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Foundation donates to local organizations ‘for a better Arizona’

Daniel Jacobs, left, and Steve McClure, sergeants with the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, with an Automated External Defibrillator. Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona granted CVMO $1,875 toward the cost of two AEDs. VVN/Bill Helm

Daniel Jacobs, left, and Steve McClure, sergeants with the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, with an Automated External Defibrillator. Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona granted CVMO $1,875 toward the cost of two AEDs. VVN/Bill Helm

SEDONA – In 2019, the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona gave 47 of the area’s non-profit organizations a collective $160,000 in grants.

The foundation’s mission, said Regional Director Jennifer Perry, is to “lead, serve and collaborate to mobilize enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona.”

For Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District, a better Arizona means protecting and serving its community. This year, Copper Canyon Fire received a $1,063 Healthcare Grant that will go toward training its emergency medical technicians – EMTs – to become paramedics, Chief Terry Keller said.

Though paramedic training costs about $8,000 per person, Keller said that the ACF grant “has helped us to keep sending guys, as our budget is still strained to fund some needs that we have.”

Though Copper Canyon Fire pays wages to its employees while they are in training, any help makes a difference.

“The typical program takes nearly a year to complete, so it is no small endeavor,” Keller said.

The advantage of the Arizona Community Foundation donation, Keller said, is that “it helps to return value back to the community.”

“Turning donated funds into skills that help to save lives locally is clearly a success story in my mind, which is why we are happy to partner with ACF,” Keller said.

As the Verde Valley continues to grow, so has the number of non-profits and donors outside of Sedona city limits, Perry said.

“In coordination with our Yavapai County affiliate office in Prescott, we work to support philanthropy throughout the Verde Valley with both local and statewide grant opportunities,” Perry said.

Visually pleasing road frontage

Thanks to a $2,100 Arts and Culture Grant, the Cottonwood Public Library is able to continue its Open Mic program.

Director Ryan Bigelow said that the library is “focusing on providing programs and events that one could consider non-traditional at libraries to get our community re-thinking the value of our services.”

“The Open Mic program allows for local artists of all ages to perform in front of an audience, often for the first time,” Bigelow said.

The grant has allowed Cottonwood Public Library to host three Open Mic events, money that allows the library to rent the equipment and pay the facilitator, Murray Natke.

“We are aiming to host the program once a month, but still need to confirm and iron out some details,” Bigelow said.

In 2019, Cottonwood’s Parks and Recreation department received a $4,500 Environment Grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona.

According to Cottonwood Recreation Center Manager Hezekiah Allen, the grant will be used for a historic monument that will detail the facility’s history.

“This funding will allows us to tell the story of the facility for many generations to come,” Allen said. “It will also serve to market the facility by providing visually pleasing road frontage branding.”

Cottonwood Parks and Recreation staff is “hoping that the entire Verde Valley community along with Sedona would benefit from the exposure to the local information and beautiful presentation of such,” the City of Cottonwood wrote in its grant application.

Saving lives

One day, the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office would like for each of its patrol vehicles to be stocked with an Automated External Defibrillator. For now, each of the department’s four squads has one of the life-saving devices, Sgt. Daniel Jacobs said Wednesday.

When a person’s heart has stopped, an AED is used to send an electric pulse or shock to the heart. Before Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona granted $1,875 to the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office in June, the department only had two of the devices.

“We purchased two AEDs using the $1,875 and paid for the balance of the second from CVMO budget,” Marshal Corey Rowley said.

The devices, he said, cost $1,645 each.

“The grant funds were greatly appreciated and allowed us to get the needed units and saved that expense the Town would otherwise have to bear,” Rowley said. ““When a medical call comes in for a possible cardiac issue, it’s almost a guarantee that our officers will arrive on scene before EMS services. These few seconds could mean the difference between life and death by having officers arrive with AED on board.”

Rowley said his goal with the Automated External Defibrillator is to “prepared to sustain or save a life while EMS responds.”

“We will continue to seek out ways to fund this project and know what a huge benefit it will be to our community,” Rowley said.

For more information, or to donate to the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona, visit

According to Perry, the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona “connect[s] donors with causes and projects they are passionate about to make lasting impacts in the community.”

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