn Foundation engages children in interactive activities and encourages them to learn about preventing burn injury.
Community programs at the Arizona Burn Foundation rely heavily on the contributions of volunteers, who play an important role in all aspects of event planning. The organization also urges individuals and families to visit the website of the National Fire Protection Association, which features a number of important safety tip sheets on fire and life safety. In the same vein, the Arizona Burn Foundation encourages parents to monitor their children and prevent a seemingly harmless interest in fire from causing serious injury or property damage.
Through The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, GoDaddy.com executive chairman and founder Bob Parsons and his wife have made significant contributions to health and education in greater Phoenix, Arizona. The couple has remained dedicated to community programs that serve at-risk youth who are from families with low incomes. Recently, the foundation made a $5.25 million donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, a grant that sets a new record for the organization.
The Parsons announced the gift at the opening of the Bob and Renee Parsons Teen Center at the Mary Jane Stewart branch of the Boys and Girls Club. The bulk of the donation will fund the construction of a new branch located at an elementary school that primarily serves students living at or below the poverty line. Many of the students at this school are refugees from foreign countries and nearly 10 percent are from underserved communities. The new branch is scheduled to open in May 2015.
The remainder of the gift will aid in the expansion of the Teen Center and support operations at all branches throughout the Phoenix area. For more information about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, visit www.bgcmp.org.
The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has announced a $288,000 grant to the Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council to expand its Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) program. The groundbreaking initiative empowers girls to connect with their incarcerated mothers and thereby break intergenerational cycles of imprisonment. Children who have a parent in jail or prison are five to seven times more likely to be incarcerated themselves later in life, making them highly at-risk. About 96,000 Arizona children currently have a parent behind bars.
GSBB encourages bonding to mitigate the impact of parental separation during some of the most crucial years for mental development. Through the program, girls regularly see their mothers. At these meetings, mothers and daughters engage in activities designed to build confidence and provide the skills needed to make positive life decisions.
The GSBB program is offered at no cost. Participants are encouraged to attend troop meetings and become engaged with the larger Girl Scout community. Last year, the program served 75 girls and their mothers. With the new grant, the program plans to expand to 100 girls and train dozens of new volunteers.
In June 2014, Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson rallied thousands of riders for a grand re-opening to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi (BGCNMS). Together with The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson organized a massive party that brought together rock legends Black Oak Arkansas and Molly Hatchett for an evening of fun and celebration. Thanks to a $100,000 donation from Bob Parsons himself, the event brought in more than $110,000 for the local Boys & Girls Clubs chapter.
To attend the festival, riders could submit a motorcycle endorsement that covered both the rider and one passenger. Non-riders could also attend the festival for a suggested donation of $20. All proceeds from T-shirt and ticket sales went directly to BGCNMS, along with 20 percent of all vendor sales at the event. The organization will use the money to expand its after-school and summer programs, which provide a safe space for thousands of children and teens across North Mississippi.
In April 2014, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation made a $500,000 gift to the Arizona Burn Foundation (ABF), the largest gift to the organization in its nearly 50-year history. ABF recently undertook a $5 million strategic growth campaign to fund its expansion throughout the state. The only organization of its kind in Arizona, ABF offers emotional and financial support for individuals who have survived critical burns. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation gift, which contributes to the campaign, will allow ABF to undertake new prevention and outreach programs for the benefit of individuals throughout Arizona.
A crucial part of ABF’s plan for the future is a new Foundation Center in Phoenix. This center will provide indispensable infrastructure as the organization expands its programs. Individuals will be able to come to the center for volunteer training. In addition, the center will house educational programs about proper smoke-alarm installation and burn-camp counseling. The recent gift has allowed ABF to begin construction of the Foundation Center.