Community Involvement

We’re all in this together.

As a part of our local, national, and global community, WestLand is dedicated to giving back. WestLand actively supports the following organizations and we encourage you to explore the services they provide.

Youth On Their Own

Kara Festa, PE, one of WestLand’s partners, was a member of the Board of Directors of Youth On Their Own.  WestLand staff supports the annual Backpack Challenge as well as other YOTO collection drives and events. 

Youth On Their Own (YOTO), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a drop out prevention program that supports the high school graduation of homeless unaccompanied youth in the Greater Tucson region who are in 6th – 12th grade (up to age 21). Students are enrolled in public schools—including charter and alternative schools—and are motivated to obtain their high school diplomas despite personal and financial hardship.

YOTO youth, through no fault of their own, lack a parent or long-term legal guardian physically involved in their lives and a stable, permanent nighttime residence. The absence of caring, adult support and a consistent home environment is not conducive to successful academic performance, placing this population at great risk of dropping out of high school. Statistics show that, without a high school diploma, they are likely to continue the cycle of poverty and reliance on social services, and are at increased risk for substance abuse, incarceration and mental health problems throughout adulthood.

YOTO provides students with financial assistance, basic needs and guidance as they work to obtain their high school diplomas. With community contributions and support, YOTO has assisted over 10,500 students in achieving their educational and personal goals to graduate high school and become self-sufficient, productive adults within their communities.

For more information, visit their website at www.yoto.org.

Water for People

Mark Taylor, PE, one of WestLand’s partners, has participated in several projects in Central and South America as a part of teams dedicated to improving the delivery and quality of clean water to populations in need.

When one person or one family has clean, accessible water, their lives are changed. But when entire regions and countries have water, the world is changed.

Water For People exists for one purpose, and it’s as simple as our name: we want all people to have safe, continuous water, and when they do, our job will be done. We want water for everyone, forever.

The current story is one of millions of people without clean water or adequate sanitation facilities. How do we #ChangeThat? We’re looking beyond toilets and wells and water pumps, and into the future. We’re talking to people to find out how they live and what they need to feel healthy, safe, empowered, and successful. We’re designing solutions based on long-term needs — and long lives. We don’t want to be around forever, but we want water to be.

Our History

In the early 1980s, Ken Miller, with CH2M HILL and a former president of AWWA; Wayne Weiss, with Black & Veatch; and John B. Mannion, a former executive director of AWWA, shared the heartfelt vision of a world where all people have access to clean water, adequate sanitation, and basic health services. The three joined forces to create a path for Water For People’s establishment as an international nonprofit development organization in 1991, which grew to become a leader in social responsibility and innovation in the sector.

Water For People is the AWWA designated charity of choice, and is also endorsed by the Water Environment Federation, the Water Quality Association, the National Association of Water Companies, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.

For more information, visit their website at www.waterforpeople.org.

Royal Family KIDS

Royal Family KIDS is the nation’s leading network of camps and mentor clubs for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect. Their mission is to create life-changing moments for children in need. http://royalfamilykids.org/

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots helps less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas and plays an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children.  Their goal is to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign and to contribute to better communities in the future. http://www.toysfortots.org/Default.aspx

 

Leadership West

Leadership West cultivates leadership capital for the Greater Phoenix Area and prepares those leaders to affect positive change in Arizona. Its diverse membership believes that intelligent, active engagement in public affairs is the true measure of citizenship and the foundation for our community. http://leadershipwest.org/

WESTMARC

WESTMARC—the Western Maricopa Coalition—is a public-private partnership of the 15 communities, the business community and the educational sector in the West Valley of Greater Phoenix. WESTMARC is committed to our members’ success and to our mission of enhancing economic development and promoting quality of life in the West Valley.  http://www.westmarc.org/

Fighter Country Partnership

Arizona is our home. It’s where we live, work, and raise our families. It’s also the training ground for the world’s largest Fighter Base. That’s why, for more than a decade, our organization has been dedicated to the men, women, families and mission of the United States Air Force in Arizona. Welcome to Luke Air Force Base. Welcome to Fighter Country.

When the community joins forces with local and state government, the business sector and the military, a strong alliance is developed. A Partnership is formed.

Many people ask, “Why does an Air Force Base need my support?” And “Doesn’t the Government pay for everything?” These are good questions with answers that may surprise you. Although it’s true that the Government does a great job in funding many base functions and programs, with the global war on terror, much of the budget has been reduced. In fact, over the last few years, many Bases have experienced budget reductions of 40% or more over the last few years. This eliminates funding for many events and human services programs. That’s where we come in. http://fightercountry.org/

Blue Blazer Squadron

The Blue Blazer Squadron (BBS), an Alumni Association of the Honorary Commanders Committee of Fighter Country Partnership (FCP), shall provide support for the men and women of Luke Air Force Base through FCP, and shall be the prominent volunteer force representing FCP in the community.  The highest priority for the BBS shall be to support the men, women and families of those serving in the military at Luke Air Force Base through FCP.  The BBS is the next mission for Honorary Commander alumni who want to support Luke AFB through FCP. The BBS shall, at times, be called upon to provide their personal and professional resources and talents through FCP, as mutually agreed upon, and be ready to serve at a moment’s notice when the need arises. While BBS members may have continuing relationships with the base squadrons they were assigned to as Honorary Commanders, those relationships are not part of the mission of the BBS and are maintained at the personal or professional discretion of current Luke Air Force Base commanders. http://fightercountry.org/bbs

ASU Friends of Civil Engineering

The Mission of the Friends of Civil Engineering (FOCE) is to support the educational programs of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. FOCE’s support for Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (CESE) programs includes:

  1. Helping to attract and retain top students to CESE at Arizona State University
  2. Helping educate CESE students by bringing in guest lecturers from industry
  3. Providing a source of discretionary funds that the school director can use to support students, student activities, seminars and symposia, visiting scholars and other needs
  4. Sponsoring social events that bring industry professionals, students and faculty together
  5. Assistance in promoting a growing relationship with FOCE
  6. Assistance with raising endowed funds for CESE

http://ssebe.engineering.asu.edu/alumni-friends/foce.html

Pedal With Purpose

Pedal With Purpose cyclists take on two challenges: riding the 2014 Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol Resort and raising money for Water For People to develop innovative and long-lasting solutions for water, sanitation, and hygiene problems in the developing world. Main event distances include 111, 85, 60, or 42 miles, or choose the Fun Ride 10, 5, or 1/4 mile routes. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8uorrofb287522a&llr=fdcbrhjab

Amigos de Las Americas

Amigos de las Américas inspires and builds young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross-cultural experiences. http://www.amigoslink.org/

Heifer International

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. http://www.heifer.org/

Mining Foundation of the Southwest

The Mining Foundation of the Southwest is a nonprofit organization that works to educate the public about the mining industry. http://www.miningfoundationsw.org/

American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents individuals in the civil engineering profession around the world. http://www.asce.org/

AYSO

The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) was created to provide children with quality soccer programs that help promote a fun and family-friendly environment. http://www.ayso.org/

Engineers Without Borders USA

Engineers Without Borders USA works with developing communities around the globe to help improve their quality of life by helping design and implement sustainable engineering projects. http://www.ewb-usa.org/

Phoenix Indian Center, Inc.

The Phoenix Indian Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that supports the American Indian community by providing social, economic, educational, and cultural programs for its community members. http://phxindcenter.com/

Wings for Women

The mission of Wings for Women is to provide a safe environment for the homeless and impoverished women and their children of Tucson and Southern Arizona. http://wingsforwomentucson.org/

Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Catalina Council provides the youth of Southern Arizona programs and activities that promote valuable life skills and ethics. http://www.catalinacouncil.org/

Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation

The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation gives volunteers the opportunity to educate the public about the music and culture in Southern Arizona through live performances. http://www.azblues.org/