Giving back has been a part of Desert Financial’s culture since we were founded in 1939. We’re committed to helping our local community through volunteering, donations to nonprofit organizations, grants, scholarships and educational programs.
We’re starting a #KindnessRevolution by surprising members of our community with Random Acts of Kindness! From helping a member pay for a much-needed car repair and giving out gift cards at the Fiesta Bowl Parade to donating $15,000 to a child’s heart surgery fund, we’ve put smiles on countless faces.
Featured Act of Kindness:
Having a Ball
During Teacher Appreciation Week, our team wanted to make a big impact on local schools! Knowing that much of the time, physical education teachers don’t always get the supplies they need for class, we went on a mission to stock their gyms with equipment. We bought $5,000 worth of footballs, soccer balls and nets, Frisbees, and other recess and gym essentials for local schools. Our team then went to five Title 1 schools and surprised the unsuspecting educators with the items.
The teachers and students were overjoyed with the new gear they had received. One teacher even showed our team their old equipment, which consisted of a few deflated balls, to demonstrate just how much they needed new supplies. We were so excited to provide these teachers with the gear they need to keep their students engaged and having fun!
Random Acts of Kindness in 2019
In 1939, fifteen courageous educators pooled their money to start a credit union for teachers. They didn’t have millions of dollars. Or even thousands. They had just $78.75. While our credit union is now open to all Valley residents, we remain dedicated to helping local educators by surprising them at monthly Teacher Appreciation events.
Teacher Appreciation Event Spotlight:
Stocking up the Lounge
The teachers’ lounge at Desert Meadows Elementary School was in need of a small upgrade. During a recent Teacher Appreciation event, school educators were provided with a catered lunch and items that every teachers’ lounge should have — including water, snacks, and coffee! But that wasn’t all. We also surprised them with a brand new couch so these well-deserving teachers can have a nice place to relax during their school day.
The educators were so thankful for the items they received, and they couldn’t wait to start using their new supplies!
Teacher Appreciation events in 2019
Desert Financial is passionate about helping others, and our team members are, too! We offer hundreds of ways for our employees to give back throughout the year, from hosting blood drives and collecting school supply donations to stocking food banks and building care packages for our troops overseas.
A Night to Remember
At the end of each school year, the 1 Darn Cool School at Phoenix Children’s Hospital hosts a dance for their current and previous patients to celebrate! Our team volunteered at the event by assisting with games, crafts, and checking attendees in.
The students and teachers were also treated to a visit from the Cardinals mascot, Big Red, who brought along some players! It was a privilege to be able to be involved in this event and celebrate the accomplishments of these students.
volunteer events this year
employee volunteer hours in 2019
Founded in 2017, our Foundation helps Valley nonprofits and supports education through scholarship and financial literacy programs. The Foundation also works to create innovative programs for Desert Financial team members and to increase our outreach and impact in the community.