Arizona Gives Day is a 24 hour online campaign that allows individuals to give to nonprofit organizations located within the state. The day of giving occurs once a year every spring and was started in 2013.
The total amount raised has grown annually as the campaign has increased in publicity and overall participating nonprofits and donors. Last year, Arizona Gives Day raised $2,054,417 between 537 nonprofit organizations. Over 12,260 donors logged on to donate to their nonprofit/s of choice. The average gift per donor was an incredible $86.
Last year, in hand with our parent organization, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW), we participated in this online day of giving and raised over $20,000. This year, any money raised for the Refugee Focus Phoenix Office through LSS-SW or our individual fundraisers, will benefit our Women’s Empowerment Program. Money raised for the Refugee Focus Tucson office will be going towards employment services.
Women’s Empowerment launched in 2007. The program initially began with classes for product development and women’s health. It has grown substantially over the last nine years and is now serving some 50 refugee women a month.
Some of the current classes include sewing, business development, leadership development, nutrition, computer skills, and health. One of our staff also sets up field trips for the women to go on in order to show them around and familiarize them with the community and what it has to offer. These classes and field trips give women who are coming from incredibly traumatic backgrounds the ability to grow, socialize, and potentially make a small amount of income for themselves or their families.
Women’s Empowerment has been funded through grants and personal donations from the start. This has allowed us at Refugee Focus to employ two full time staff to coordinate and oversee the numerous classes and field trips. Currently, the program has no grant funding, so it is up to community to ensure that these programs and the women that they serve are able to stay afloat.
In Tucson, any money raised for the Refugee Focus office will be going towards our employment services. These are used in order to help clients find and maintain employment and achieve the ultimate goal of resettlement: self-sufficiency.
It is incredibly challenging moving to a new country and trying to find work. Our employment specialists offer help in locating potential employers, filling out applications and resumes, and preparing clients for interviews.
At both our Phoenix and Tucson locations we will graciously accept any help that you are willing to offer in our time of need. We would like extend special thanks to Arizona Gives Day for providing us with this outlet to raise money for two divisions of our offices that we value greatly.
You can donate to any of our offices’ individual donors here:
Or you can choose to donate to Refugee Focus through our parent organization (LSS-SW) here: