The Scottsdale group of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun donated $10,400 to Saving Amy, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that helps families transition out of poverty and back into society via supportive programs, financial support and more.
“Families, like those served by Saving Amy, deserve a hand up,” said Stephanie Millner, chief charity officer of 100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun. “We’re blessed to be able to assist in some small way.”
The donation will be used at Saving Amy to help three families. One family will use a portion of the donation to pay their first and last month’s rent, another will receive support for a move-in and the third will receive a new car.
“During COVID, I thought we were just going to circle the wagons and take care of the families we had, but people were still coming out of the shelters,” said Jennifer Kiernan, Founder and Executive Director of Saving Amy. “We took on another seven families during COVID and are continuing to support new families.”
Kiernan continued: “Then, financially, you find out people like Libby bring organizations, like 100+ Women Who Care, to us, and things just seem to work out.”
Saving Amy was nominated by Libby Murphy and selected by the chapter’s Scottsdale members during the organization’s Jan. 27 giving circle.
Kiernan founded Saving Amy with a mission to empower individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness by transforming lives through mentoring, teaching life skills, educational advancement, and financial stability through employment.
Throughout the pandemic, 90 percent of Saving Amy’s families lost their jobs and many of their families that have returned to work have had their hours drastically reduced.
“The pandemic created the need for Saving Amy to continue to subsidize our families with funds for rent, bills, and food,” the organization stated as part of the annual Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour statewide online fundraising event that will take place April 6 this year.
Last year’s Arizona Gives event raised a record $6.1 million for nonprofits and organizations in need.
“During the pandemic, our chapter didn’t miss a beat. Our groups continued to meet and donate to local charities because we knew the need was so great,” Millner said.
100+ Women Who Care Valley of the Sun, a philanthropic group of women committed to making an impact in their local community, is comprised of three sister groups: Ahwatukee, Scottsdale and the East Valley.
Since the chapter’s inception in 2015, over $700,000 has been given to local charities.