By Rusty Bradshaw
The SCHOA Foundation is up and running, and its board now wants to find a logo that accurately reflects the organization’s overall mission.
The foundation is an offshoot of the Sun City Residents Action Program, started several years ago with the main purpose of getting the community’s exterior common walls cleaned and painted. Once that task was completed, Sun City Home Owners Association officials decided to keep the agency operating but under a different name and directive.
SCRAP, a 50(c)(3) organization, was created initially by the Sun City Home Owners Association and then separated from SCHOA for the express purpose of addressing the need to repair and paint the community’s common walls, according to Jim Hunter, SCHOA board president. The effort was originally estimated to be a 10-year project to cost $25,000 per year, but was completed last year in less than three years and under budget with a final cost of $157,000, according to Lloyd Maple, SCHOA board member and SCRAP board president.
With that project complete, SCRAP underwent some changes. The new panel will continue to accumulate funds for when the walls need painting again, but it will also absorb another SCHOA program — the Residents Assistance and Maintenance Program — that seems to fit its mission, according to Mr. Hunter.
“RAMP is a program funded by donations from the community where we assist residents who may be unable financially and/or physically to maintain their properties to community standards,” Mr. Hunter explained. “With donations, volunteer help and often assistance from business partners, SCHOA is able to assist in many cases; there are income limits and other criteria.”
For now, foundation officials are calling on community artists and residents to submit proposals for a logo for the organization.
“The person who has the winning design can receive a $60 Fry’s gift card,” Mr. Maple stated in the July SCHOA newsletter.
Foundation officials were still searching for just the right type font for the organization’s look. Mr. Maple said a distinctive logo will help define the organization and what it will be doing in the community.
“The Sun City Home Owners Association has a logo that shows rays from the sun spreading throughout Sun City,” Mr. Maple stated. “The Recreation Centers of Sun City has a logo showing the rising sun in the letters of Sun City. Even Sun City Community Assistance Network has a distinctive logo.”
Designers can submit their proposals by mail to the SCHOA Foundation, 10401 W. Coggins Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351, or drop it by the SCHOA office at the same address. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, July 31. The winning entry will also be published.
The foundation will have a wide scope of possibilities for assistance in the community, according to Mr. Maple.
“The SCHOA Foundation will always be looking for ways of giving a helping hand to the people of our community,” he stated. “Our first project will be to help SCHOA with the RAMP program.”
RAMP is funded strictly with donations.
The foundation will build on the SCRAP success, according to Ritchie Miller, SCRAP treasurer. The walls effort was completed sooner and under budget because of the hard work of the committee, particularly Mr. Maple, he said.
“Lloyd worked diligently to get the best prices on paint and supplies and we found a reliable, quality painting company, Artistic Painting Company, to do the majority of the work,” he said.
That was in addition to the contribution of volunteers who helped prepare and paint large pieces of walls, he added.
Since SCHOA Foundation is a 501(c)(3), donations to RAMP would qualify as tax deductions, which they had not been previously, Mr. Hunter added.
“We do several property cleanups through RAMP each month, and could do more with more funding; the need appears to be growing,” Mr. Hunter said.
From a financial point of view, the biggest challenge for the wall project was how to be recognized so fundraising could happen, according to Mr. Miller. SCRAP officials began the effort with just $1,500. They started by putting signs beside the walls that were completed and there were some articles published in the Independent.
“That helped, but surely wasn’t an answer to the need for substantial funds,” Mr. Miller stated.
In addition to SCHOA, the wall project benefited from donations from seven different corporations, businesses and Sun City organizations, according to Mr. Maple. There were also donations from 304 individuals, he added.
Foundation officials hope to ride that momentum and eventually build on it to allow the agency to provide more assistance in the community.
There is a small amount of funding left over from SCRAP. Those funds will be held as a base for future wall painting needs. Foundation offocials will turn to other fundraising and donations for its work with RAMP and other projects, according to Mr. Miller.