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Community Service Opportunities

As a lab we are devoted to community service, here are examples of ways to give back to our community in Arizona.  Look out for future announcements about our members participating in these wonderful organizations.

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Christian nonprofit, FMSC is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development.

FMSC meals are developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition. Nutrition allows children to grow, thrive and develop to their full potential.

Boys & Girls Club

Our programs aren’t just fun – everything we do has a purpose. We want to ensure kids’ academic, social and emotional success. Our Outcome-Driven Club Experience is focused on Four Priority Outcomes for the youth we serve.

  1. Academic Success

  2. Good Character and Leadership

  3. Healthy LIfestyles

  4. Career Pathways & Workforce Readiness

New Pathways for Youth

New Pathways for Youth provides local teens who come from extreme poverty and adversity with one-on-one mentoring, life skills development workshops and a fun, loving and supportive community of youth and adults! Mentors are well trained and supported throughout the mentoring journey so that they can be unstoppable for their mentees!

St. Mary's Food Bank

St. Mary’s Food Bank serves to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy and education. St. Mary’s Food Bank is truly a community-based organization. Individual donors, corporate donors, and private grants help feed hungry individuals and families in our area. Serving 9 of Arizona’s 15 counties, we are committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.

Endangered Species Coalition

As the guardian of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), we work to ensure that the Act itself as well as the species it protects, can be passed on safely into the future. Through education, outreach and citizen involvement, we work to protect endangered species and the special places where they live.

Kid's Cafe

Kids Café provides free meals for youth under age 18, Monday through Friday during Curbside Service while supplies last at the 10 libraries listed below.  This is a "grab and go" service located near the entrance of the library. Parents/caregivers do not need to bring children to receive meals, however they will be asked to provide proof of children and list each child's name and age. Each qualifying child will receive both a breakfast and a lunch meal, while daily supplies last. On Fridays, each child may receive double meals to provide for Saturday. Meals are provided by St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. 

Be A Leader

The Be A Leader Volunteer program has been designed to provide interested individuals with the opportunity to choose the level of commitment and time that they are realistically able to contribute to Be A Leader and our students while juggling their personal and professional lives. Volunteers play a critical part in the educational evolution of our students by sharing lessons learned from their own educational and professional journeys. Whether it’s volunteering once a month at one of our program workshops or supporting a small group of high school seniors through the college and scholarship application process, our volunteers make all the difference!

Prison Education Program

ASU’s Prison Education Programming (PEP—formerly Prison English) begins with a belief that education is a right that inheres within our humanity. It is not a right that stops at a prison’s gates. Education needs to traverse borders and boundaries, including prison boundaries.

Arizona State University espouses community engagement, an effort to reach out from its campuses in order to achieve beneficial and lasting effects. In the words of the university’s vision statement, “ASU strengthens communities by contributing to community dialogue and responding to communities’ needs. We provide an education that’s inclusive rather than exclusive. Our students engage in the world around them.” PEP locates itself squarely within this work of community engagement. This small program emerged from educational voluntarism – faculty who give their own time in order to assume additional workload.

Chicanos Por La Causa

Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) believes that all people, without discrimination, should have the power to live a life of dignity. Our programs work to help individuals and families acheive self-sufficiency by providing accessible healthcare; affordable housing; a quality education; access to meaningful work; and political representation.

CPLC was founded in 1969 to confront discrimination against Mexican-American students in Phoenix as part of the larger movement led by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and others. Today, CPLC has grown to defend the rights of people of all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, race, age, gender, orientation, or immigration status, while maintaining a special competence in meeting the needs of the Latino and Spanish-speaking population.

We provide direct services impacting almost 380,000 lives annually in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.

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