Operation Uplift Provides Materials and Grants for Schools and Nonprofits

You may soon be able to get help with your volunteer projects. The Valley of the Sun United Way is connecting individuals with the resources to help them with their projects.

It’s called the Operation Uplift program, and they have already organized dozens of volunteer projects for the spring. They have also arranged micro grants for some projects.

“The goal of Operation Uplift is how can we get people involved and engaged in local community through volunteerism, through civic engagement, to make a meaningful impact in their space,” said the director of engagement, Francisco Avalos.

“We know that research indicates that when individuals and local community rise up … their community has healthier outcomes.”

Public schools and nonprofits can request the materials they need for a project, but it has to be done before the end of April.

There are three types of grants currently available. One is provided by the Phoenix Community ToolBank, and it’s for drills, saws, and vacuums. The second is for materials that aid in building and building cleanup — like trash bags, gloves, and tape. The third is $200 to be used for the project.

“If you are a mom in Peoria who has been looking at a … room that could use a fresh coat of paint, you can apply to benefit that public school,” said Avalos.

“Or if you’re an employee of a local nonprofit that’s been looking to get a project executed, United Way wants to stand next to you and help you get that project done.”