Homes for Good is now in its sixth month of fundraising, and I’m excited to introduce my June partnership with the Valley Guardians, a community of like-minded individuals who pool their resources to create a fun-filled event with the goal of benefitting the lives of local Phoenix children in need of a financial helping hand. This is a unique group of people who are taking an active and creative approach to philanthropy and breaking the cycle of poverty one child at a time.
I was first introduced to the group April of 2017 while attending their inaugural Ride for Heroes event, which raised over $100,000 via 68 like-minded people from both the US and Canada in support of The Challenge Foundation. The day started off with an adventurous, out-of-the-ordinary activity, to encourage an atmosphere of fun and relaxation. Afterward, we gathered for an explanation of the cause and hear inspirational stories of the people involved. As an invitation-only event, the community of guardians creates an intimate and close-knit environment for the attendees to really become familiar with the cause and its beneficiaries.
Valley Guardians take great pride in 100% of the profits being distributed to the charity’s mission, and all event fees are covered by the board and participating sponsors.So often, many charitable organizations can misrepresent how much they’re actually donating to the cause, but Valley Guardians are adamant that the charities receive all of the donations made to children and youth in the local community. The Guardians also like flying under the radar and do not look for any praise or press, allowing the charitable causes and the beneficiaries to receive the attention and care they so deserve.
I’m thrilled that Homes for Good will be partnering with such an inspiring organization and group of encouraging community leaders who are truly affecting real change here in our Phoenix community. I’ll be raising funds for the Valley Guardians to specifically aid the work they do with the The Challenge Foundation.
This non-profit organization helps smart, ambitious, and hard-working students break the cycle of poverty through education opportunities. The Foundation awards full-ride scholarships and support services to under privileged students to attend prestigious private middle schools and college preparatory schools to help them into college. Challengetakes a whole-student approach, awarding tuition scholarships and individualized support services to low-income students. They see the potential in the scholars and their dreams of higher education, the impact they will make in their communities, and that giving back to the world is a privilege.
To date, Valley Guardian’s have been fortunate to have raised over $435,000 and are still forging forward. My June goal is to add to this total by raising as much as possible to support The Challenge Foundations mission of breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
Through open houses and my daily real estate activities I hope to not only raise funds, but also spread the word about the good work Valley Guardians and The Challenge Foundation are doing in our community. With Austin Bates and V.I.P. Mortgage matching all donations as my title sponsor, that means more opportunity to help make a significant impact.
The impact of the dollars raised will be as follows:
- $25Helps purchase shoes or summer reading books
- $50Helps pay for extra-curricular fees, athletic equipment, or books for music lessons
- $100Helps support purchase of school supplies, summer camp, books, field trips, or clothes for graduation
- $500Helps support expenses for college test prep, counseling services, or college visits
I would also like to thank my friend Justin Hamilton, Next Gen Pastor at Impact Church for the work and fundraising accomplished this past month in support of Impact Culture and the sponsoring of 5 teenage kids to attend summer camp June 20–23 in Tucson.It was a privilege representing you in the community, and I look forward to continuing to build off of the good and the many established relationships!
I am often asked how people can get involved and really there are so many ways. You can donate through my website, but you can also nominate a local organization. However, perhaps the most impactful way you can help is to share. Share these stories, talk to people, tell them how they can get involved and help me affect real and lasting change.
“The world is changed by your example not by your opinion”
— Paulo Coelho
I am often asked how people can get involved and really there are so many ways. You can absolutely donate through my recently launched website, but you can also nominate a local organization. However, perhaps the most impactful way you can help is to share. Share these stories, talk to people, tell them how they can get involved and help me affect real and lasting change.