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Hundreds of volunteers participate in Valley of the Sun United Way ‘Week of Action’

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In partnership with the Phoenix ToolBank, volunteers worked to assemble Pantry Packs with non-perishable meals and snacks that were distributed to local schools. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)
Valley of the Sun United Way volunteers service across metropolitan
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Valley of the Sun United Way hosted a week of volunteer opportunities to better the community through four different projects in honor of the late Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nearly 200 participants donated their time to support VSUW and their partners during the “Week of Action,” Jan. 16-20, according to a press release.

The ‘Week of Action’ community services projects included the edible garden project, pantry pack building, community Book-in-a-Bag and Gifts-in-Kind Resource Fair, the release states.

The edible garden project, located at the MAC6 TigerMountain Foundation in Tempe, had volunteers prepare, plant and harvest the food in their community garden.

In partnership with the Phoenix ToolBank, volunteers worked to assemble Pantry Packs with non-perishable meals and snacks that were distributed to local schools. They also hosted a Grassroots and small nonprofit partner Gifts-in-Kind Resource Fair.

Participants were also able to join Valley of the Sun United Way at their headquarter offices in Phoenix to pack Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month-themed Book-in-a-Bag for local schools and children.

“We are so grateful for those who donated their time and energy to support Valley of the Sun United Way and our partners during the ‘Week of Action,’” said Twyla Marcrum, vice president of donor engagement and analytics at Valley of the Sun United Way. “Each of these events supported our ‘Bold Goals’ for Mighty Change to better Arizona and serve our community. Thousands of children, families and individuals will be positively impacted by the work our volunteers did this week.”

Each project completed during the week contributes to Valley of the Sun United Way’s five-year strategic plan, Mighty Change 2026, focusing on driving positive change in the areas of education, housing and homelessness, health and workforce development.

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