July 27, 2012
July 5, 2012
Pediatric patients participating in a free health education class at El Rio
Southern Arizona children with asthma are breathing a little easier thanks to a $10,000 Sundt Foundation grant to the El Rio Health Center Foundation in Tucson. The non-profit organization raises awareness and funds for the El Rio Community Health Center, which serves 900 people per day, more than three quarters of whom live at or below the federal poverty level.
The health center used the funds to purchase equipment for its Children’s Asthma Intervention Program, which is provided free to participating families. The equipment included nebulizers, peak flow meters, spacers and pillow/mattress covers. El Rio has reported a marked increase in children participating in the program. Its goal – to aid 100 asthmatic children ages 3-18 in one calendar year – was recently surpassed when 127 children were cared for in a ten-month period.
“We are so very thankful for the ongoing support of the Sundt Foundation,” said Rachel Rivera, El Rio’s major gifts officer. “The $10,000 special grant was a joyful surprise. It will give El Rio three full years of funding.”
The Sundt Foundation raises money primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Since its inception in 1999 the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office, or to charitable organizations associated with military installations where the company has a construction project underway. The special grant to El Rio was financed by the sale of several pieces of western artwork that were formerly displayed in Sundt’s Tucson office.
June 22, 2012
The dedication event for the new Fun Center included a cake thanking the Sundt Foundation for its contribution.
The Sundt Foundation is helping bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of Phoenix-area children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions. That’s because the Foundation recently awarded a $4,250-grant to the Starlight Children’s Foundation to help the organization build a new Fun Center at Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
Fun Centers are mobile entertainment units that are placed at the bedsides of hospitalized children (ages 3-18) to provide fun and distraction from medical treatments, procedures, and pain. Fun Centers contain a flat-screen television, DVD player and a Nintendo Wii gaming system. Fun Centers have been hailed by hospital staff as lifesavers during long waiting periods in emergency rooms, outpatient clinics and other isolating environments, calming and occupying the children and thus easing staff and parental concerns. Fun Centers not only ameliorate isolation and provide distractive entertainment for hospitalized children, but also accommodate hospitals’ needs for mobility, storability, infection control, and security.
“We can’t thank Sundt enough for gifting a Fun Center for Banner Thunderbird’s Children Center,” said Rebecca Arvizu, Starlight’s Community Coordinator. Starlight is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1983, that helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
The Sundt Foundation raises money primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Since its inception in 1999 the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office, or to charitable organizations associated with military installations where the company has a construction project underway.
May 25, 2012
Blood drives help collect the 18,000 pints of blood used by Southern Arizona hospitals each summer.
Many Tucson-area Sundt employees have blood on their minds, but not because they’re caught up in the latest teen vampire craze. Earlier this month they participated in a blood drive organized by The Sundt Foundation to benefit the American Red Cross Blood Services Arizona Region. Twenty pints of blood were collected during the event, which was held in one of the large conference rooms of Sundt’s Tucson office.
“Of the twenty-seven people who participated in the drive at Sundt, nine were first-time donors,” said Kathy Zillman, donor recruitment representative with the Red Cross. “This is significant, because we now have additional blood donors to add to the donor pool, and we hope they will continue to donate blood in the future.”
All of the blood collected during the Sundt Foundation event went to Southern Arizona hospitals, where it will be used for emergencies, surgeries, chemotherapy treatment, and other needs. The Red Cross recently announced that the national blood supply has dropped to critically low levels for types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Together, local hospitals use approximately 18,000 pints of blood each year between June 1 and Labor Day.
“Giving blood is just another way we can make a difference in people’s lives,” said Tom Crohurst, president of the Sundt Foundation’s board of directors. “Every pint of blood benefits three people on average, so our volunteer event made a direct impact on about 60 individuals. That’s another proud achievement for the Sundt Foundation.”
The Sundt Foundation has long been a supporter of the American Red Cross by giving grants to support its programs, many of which focus not just on large-scale disaster relief, but on helping people deal with life’s day-to-day struggles.
May 21, 2012
Sundt employees gathered around the truck that delivered 140,000 water bottles to St. Joseph the Worker to help aid the homeless in Phoenix this summer
The summer heat in Phoenix may be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be deadly for the homeless, thanks to another successful Thirst Aid water bottle drive organized by the Sundt Foundation. Approximately 140,000 water bottles were collected at Sundt’s corporate headquarters in Tempe and delivered earlier this month to St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Phoenix area. Many of them suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and even death when temperatures soar in the spring and summer months – if they can’t get access to enough water.
The Sundt Foundation organized the company’s first Thirst Aid event in 2010 with the hope of collecting 1,200 water bottles. They crushed that goal by collecting 49,000 bottles, and the success has continued ever since. This year, St. Joseph the Worker decided to strengthen its commitment to making the event as environmentally friendly as possible by installing recycling containers at all distribution points to reduce the number of water bottles that are thrown away.
“Our employees did a wonderful job of collecting water bottles this year, as they always do. But we couldn’t have reached our goal without the generosity of our subcontractors, vendors and suppliers,” said Lisa White, a Foundation board member and organizer of the event. “The amount of water they donated was amazing. They are very generous and committed to making this a better place for all of us to live.”
Several Sundt volunteers helping prepare a meal at Andre House, a soup kitchen that serves the poor and homeless in Phoenix, Ariz. Andre House received a Sundt Foundation grant earlier this year to help support its soup line, which serves 550 meals per day, six days a week.
More than 60 non-profit organizations across the country got a much-needed boost to their bottom lines last week when they were notified that they have been awarded grants from the Sundt Foundation. Over $142,000 will be given to a variety of charities in the coming weeks, most of which serve disadvantaged children and families. The organizations were selected by the Foundation’s board of directors from nearly 100 non-profits that applied for grants during the second quarter of 2012.
The Sundt Foundation raises money primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Since its inception in 1999 the Foundation has made grants totaling nearly $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office. Employees can also direct their donations to charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.