Service Agencies

 Free Arts of Arizona

Free Arts of Arizona
is a nonprofit organization that brings the healing powers of the creative arts to abused, neglected and homeless children by partnering with over 100 group homes, treatment centers and shelters in Maricopa County.

By recruiting creative volunteers to share their talents in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, creative writing and other artistic projects, Free Arts of Arizona helps children build self-esteem by unlocking their imaginations.

Many of the children we serve have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect, and have been placed by the state into a group home. Still other children live with one parent in a domestic violence shelter or both parents in a homeless shelter. Some children live in residential treatment centers where they work to conquer painful issues of physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, and violence.

All of the children need the chance to express their hopes, fears, frustrations, and emotions.

The creative arts give children a way to identify their emotions and express them through a positive medium. The creative arts give children the tools they need to improve self-esteem and social skills. The creative arts give children a voice.


Improving the lives of individuals and families through Native American culturally appropriate behavioral health, affordable housing, and community development services.

Since 1972, NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECTIONS have been changing lives, strengthening families, and building healthy communities. They began as a small grassroots organization operating one program for Native American men in recovery from substance abuse. Today, Native American Connections owns and operates 18 sites throughout Central Phoenix offering a continuum of affordable housing, behavioral health, and community development services which touch and change the lives of over 10,000 individuals and families each year.

Their Vision is to be recognized as an innovative Native American service & development organization

- be a leader in developming, building and managing high quality housing communities

- participate in community efforts to end homelessness

- offer compassionate behavioral healthcare and support individuals in recovery

- integrate Native American healing with evidence based practices

- champion community development projects that strengthen the Native American Community and celebrate our rich cultural history


 Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO)

The Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO)
is a historic, diverse, non-partisan alliance of social services, health, community service agencies, advocacy groups, citizen advocacy, and faith-based associations. Hundreds of social, health, and community services agencies, human services groups, citizen action and advocacy groups, and faith-based congregations are represented in the Coalition. The Coalition members include an estimated 20,000 staff, board members and volunteers serving over 1.5 million people. PAFCO was formed to stop drastic budget cuts to health and human services and urge better options to these budget cuts.


 Safe Place

Safe Place
was recently added to the Community Partners continuum of care in the fall of 2005. Project Safe Place is a nationally known organization that provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses. YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, QuickTrip convenience stores, other businesses all serve as Safe Place sites in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Any youth under 18, who is having problems at home, suffering from abuse or neglect, lost or in some dangerous situation on the street, with a drunk or unsafe driver, or just needs someone to talk to about a problem can go the nearest Safe Place site. The store employee will stay with the youth while s/he calls Tumbleweed who will come to the place of business to assess the needs of the youth and offer Tumbleweed’s services.

Current Program Goals: Safe Place needs to hire a Safe Place Coordinator, reach a minimum of 7,500 youth in school or community presentations, distribute 17,500 information cards and conduct inspections at all Safe Place sites (a minimum of one time each).

Client Story: Shortly after Safe Place agency coordinators returned from their national training in Kentucky they received their first Safe Place call for a runaway teen stranded here in Phoenix. The National office initially received the call from the runaway who was stranded, and informed the teen local Safe Place staff would be there to assist her. Our staff arrived at the local Greyhound Station here in Phoenix and was able to assist the runaway teen with a bus ticket home with the help of a very supportive Terminal Manager. The young teen made it home safely!


 Valley of the Sun United Way

Valley of the Sun United Way
is a local nonprofit organization that brings our community together and focuses resources on the most critical human care needs in the Valley. By partnering with businesses, individuals, government and other nonprofits we’re able to monitor the needs of our community and respond quickly as issues or opportunities arise. As a convener, collaborator, funder and leader in addressing health and human service issues, Valley of the Sun United Way fulfills a unique role in making our community a better place. And thanks to the generous support of more than 160,000 people throughout Maricopa County, we’re helping to improve lives every day.


To build a caring community where all children and youth succeed, families are self-sufficient, neighborhoods are vital and safe, and all people enjoy maximum health and independence.


To Improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.




UMOM New Day Centers mission is to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual.

Founded in 1964, UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in Arizona. We keep families together, we provide a continuum of care from emergency shelter to transitional housing and finally, permanent, affordable housing. Families at UMOM have the opportunity to gain the skills, medical care, quality child care, and education they need to rebuild their lives and succeed when they leave.



1n10’s mission is to serve LGBTQA youth and young adults. We enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. 1n10 envisions a world where all LGBTQ youth and young adults are embraced for who they are, actively engaged in their communities, and empowered to lead.



 PetSmart Gives Back

PetSmart Gives Back is not just a program.†It is our responsibility.† PetSmart believes in supporting organizations like Tumbleweed that make communities vibrant and strong and enhance quality of life for people and pets. With†more than†50,000 employees, the company also knows the power people can have when they work together for a greater good. PetSmart Gives Back is designed to leverage its greatest asset: its associates. It is more than just giving financial contributionsóit is about giving of your time. Our “Brand Ambassadors” not only have the opportunity to engage the communities in which they live and workóbut also get to work with causes that are near and dear to their hearts.