Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded Esperança $190,000 to expand its Health Education Program in Central Phoenix. The program targets children in the communities located along the 1-17 corridor in Central Phoenix, roughly south of Peoria Avenue, north of Lower Buckeye, east of 43rd Avenue and west of 16th Street.
“Research shows these zip codes have little to no resources to aid residents in dealing with either preventative care or chronic illness,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “The communities we serve have the highest deficit of health resources in the metropolitan area. Low incomes, poor rates of high school completion, and lack of English-language fluency present barriers to gaining adequate health services for struggling children.
With funding from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Esperança will be able to offer health education at low- and no-cost medical and dental clinics already established by its partners at no cost to children in three zip codes: 85009, 85015 and 85020. This will help families access the help and information they need at one site, making it more likely children will lead healthier lives. The funds will allow Esperança to double, if not quadruple, the number of children they can serve in three years.
About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
A private independent foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust honors Virginia Galvin Piper’s philanthropic commitment to changing lives and strengthening community in Maricopa County (Arizona). By investing in nonprofits and encouraging strategic planning for the future, Piper Trust strives to make Maricopa County a stronger, more nurturing, and vibrant community. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested more than $313 million in local nonprofits and programs. Piper Trust grantmaking areas are healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations. For more information, visit www.pipertrust.org. Follow us on Twitter @PiperTrust / Like us on Facebook. To learn more, visit: www.pipertrust.org.
Since 1970, Esperança has been providing programs to improve the health and well being of the world’s poor. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., this international nonprofit provides volunteer surgical missions, health education, training of community health workers, home building, clean water projects, micro enterprise, agricultural development, dental treatment and prevention programs, and sends donated medical equipment and supplies to project sites around the world. Esperança’s goal is to build clean, sustainable and healthy communities worldwide. To learn more, visit: www.esperanca.org.