Thunderbird Event Photos


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MAYER and ZIGGITY and STRAWBERRY and ARCHIE who are just four of the dogs waiting for their new forever homes, enjoy playtime with Pioneers. Small Dog Rescue in Phoenix, a 501(c)3, appreciates Pioneers volunteering. It’s not a tough gig to play with little dogs for a couple of hours! The dogs love it, too. The volunteers play with the dogs, give them some exercise, and help socialize them which increases their chances of finding a new home. Flexible scheduling makes it easy to volunteer – once a day, once a week, once a month. Help your community’s four-legged canine citizens by calling Small Dog Rescue (602) 944-2440 to volunteer to be a Puppy Pal.

Bike and Laptop Assembly

Basic principle of Title I is that schools with large impoverished student population will receive supplemental federal funds to help students meet educational goals.

Acacia Elementary School is a Title I school in Phoenix.  The school, 3021 W. Evans Drive, has a high concentration of children who are behind or at risk of falling behind.  Since 2010, Phoenix Thunderbird Club has been helping by primarily supporting the school’s reading and math improvement programs.  Pioneers have donated thousands of dollars’ worth of awards to students as they make progress throughout each school year.

One of the most anticipated school assemblies is the end-of-school-year awarding of bicycles, safety helmets, and locks in a “Read to Ride” program and laptops in the “Math Improvement” program.  Any and all students may participate in the yearly programs.  Since this program was started by Phoenix Thunderbird Club Pioneers, over 65 bicycles have been awarded to students.  Each bicycle is given with a bike safety helmet and bicycle lock.

Not only do the highest achievers receive awards, other students who have made remarkable strides are also given awards.  In addition, 141 prizes have been awarded to Honor Roll students, thousands of items of clothing (i.e. 1,092 new jackets, pairs of shoes, and general clothing items) have been donated, over 12,400 back-to-school items have been donated to the students, and 2659 books have been donated for the children to keep as their own – for many, the first book they have ever owned.

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VA Wrapping Supplies Donation

Edna Keller, our awesome Secretary/Treasurer, stands proud with the first collection of Carole Spiess’ challenge to provide all wrapping paper, bows, boxes, etc. for the Gift Shop sponsored by the local American Legion Auxiliaries at the VA Hospital.  Veterans who are staying or doctoring in the hospital may shop for Christmas gifts, free of charge, to give to their loved ones.  With Phoenix Thunderbird Pioneers donating the gift wrapping supplies, all money collected for the Gift Shop is used to purchase the gift items.  This is our second year.  Can’t wait to see November’s collection!  Thank you Phx-Tbird Pioneers – you make us so proud!

VA New Mothers Baskets

Our awesome Hug-a-Bear members, Monika Pollack (Volunteer-pictured left) was busy knitting away making 7-preemie caps/booties sets, 24 caps in varied sizes, headbands and a beautiful blanket for the VA new mothers baskets. Louise Ray (Lifetime member- pictured right) was busy making 14 of her awesome walker bags, double-sided and sturdy to hold many items for the VA Veterans. We appreciate both of these wonderful volunteers.

Back To School Drive

Phoenix Thunderbird’s September luncheon back to school drive.  Over 200 items collected, with more to arrive at the October luncheon.  Prior delivery of over 650 spiral notebooks were collected in September.  THANK YOU PHX TBIRD’S for all your gracious donations. Ellen we love your schoolbus box.


On March 21st, 2018 at the Phoenix Thunderbird Club monthly luncheon, we were honored to have Marion Emmons and Joe O’Hagan from HonorHealth (formally known as JC Lincoln Medical Center) Auxiliary  join us.   They are not only volunteers for the hospital auxiliary, they are also Telephone Pioneers. Marion Emmons – Past President of the Auxiliary, made a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Helen Trobough and all of her volunteers, for the many Hug-A-Bear donated to their facility and presented her with $400.00 in cash to help continue providing Hug-A-Bear’s to comfort all the children going through various illnesses, injuries, or trauma’s.