Bank of America Names Live & Learn a Recipient of 2021 Neighborhood Builders®

Program Provides $200,000 in Flexible Funding and Leadership Development Training to Advance Economic Mobility in Phoenix  PHOENIX – Live & Learn and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation have been named as the 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for their work in the Phoenix community addressing local issues around women’s personal and financial empowerment. Read the full article: https://bit.ly/3ddI7Ke “As communities continue to recover and navigate a changing landscape, nonprofits are still experiencing significant demands and need resources to help meet critical local needs like supporting women experiencing poverty as they claim and create greater self-sufficiency,” said Benito Almanza, president,

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Success Story: Meet Jamie

Salad and Go will take you in, they’ll welcome you as part of their family In summer 2021, Jamie celebrated her one-year anniversary at Salad and Go, an employment partner of Live & Learn. With the support of Live & Learn and the opportunity at Salad and Go, Jamie is building a new life for herself and her children. Jamie is a mother of six and a domestic violence survivor. She was married to her abuser for many years before fleeing in late 2019. The decision to leave was financially devastating for Jamie, as it is for many survivors of

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Thunderbirds Charities Invests in Live & Learn Women Thriving

Thunderbirds Charities has generously granted $10,000 of Covid-19 relief funding to Live & Learn’s Women Thriving program. The Women Thriving program offers Maricopa County women a pathway back to stability and employment in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic. “Thunderbirds Charities is investing in Maricopa County’s recovery through their support of our Women Thriving program,” says Kristin Chatsworth, Executive Director of Live & Learn. “We must make sure women and their children are not left behind by the economic recovery.” Women in poverty have been devastated by the economic impact of the pandemic. Women in low-wage and service-sector positions lost

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Arizona Women’s Partnership Invests in Women

Arizona Women’s Partnership Invests in Women The Arizona Women’s Partnership, Inc. is an all-volunteer philanthropic non-profit based in Phoenix that formed in 2002. With a commitment to providing grants to grassroots nonprofits that assist women and children in AZ, the Arizona Women’s Partnership has given over half a million dollars in grant funding in less than 20 years. Live & Learn is grateful to be among the grant recipients. “This is a huge milestone”, notes Paula Cullison, Arizona Women’s Partnership founder and President. “We continue to do as much as we can – for as many as we can –

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Diversifying Maricopa County’s Healthcare Workforce

In keeping with its commitment to improving the local healthcare workforce, BHHS Legacy Foundation has awarded Live & Learn a generous grant of $55,000. This funding will be used to expand Live & Learn’s Healthcare Workforce Development Program in 2021, and it will help to improve health equity throughout Maricopa County. In 2012, Live & Learn launched the Healthcare Workforce Development Program for women whose lives have been shaped by poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence. The Program provides these women an effective pathway to a healthcare career. Over two years, women receive one-on-one coaching and support to help them stabilize,

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Nourishing Neighbors Gives Hope to Women During Covid-19

The Albertsons’ Company Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors program provided critical food assistance to Live & Learn women. This assistance helps women who are working hard to regain employment during the Covid-19 pandemic and economic recession. 33% of Arizona women live in poverty. Most of these women are the heads of their household, and they have children who depend on them. They live paycheck to paycheck and struggle to make ends meet. When Covid-19 hit Arizona in March 2020, many women lost their jobs. Schools and childcare facilities closed. Households that were barely surviving were suddenly plunged into crisis. Covid-19 has not

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4 Reasons to Love Empower Coffee Roasters

In April 2020, even as uncertainty and panic over the Covid-19 Pandemic swept Arizona, Empower Coffee Roasters opened its doors in Mesa, AZ. Founders Zach and Denise were on a mission to empower women, bean by bean, and their determination to support women was not to be stopped, not even by an unprecedented international crisis. Here are 4 ways Empower Coffee Roasters stepped up to support women during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Donating a percentage of proceeds to support the work of Live & Learn! Empower Coffee Roasters donated 5% of all sales from November 2020 to March 2021 to Live

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New Shoes

A year ago, Live & Learn was helping Anna prepare to start college and advance her career. Then, when Covid-19 hit, she lost her job and her opportunity to go to school. Now, Live & Learn is helping her get back to work. In late December, Anna came to the office to renew her bus pass and complete some paperwork. Staff quickly noticed that Anna’s shoes were falling apart. Embarrassed, she said, “Money’s so tight right now. I’m not buying anything my children don’t absolutely need, I just can’t.” Thanks to a generous donor, there are boxes of new Converse

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Leading People to a Better Place: Interview with Allison Mullady

Leading People to a Better Place: Interview with Allison Mullady Allison Mullady, Ph.D. Program Manager Design Studio for Community Solutions Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions Arizona State University This past week, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Allison Mullady, a member of Live & Learn’s Board of Directors. She works at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. Below, you can read our interview. Q: What did you want to do when you went into college? Did you change your career field at any point? I always wanted to go

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Salad and Go Invests in a Maricopa County that Works for Everyone

Salad and Go is a drive-through revolution spreading rapidly across Arizona. Founded in 2013 in Gilbert Arizona, they started with a mission to make fast food better and healthier for everyone. On the surface, the expansion of the popular Salad and Go restaurants might seem like the focus of their work, but that is deceptively simple. Salad and Go’s community impact cuts much deeper as they pursue their mission. Affordable, convenient restaurants and healthy, organic ingredients are central to Salad and Go’s approach, but the Salad and Go family is working tirelessly towards broader social change in pursuit of their mission. They are

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