Events

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Back to School Drive: Help students start the school year ready for success

Editorial Note: The July 2018 Back-to-School Drive of school supplies has ended. Financial contributions can be made to our August Back-to-School Campaign in partnership with Quicken Loans via Crowdrise. Southwest Human Development is partnering with Famous Dave's locations for the fourth annual Back-to-School Supply Drive, giving the community an opportunity to...

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6 ways to get kids ready for a new school year

Making sure that children are properly geared up to conquer the school year begins at home. Parents can be proactive by taking useful steps in helping children begin the school year with a positive attitude and the tools for success. Read with your kids Reading aloud with children throughout the summer can have...

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Dozens of Valley businesses participate in May #GrowAReader virtual book drive

Southwest Human Development's annual Grow A Reader virtual book drive ensures that kids in low-income communities receive the books they need to succeed in school. For families who struggle to make ends meet, purchasing new books simply does not compete with priorities like providing food, clothing and shelter. Children without access to...

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How to teach your child to protect the environment this Earth Day

Earth Day is a worldwide event dedicated to support environmental protection on Sunday, April 22. When children learn to appreciate the world from a young age, they are more likely to help protect our land for future generations to come. Generating a passion for the protecting planet early on makes a...

4 things to know about showing your support this Arizona Gives Day

Southwest Human Development is a participating nonprofit of Arizona Gives Day, an annual statewide online giving campaign that aims to raise awareness of local causes. The campaign helps to harness the power of collective giving and encourage the community to donate funds to local nonprofits that play a critical role...

April is National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and the highest possible quality of life for all. People are encouraged to share their stories on online media with the hashtag #StandUpForAutism to join the conversation and educate and inspire others. Autism spectrum disorder is a...

Arizona artists paint Little Free Libraries to support early literacy

More than 25 Arizona artists are painting Little Free Libraries to bring early literacy to neighborhoods across the Valley this spring! The one-of-a-kind Little Free Libraries are available for auction by texting READ to 27000* or visiting swhd.org/artist, and will be on display at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival Saturday, April...

Walk With Me 10th anniversary highlights

Each spring the community comes together to support Arizona’s youngest children with disabilities and their families at Southwest Human Development’s annual Walk With Me event. Event fundraising and participation helps to make a major impact in the community with the help of generous individuals and community partners. This year’s event...

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Volunteers needed for Camelback Ranch Spring Training games

Do you love baseball and are looking for a fun way to give back to your local community? Volunteers are needed to staff concession stands at Camelback Ranch Spring Training games throughout the month of March to support Valley nonprofit organizations. Southwest Human Development is partnering with Camelback Ranch to provide...

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Register Today: Help children like Sophia when you join Walk With Me

Southwest Human Development will host the 10th annual Walk With Me family fun walk and carnival on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Scottsdale Civic Center Park from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will benefit our Easterseals services for young children with disabilities. Each year, Walk With Me makes an impact...