By Rusty Bradshaw
With its nonprofit status and a new logo in place, the SCHOA Foundation is ready to do more good in the community.
The Foundation is the evolution of the Sun City Resident Action Program, initially created to get the community’s exterior common walls cleaned and painted. The planned 10-year $250,000 project was completed at the end of 2018, under budget and ahead of time. Instead of dissolving the organization, officials decided to rename and repurpose it, according to Lloyd Maple, SCRAP, and now SCHOA Foundation, board president.
“We saw an opportunity to continue the good work SCRAP had done and open it up to other possibilities,” he said.
Similar to SCRAP, the Foundation is an offshoot of the Sun City Home Owners Association. But the Foundation has its own 501(c)(3) designation with the Internal Revenue Service, according to Ritchie Miller, Foundation treasurer.
“This gives people the ability to donate to the Foundation and their gift can be tax-deductible,” he explained.
Foundation officials will now turn their attention to raising funds assisting with projects.
“We will have some fundraisers, but we are still working out those details,” Mr. Maple said.
In terms of projects to assist, he said the Foundation’s first priority will be SCHOA’s Resident Assistance Maintenance Program. Jim Hunter, SCHOA board president, said RAMP is designed to help residents who are physically or financially unable to adequately maintain their properties. Using volunteers and some donated equipment and materials, unkempt properties are cleaned up on a one-time basis at no cost to the homeowner.
Ramp is different than SCHOA’s Community Intervention Program, which targets occupied homes that are in bad shape but the owners simply do not maintain them. Using the same resources, SCHOA cleans up the property but bills the owner for reimbursement. Sometimes these efforts follow legal action, as was done Aug. 22 at a property on Balboa Drive with the aid of a court order, according to Mr. Hunter.
A homeowner must meet certain income and other requirements to receive assistance under RAMP, according to Martha Lattie, SCHOA marketing manager. While volunteers are used and some materials and equipment are donated by SCHOA business partners and others, there are costs to the program, she added.
RAMP will not be the only focus of the Foundation, according to Mr. Maple.
“There could be other projects we get involved in,” he said. “That will be determined as we go forward, and by the need.”
To help put a face to the organization, Foundation officials conducted a contest to design a logo. Mr. Maple said there were 11 entrants in the contest and the board chose a design submitted by Kathy Johnson. For her efforts, she was presented a $60 Fry’s gift card and a framed version of her winning design.
The logo features the SCHOA yellow sun with the words “Serving the Community” encircling the sun and SCHOA Foundation in straight block letters below.
SCHOA was founded in 1963 and has played an integral role in preserving the values of the Sun City community almost from the very beginning, according to Mr. Hunter during a Sept. 3 presentation to the Sun City Posse. SCHOA has served as an advocate for Sun City residents by embracing the Del Webb philosophy of keeping it simple, he added. The most important function of SCHOA is to enforce the minimal community standards known as the covenants, conditions and restrictions.