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A Day of Social Outreach - What we accomplish together

As part of the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation's commitment to community engagement, we are proud to host A Day of Social Outreach, the annual service initiative for staff and faculty to get out of the office and make a tangible impact with our community partners.  

A Day of Social Outreach was created to connect the Edson College with the College of Health Solutions through local community volunteer opportunities.  The projects span a broad range of services available to and within the community but that are reliant on volunteer support to thrive.  In addition to offering impactful volunteer opportunities to faculty and staff, A Day of Social Outreach provides a mechanism for teams to work together in a unique setting fostering cooperation and collegiality.

Thank you and congratulations to the over 150 staff and faculty who participated in the 2019 Day of Social Outreach, the signature annual volunteer opportunity for the Edson College and the College of Health Solutions.  Thanks to their commitment to community engagement, volunteers from both colleges provided much needed support to nine organizations across Phoenix.  All volunteer organizations were selected to ensure college staff and faculty could impact vulnerable populations in our community, ranging from the homeless to at-risk teens.

Read about the organizations below and enjoy a few photos of Edson College and CHS faculty and staff in action.


Ryan House

With our world-class care and programs, we embrace all children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys through: Palliative and respite care that addresses the emotional, spiritual, and social needs of the family; Continuity of care from diagnosis to end-of-life; Expert care provided by our prestigious care partners and highly-trained staff; and a loving community that offers ongoing support and compassion.


AZ Humane Society

At the Arizona Humane Society, their mission is to provide every pet with a good life.  With a vision to end animal suffering, we rescue, heal, adopt and advocate for sick, injured and abused animals.  As a modern open admissions shelter, the Arizona Humane Society sees cases daily that are beyond the scope of imagination – abuse, neglect, abandonment. Although we can not save them all, there is not a day that goes by where we don’t try. For those we can save, we are blessed with many miracles… and the joy of pets.


HopeFest Phoenix

Many individuals and families in our city are suffering with little to no access to care or resources. Thankfully, there are also many organizations with incredible services that can help. For years, we asked ourselves, “What if there was a way to join together in our efforts to help Phoenix? That’s when we created HopeFest Phoenix. Since 2012, HopeFest Phoenix has impacted over 100,000 of the working poor in Arizona and has been the motivator for life change in both guests and providers of care and services. Over 150 service agencies have worked alongside faith, education, government, and non-profit leaders to create a day of honoring care. However, the desired impact has never been limited to a single day or event. Ultimately, we work to connect individuals and families to ongoing resources that are tailored to their specific needs.



Florence Crittenton

Creating new beginnings for young lives was the driving passion of Charles Crittenton, the founder of Florence Crittenton, whose life’s mission was to help communities around the nation serve young women in need. That passion and commitment lives on in our mission today: To give every girl whose life we touch safety, hope and opportunity.  Our mission is supported by our vision of to be the national leader in changing the future for girls. We do this by: Achieving excellence in all we do, growing to serve all girls in need and being the foremost expert in gender-specific services for girls.


Audubon Arizona

At Audubon Arizona, our mission is to protect the outdoor spaces we love and help prevent the decline of birds, as well as other wildlife, and their habitats. Education is a critical element in making this happen and this story provides insight into what we are doing in support of this and how you can become involved.  Downtown Owls is an urban wildlife habitat creation project in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area. Wild at Heart and Audubon collaborate on this initiative with the City of Phoenix.


St Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals and families in our community who have no where else to turn for help. As important, SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion.  SVdP has been serving our community throughout central and northern Arizona since 1946. We provide help for people's physical, mental, and spiritual needs. By doing this with care and respect, we show them that they matter and they are children of God.



Feed My Starving Children

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Our process is simple. Donations given by people just like you fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved! 


Project Cure

Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) was founded in 1987 with the mission ofidentifing, soliciting, collecting, sorting and distributing medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world.   Today, Project C.U.R.E.'s work and mission are more important than ever, helping to bridge staggering health resource gaps in the developing world by empowering doctors and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-changing surgeries and ensure safe childbirth. Through the compassion of Project C.U.R.E.'s supporters, hospitals, rural clinics and community health centers all over the world are able to offer quality care and critical medical services to their most vulnerable patients, especially women and young children.


Phoenix Pride

For almost 40 years, Phoenix Pride has been organizing marches, rallies, parades, entertainment and education and outreach events to celebrate the Phoenix LGBTQ community. In 2018, over 300 corporations, local business, and organizations supported the 38th Annual Phoenix Pride Festival in Phoenix.  This year’s Phoenix Pride Festival will continue to be a two day celebration designed to bring our diverse LGBTQ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration of our past, present and future, while raising funds for the Phoenix Pride Community Programs and educating the public about the existence and continuing civil rights battle facing our community.