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Caliber Collision gives car away

NEW CAR: The Grieves family checks out their new refurbished Toyota Matrix, given to the family courtesy of Caliber Collision and Esurance. Submitted photo

A former homeless family of four is receiving a refurbished Toyota Matrix from Caliber Collision and Esurance as part of the national Recycled Rides program. Phil Grieves, a teacher, was unable to find employment since his layoff and soon after his wife, Beth, lost her job as a nurse. Last year, after exhausting savings and losing everything, the couple and their two sons, Daniel, 12, and David, 9, found themselves homeless and living out of their car. The Grieves turned to Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, whose mission is to provide homeless families with a safety net of services so they can become independent as a family unit. “We are pleased to provide this

Recycled Rides vehicle to a hardworking family like the Grieves who have demonstrated incredible spirit and resiliency,” says Michael Quinn, spokesman for Caliber Collision at 876 N. Abalone Dr. in Gilbert. “Our goal is to repair vehicles to restore our customers to the rhythm of their lives, and we hope this vehicle will do the same for the Grieves family.” Esurance donated the vehicle, which was refurbished by Caliber Collision team members who volunteered their time to repair the vehicle as well as collect gift certificates, toys and other gifts for the Grieves family. For more information, visit

Nov. 17 – 30, 2012

Suns charity grants money to nonprofits

Piper Trust awards goes to NWC

Several Chandler and Gilbert nonprofits, including ICAN, were among more than 100 charities that received funding from “Phoenix Suns Charities” as part of its 25th anniversary, which also includes a raffle open to the public. “Drive to 25,” a car raffle designed to raise funds for the group, runs through Fri., Dec. 14, giving the winner an orange Scion iQ donated by Big Two Toyota Scion of Chandler. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at With more than $1 million in grants to 120 different charitable organizations throughout Arizona this year, Phoenix Suns Charities marks a milestone of more than $13 million in donations since its 1988 inception. Nonprofits applied for funding through the foundation’s grant-application process. Program grants ranged from $1,000 to $100,000.

A $5,000 Piper Trust Encore Prize goes to Neighbors Who Care in recognition of its volunteers – all at least 50 years old – who provide free services to homebound and disabled residents in Southern Chandler and Sun Lakes. Established in 1994, NWC has 550 volunteers serving more than 600 clients. The Encore concept engages people who are 50 and older in roles that combine personal meaning with social impact and results in clients reporting they can remain in their homes for four additional years. “The U.S. is poised to invent an entirely new stage of life between the middle years and anything resembling traditional retirement,” says Marc Freedman, CEO and founder of Encore. org, a San Francisco-based nonprofit think tank focused on baby boomers, work and social purpose. “Maricopa County has emerged as a beacon for this new vision, career trajectory and lifestyle for the years beyond midlife.” The grant is awarded through a competitive process, with a panel of local and national judges reviewing applications submitted by local nonprofits. Criteria for an award include proving that the program exemplifies intent, impact, social purpose, creativity and replicability. Piper Trust Encore Prizes are awarded every other year. To learn more, visit

Other local organizations receiving grants include Canyon State Academy for a basketball court renovation, United Food Bank to support its Kid’s Life Program and Helen Hope Chest to provide pajamas for foster children. ICAN will use its money for a new basketball court.

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