Thunderbirds Charities grants $25K to Esperança


Phoenix-based nonprofit, Esperança, is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Since the organization has a mission to improve health and restore hope locally and globally, the grant, according to a press release, will be used to further support Esperança’s health literacy programs for at-risk, low-income Latino children, adults, and seniors in the Phoenix area.

The grant is projected to serve almost 4,000 participants of the health literacy programs that include Salud con Sabor Latino (Health with a Latin Flavor), Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), Platicas (30-minute talks on various health topics), and oral health education for all ages.

“In the local communities where we serve, more than 64 percent of kindergarteners suffer from untreated tooth decay,” said Jeri Royce, Esperança president/CEO, in a prepared statement.

“This is just one example of how this generous support from Thunderbirds Charities will help us continue our mission to combat poor oral health, obesity and diabetes through our bilingual health education programs.”

During the past two decades, Esperança’s domestic program has served more than 30,000 children, adults and seniors in the most vulnerable communities of Maricopa County, ensuring they receive culturally appropriate preventive health education for chronic disease and illness.