The holiday season is upon us once more, and this year Grandma's is giving back to the community. Now more than ever we feel that it's important to help support the community that has helped support us. Starting on November 1st and running through the end of the year, we will be accepting donations for the Tucson Food Bank, Youth on Their Own, and Sister Jose Women's Center. For every $5 that is donated we will give you a mark on your Fiber Club card, which is worth $10. We will be accepting checks and non perishable food items in the shop, and are happy to mark your Fiber Club card for any online donations made directly to one of the aforementioned charities with a receipt or record of the donation. We aren't able to accept cash or credit card donations.Many of us have been able to use this time to reconnect with our families in a way that wouldn't have been possible pre-Covid, however there are many in our community that are really struggling right now. All three of these groups are helping our local community and support the most vulnerable among us. We have included a link to each of their websites, as well as a brief paragraph about what each charity does. https://www.communityfoodbank.org/
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona responds to the root causes of hunger and seeks to restore dignity, health, opportunity and hope to people living in poverty. Our mission is to change lives in the communities we serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.
The Community Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America, a nation-wide network of food banks and hunger relief organizations.
For many Tucson women experiencing homelessness Sister José Women’s Center (SJWC) is their only safe haven and the first step to recovery from homelessness. We are a Tucson-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009. Our low-barrier day center provides unaccompanied homeless women with a stable and safe environment to recuperate from the daily struggle of homelessness and extreme poverty. The Winter Night Program provides overnight stays for women who would otherwise be sleeping outside; we provided 1562 overnights last winter. All of this was accomplished through the dedication and hard work of volunteers and university interns – they are the heartbeat of SJWC. We are more than a center; we are a community built upon the values of compassion, dignity and respect in a non-institutionalized setting. For many of our guests we are home.https://yoto.org/
Youth On Their Own (YOTO) is a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness in Pima County.
The organization was founded in 1986 when Ann Young, a guidance counselor in the Amphitheater School District, noticed that talented and motivated students were dropping out of school due to homelessness and being forced to live on their own without a parent or guardian. Inspired by the students’ tenacity and willingness to stay in school, other school counselors, teachers, volunteers, and community members came together to form YOTO with the goal of helping students graduate.
After consulting with her fellow teachers, Young’s initial idea was to buy a home for a group of homeless teenage girls. She presented this proposal, along with the stories of the students she aimed to help, to a group gathered at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church dedicated to assisting Tucson’s homeless community. People were appalled at the situations they were in, and jumped at the opportunity to lend them a hand. Soon, Young had an army of volunteers. She even managed to raise $80,000 in a single morning, thanks to the generosity of the congregation.
We know that we will be holding our loved ones a little bit closer this holiday season, and we hope that those who are in a position to, will assist us with our goal of helping our community.