Tag Archives: mentoring

Mentors sought for victims of domestic violence

Arizona Women’s Education & Employment will be training mentors to provide support to mothers who have survived domestic violence or overcome significant challenges.

Training will occur on Monday, March 26 from 5:15 to 8 p.m. at the AWEE office, 640 N. 1st Ave. in Phoenix.

Mentors are asked to give one or two hours a week to help women attain their educational and career goals. Mentors also share experiences with participants and help them make positive life choices.

For more information, or to register for mentorship training, call 602-223-4333 or email lisazorita@awee.org.

AWEE is a workforce development organization offering a diverse range of evidence-based training and support services throughout Maricopa and Yavapai counties. The 30-year-old organization has helped to create successful beginnings and renewed hope for more than 115,000 women, men and young adults.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona now making house calls for donations

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has enhanced its donation pick-up policy to improve operations and provide better service to donors throughout the community. Instead of canvassing neighborhoods for donations left curbside, the organization now provides free home pick-up when donors call or go online to schedule a pick-up. The new program goes into effect today.

A "big" and "little" attend a Diamondbacks game. Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona.

Last year, the nonprofit’s donation center collected nine million pounds of clothing and household items that will generate close to a quarter of the organization’s yearly revenue.

“Donating clothing and household items is a valuable way the community can support our mission and vital work such as mentor matching, which pairs kids with positive adult role models in our schools and communities,” says Pete Griffin, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. “Now residents can schedule pick-ups when it is most convenient for them. Another added benefit is this change will decrease our operational costs as our pick-up program becomes more efficient.” To schedule a donation pick-up, call 602-230-8900 or visit donateaz.org.

Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), 6 six through 18, in communities across the country. The positive relationships that develop have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. More than 2,100 kids annually are served through the nonprofit’s donation pick-up program and financial donations. To learn more, visit helparizonayouth.org.

Nominations sought for Nurse of the Year

Tomorrow is the deadline for nominations to the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. The nomination process is an easy opportunity for healthcare colleagues, patients, friends and family to honor the state’s outstanding nurses.

Nurses throughout Arizona may be nominated in one or more of 14 different categories, including Academic Education, Advocacy for Patients, Clinical Education, Community Service, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Mentoring, Military, Patient Care, Prenatal/Pediatric, Research/Advancing the Profession, Rising Star, Student Nurse and Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

The March of Dimes 8th Annual 2011 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the University of Phoenix, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 that the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. This year’s theme, “Arizona Salutes Nursing,” will pay tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who continue to deliver the highest standard of care to their patients.

In its eighth year, the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Gala was established to bring awareness to the critical nursing shortage throughout Arizona as well as support future nurses through scholarship funding. In the past six years, the March of Dimes has presented more than $100,000 in scholarship dollars to nursing colleges at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.

For the fourth year, University of Phoenix, in partnership with the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter, will be offering two full-tuition scholarships to nurses pursuing advanced degrees. One scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing an LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN to BSN) and one scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing a Masters of Science in Nursing/Health Care Education (MSN/ED).

Nomination forms are available at marchofdimes.com/Arizona. For more information on Nurse of the Year Awards Gala, contact Nicole Moyer at 602-287-9923 or nmoyer@marchofdimes.com.