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

Alhambra Elementary School District
Education. The Alhambra Family Resource Center (FRC) was launched in July 2016 to the community. The FRC exists to provide services and supports to remove the barriers that exist for under-served and under-represented children and families. The FRC has a wide array of services to offer Alhambra families and community members, such as vaccines for children, parenting classes, health services, a lending library, mobile food pantry, developmental play groups, and emergency food boxes to name a few.  Funds will enable the FRC to expand their outreach to include more targeted services, supports, and referrals to directly impact approximately 5,600 students, 3,000 parents and 3,000 families.

Phoenix City Council District 5

Center for the Future of Arizona
Education. Participatory Budgeting (PB) in schools provides students an opportunity to learn about and manage money, and to engage students in the process of government, all within a real-world setting.

Participatory Budgeting is a STEM education program consisting of five steps - led by students with support from teachers and the community. Funds will support the expansion of PB to 10 schools within the PUHSD. PB will empower students to directly decide how to spend a portion of their school’s budget through a democratic, STEM process. The PB program brings forward many essential elements for students to embrace and understand such as values, teamwork, collaboration, civics/government, public speaking and leadership.

Phoenix City Council District 8  

Release the Fear
Education. Release the Fear’s Two Gen workshops are presented in schools and community centers in Phoenix to serve underserved, vulnerable youth, ages 13-17 and their parents or guardians. This program assists those who do not know how to support each other, nor understand the other’s issues. The parent/ guardian often does not realize what their child faces daily, including bullying, peer pressure, gangs, lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem. Funding will assist in offering workshops to more schools requesting assistance.  Objectives of the workshops are to help youth realize they have a life purpose and become better prepared for their future by learning the necessary skills to succeed in life and school.

Phoenix City Council District 7  

St. Joseph the Worker
Economic/Community Development. St. Joseph the Worker’s Employment Heals Communities goals are to empower poor, unemployed, and working poor job seekers to achieve self-sufficiency through quality employment. Through partnerships and collaborations, SJW can support many more vulnerable job seekers by offering job development services through 66 social service partner agencies at 86 satellite locations across Maricopa County.  Funding will allow SJW the ability to provide Phoenix area job seekers with crucial work essentials such as transportation assistance (bus passes and gas vouchers), program supplies, and safety equipment, tools, uniforms, boots, certifications and licensing – tangible resources required to meet the prerequisites of an employment offer – resources other agencies are often not able to offer their clients.

Phoenix City Council District 7

StartupAZ Foundation
Economic/Community Development. StartupAZ’s Founders Collective is a network and program that provides highly focused peer-to-peer mentorship for founders at the launch, growth, and sale phases of a startup.  Funding will be used to expand the Founders Collective (FC), launching three new cohorts of ten founders per cohort over the next twelve months.  FC is StartupAZ’s signature initiative aimed at increasing the success rate and rapid growth of the Phoenix region’s highest potential startups. The goal is to create hubs of high performance accountability that become magnets for attracting growth capital, top talent, and other essential ingredients for building successful startups into emerging enterprises; while instilling a pay it forward culture of generosity, civic engagement and giving back.

Phoenix City Council District 8

codePHX Initiative
Economic/Community Development. codePHX is an initiative to teach computer coding to youth ages 4-17 throughout the city of Phoenix.  Coding is the writing and/or development of software commands to achieve the outcome for a task, program or game.  Funding will be used to support the expansion of the codePHX initiative over the next three years to 29 permanent locations, including 17 libraries, 12 community centers and a mobile coding lab.  The mission and goal of codePHX is to allow youth to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in computer coding and STEM skills in informal, out-of-school settings that will help them achieve success in school, life and career.  codePHX will be offered at no cost to youth who are traditionally under-represented in technology fields, including girls, minorities and students from low-income families.

Phoenix City Council Districts 1 through 8


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