Giving Back

Giving back is at MC Companies core and we believe it is one of the best ways to enrich our lives and the lives of others. For this reason, we encourage every MC employee to invite giving back into their personal lives. Our Sharing the Good Life Foundation includes the ability for all MC employees to submit two grant requests per year of up to $500 to the charitable organizations and non-profits that they are personally passionate about. To date, MC Companies and the Sharing the Good Life Foundation have supported over 500 charities through employee requested grants in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona. Take a look below at the list of charities our employees have supported so far this year.

Aliento Education Fund – creates a sense of community to those who are undocumented and/or have been criminalized by the US detention/deportation centers. They helped families who didn’t qualify for the COVID relief package. They also assist people in applying to DACA.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention– funding will support the local Arizona Chapter and be used for public awareness, education, training and consulting, grief support, and research and innovation.

American Legion Auxiliary Foundation – The money was used to support Visually Impaired Veterans. The Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center (SWBRC) of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System which is part of the VA’s voluntary service program.  The Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for veterans with vision loss located in Tucson.

Animeals Program – founded so that homebound clients in the Meals on Wheels program would not feel compelled to share their limited food and resources with their four-legged friends. They assist clients with receiving pet food and veterinary services.

Arizona Daily Star Sportsmen’s Fund, Inc. – Mission is to raise money to send the economically disadvantaged kids of Southern Arizona to summer camp. Deserving kids have an opportunity to spend a week at camp in an environment that helps promote positive ideals, such as honest, responsibility, and respect.

Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation – Phoenix – Funds raised through AMCF Big Hearts are distributed to UMOM New Day Center, Southwest Autism Research and Resource enter (SARRC), Our Family Services & Tucson Homeless Connect, and the Julie Hurst and Steve Peters Education Fund scholarship.

Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation – Tucson – mission is to cultivate opportunities and generate financial resources to provide safer communities and enhance residents lives. AMCF Tucson addresses the needs of the community, children, veterans, housing and education.

AZ Helping Hands assists foster families who have stepped up to provide a safe, loving environment for children in foster care. Their programs are designed to provide many basic needs for these boys and girls which include: cribs, beds, clothing, diapers, wipes, educational activities and personal hygiene kits. They also prepare children for success in school with backpacks, supplies, and uniforms.

AZ Hero Support – The purpose of Hero Support is to financially assist personnel in Fire, Police, Military and First Responder positions in and around Arizona. Some of those needs can be PTSD related costs, work-related injuries or other job-related tragedies.

Ben’s Bells – mission is to teach individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and to inspire people to practice kindness as a way of life.

Broken Arrow Neighbors Food Pantry – An emergency basic needs service agency, striving to provide assistance that promotes self-sufficiency. Programs are designed to meet the needs of those in crisis while encouraging personal accountability.

Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) – mission is to end homelessness, one life at a time. CASS helps people who are in need of temporary shelter, case management and supportive services to find employment and move into permanent housing.

Change Your Stars Foundation – provides impoverished children with role models, unforgettable experiences, inspiration and a smile to last a lifetime. 1 in 4 children live in poverty in Arizona and the goal of this Foundation is to help uplift as many of those children as they can.

Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA) – a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Dallas, Texas whose mission is to empower and give hope to individuals and families affected by facial differences. CCA envisions a world where all people area accepted for who they are, not how they look.

Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society – mission is to help people with Chromosome 18 abnormalities overcome the obstacles they face so they may lead healthy, happy and productive lives. Funding goes to building community, expanding education, and advancing research.

City House, Inc. – mission is to provide emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness.

Common Ground Food Pantry – The 3rd largest food pantry in Oklahoma, feeding between 400-500 people each week with a team of 50+ volunteers who serve weekly to make sure that we can be a blessing to our community.

Community Bridges, Inc. – mission is to maintain the dignity of human life. This organization works to rehab and get homeless Veterans off the street. They offer many ways to help any individual that may need assistance. If in need of a doctor or needing professional help they are there to help.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
– mission is “we change lives in the communities we serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – mission is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives by funding research and drug development, partnering with the CF community, and advancing high-quality, specialized

Epilepsy Foundation Arizona – mission is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures and save lives. Funding will be used to support tools and resources to help manage epilepsy. Specifically, two tools: 1) My Seizure Diary – a self-management tool to help record, tack and manage seizures and epilepsy. 2) Texting 4 Control – supports users age 13+ with mobile phones to receive text medication reminders, etc.

Flagstaff Family Food Center – Food bank and kitchen that provides hope to Flagstaff families by providing hunger relief and children’s literacy programs.

Family Housing Resources (Tucson) – FHR is a statewide organization dedicated to providing low- and moderate-income individuals and families an opportunity to obtain quality, affordable housing through both rental and homebuyer support programs.

Fountain Youth Ministries – 6th Street Gym – a safe environment for at-risk kids to learn life lessons through the discipline of sports. It is their vision to reach as many at-risk kids, juveniles on probation, CPS referred and incarcerated youth in the Tucson community with the gift of athletics, self-discipline and confidence associated with the Amateur Athletics Union, boxing and wrestling programs.

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Arizona – provides education, resources and support for women to positively transform their lives and strengthen the community. Their Resource Center in downtown Phoenix is a refuge for the women that enter; where they can feel safe, comfortable and inspired.

Friends of PACC (Pima Animal Control Care Center) – Money was used for the Mission Pawsible Program which went to help with medical needs for foster kittens, senior cats, and other hard to place cats. PACC is a Pima County government facility that handles lost, found, & abandoned animals for Tucson and surrounding areas. Friends of PACC was created to help fund initiatives to make pets “more adoptable” through outreach and medical care assistance.

Halo/Helping Animals Live On – helping animals live on through increased adoption. Many animals will benefit from this money through supplies and care.

Hunkapi Programs, Inc. – mission is to teach the world to fear less and love more. In addition to the requested funding for the “First Responders Program” which was just started in January 2019, this organization also has programs for: therapeutic riding, counseling and life skills, equine assisted therapy, emotional regulation, team building and addiction recovery.

Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry – Helping address food insecurities with supplemental food and personal care items. The monthly Community Food Fair provides free, fresh produce to anyone in need.

Keep Phoenix Beautiful – vision it to assist in creating a vibrant Phoenix where each neighborhood is a healthy, beautiful place to live. They provide free “green” education to thousands annually on recycling and water conservation. They have programs for urban sustainability and have built two community gardens.

Kitchen on the Street – mission is to eliminate local hunger by offering food assistance programs in Phoenix, AZ and San Antonio, TX. KOS provides a backpack of food with shelf stable meals and snacks to food insecure children who receive breakfast and lunch at school but are going hungry on the weekends.

Krause Children’s Center – a safe residence equipped with staff and resources to provide protection, counseling, education, and most importantly, love, for children overcoming the trauma of child abuse.

Lupus Foundation of Southern Arizona – mission is to provide support, education and partnership to those affected by Lupus, while promoting the development and enhancement of health and social welfare at the local level.

Massachusetts General Hospital – Tackle ALS – mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. This donation is being collected through Massachusetts General Hospital in memory of Dirk Goris who passed away on June 5, 2019 from complications of ALS. Dirk was a good friend to us and a valued business partner of MC Companies who lived in Dallas, TX.

Metrocrest Services – provides a wide range of emergency aid, financial assistance, food and services to support independent living for individuals, families and seniors.

Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas – Minnie’s provides healthy meals to those in need. Minnie’s feeds hundreds of needy people each month and has distributed over six million meals.  Each $1 provides 3 meals which equals 1,500 meals with this grant. They also provide services such as GED training and cooking classes to improve healthy choices.

MISS Foundation – provides C.A.R.E. (counseling, advocacy, research, and education) services to families experiencing the death of a child.

More Than a Bed – a resource center for Arizona foster, kinship, and adoptive families for the children in their homes. The 5,000 square foot warehouse located in Tucson holds clothing, beds, household items, shoes, furniture, cribs, car seats, and more. MTaB offers these items, including programs and events throughout the year to the families at no charge.

Mountain View Assembly of God Youth Program whose mission is imparting, motivating and preparing authentic Christian teens. Funds used to send kids from Sierra Vista that cannot afford it to Summer Camp. This is a very positive camp that will focus on personal development and decision making in their young years and how their decisions now affect their future.  The camp is summer of 2019.

OCJ Kids – to equip foster and at-risk children and youth by providing them tools, resources, and positive role models to succeed and excel in every area of life.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital – they provide hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families. Funding is for offering the very best medical specialists, cutting-edge technology, and helping search for answers to the most devastating childhood illnesses to children.

Phoenix Pride – mission is to unite, educate, and engage people to support and empower the LGBTQ community and its allies. They strive to bring a positive impact and image in the Valley of the Sun by developing awareness programs and building community partnerships. They promote unity, visibility and self-esteem via community activities and services.

Phoenix Rescue Mission – providing Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. Currently a matching grant for the Code Red – the summer heat relief drive. Funds will be used to provide air-conditioned relief, fresh water, food, sunscreen, clothing and summer hope totes to men, women and children suffering in the brutal Arizona heat.

Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc. – provides highly skilled assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities, to provide education and continuing support for working assistance dog teams, and is a resource in the community for people with disabilities.

Project Graduation 2019 – Canyon Del Oro high school – an alcohol and drug free all night celebration intended to keep over 1200 graduates safe. Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel G. Sharp publicly noted that Project Graduation transforms what can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year “into one of the best experiences of our graduates. Not only does this ensure safety and security for our graduates – it provides safety and security for our entire community because we don’t have drinking or drugs and people out driving – we have a safe night.”

Project SMASH – to provide dance, fitness and educational opportunities as a positive outlet for low income communities, shelters, children homes, and rehabilitation centers. Grant funds will be used to provide dance classes to participants of the San Antonio Living in Good Health Treatment (LIGHT) Program, a family-focused residential treatment facility for mothers with children for the months of June, July and August 2019. Funds are needed to support dance fitness as a form of treatment to the SA LIGHT participants for the summer months so as to ensure continues classes.

Ronald McDonald House – mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

San Antonio Food Bank – serves one of the largest service areas in Southwest Texas. Their focus is for clients to have food for today but to also have the resources to be self-sufficient in the future.

Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation (SALEF) – mission is to raise money to fully fund or supplement the funding of critical life-saving equipment, technology items and training for police officers. They also present community events and programs which promote engaging interaction between citizens and police officers in a fun and positive atmosphere.

Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) – an internationally recognized nonprofit that conducts innovative research, provides evidence-based practices, disseminates effective training and builds inclusive communities for individuals with autism and their families.

Special Olympics – the mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families , and the community.

Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Phoenix – Mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of its founder, Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or family’s ability to pay.

Mary’s Food Bank – St. Mary’s Food Bank serves to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy and education.

Teach For America – Phoenix Region. TFA enlists, develops and mobilizes as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equality and excellence. TFA believes that if they can find promising leaders who commit to teach for a two-year term in low income neighborhoods then, together, they can impact communities to afford all children the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Teen Challenge Arizona – mission is to provide youth, adults and families with effective and comprehensive faith-based solutions to life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society.

The Ballard House – provides temporary housing and a warm, safe environment for individuals and families in the local community who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medication condition.

The McCain Institute – fighting to defend human rights, foster security and advance freedom. This organization defines humanity through the development of future generations by promoting fairness and equality. The McCain Institute is leading the fight in Arizona to raise awareness and provide resources to combat human trafficking.

The Nature Conservancy – mission is to conserve the land and waters on which life depends. Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrive, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. The nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.5 million acres in Arizona including six preserves that are open to the public.

The Showbiz Academy of Dance (SBKD) Booster Club – is a nonprofit who believes all children who want to dance should have the opportunity. They provide grants to children who cannot afford dance classes.

Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) – a Phoenix, Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking Alzheimer’s research with life-changing results. Funding will go to research for early detection of Alzheimer’s.

Tuba City Humane Society – an all-volunteer nonprofit rescue and foster group that aims to provide initial veterinary care to animals needing help on the reservation. They facilitate rescue, foster transportation, and adoption of these animals, all without a brick-and-mortar facility.

University of Arizona Foundation – Disability Resource Center Adaptive Athletics program. The University of Arizona Adaptive Athletics Program houses six globally competitive teams as well as an adaptive fitness center. We believe in the power of sport to provide a crucial inroad to higher education and community that keeps students connected and engaged through graduation. This grant request was specifically for the Wheelchair Basketball program.

Young Life of Central Phoenix – grant used to support camp scholarships so that cost is never a reason for a kid to not be able to go to camps. YL promises three things: you’ll have outrageous fun, you’ll always belong and they talk about what really matters in life – including God’s extravagant love for you.