Community Notes: December 14, 2016

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A Christmas Cause seeks volunteers

A Christmas Cause, a holiday assistance program for lower-income Buckeye families, is seeking volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to sort donations and assemble toys from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. today or work to set up the gym from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Buckeye Elementary School gym, 210 S. Sixth St., Buckeye.

Volunteers are also needed the day of the event for shifts from 7 a.m. to noon and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday to assist families, hand out gifts, pack up and clean the gym.

Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Children must be at least 10 years old with parent supervision to volunteer. Youths 16 and older do not need parent supervision, but must have parent’s permission.

To sign-up, call 623-925-3911.


Abrazo West Campus hosts food drive

Abrazo West Campus is hosting a food drive through Dec. 19 for the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank in Avondale.

The most needed items are instant potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. Other requested items are cereal (whole grain and low sugar), canned fruits and vegetables, rice (no bulk bags), beans, tuna, peanut butter, juice, canned soups, stews, chili and pasta.

Donations can be dropped off in the main lobby at Abrazo West Campus, 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear.

For information, call Tatum Senter at 623-882-1515.


Goodyear councilwoman to chair county committee

Goodyear City Councilwoman Sharolyn Hohman has been named chairperson of the Maricopa County Community Development Advisory Committee. The CDAC advises the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on matters concerning fair housing and affordability issues along with the Community Development Block Grant program.

Hohman has served on the Goodyear City Council since March 2013, and before that was the president and CEO of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce for 25 years. She has also owned two small businesses.


Avondale employee honored

Chris Lopez, Avondale’s youth and community engagement supervisor, received the Melanie McClintock Excellence in Leadership Award at the annual Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence conference Oct. 22 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The award honors staff members who work hard on providing and promoting quality youth development programs for Arizona’s children.

Among his successes, Lopez is best known for introducing the “Kids at Hope” philosophy to the nation and paving the way for Avondale to become the first official “Kids at Hope” city.


Avondale announces parade, contest winners

The city of Avondale has announced the winners of the 2016 Billy Moore Days Parade and the Little Buckaroo and Buckarette contest held Oct. 21 and 22 in Historic Avondale.

The Rainbow Ladies of Waddell won the Best Adaptation of the Theme parade award.

The Sun City Poms won the Most Entertaining Entry parade award.

Sonny’s Boxing Gym won the Best Overall Appearance parade award.

Cody Naughton won the title of 2016 Little Buckaroo and Evann Copp was named 2016 Little Buckarette. Cody and Evann rode in the parade as winners.


Goodyear resident wins wildlife photo contest

Archie Tucker of Goodyear was one of 13 winners in the Arizona Game & Fish Department’s 2016 Wildlife Photo Contest.

Tucker submitted a photo of a bison.

More than 180 photographers entered the competition and the winners will have their photos published in a full-sized calendar in the November-December 2016 issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine.


Benevilla seeks volunteers

Benevilla, a West Valley human services nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to serve the elderly and adults with developmental disabilities.

Benevilla works with volunteers throughout the West Valley, including grocery shoppers and in-home volunteers, who provide services such as visits, transportation to medical appointments and basic home maintenance.

Volunteers can donate as little as an hour a month, and schedules are flexible. For information, visit

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