March 27, 2018
March 20, 2018
Most people registered in Lifetime Recovery’s programs are medically and financially underserved.
About every 20 minutes, someone in Texas is hurt or killed in a vehicle crash involving alcohol. According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration data, Texas led the nation in 2016 with 1,438 drunk-driving deaths.
San Antonio tops the state in DWI traffic accidents and deaths. Bexar County’s Health Department estimates that of the 1.7 million people living in the county, more than 200,000 suffer from substance use disorders. Of those, only 10,000 seek treatment each year.
“Experience has shown that the sooner people with substance use disorders are connected to services, the shorter their substance use tends to be, the shorter-lived the negative consequences of those patterns, and the better their chances at long-term recovery tend to become,” said Lifetime Recovery Director of Development Denise Powers. “Inpatient or outpatient treatment remains a most effective method to combat these alarming trends.”
Most people registered in Lifetime Recovery’s programs are medically and financially underserved. Lifetime received a $4,000 grant from the Sundt Foundation last year to expand the work it does in Texas’ largest city and the surrounding area.
“This gift enabled us to provide someone 26.66 days of treatment programming and services for substance use disorders,” Denise said.
Lifetime has numerous success stories. “Mike” entered treatment for alcohol abuse and turned his life around.
“Lifetime saved my life,” he said. “I am now working a full-time job and have returned to San Antonio College to study for a degree in counseling. And best of all, I was able to participate in my daughter’s wedding. I love attending Lifetime Recovery’s family event. I am truly happy being clean and sober today.”
This is part of a series of blogs about the positive impacts made by the Sundt Foundation.
March 15, 2018
A New Leaf is a 46-year-old nonprofit organization that provides services to people and families in crisis in Arizona.
With 33 programs across the Phoenix metro area, A New Leaf provides many necessary resources to underserved families in Arizona.
The 46-year-old nonprofit organization provides a broad spectrum of services to help people and families in crisis in Arizona. The La Mesita program in Mesa, which received a $3,500 grant from the Sundt Foundation last year, offers an emergency shelter and supportive housing for families with children. The program provides case management and skill development and has a computer lab, after-school center and Head Start program.
The Sundt Foundation’s grant helps A New Leaf’s La Mesita After School & Summer Program, which is attended by more than 70 kids.
“The program relies completely on funding from community corporations and foundations like the Sundt Foundation,” said Laura Bode, the Director of Community Engagement at the Mesa campus. “The impact of Sundt’s support goes far beyond the program’s day-to-day activities. The real impact is realized 20 years from now when the course of lives is changed and generational poverty is overcome.”
The after-school program helps lay a foundation for students of varying backgrounds, ages and experiences as they deal with some of life’s toughest challenges.
“There are a lot of outcomes that we measure for the La Mesita After School & Summer Program related to academic performance, behavioral challenges and life skills,” Laura said. “But perhaps the most powerful outcome is one that cannot be measured. It is the chance for kids to just be kids, free from the trauma and stress they have carried from experiencing homelessness, violence and instability.”
The next step for A New Leaf is to expand its after-school program, attract more volunteers and potentially build a new facility for its expanding programs. Last year, A New Leaf served 24,275 people.
This is part of a series of blogs about the positive impacts made by the Sundt Foundation.
February 23, 2018
Carolina Olivas has worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 11 years.
One of Carolina Olivas’ favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Carolina, an Administrative Assistant in our Tempe, Arizona office, lives up to those values. She spends much of her free time working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, helping children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization that arranges experiences, “wishes,” for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“I’m a Wish Granter,” she said. “I help the Mission Delivery staff in meeting with wish families, collecting detailed information about the child’s wish and family, and planning the wish from beginning to end. I also get to represent the organization at special events for the Spanish-speaking community.”
Carolina has worked with Make-A-Wish for 11 years.
“My friend and I wanted to volunteer for a non-profit that would impact children’s lives, and we found that the Make-A-Wish Foundation was the perfect fit for us,” she said.
She’s a translator on the Phoenix Children’s Hospital pre-op floor, helping Spanish speakers with medical paperwork and facilitating communication among parents, doctors and medical staff.
“While visiting one of my Wish Kids at the hospital, one of the nurses approached me and asked if I’d be interested in volunteering for the hospital as a translator for Spanish-speaking parents,” Carolina said. “I looked into it and I’ve been doing it for five years.”
Thanks to her volunteer work, Carolina was nominated by the Sundt Foundation for Luke Air Force Base’s Hometown Hero Award. Carolina reached the finals of the competition; voting to determine the winner took place on Facebook.
“It was a great privilege for me to make it to the final five and represent Sundt,” she said.
The satisfaction she receives from helping others was enough of a prize. Inspired by Gandhi, she lives a life of service.
“It’s a great way to connect with your community and give back a little,” Carolina said. “You certainly return to society some of the benefits that society gives you. It brings people together.”
September 28, 2017
A Mike Gaines event player tees off on the scenic 18th hole at Arizona National in Tucson.
We’re teeing it up for a great cause in Tucson next Friday and everyone is invited to join.
Our company and industry partners support the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, by holding five golf tournaments and a trap-shooting event at locations across the Southwest. They honor the memory of Mike Gaines, a longtime Sundt employee-owner who died in 2002 from ALS complications. The events, which started with a golf tournament in Tucson in 2001, have raised almost $2 million.
The golf tournament in Tucson is being held at Arizona National Golf Club on March 2. Individual golfers pay $200 and foursomes cost $800. Registration covers golf, range balls and lunch and all proceeds benefit ALS research. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at 7:30 a.m.
For more information on the event, please visit the Sundt Foundation page or contact Aly Gartin at (520) 750-4702. The next Mike Gaines event is March 30 at the Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix.
One of the many benefits available to Sundt employee-owners is the ability to help people in communities where we do business through the Sundt Foundation. Operations Administrative Coordinator Lisa White has taken full advantage of those opportunities since the day she started almost 11 years ago.
Lisa started giving back on her first project with the company, transportation work in Apache Junction, Arizona. Her team started a “Pack with Pride” program that provided children duffle bags with their names embroidered on them. Each bag contained a pillow, lap quilt and stuffed animal for the kids to use as they navigated through the foster care system.
Operations Administrative Coordinator Lisa White is a key member of Sundt’s Thirst-Aid team that supplies bottled water for the homeless in Phoenix.
“Being able to work for a company that recognizes the need to be present in the communities where we work gives us all the opportunity to give back,” Lisa said.
Building on that experience, Lisa and a few volunteers started the company’s Thirst-Aid initiative, which provides water to the less fortunate in Phoenix. She got the idea after volunteering at Andre House of Hospitality, a ministry in Downtown Phoenix that provides meals, water, clothing, laundry service, showers and blankets to the homeless.
“I know something we take for granted could be a life or death situation for the less fortunate in our community,” Lisa said. “Most of us are not aware of the needs in our community because we all lead busy lives, and until someone raises awareness these basic needs go unnoticed.”
Lisa and her team started Thirst Aid in 2010 with the hope of collecting 2,880 bottles. The initial drive ended up collecting nearly 50,000 from our company and industry partners, and the campaign passed a million total bottles last year.
“I see myself as the messenger and from there the word spreads so much that our subcontractors, vendors and suppliers all want to contribute,” Lisa said.
Participating in Sundt Foundation activities came naturally to Lisa. Giving back has been an important part of her life.
“Attending parochial schools, community service was one of our core missions,” she said. “If there was a need in our community, we came together as team to help. These values stick with you because the rewards are endless.”
The Sundt Foundation has made almost $8 million in grants to non-profits since it formed in 1999. Our employee-owners have also put in countless volunteer hours in the communities where we work. For more information about a career with Sundt, please visit http://www.sundt.com/careers.