At The Village, we care. About your health, your well-being, your fitness, your goals – and about our community, too. Our employees and members work together to give back to charities and causes across the Valley, such as:
Habitat For Humanity
The Village Health Club & Spas and Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona teamed up in October in support of a local Tempe community.
The Village leadership team was split into separate groups. With all hands actively working, in just a few hours, we were able to paint an entire house, move 36 tons of decorative rock and plant trees for another home, and provide information and flyers to the other homes in the neighborhood in the event that they might need assistance as well.
This beautiful October day was a fulfilling day of service for almost 80 members of our leadership team. We were able to honor our neighbors and focus as an entire group on a community that needed our help. We worked hard, had fun and felt great seeing the home owners’ gratitude when the job was done.
Volunteer Spotlight: Valere Schlesinger
DC Ranch yoga instructor, and mother to an awesome 11 year old with Down Syndrome, Valerie Schlesinger worked with her friends to bring Gigi’s Playhouse, a Down Syndrome Achievement Center, to the Valley. DC Ranch Member Jennifer Gage, who has a 19 year old daughter with DS, took the lead as President of the foundation. Together, the team has served as a community center for families to come and support each other and help their loved ones reach their fullest potential with free tutoring, therapy and a variety of programs designed to help people of all ages with DS.
Volunteer Spotlight: Jessica Dixon
Jessica, a group fitness instructor at Ocotillo, took it upon herself to raise awareness for the growing number of children in the foster care system in Arizona by partnering with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dignity Healthcare, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Department of Children’s Services and the Arizona Care Network to host more than 300 foster families at a Diamondbacks game, kicking off a year-long initiative to help foster children in the community.
Volunteer Spotlight: Justus Miller
Having a son with a rare genetic syndrome, Ocotillo Village Fitness Director Justus Miller and his family have been in and out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital for medical care since his birth – and getting to know the staff and team there only made him want to give back. Justus started a team as a part of the Miracles in Motion fundraising program for PCH in the 2011 Arizona Rock n Roll Marathon. Justus has also ran the Chicago Marathon to raise funds and awareness for Team Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to establishing one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Volunteer Spotlight: Michelle McIntire
Village employee Michelle loves taking her sweet golden retriever, Sophie, to volunteer with her at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Michelle and Sophie have worked together for six years helping to bring joy to children and their families in the hospital. Michelle also teaches kids yoga in the Oncology and BioBehavioral units at PCH.
Volunteer Spotlight: Jill Parrish
Jill and her daughter Lucy work with the National Charity League, a non-profit mother and daughter philanthropy that participates in hands-on volunteering around the community while fostering mother and daughter relationships by serving others. NCL works with many local charities including UMOM, St. Mary’s Food Bank and Home Fur Good.