City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: April 30, 2010
Family Movie Night at Goodyear Ballpark for Homeless Youth Awareness
Fundraiser to benefit homeless families, children
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (April 30, 2010) Pack up the kids and head to Goodyear Ballpark on Friday, May 7 for Family Movie Night and Homeless Youth Awareness event, featuring special screenings of "G Force" and "The Blind Side."
See an elite team of highly trained guinea pigs save the world in "G Force" at 6:45 p.m., followed at 8:30 p.m. by the Academy Award Winning film, "The Blind Side," starring Sandra Bullock, Kathy Bates and Tim McGraw. Gates open at 6 p.m. Bring blankets and pillows for lawn seating; chairs are not permitted. Concessions are available for purchase.
This special event, a Night for Homeless Youth Awareness, is presented by Goodyear White Tanks Rotary, The Goddard School, APS and the City of Goodyear. A voluntary donation of $2 per person is requested, plus one canned or non-perishable food item. Additional donations are welcome; checks can be made payable to "Goodyear White Tanks Rotary."
More than 1,200 school-aged children in the West Valley are homeless. The Arizona Department of Education reports that more than 13,000 school children in Maricopa County were homeless during the 2008/2009 school year -- 1,239 in the West Valley. Of the homeless youth in the West Valley, 70 were living on their own.
To address this problem, the city of Goodyear is partnering with White Tanks Rotary, The Goddard School, and APS to present a Night for Homeless Youth Awareness during Family Movie Night at Goodyear Ballpark on May 7. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds benefit homeless youth in the West Valley. This event is a small step towards improving the lives of those in need.
Homelessness among families with children is on the rise. People are losing their homes, their jobs, and their support networks. Hungry children are sleeping in make-shift encampments, going unnoticed, doing whatever they can to make it through the night. Their basic needs for food, shelter and safety are not being met. Without these essentials, youngsters cannot thrive as individuals or become productive members of the community.
It's time for us to work together as a community and find creative solutions. Join us in our efforts. Together, we can make a difference.
For information on the Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness, contact Brande Mead, MAG Human Services Planner, 602-254-6300.