“This year, our Heart Hats committee chose to focus on nonprofits that help Arizona youth excel in life,” said Lani Calbert, chair of the McCarthy Southwest Heart Hats committee. “After interviewing several organizations and reviewing dozens of grant applications, MentorKids USA and Chavez Boxing Foundation’s proposed projects stood out as helping underprivileged youth in our community reach their greatest potential.”
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based MentorKids USA is the only mentoring organization reaching at–risk youth in metropolitan Phoenix in which programs are intrinsically interwoven with Christian principles. Programs are evidence-based and include long-term and site-based mentoring. Youth typically reside in three underserved neighborhoods with 75 percent of these youth living in poverty and faced with a variety of disparities. The $20,000 McCarthy grant will fund a new basketball court and picnic area on their campus.
Phoenix-based Chavez Boxing Foundation (http://chavezboxinggym.com/
In addition to the two grants, McCarthy also selected the Sojourner Center (http://www.sojournercenter.org), a Phoenix-based domestic violence shelter, as the recipient of this year’s in-kind volunteer project. McCarthy Heart Hats volunteers will work on a beautification project for the facility’s Child Development Center, including raising the curb for sand retention in the playground; adding more sand, a new drinking fountain and some basic lighting; painting; deep cleaning and installing new flooring in the center (as funds permit).
The grants and in-kind projects are made possible thanks to the 25th annual McCarthy Charity Golf Classic, which is slated for Friday, Dec. 13, at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Fort McDowell, Ariz.
Prior recipients of Heart Hats grants include Children’s Cancer Network, Starbright Foundation, Family Promise, Angels on Patrol, UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix Youth at Risk, Habitat for Humanity, Salute a Soldier Foundation, Gabriel’s Angels, Tempe/Kyrene Communities in Schools and Crisis Nursery.
ABOUT MCCARTHY HEART HATS
The McCarthy Heart Hats community involvement program is dedicated to encouraging, supporting and recognizing McCarthy employees' volunteer efforts in a variety of causes to ensure realneeds are being met in communities where employees live and work. McCarthy employees are as passionate about building better communities as they are about construction. In addition to recognizing outstanding employee volunteers and providing a company-wide paid volunteer day, McCarthy Heart Hats volunteers donate countless hours of in-kind services and monetary contributions to improve communities each year.
ABOUT MCCARTHY BUILDING COMPANIES
Founded in 1864, McCarthy is the nation’s 8th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2013). The McCarthy Southwest Division is based in Phoenix. McCarthy also has offices in Newport Beach, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Las Vegas; Albuquerque;