We are a community-based, character building youth development organization. We deliver the highest quality programs and provide opportunities to assist youth & teens in developing their self esteem, values and skills in a fun and safe environment.
A volunteer-run and faith-based organization, The Clothes Cabin provides free clothing, shoes, and linens to low-income families. The organization accepts only new or gently used items that are then washed, ironed, and sorted by size to offer an experience similar to shopping at a retail store. Its volunteers served more than 1,000 families in 2011, providing more than 60,000 articles of clothing and household linens. The Clothes Cabin also has a free laundry service and, whenever possible, supplements clothing and linens with donations of books, hygiene items, toys, and diapers.
Aqua-Tots Swim School's experienced instructors teach young swimmers in one of eight class levels to be comfortable in the water. Kids can first test the waters of a heated indoor pool and learn if they are part fish before diving into the four lessons, one per week, that teach infants in the Tadpoles class kicking and floating and advanced water whisperers in the Stingrays class breaststroke and butterfly techniques. The half-hour lessons emphasize a small class size, offering up a 4-to-1 student-teacher ratio, which ensures kids receive individual attention and personalized buoyancy tutoring. Lessons take place Monday–Saturday.
Down Syndrome Network of Arizona was founded a decade ago by a group of parents of children with Down syndrome, to help each other deal with the issues they were struggling with while raising their children. They decided to form an information network that would consolidate the available resources of special-needs organizations, recreation and alternative therapies, and legislative issues that would affect their lives. Through the network, parents can share their knowledge with each other, strengthening their personal-support systems, gaining a more comprehensive toolkit to help them handle challenges, and promoting an understanding of people with Down syndrome in their communities.
Arizona Bird Store is home to blue and gold macaws, blue-fronted Amazons, and sulphur-crested cockatoos—all of which can alight on visitors' shoulders or nuzzle their necks. The sociable birds range from hand-fed babies to adult breeders, and they include varies species, such as tiny finches and large, chatty parrots.
The specialty shop also boards birds, and its staff performs grooming services. In addition, Arizona Bird Store supplies patrons with a wide variety of cages and specialty accessories.
Helen's Hope Chest started when Mesa United Way started collecting new and used clothing for Arizona's foster children in 2009. Today, Helen's Hope Chest helps provide these kids with clothing, school supplies, toys, and hygiene items, offering a setup similar to shopping in a consignment store so children can select their preferred styles and colors. In 2011, Helen’s Hope Chest provided clothing and other basic items to more than 2,800 foster children.