The PDS Big Hearts Philanthropic Board is committed to creating a better world through human kindness.
We do this by focusing on charities which help create a positive outcome for individuals or families in need.
2017 Fundraisers Summary-
May – Phoenix Rescue Mission – Operation Code Red: Heat Relief Program
July – Back to School for needy children at Imagine Rosefield Elementary
September-October – Lump Busters cancer fundraiser
December – Toy Tree Drive for the Voices for CASA Children
This has been a very exciting year for PDS with the establishment of the Big Hearts Philanthropic Board.
In years past PDS has always believed in “Giving Back” and “Making a Difference” as seen in our annual Komen Walk for the Cure fundraiser. This vision has grown, we wanted to do more.
The PDS Philanthropic Board is committed to creating a better world through human kindness. We do this by focusing on charities which help create a positive outcome for individuals or families in need.
In May of this year we partnered with The Phoenix Rescue Mission for Operation Code Red: Heat Relief Program. The Phoenix Rescue Mission van goes out into the community taking bottles of water to the homeless living on the streets of Maricopa County. PDS Big Hearts family, friends and vendors were able to collect over 30,000 bottles of water in 90 days.
July brought an awareness of children getting ready for school and the need for school backpacks and basic school supplies. On July 1st we launched a Backpack/ School Supplies drive for the benefit of needy children at Imagine Rosefield Elementary School in Surprise Az. In less than 30 days we were able to collect backpacks and other necessary supplies for these children and deliver them before the first day of school. Paula Conrad and Dixie Melonis met with Toni Clifton , the schools Life Skills Coach. Toni has a “supply room” where she keeps donations to be distributed to those in need. She knew right away some of the students that would benefit from this generous gift. Her generosity in helping others coincides with the PDS Big Hearts mission to “Support the needs of our community”.
With the cancellation of the Komen Walk for the Cure this year, PDS Big Hearts raised funds for a local cancer support organization called Lump Busters. Lump Busters is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which raises funds for the research, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and brain related illnesses. This organization was instrumental in helping some of our own PDS family members cover medical bills and necessary procedure costs. We said “thank you “by raising $4,000 from bingo at lunch to football pools and raffling baskets from Labor Day to Halloween.
We ended 2017 by sponsoring a Toy Tree Drive for the Voices for CASA Children. The Voices for CASA Children is a local nonprofit organization that seeks to give a voice to every child in Maricopa County’s foster care system. We displayed a Toy Tree in our lobby from November 1st to December 8th. Each tag was dedicated to a specific age group with an appropriate gift suggestion. The Big Hearts board decided to collect for the 7 to 11 year old children and the 12 to 18 year old groups. With our participation The PDS Big Hearts family, friends and vendors were able to donate over $1,000 in gift cards and over $500 in toys.
In 2018 the PDS Philanthropic Board will continue to “Make a Difference in Our Community”.