Lyons Children’s Refugee Assistance Fund

Phil and Carol Lyons have volunteered with refugee children at Prince Elementary and Amphi Middle School for 10+ years.

They have been enormously impressed with the children and the dedication to their education. The children express their parent’s desire to come to America to provide education and safety for their children. Something that we can all understand. Almost all of the children they have worked with have come from a place of struggle; war, civil unrest, and tribal conflict.

To address this need Phil and Carol are stepping up to the plate. They have generously agreed to match, on a dollar for dollar basis, donations up to $100,000 to create a fund to address the most urgent needs. Since its creation over $20,000 has been raised and matched by Phil and Carol Lyons.

In 2018, two organizations received support. The first, Catholic Community Services was granted $5,000 for their summer camp and team sports program for refugee children. The second, Lutheran Social Services was granted $5,000 to expand their after-school tutoring opportunities for refugee youth.

Phil and Carol plan to review yearly the needs of local organizations and determine where the funds can be used most effectively. In their meetings with local agencies serving this needy population the Lyons family been informed the greatest needs currently are:

  1. Behavioral and health support
  2. K-12 refugee education
  3. Medical case management
  4. Emergency housing and rental support
  5. Citizenship assistance

Your donation helps Phil and Carol live up to the words on our Statue of Liberty.  The Lyons encourage contributions to this fund, which you can do by clicking the “donate” button to the left.

To assist in this determination, they have elected to establish this fund at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. If your organization serves the refugee community in Tucson, especially children, we encourage you to please contact Kelly Huber at for more information regarding this fund.