The city of Surprise City Council voted to accept a $50,000 grant from the Tohono O’odham Nation at their meeting last night.
The city’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department applied for and was awarded the grant to support several of their programs and initiatives, which include:
- Crisis Assistance Fund – This fund is distributed through the Surprise Resource Center and assists residents who may not meet CAP eligibility or need crisis rental money. The additional funding will allow the city to help more residents in need of crisis assistance.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program – The VITA program, an anti-poverty program facilitated by A New Leaf, serves hundreds of residents each year who need tax assistance – including 653 last year in Surprise alone. Through free tax preparation services, this program can help ensure hard working individuals receive the maximum benefits available, which often allows for people to cover basic necessities like rent, utilities and other costs.
- Expand After School & Summer Programming – The city will expand its partnership with Dysart Community Center to support their after school program at the Surprise Senior Center in the Original Town Site (OTS). The partnership will also launch a new low-cost summer youth program in the OTS.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration & Service – The city will use the grant money to support the 2020 event on January 18 in honor of Dr. King. The Tohono O’odham Nation will be recognized as a “Platinum” sponsor.
For more information about any of these programs, please contact the Human Service and Community Vitality Department at 623.222.1500.