Sundt Foundation Grants $20,000 to 12 Tucson Charities
“With the Sundt Foundation’s continued grant funding, JobPath is able to support and sponsor even more Pima County adults as they pursue college-level education and job-training programs that lead to high-wage careers,” said Executive Director Frank Velásquez, Jr.
JobPath participants have a 90 percent graduation and retention rate and its 2016 graduates increased their average rate of pay to $22.19 per hour.
The Sundt Foundation awarded a total of $20,000 in grants to 12 Tucson nonprofits during the second quarter.
The foundation awards grants quarterly to area charities that support disadvantaged children and adults. Nonprofits are selected through an application process and reviewed by a committee of Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) employees.
Arts for All, Inc provides education, training and experiences in the arts for children with and without disabilities and runs an adult day program.
Grace Hearing Center provides hearing healthcare to low-income adults and underserved children in Tucson. The center provides services on a reduced fee, sliding scale and patients participate in a Circle of Giving, volunteering a designated number of hours to the community.
Mobile Meals of Tucson supports elderly and disabled homebound adults by providing deliveries of meals appropriate for individual health conditions and nutritional needs. The deliveries also provide the clients with daily contact with a caring volunteer.
Sister Jose Women’s Center provides homeless women a safe environment to recuperate from the daily struggle of homelessness and poverty through its day center. The center’s Winter Night Program provides overnight stays for women who would otherwise be sleeping outside.
Tu Nidito Children & Family Services provides support to children and families who have been affected by the diagnosis of a serious illness or the death of a loved one. The organization provides group support, one-on-one support, grief education and a grief camp for youth ages 6-17.
Pio Decimo Center is a program of Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona. The center helps youth to seniors by providing childcare and early childhood education, a youth center for teens, family programs to reduce poverty and prevent homelessness and safe and affordable housing for seniors.
Earn to Learn rewards students and families who are committed to saving money to attend one of the three Arizona public universities. The program teaches financial literacy and provides needs-based scholarships to qualifying students who make deposits for at least six months in a special matching savings account and meet a $500 savings goal prior to attending university. Those students then earn $4,000 in matching funds to pay for school-related expenses.
JobPath is a workforce development nonprofit that supports and sponsors underserved Pima County adults in college-level education and job-training programs that lead to high-wage careers. JobPath provides qualified, skilled and highly motivated workers for the Tucson and Pima County job market.
NAMI Southern Arizona provides mental health advocacy, education and support to people in the community with mental illness and to their loved ones.
Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired (SAAVI) works with blind and visually impaired youth and adults by providing programs and services. Youth programs offer opportunities to learn practical skills and travelling techniques and encourage independence. Adult services help provide adjustment to vision loss, orientation and mobility training, career exploration and more. SAAVI also provides social clubs and art and leisure classes for seniors and an independent living program to help give seniors the skills to remain independent at home.
Step Up to Justice is a full-service free civil legal center for low-income individuals and families in Pima County.
The Sunnyside Foundation promotes educational excellence by providing resources to support the education and well-being of children in the Sunnyside Unified School District. The Foundation awards grants for programs that enhance the classroom learning experience and also to fund basic learning materials for students with limited means.
About The Sundt Foundation
The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 by Sundt Construction, Inc. as a way for its employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they live and work. The organization is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees, which are matched by the company. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $7.9 million in donations. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to visit http://www.sundt.com/community-industry/sundt-foundation/ for more information. Sundt has offices in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona; San Diego, Irvine, Sacramento and San José, California; San Antonio, Fort Worth, Irving and El Paso, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 127-year-old firm specializes in transportation, industrial and building work and is known for its commitment to quality and innovative approach to construction services. Sundt has offices throughout Arizona, Texas, California and Utah and is 100 percent owned by its approximately 2,000 employees. The company is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work by business publications in multiple cities and in 2016 it was named the nation’s safest construction company by the Associated General Contractors of America for the second time in a decade – an honor no other contractor can claim. Sundt’s charitable arm, the Sundt Foundation, recently crossed the $7.9 million mark in donations made to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country.