On September 12th 2023 Eighteen nonprofit organizations within Cochise and eastern Santa Cruz Counties received Responsive Grant awards totaling $73,331.56. Meet the Responsive Grant recipients.
The Arizona Rangers organization is receiving $4,817.50.
The summer heat has been an issue for the Rangers with their current uniforms. The funds will be used to purchase summer uniforms.
The Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless provides almost 12,000 meals to individuals throughout Cochise County every month. The funds will be used to help transport food and produce that is not available in the immediate area.
The Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee is receiving $5,000.
The funds will be used for their Brain Gain project to engage Club kids throughout the summertime and after-school programs in educational basics. Kids will be taught the basics including printing names, learning their emergency information, basic spelling, math and reading skills.
The City of Douglas is receiving $2,500.
The funds will be used for their “Healthy Choices at Your Library”, a synergistic, STEAM-based nutrition education program. Kids learn to have fun cooking and to enjoy healthy snacks. They leave with knowledge that empowers them to make more informed lifelong health choices.
The City of Tombstone is receiving $3,000.
The funds will be used to purchase computer equipment and software for the Tombstone Senior Center to assist seniors with technology.
Many seniors do not have the ability to participate in telehealth with their doctors without assistance or have the knowledge to order groceries online. This funding will provide the seniors with these important services.
The City of Willcox is receiving $3,000.
Seeking to bring rural seniors out of isolation, the Picture Willcox project is a photography-based educational workshop designed to facilitate connections between older adults in rural southern Arizona, their peers, and the community.
Douglas ARC is receiving $5,000.
Douglas ARC is involved with preparing and delivering 175 home delivered meals five days a week. The funds will be used to purchase take-out food containers that are used daily.
Dragonfly Community Alliance is receiving $3,000.
The funds will be used to purchase food for their pantry for residents in Bowie and San Simon. “Needs continue to rise while donations continue to dwindle.”
Family Health Care Amigos is receiving $2,400.
The funds will be used to purchase incontinence supplies for adults, such as pull-ups, tabbed diapers, wipes, and bed pads for Cochise County residents. Distribution occurs monthly at the Huachuca City Community Center.
San Simon Fire Auxiliary is receiving $3,890.43.
The funds will be used to purchase fire prevention education supplies. These supplies will be used during fire prevention week, and during ongoing safety and prevention activities throughout the school year in San Simon.
Senior Citizens of Patagonia is receiving $4,500.
The funds will be used for the Senior Center to upgrade its commercial kitchen to stainless steel worktables, counters, cabinets, and kickplates. This upgrade is for increased hygiene and sanitation, meal preparation efficiency, and overall appearance.
The Senior Center serves 166 registered clients who are all senior citizens and/or people with disabilities living in the Patagonia, Sonoita, Elgin and Canelo areas.
Sierra Vista Symphony is receiving $5,000.
The funds will be used for two one-hour symphonic children’s concerts – free of charge – with lecture points and instructional materials prepared in accordance with Arizona instructional requirements for music education to teachers and schools, and a Concerto Competition for high-school aged musicians residing in Cochise County.
Sonoita-Elgin Fire District is receiving $5,000.
The funds will be used for the fire district to undertake its first strategic planning process in FY23-24 to lay the foundation for better serving the community as they progress towards the district’s 20 year anniversary.
The Special Olympics Arizona is receiving $3,000.
The funds will allow Special Olympics to support inclusive sports programming in Cochise County. Funds will be used to support outreach to Douglas and Ft. Huachuca and competitions that encourage athletes to participate to their fullest extent.
The Salvation Army is receiving $2,250.
The funds will be used for the Kid’s Culinary Project to encourage healthy eating, increase cooking skills, and teach youth healthy habits to increase positive outcomes associated with the social determinants of health.
Town of Huachuca City is receiving $3,000.
The funds will pay for installing a water fountain with bottle filler. This will provide residents with water and will encourage them to engage in physical exercise. The project also includes partial funding for the purchase of an ice machine to provide refreshments during free town events.
Town of Huachuca City is receiving $2,973.63.
Funding will pay for School Resources Officer (SRO) training. The SRO position will be recognized as a member of the National Association of School Resources Officer. This SRO will assist the school, Town, and students in a way that was never previously provided due to budgetary constraints and staffing levels.
Willcox Community Food Pantry is receiving $5,000.
Funding will pay for food for families in need of Emergency Food Supplements and monthly food box distribution. The pantry has seen a 68% increase in need compared to last year.
Willcox Theater and Arts (WTA) is receiving $5,000.
The funds will be used to create a new art club at Willcox Middle School in partnership with the school and a teacher sponsor, filling the critical need for art and creative instruction. WTA will provide instruction and supplies for all students to feed their creative needs.