Honorees, grant recipients recognized at YC Foundation's annual Joy of Giving

YAVAPAI COUNTY-The Yavapai County Community Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of its 2013 Joy of Giving awards, which pay tribute to the exceptional contributions of local people and organizations to the betterment of Yavapai County. A special thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, our presenting sponsor for the eighth straight year. Blue Cross Blue Shield embodies philanthropy by their philosophy of community enrichment. They are a local Arizona company with a local board of directors who care deeply about community.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sharon Block

YCCF established this award to honor someone on the Advisory Board who goes above and beyond to help us meet our mission. This year we are celebrating Sharon Block. Sharon was the overwhelming winner this year. Sharon spent the majority of her career as a School Social Worker and is currently a Social Worker in the Juvenile Detention Center.

For YCCF, she served last year as our Vice Chair and she also sits on our Board Development Committee. Sharon lives in Cottonwood and unfailingly makes the trip to Prescott for each and every meeting and event. Though we are equipped to have our meetings by video she feels it necessary to be physically present to engage. Her enthusiasm and thoughtful approach to every issue is a sight to behold.

PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE YEAR AWARD

The James Family

The Philanthropist of the Year will be honored with a grant of $1,000 made in their name by YCCF. The James Family has chosen to donate this grant to the Yarnell Hill Scholarship Endowment Fund housed at YCCF.

There is no better example of people who work to improve lives in Yavapai County than the members of the James Family. They have had a hand in providing open space so that our trail system can be enhanced, the donating of the James Family Heart Center at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center, and the restoration of the Elks Theater. The Phippen Museum, both the building and the land on which is sits, were gifts from the James Family. You'll see the James Family name associated with the YMCA building and supporting the annual Kiwanis Auction.

These are but a few of the family's private initiatives for public good. Harold James and his wife, Mitzie, moved to Prescott in 1955 and became well-known philanthropists in the community. Harold died in 1981 and Mitzie in 2007. Their legacy has been well stewarded by their nephew Ron and his wife Laura.

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AWARD

Boys to Men Mentoring Network

This year YCCF chose to present a special surprise award called the Community Leadership Award and it comes with $10,000 in prize money. The YCCF Advisory Board, in the spirit of honoring best practices in grantmaking, selected an outstanding organization which embodies community leadership. The Boys to Men Mentoring Network offers a program which involves volunteers in a significant fashion, has an incredible impact on the community and has measurable results. Today's honoree employs a mentoring model that helps teenage boys become men. The mentors give teenage boys a community of men who listen, encourage and believe in them. Local men offer young people a unique and safe place for growth.

2013 Grant Awards to Support 40 Nonprofit Projects

The Yavapai County Community Foundation awarded $198,618 through its annual competitive grant cycle to support 45 community projects serving Yavapai County.

"The Yavapai County Community Foundation is proud to fund important community needs. We also strive to provide long-term vision, resources and expertise to enhance the quality of life in our great county," said Jodi Padgett, Advisory Board Chair.

1. Prescott Valley Early Bird Lions Foundation, Inc., Sight First for Children

2. Verde Valley Sanctuary, Inc., Shelter Medical Fund

3. Cottonwood Police Department, K-9 Program

4. Prescott Police Department, K9 Program

5. Prescott Valley Police Department, K9 Unit

6. Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, K9 Program

7. Franklin Phonetic Primary School, Franklin Stage Risers

8. Prescott Jazz Society, Open Ear' Music Empowering Project

9. Central Arizona Land Trust Inc., Yavapai Agricultural Lands Preservation Phase IV

10. Community Forest Trust, Volunteers Protecting Natural Resources in Yavapai County

11. Highlands Center for Natural History, Solar Power Capacity Expansion

12. Verde NRCD (Natural Resource Conservation District) Education Center, Verde Watershed Environmental Education Program

13. Yarnell Community Garden Project, YCGP Expansion Project

14. Yavapai Trails Association, Central Yavapai Trails Signage

15. Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona, Kids to Community Initiative

16. Boys to Men Mentoring Network, North Central AZ, Family & Mentor Support Services

17. Family Resource Center, Humboldt Unified School District, Resources for Needy Children in HUSD

18. Friends of the Chino Valley Library, Children's Library Expansion

19. Gabriel's Angels, Inc., Pet Therapy Program

20. Gardens for Humanity, School Gardens, Art & Environmental Education Program Coordinators

21. Junior Achievement of Arizona, BizTown

22. Prescott Area Leadership, Hungry Kids Project

23. Yavapai College Foundation, College for Kids Scholarship Program

24. Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation, Prescription medications for underserved children in Yavapai County

25. Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Yavapai County Education & Family Care Consultation

26. Catholic Charities Community Services, Inc., EmpowerU

27. Montezuma Rimrock Fire District, Emergency Medical Services

28. People Who Care, Confident Living with Low Vision and/or Hearing Loss

29. Prescott Valley Food Bank, Prescott Valley Food Bank

30. Rainbow Acres, Rancher Day Program

31. St. Vincent de Paul, St. Germaine's Conference, Pike's Pantry Project

32. Town of Chino Valley, Yavapai Regional Transit Asset Purchase

33. Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition, One Call Center

34. Yarnell Fire Department, Community Health and Fire Safety Inventory

35. Camp Verde Adult Reading Program, Keeping Up with the 2014 GED

36. Community Counts, Yavapai Reentry Project

37. Horses with Heart, Permanent Mounting Ramp & Sure Hands Lift

38. Mayer Area Meals on Wheels, Inventory Control Project

39. NACOG - Housing and Community Development, Emergency Housing Repair Program

40. New Horizons Independent Living Center, Inc., VISTA Member Capacity Building Project

41. Prescott Area Women's Shelter, Prescott Area Family Shelter

42. Stepping Stones Agencies, Certified Community Advocate Training

43. Verde Food Council, Yavapai Food Council

44. Yavapai County Jeep Posse, Inc., Communications

45. Yavapai County Sheriff's Response Team, Equipment

To learn more about the organizations and projects supported with these grants, contact YCCF Grants and Operations Coordinator Tracey McConnell at 928-499-9795 or tmcconnell@azfoundation.org. To learn how to create a named fund or help YCCF grow its endowed Community Fund for future years, contact ACF's North-Central Regional Manager, Carol Chamberlain, at 928-708-9632 or cchamberlain@azfoundation.org.

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