Giving back is at MC Companies core and we believe it is one of the best ways to enrich our lives and the lives of others. For this reason, we encourage every MC employee to invite giving back into their personal lives. Our Sharing the Good Life Foundation includes the ability for all MC employees to submit two grant requests per year of up to $500 to the charitable organizations and non-profits that they are personally passionate about. To date, MC Companies and the Sharing the Good Life Foundation have supported over 500 charities through employee requested grants in Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona. Take a look below at the list of charities our employees have supported so far this year.
American Legion Auxiliary Foundation – The money was used to support Visually Impaired Veterans. The Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center (SWBRC) of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System which is part of the VA’s voluntary service program. The Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for veterans with vision loss located in Tucson.
Arizona Daily Star Sportsmen’s Fund, Inc. – Mission is to raise money to send the economically disadvantaged kids of Southern Arizona to summer camp. Deserving kids have an opportunity to spend a week at camp in an environment that helps promote positive ideals, such as honest, responsibility, and respect.
Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation – mission is to cultivate opportunities and generate financial resources to provide safer communities and enhance residents lives. AMCF addresses the needs of the community, children, veterans, housing and education.
Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) – mission is to end homelessness, one life at a time. CASS helps people who are in need of temporary shelter, case management and supportive services to find employment and move into permanent housing.
Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) – a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Dallas, Texas whose mission is to empower and give hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. CCA envisions a world where all people area accepted for who they are, not how they look.
Community Bridges, Inc. – mission is to maintain the dignity of human life. This organization works to rehab and get homeless Veterans off the street. They offer many ways to help any individual that may need assistance. If in need of a doctor or needing professional help they are there to help.
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Arizona – provides education, resources and support for women to positively transform their lives and strengthen the community. Their Resource Center in downtown Phoenix is a refuge for the women that enter; where they can feel safe, comfortable and inspired. Last year, Fresh Start provided over 25,000 services to local women in need. Services include: Career Services (job training, resume and job search assistance); Computer Skills Classes; Social Work Services; Family Law Support; Educational Support (Scholarship and entrepreneurial programs); Financial Education’ Support Groups; Personal Development Workshops and beyond.
Friends of PACC (Pima Animal Control Care Center) – Money was used for the Mission Pawsible Program which went to help with medical needs for foster kittens, senior cats, and other hard to place cats. PACC is a Pima County government facility that handles lost, found, & abandoned animals for Tucson and surrounding areas. Friends of PACC was created to help fund initiatives to make pets “more adoptable” through outreach and medical care assistance.
Halo/Helping Animals Live On – helping animals live on through increased adoption. Many animals will benefit from this money through supplies and care.
Keep Phoenix Beautiful – vision it to assist in creating a vibrant Phoenix where each neighborhood is a healthy, beautiful place to live. They provide free “green” education to thousands annually on recycling and water conservation. They have programs for urban sustainability and have built two community gardens.
Massachusetts General Hospital – Tackle ALS – mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. This donation is being collected through Massachusetts General Hospital in memory of Dirk Goris who passed away on June 5, 2019 from complications of ALS. Dirk was a good friend to us and a valued business partner of MC Companies who lived in Dallas, TX.
Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas – Minnie’s provides healthy meals to those in need. Minnie’s feeds hundreds of needy people each month and has distributed over six million meals. Each $1 provides 3 meals which equals 1,500 meals with this grant. They also provide services such as GED training and cooking classes to improve healthy choices.
Mountain View Assembly of God Youth Program – mission is imparting, motivating and preparing authentic Christian teens. Funds used to send kids from Sierra Vista that cannot afford it to Summer Camp. This is a very positive camp that will focus on personal development and decision making in their young years and how their decisions now affect their future. The camp is summer of 2019.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital – they provide hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families. Funding is for offering the very best medical specialists, cutting-edge technology, and helping search for answers to the most devastating childhood illnesses to children.
Phoenix Pride – mission is to unite, educate, and engage people to support and empower the LGBTQ community and its allies. They strive to bring a positive impact and image in the Valley of the Sun by developing awareness programs and building community partnerships. They promote unity, visibility and self-esteem via community activities and services.
Phoenix Rescue Mission – providing Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. Currently a matching grant for the Code Red – the summer heat relief drive. Funds will be used to provide air-conditioned relief, fresh water, food, sunscreen, clothing and summer hope totes to men, women and children suffering in the brutal Arizona heat.
Project Graduation 2019 – Canyon Del Oro high school – an alcohol and drug free all night celebration intended to keep over 1200 graduates safe. Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel G. Sharp publicly noted that Project Graduation transforms what can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year “into one of the best experiences of our graduates. Not only does this ensure safety and security for our graduates – it provides safety and security for our entire community because we don’t have drinking or drugs and people out driving – we have a safe night.”
Project SMASH – to provide dance, fitness and educational opportunities as a positive outlet for low income communities, shelters, children homes, and rehabilitation centers. Grant funds will be used to provide dance classes to participants of the San Antonio Living in Good Healthy Treatment (LIGHT) Program, a family-focused residential treatment facility for mothers with children for the months of June, July and August 2019. Funds are needed to support dance fitness as a form of treatment to the SA LIGHT participants for the summer months so as to ensure continues classes.
Special Olympics Tucson – the mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families , and the community. With this support, Special Olympics can transform lives through the joy of sport. More than 80% of expenditures go to supporting program activities including supporting local training and competitions, developing educational materials, outreach to recruit more athletes, family support and much more.
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Phoenix – Mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of its founder, Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or family’s ability to pay.
Teach For America – Phoenix Region. TFA enlists, develops and mobilizes as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equality and excellence. TFA believes that if they can find promising leaders who commit to teach for a two-year term in low income neighborhoods then, together, they can impact communities to afford all children the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Teen Challenge Arizona – mission is to provide youth, adults and families with effective and comprehensive faith-based solutions to life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society.
The McCain Institute – fighting to defend human rights, foster security and advance freedom. This organization defines humanity through the development of future generations by promoting fairness and equality. The McCain Institute is leading the fight in Arizona to raise awareness and provide resources to combat human trafficking.
The Nature Conservancy – mission is to conserve the land and waters on which life depends. Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrive, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. The nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.5 million acres in Arizona including six preserves that are open to the public.
Tuba City Humane Society – an all-volunteer nonprofit rescue and foster group that aims to provide initial veterinary care to animals needing help on the reservation. They facilitate rescue, foster transportation, and adoption of these animals, all without a brick-and-mortar facility.
Young Life of Central Phoenix – grant used to support camp scholarships so that cost is never a reason for a kid to not be able to go to camps. YL promises three things: you’ll have outrageous fun, you’ll always belong and they talk about what really matters in life – including God’s extravagant love for you.