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Mar 28

Provision Project Is Proud to Participate in Arizona Gives Day, April 4, 2017

Provision Project will be joining Arizona Gives Day, along with hundreds of other nonprofits from all over the state on Tuesday, April 4, to raise much-needed funds. Through azgives.org, donors will be able to support their favorite nonprofit(s) for exactly 24 hours of virtual giving to strive for additional cash incentive prizes. Sponsored by FirstBank, this 5th annual day of fundraising is a community-led effort to invest in our state. Arizona Gives Day has raised $7.4 million for Arizona nonprofits since its founding in 2013.

Provision Project is an Arizona-based non-profit organization that serves women with breast cancer across the country. Founder Jan James says, “We’re very grateful that Arizona has a focused day of giving that will allow all non-profits like Provision Project attract new donors and highlight their mission to the public.”

Breast cancer affects families in devastating ways. Most people think of the physical side effects that women endure when going through treatment. But the financial side effects of breast cancer can be catastrophic to many families. An unexpected, life-threatening illness can make paying the most basic of bills impossible. Provision Project is there to help with emergency provisions, standing in the gap when women have nowhere else to turn.

From now until 11:59 p.m. on April 4, supporters of Provision Project can go to azgives.org and select Provision Project to make a direct contribution. These donations are crucial to helping fund our efforts throughout the year.

About Provision Project

The mission of Provision Project is to provide financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer. The breast cancer battle is real. The news of diagnosis is hard to receive. Treatment is scary. And for some women, life has become nearly impossible. Marriages have ended. Jobs have been lost, or they’re too sick to work. Now, in addition to fighting for their lives, they are battling to keep up with the most basic of bills: food, rent, utilities, gas, medical co-pays.  It’s heartbreaking.

That’s why Provision Project was created.  Provision Project makes a way for women in active breast cancer treatment to receive tangible help quickly. We hope you’ll join us.

Jan 25

Save the Date for Tee Off for Pink!

You’re in Phoenix at the iconic Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. You’re looking out onto the beautiful Adobe course. Wait. WAIT. What is happening? What is THAT in the distance? Are there CARS sitting on the course? LOTS of CARS?

YES! Please save Saturday, September 30, for “Tee Off for Pink,” Provision Project’s golf tournament/fundraiser. This tournament date is the Saturday before the Biltmore will overseed the Adobe Course for winter grass.  All 18 tee boxes will be moved in order to make the yardages between 145 and 191 yards, making each hole “hole-in-one possible.”  A brand-new car from 18 Valley dealerships will be sitting on each of those tee boxes, allowing players 18 opportunities to shoot a hole-in-one to win a new car!

This unique tournament format is sure to make for a memorable and fun day of golf. We hope to see you there!

 

Dec 08

An Unexpected Christmas Gift

You’re a single mom.

You have four children.

You have one vehicle.

You have stage 4 breast cancer.

The news from the doctors isn’t good. You get word that the painful pleural effusion in your lungs means you need to have a catheter placed in your chest wall so the fluid causing your pain can drain.

And then your car breaks down. It has to be towed, leaving a puddle of coolant on the pavement where it was parked. The news from the mechanic isn’t good: $650. Where will THAT come from?

This is Rachel’s story. Rachel is 36 years old and has been living with breast cancer since 2013. Her kids, ages 16, 15, 12, and 6, have been living with breast cancer since then, too. They live in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.

When you have stage 4 breast cancer, treatment never stops. When one chemo regimen stops working, you’re switched to another one that you pray stops the progression of the disease.

And the bills pile up. Most likely, a stage 4 gal dramatically cuts her work hours back. Or she may have to stop working altogether. Rachel works 8 hours a week when she’s feeling up to it. She’s not up to working this month. As the sole breadwinner in her family, it’s an understatement to say that money is tight.

That’s where Provision Project steps in. Yes, we could just call the mechanic and pay the bill. But we know that people are inherently good-hearted. They would like to help, but they sometimes need to know HOW to help.

A member of our leadership team went to talk with the service manager at AAA Arizona in Mesa, the auto repair shop where Rachel’s car had been towed. He didn’t know Rachel’s story, so we shared it. And then we asked if we could work together to give Rachel and her kids a safe vehicle. We challenged him not to just think about repairing the coolant issue but to take a hard look at her vehicle and to repair what was essential on the car. He agreed to take a look at the vehicle and get back to us.

By the next day, Jeff, the AAA Arizona service manager, called us back to give us an update. Yes, the heater hose assembly needed to be replaced. He was willing to comp the service … and he had convinced his parts suppliers to comp the parts. Check. But there were a few more safety issues that needed to be handled. Control arms replaced. Check. Motor mounts replaced. Check. Sway bar bushings replaced. Check. Brake job. Check. Alignment. Check. Safe car. Check.

The repair came to $1964.68. Rachel’s cost?

ZERO.

Jeff caught the vision. In one day, he had moved mountains! Once he understood Rachel’s situation, he convinced his AAA management team and the folks at Factory Motor Parts and San Tan Ford to pitch in to help Rachel and her family.  He did what he could. And he made a difference in the lives of Rachel’s family. A BIG difference!

Provision Project was there when Rachel and the kids picked up her car from AAA Mesa. There wasn’t a dry eye in the shop. And today Rachel told us that the car now runs so quietly, she can’t even tell when it’s running. Now she can focus on her kids instead of her car problems. Merry Christmas, Rachel!

(Rachel still needs two front tires, but we’re working on that, too).

Provision Project’s Helping Hands Program matches women who need home or auto service with small local businesses in many industries. If you know of a business that would like to be considered as a Helping Hands partner, please email jan@provisionproject.org. Provision Project serves women across the country.

Oct 23

Provision Project Featured on KTAR-FM/Phoenix

On Friday, October 14, 2016, Provision Project Founder Jan James was interviewed on 92.3 KTAR-FM.  Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes air a segment called, “Restoring Your Faith in Humanity.”  The segment features a business, organization or person from the Phoenix area that is helping others.   You can listen to the interview by clicking here.

Many thanks to Bruce and Pamela for their continued support of Provision Project’s work to provide financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer.

 

Oct 14

Save the Date! Tee Off for Pink Golf Tournament

HOST

The Tee Off for Pink Golf Tournament will be hosted by Provision Project, an Arizona-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide financial relief to women in active treatment for breast cancer.  Find out more at www.provisionproject.org.

WHEN

Saturday, September 30, 2017

WHERE

Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, Adobe Course, 2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016

FORMAT

Hole-in-One Tournament

This tournament date is the Saturday before the Biltmore will overseed the Adobe Course for winter grass.  All 18 tee boxes will be moved in order to make the yardages between 145 and 191 yards, making each hole “hole-in-one possible.”  A brand new car from 18 Valley dealerships will be sitting on each of those tee boxes, allowing players 18 opportunities to shoot a hole-in-one to win a new car!

CONTACT  

Jan James, Tournament Director and Provision Project Founder

jan@provisionproject.org

602.397.7221 cell

Sep 27

The Standard Volunteer Fair 2016

A huge THANK YOU to The Standard for hosting the 2016 Volunteer Fair.  Provision Project’s Executive Director Rashida Willard and Treasurer Michelle LaLonde were privileged to be a part of the fair and met so many survivors and family of survivors!  We appreciate everyone that stopped by to hear about all the great things Provision Project is doing and how you can help support our mission!

Sep 06

Bowling for Boobies

by Jan James, Founder

On August 28, 2016, Provision Project hosted our first-ever “Bowling for Boobies” event in Mesa, AZ.

Volunteers got to the AMF Mesa Lanes early to help set up raffle prizes, prayer bears and “booby cupcakes,” all to help raise money for women in active treatment for breast cancer.

Then all of a sudden, it happened.

They came.

It was definitely an (more…)