The first Arizona Gives Day raised $928,541 for non-profits and other organizations around the state March 20. Arizona Gives Day was a 24-hour online effort to solicit donations for charity.
The Payson area participants had mixed results. The Humane Society of Central Arizona had $4,460 donated to it by 32 donors.
“We have really awesome donors,” said Sarah Hock, the society’s executive director. The money will be used for the maintenance of the new facility and care of the animals, she said.
“This was the first time out for Arizona to do this and we did really well. We were third highest for donations for animal shelters in the state,” Hock said.
On the other hand, neither the Payson nor Pine libraries had any donations; nor did the Mogollon Health Alliance. Though that may have been more due to the fact that both the Payson library and MHA had recently had major benefits — the library’s Taste of the Rim Country was earlier in March and the MHA Black and White Ball was just at the end of January.
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity had three different gifting opportunities under its umbrella — PAHH itself; its Brush With Kindness program, which helps homeowners with limited resources improve the exteriors of their properties; and the new Transition Town Payson, which is working to help residents and the community become more self-sustaining. Donations to PAHH totaled $450; Brush With Kindness, $150; and Transition Town Payson, $165.
“We were very pleased with the outcome,” said Cindy Kofile, who manages the PAHH ReStore facility.
“It was last minute for us, so we contacted all our board for donors.”
The PAHH officials believe the Arizona Gives Web site will be very beneficial to the group’s efforts. As they understand it, the site will be maintained and as new projects come up, the organization can enter the details and invite donations for the effort.
Jeanne Estes coordinated the Arizona Gives project for PAHH. Other Rim Country groups participating included:
• Northern Gila County Historical Society -
• Payson Community Kids Inc. - $50
• Payson Multipurpose Senior Center
Development Association Inc. and
Payson Senior Center - $225
• Rim Country Friends of Ferals - $10
• Rim Country Literacy - $125
• Time Out Inc. - $120