2017 CDF Awards

Labor’s Community Service Agency
Economic/Community Development. Securing Help in Family Transportation (SHIFT) is the only affordable car purchasing program for working poor families in Arizona.  The program targets families with an income below 80% of the area median income who identify the lack of transportation as the primary barrier to achieving a living wage and economic stability.  LCSA will utilize this award to expand the SHIFT program to assist eight additional working poor families in Phoenix.  This funding will nearly double the number of vehicles purchased for the SHIFT program in 2016.  The SHIFT program allows families to avoid securing high interest loans, secure a reliable and affordable vehicle, and engage in financial coaching.  At the end of the 24-month program, families will have obtained a new asset in the form of a vehicle they can continue to drive, trade, or sell.

Phoenix City Council District 4

Audubon Arizona
Education. River Pathways is an educational program that teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to students in grades 9-12.  Participants engage in several field-based “citizen science” study trips to apply STEM concepts as they collect, analyze, and report avian and habitat data on public lands to help stem the decline of at-risk native bird species while preserving their habitats.  In addition, River Pathways provides career skills in life sciences and work readiness preparation serving primarily inner-city urban teens in Phoenix high schools.

Phoenix City Council District 7

American Cancer Society
Health Innovation. In collaboration with the Arizona Community Health Outreach Workers’ Association, (AzCHOW) and key health organizations/agencies, the American Cancer Society will develop and provide culturally appropriate trainings and materials in cancer-related information, as well as ongoing support for Community Health Care Workers (CHWs), Promotoras de Salud and tribal Community Health Representatives (CHRs) who work in underserved and medically vulnerable communities.  Funding will allow AMC to expand on work being done statewide and provide coaching to CHWs, Promotoras, and CHRs with training and resources to build their capacity to provide accurate information on cancer prevention and early detection.

Phoenix City Council District 2

Valle del Sol
Health Innovation. Valle del Sol has two primary healthcare clinics providing preventive care, disease management, acute illness treatment as well as behavioral health services to treat the whole person.  Valle del Sol will expand the Mi Salud Pediatric and Family Clinic Services at the 3807 N. 7th Street, Phoenix location.  Funds will be used toward the clinic expansion project and purchase of medical equipment serving children, adults and families that are most in need in our community.  Improvements to this location will fully integrate behavioral health and primary care services for adults, youth and families with four additional exam rooms with medical exam equipment, one patient restroom, one exercise room and an expanded group therapy / health education room for health education classes and substance abuse prevention groups.

Phoenix City Council District 4


For more information, please contact Lydia Lee at (602) 534-9655 or llee@phoenixida.com.