West Branch: Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
The mission of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action. SAAF provides services to people living with HIV & AIDS as well as their immediate family members, including: Food, housing, support groups and comprehensive case management.
We also provide prevention and education programs to populations at-risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and those affected by stigma. In 2014, SAAF took over operations of Wingspan, southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community center. Today, SAAF also offers an array of services for this population, as well. Visit us on the web at www.saaf.org.
Northwest Branch: Children’s Museum Tucson
Celebrating 31 years of play in 2017, Children’s Museum Tucson (CMT) is the only educational resource of its kind, devoted to children, in all of Southern Arizona. In 2015, CMT opened our first satellite location, Children’s Museum Oro Valley (CMOV), to meet the demand for wider community representation. The Tucson location defines our audience as children in early childhood, from infancy through elementary school age, while the Oro Valley location is exclusive to pre-k children, including ages 0 – 5. The mission of the Children’s Museum Tucson | Oro Valley is to provide fun, play-based, hands-on learning experiences for children and families, inspiring them to reach their full potential. To fulfill this mission, our education plan incorporates a variety of programs to serve families with strategic focus on accessibility.
Current programs include Early Childhood Education programs centered on school readiness and the development of social and emotional skills, as well as elementary-age programs tied to state academic standards designed to complement school curriculum. We offer year-long out-of-school programs, educational week-long camps, daily and weekly arts programs, community outreach and professional development workshops for educators.
El Rio Branch: Intermountain Academy
At Intermountain Academy we are meeting the needs of some of our communities’ most vulnerable children, those diagnosed with autism. This is the nation’s fastest growing developmental disability with 1 in 68 children being diagnosed in Arizona. Not only is there a lack of schools in Southern Arizona designed for those on the autism spectrum, but many of our typical schools simply cannot accommodate children who present with lower skill levels and more challenging behaviors and needs. Intermountain Academy is different.
The Academy utilizes innovative educational programming that combines developmentally appropriate academics with basic life skills such as toileting, dressing, personal safety, and access to the community. We honor the dignity of children with autism and provide them with what they need to reach their full potential. Due to its success the Academy has doubled in size since its opening and there are now over 125 students on the waiting list.
Sahuarita Supermarket Branch: Community Food Bank in Green Valley
The Community Food Bank in Green Valley has proudly served our neighbors for 32 years. And with the support of our caring community—volunteers, donors, and community partners—we will continue to serve our neighbors in Green Valley for as long as we are needed.
Marana Supermarket Branch: Community Food Bank in Marana
The Community Food Bank in Marana has served our neighbors in the Marana area, Rillito, Cortaro and Twin Peaks area for over 10 years. We’re grateful to our volunteers, donors, and community partners for making our work possible.