Where there is a need, there is a LOIN!

Where there is a need, there is a LOIN!

For more than 100 years, Lions clubs have touched the lives of millions by taking on some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Lions are men and women who volunteer where they live, strengthening communities and lifting up the people they serve. As the world’s largest service organization, Lions Clubs International remains committed to safely serving during COVID-19. Click HERE is learn more

Officer Shay Mikalonis Fund

Officer Shay Mikalonis Fund

My name is Michael Hawk and I am a retired officer with Las Vegas Metro Police Department. I am a friend of Shay’s step father Pat. I am setting up this fundraiser to help Officer Shay Mikalonis and his family with medical bills and any other expenses that Shay and his family may need in dealing with this tragedy.  Officer Shay Mikalonis was shot in the head on Monday, June 1, 2020 while breaking up rioters  in front of Circus Circus in Las Vegas. He is currently in the ICU at UMC hospital fighting for his life.  Anything you can give would be greatly appreciated. The funds from this campaign will be transferred to the IPOF (Injured Police Officers Fund) that has been set up at two local Las Vegas banks. Wells Fargo and Nevada State Bank. The IPOF will then distribute those funds to the family directly. The IPOF has assured us that Shay will receive 100 percent of all monies donated.

Update on Shay from the family as of 06/12/20

Yesterday was a great day for our family and Shay! We were amazed at the outpouring of support for the IPOF Pray For Shay Day fundraiser that was held yesterday. Words cannot begin to express how grateful we feel. We, as a family, want to say thank you Las Vegas for your continuing support of Shay.  Shay is on a ventilator and will remain so. He is also paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak. Shay is awake and seems to recognize his family members. We can’t thank the staff of caring professionals at UMC for getting him this far, truly a miracle!

Because of the life-saving work and care he received, Shay has tentatively been accepted to one of the best spine rehabilitation centers in the country. There are many factors that come into play here and I will release the name of the center when the time is right. We are anticipating that Shay will be moving on in his long journey ahead.

As many of you know, Shay is a big time Las Vegas Golden Knights fan. The Knights presented Shay with a beautiful jersey, signed by the team. That jersey will go with Shay to the rehabilitation center, so he will always have a slice of home with him. Thank you Golden Knights!

Again, our family can never express our gratitude for all the support for Shay. We are always Las Vegas Strong and so proud of our community! Please keep Shay in your thoughts and prayers. Shay is still fighting the good fight! Pray for Shay!!

Desert Financial Donates $500K to Food Banks & United Way Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Desert Financial Donates $500K to Food Banks & United Way Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Desert Financial Credit Union is donating $500,000 in emergency funds to five Valley non-profits supporting critical community needs. United Food Bank and St. Mary’s Food Bank will each receive $150,000 from the credit union, while Midwest and Desert Mission Food Banks will each receive $50,000. Valley of the Sun United Way will receive an additional $100,000.

“We are making this donation immediately in order to support these vital non-profits with distributing essential resources,” said Jeff Meshey, President & CEO of Desert Financial. “We are a local credit union with an 80-year history in the Valley, and we are committed to helping this community – our community – through this unprecedented challenge.”

(Pictured above are Desert Financial employees who helped pack materials for last year’s Valley of the Sun United Way drive.)

More than 650,000 Maricopa County households were struggling to meet basic needs as recently as last month, according to some sources. With the arrival and resulting fallout of COVID-19, that number has already increased exponentially.

St. Mary’s Food bank reported that the demand for their emergency food boxes doubled overnight. The United Food Bank was expecting to serve three times as many individuals in the coming week.

“Seeing a huge surge of families in need while simultaneously losing much of our grocery rescue donations has made for a challenging time at St. Mary’s,” President and CEO Tom Kertis said. “And this could be only the beginning. But we have great friends and partners in our community. This incredible gift from Desert Financial will help ease the strain and allow us to continue to say ‘Yes’ to every family that needs help during this pandemic. We will be here for them because companies like Desert Financial are here for us.”

Desert Financial’s food bank donations are strategically placed to reach communities across the state, helping make more resources available to more of those in need. “In United Food Banks’ 35-year history, we’ve never seen so much food leave from our warehouse in one week,” said Dave Richins, CEO of United Food Bank. “A donation like this from Desert Financial is needed right now more than ever to help us deliver nutritious meals to Arizaonas in need during this crisis.”

The Valley of the Sun United Way donation will go to a COVID-19 response fund addressing critical needs as they arise.

Desert Financial plans to continue working with existing non-profit partners and the broader community to identify emergency needs. Work has already begun in this area.For example, Desert Financial worked with Valley-based non-profit A New Leaf, to purchase a month’s worth of toilet paper addressing critical shortages for their housing program. The credit union also purchased food to help A New Leaf meet increased demand for children staying home from school.

In addition, the Desert Financial Foundation is developing programming to help members and individuals facing financial difficulty, including webinars on crisis budgeting, resources for employers and more.

The credit union’s Random Acts of Kindness program is also continuing, with new restrictions in place following CDC and state health guidelines for social distancing. Members of the public are able to submit their ideas for Random Acts of Kindness here.

Let the Valley know what your business is doing to help the community through these rough times.

Let the Valley know what your business is doing to help the community through these rough times.

“We’re all in this together” is the phrase that everyone hears now. And it is so true. We have to look out for our neighbors and them for us as we go through this Covid-19 crisis. And many business owners are accommodating this “Safer at Home” status that we are in by doing special things, like special exclusive store hours for seniors, home delivery, donating a portion of their sales receipts to help those in need, providing items for “Grab N Go” breakfasts and lunches for kids out of school, and more. If your business is doing something to help, let the Valley know by putting your message in a 30-second announcement on 96.5FM and sending it out to over 50,000 listeners. You can purchase these right now for the discounted price of only $25 per spot ( minimum 4 spots per business), which will include helping you to put your message in announcement form and voicing it ( recording the actual message). If interested please call 480-319-6565 or email 965oldies@outlook.com.

Valley restaurant CEO donates salary to help employees

Valley restaurant CEO donates salary to help employees

CHANDLER, AZ — A Valley restaurant CEO is stepping up in a big way to help his employees in these uncertain times surrounding self-isolation and COVID-19.

With so many restaurants now turning to take out and deliveries only, some have had to lay off staff or reduce their hours drastically.

Akshat Sethi, who owns Thai Chili 2 Go restaurants in the Valley said like others, he too worried about what tomorrow may bring for the restaurant industry.

“All I can say is this is pure confusion. We are all trying to navigate through this right now,” said Sethi to ABC15 during a video chat.

Unlike other Valley restaurants, Sethi said he had not had to lay off any employees yet, but some were experiencing reduced hours. He called it uncharted territory in which they were living day by day.

In the last two weeks, as Arizona residents have been urged to self-isolate and quarantine, Sethi said business had declined by about 30 percent. To ensure customer and staff safety, Sethi said they had stepped up already vigilant safety and cleanliness standards inside his businesses.

Signs on the door read the store was no longer accepting cash.

“Cash is very dirty, and carries a lot of germs,” said one Thai Chili 2 Go employee who requested anonymity.

The restaurants have also removed the dining tables and placed a few chairs out for customers waiting to pick up orders that have been called in or ordered online.

The employee who asked not to be identified told ABC15 along with safety, uncertainty was also on their minds.

“Of course there’s a lot of nervous people. A lot of people questioning what’s going to happen. Schedules, if they’re going to have hours or if they’re going to have work. Obviously the concern is paying the bills and survival right now,” said the man.

To help those employees who may find themselves facing a hard time, Sethi decided to do his part and has now donated three months of his salary to create an employee relief fund.

CHANDLER, AZ — A Valley restaurant CEO is stepping up in a big way to help his employees in these uncertain times surrounding self-isolation and COVID-19.

With so many restaurants now turning to take out and deliveries only, some have had to lay off staff or reduce their hours drastically.

Akshat Sethi, who owns Thai Chili 2 Go restaurants in the Valley said like others, he too worried about what tomorrow may bring for the restaurant industry.

“All I can say is this is pure confusion. We are all trying to navigate through this right now,” said Sethi to ABC15 during a video chat.

Unlike other Valley restaurants, Sethi said he had not had to lay off any employees yet, but some were experiencing reduced hours. He called it uncharted territory in which they were living day by day.

In the last two weeks, as Arizona residents have been urged to self-isolate and quarantine, Sethi said business had declined by about 30 percent. To ensure customer and staff safety, Sethi said they had stepped up already vigilant safety and cleanliness standards inside his businesses.

Signs on the door read the store was no longer accepting cash.

“Cash is very dirty, and carries a lot of germs,” said one Thai Chili 2 Go employee who requested anonymity.

The restaurants have also removed the dining tables and placed a few chairs out for customers waiting to pick up orders that have been called in or ordered online.

The employee who asked not to be identified told ABC15 along with safety, uncertainty was also on their minds.

“Of course there’s a lot of nervous people. A lot of people questioning what’s going to happen. Schedules, if they’re going to have hours or if they’re going to have work. Obviously the concern is paying the bills and survival right now,” said the man.

To help those employees who may find themselves facing a hard time, Sethi decided to do his part and has now donated three months of his salary to create an employee relief fund.

“At this point, that’s the least I can do comfortably. The staff is very dear to my heart. I may have to make tough decisions in the future. If there is anything we can do for our employees, we will be more than happy,” said Sethi.

“I think for a long time we’ve been using the word mindful too casually. I think this is the best time to practice it,” he added.

Sethi says he has also informed all his restaurant managers to let customers know, if they are elderly or at risk, they should call and let an employee know before picking up their order.

“They will bring the food to you in your car. You don’t have to come out at all,” said Sethi.

Thai Chili 2 Go is also offering a 20% discount for all online pickup orders right now. They’re calling it their responsible online pickup option. The promo code is UNITY.

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