The Oro Valley Community Foundation handed out grants to 17 community organizations.

“We had more requests than ever,” said foundation vice president Kay Williams.  “We rely on your philanthropy so we can carry out the good work in our community.” 

Recipients were the Alzheimer’s Association, for programs and services in Greater Oro Valley; the Arizona Choral Arts Association, for school and other programs; Edge High School, to help students with technology education; Eagle Wings of Grace, to help women in poverty gain computer literacy and skills; Emerge, to help victims of domestic violence; GAP Ministries, to improve shelter homes for children in protective custody; Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, to reach at-risk elementary school-aged girls; Interfaith Community Services, to help with elderly and disabled transportation, food and medical care; The KIN Foundation, to buy clothing and school supplies for disadvantaged children in grades 1-5; The Make-A-Wish Foundation, to create joyful, hopeful experiences for children who face life-threatening illness; The Oro Valley Historical Society, for educational and interpretative signage at Steam Pump Ranch; The Oro Valley Fraternal Order of Police, for a family-centered safety education program; The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, to support the Just for Kids Musical Gold program in local schools; The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, for performances in the community and at local schools; Youth On Their Own, to help homeless young people find their way; Lulu Walker Elementary School, for electronic access and equipment in classrooms; and the Pima Council on Aging, to assist area seniors and their caregivers.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.