Charity & Grassroots in Tempe

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Axé Capoeira Arizona's head instructor, Jay "Camara" Spain, learned capoeira from second-degree capoeira master and Axé Capoeira founder Marcos da Silva. Today, at his Tempe studio, Spain returns the favor to his students, both kids and adults. His specialty is capoeira, a visually enthralling Brazilian technique that consists of kicks, self-defense movements, dance-floor-worthy footwork, and tricky gymnastic moves such as cartwheels, handstands, and eyelash stands. For self-defense tactics solely, Spain and his team also offer Brazilian jujitsu and muay thai classes.

1650 North Scottsdale Road
Tempe,
AZ
US

New Global Citizens empowers young people to become engaged global citizens as they learn about challenges addressed in the UN Millennium Development goals, such as extreme poverty, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and HIV/AIDS. Through unique global education programs, New Global Citizens provides middle- and high-school students with opportunities to create global change while gaining advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and communication skills. To date, the New Global Citizens movement has raised $120,000, launched more than 300 teams on school campuses across the country, and started 150 advocacy initiatives to support 65 grassroots projects in 40 countries around the world.

1430 West Broadway Road
Tempe,
AZ
US

Aqua-Tots Swim School trains and encourages swimmers in the art of buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast national certification, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.

Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from Tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to Stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a climate-controlled indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.

1122 S Greenfield Rd
Mesa,
AZ
US

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 2007

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Pro Tip: Show up to the walk/run in as much pink as possible. [There will be] prizes for the craziest outfits

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: All-day pass to the Phoenix Zoo included

Q&A with Liana Lopez, Awareness Coordinator

What special training do you or your staff have?

Compassion and empathy training.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

Serving others while attending great events.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

We are a nonprofit that serves breast cancer patients however, all of the staff attends our events. Our events are high energy, positive, and impactful.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

The Phoenix Mercury mascot will be attending, along with other professional athletes and celebrities.

6859 E Rembrandt Ave
Mesa,
AZ
US

ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.

1116 S Dobson Rd
Mesa,
AZ
US

The Child Crisis Center (CCC) provides educational and developmental resources for families, operates the Arizona Adoption & Foster Care program, and runs an emergency shelter for abused, abandoned, and neglected children.

Since it's inception in 1981, the CCC has housed more than 12,700 children from infancy to age 11. The shelter now contains 42 beds and houses 300–350 children every year. Young guests get a warm place to sleep, meals and snacks, and meaningful recreational and educational activities, including regular homework time and opportunities to play outdoors.

604 W 9th St
Mesa,
AZ
US