On January 20, 2018, the Swift Youth Foundation entered its 38th year of existence and hosted its 17th Annual Carnival. This carries great significance for Swift Youth Foundation as a huge amount of work has been done over the past 3+ decades in order to pave the way from the past to present to future potential for the youth we serve.
I became involved with Swift Youth Foundation almost 15 years ago and was surprised to find the organization was already 23 years old! It seemed that our programming and efforts of volunteers was strong, and yet we struggled to expand our offerings and increase our funding to more than just enough to squeak by at yearend. For ANY non-profit organization to exist after 38 years is remarkable and for the past 15 years I have worked alongside some of the brightest and most well-meaning people; all of us trying diligently to get Swift from its grass roots to the “next level.”
"the Swift Carnival is a most unique opportunity for potential youth to get a glimpse of Camp Swift 'magic'"
Having over 500 people attend Swift Carnival this year is a tremendous achievement for us. It represents the organization’s sustainability in continued efforts to support the community and expand our programming and reach. It may have taken over three decades to get here, however our continued patience has paid off immensely. Our growth potential is unlimited, and I am honored and humbled to be part of the continuing blossoming of the organization from Camp Swift to Swift Youth Foundation, from past to present to future.
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A business that was founded to make a difference in the lives of their patients and members, Centauri Health Solutions, describes corporate social responsibility as being part of their DNA. Corporate social responsibility is a corporation's initiatives to assess and take responsibility for the company's effects on the environment and society. Corporate Social responsibility is the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities with activities that benefit society.
Adam Miller, CEO of Centauri Health Solutions, decided the best way to celebrate the opening of their new Scottsdale Headquarters was to invite clients and four local charities for an event to honor the mutual mission of serving vulnerable or under-served populations.
"We impact millions of lives annually by the work that we do each day, as well as through the giving of our time, talent and treasure in the community"
“We impact millions of lives annually by the work that we do each day, as well as through the giving of our time, talent and treasure in the community,” Miller said. “The organizations we support are many and varied – from local food banks to national nonprofits. And we support them through a variety of activities, including runs, walks and backpack drives, and through the individual volunteerism of our associates.”
Miller and Centauri Health Solutions encourage their associates to volunteer in the community. The business provides 8 hours of paid volunteer-time to them each year, which they can devote to the charity of their choice.
Miller explained that since his two children were young, him and his wife have volunteered with them at shelters and community events serving underprivileged populations.
“While every experience has been meaningful, I think they have been especially impacted by the time they’ve committed over the years to Swift – from their first experiences volunteering as eighth graders at the Swift carnival, to their continuing role as camp counselors”, Miller said.
“My children always come home with special Swift stories – describing the challenges their campers face and the amazing feeling they get by helping them overcome their challenges and making a difference.”
Positively Impacting Swift
Swift Youth Foundation’s goal to positively impact youth from economically disadvantaged situations and college-bound teens through meaningful mentor relationships is described by Miller as a mission-fit with Centauri’s focus on the underserved.
Including Swift Youth Foundation in their Centauri Open House celebration, was an easy decision for them. “The passion and energy that your Executive Director, Kaylie, demonstrates to help Swift’s young people conquer challenges and succeed really reminds me of the passion I see our associates demonstrating in their daily work to solve problems for those we serve,” Miller said.
Centauri had about 150 in attendance, including customers and nonprofit representatives. Centauri is proud to be donating more than $5,000 to the community organizations that joined them at the Open House celebration.
Thank you, Centauri Health Solutions, for your commitment to your local community and helping to sustain the mission of Swift.
I started volunteering at Camp Swift when my son, Zach, was 2-years old. (For those of you who don't know Zach, he is now old enough to be going off to graduate school)
Personally, I knew a few people back then, so it wasn’t too overwhelming when I arrived at Camp Swift not knowing what to expect or how I would fit in as a volunteer. But what happened to me then, and still happens every time I attend a Swift program or event (22 years later), is what I wish everyone could experience.
Volunteering one’s time is just one aspect that helps make our part of the world a better place by showing the youth we serve the potential path to a better life.
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