Phil and Carol Lyons have volunteered with refugee children at Prince Elementary and Amphi Middle School for more than 10 years. They established this fund at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to address the most urgent needs of refugee children in our community.
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 the Children’s Refugee Assistance Fund. Since the Fund’s creation, over $36,000 has been raised and matched by Phil and Carol Lyons.
In 2018, Catholic Community Services was granted $5,000 for their summer camp and team sports program for refugee children and Lutheran Social Services received $5,000 to expand their after-school tutoring opportunities for refugee youth.
In 2019, Lutheran Social Services was granted $5,000 for a second year for after school tutoring for refugee youth and Tucson’s local International Rescue Committee received $5,000 for medical case managers to help families children navigate the health care systems for their children.
Phil and Carol conduct a yearly review of the needs of local organizations to determine where grant funds can be used most effectively. In their meetings with local agencies that serve this needy population, the Lyons family have been informed the greatest needs currently are:
- Behavioral and health support
- K-12 refugee education
- Medical case management
- Emergency housing and rental support
- Citizenship assistance
The Lyons encourage contributions to this fund. Please donate using the form below.
Your donation helps Phil and Carol live up to the words on our Statue of Liberty.