AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Talks About Her Commitment to the Communityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/2687Neighborhood Services3/15/2023 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2687/Newsroom_NSD_AmeriCorpsSamLopez_006.jpgAmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Talks About Her Commitment to the Community<div class="ExternalClassDD8444A771B542D8903AD0A0409D6499"><html> <strong> <em>​To celebrate AmeriCorps Week, Neighborhood Services profiles AmeriCorps Volunteer, Samantha López. </em> </strong>​<br><br>​Phoenix native Samantha López always dreamed of becoming a researcher and community advocate. After starting college up in northern Arizona, surrounded by pine trees, hiking trails and glorious weather, she quickly realized how much she favored working outdoors and being with the community.<br><br>“I wanted to try a different working style and reconnect with nature," López said. “I found AmeriCorps through an extensive search of outdoor jobs."<br><br>That research on <a target="_blank" href="https://americorps.gov/">AmeriCorps</a> led her to a service as a trail worker in the Grand Canyon with Arizona Conservation Corps in February 2022, assisting with the maintenance of trails through inspections, cleanups, education and naturalizing.  The experience invigorated her desire to work with the underserved and be a part of the solution to the issues facing their communities.  She explored AmeriCorps' VISTA program, designed to do just that. And the rest, as they say, is history. <br><br>AmeriCorps is a network of local, state and national service programs that engages more than 70,000 Americans every year in intensive service to meet community needs. <a target="_blank" href="https://americorps.gov/serve/americorps/americorps-vista">AmeriCorps' Vista program</a> connects its members to local organizations nationwide to provide support and expand capacity to make sustainable changes in areas that affect poverty, education, public health, climate, to name a few. AmeriCorps VISTA members assist in various activities that help create positive change, such as fundraising, grant writing, research and volunteer coordination.  <br><br>López is doing just that.<br><br>Through a partnership between <a target="_blank" href="https://www.handsonphoenix.org/beavista">HandsOn Greater Pho​enix and AmeriCorps VISTA,</a> López landed a service with the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) as a Volunteer Recruiter, tasked with creating a pilot program to encourage and recruit teens in Phoenix Union District high schools to be community volunteers and future community leaders. <br><br>Her current position is a perfect fit, having spent some time working as an assistant teacher and clinical coordinator/counselor for the youth in the past. Her degree in Humanities and Psychology from Northern Arizona University was an added bonus.<br><br>“From a young age, children are very capable and desire to contribute to the community. ​I believe in giving them the power and resources to make a difference," said López. With that experience and knowledge under her belt, López is passionate about helping teens explore their gifts and learn ways to give back to and connect with their community and purpose <br><br>López is thankful to be a member of the HandsOn AmeriCorps VISTA program and a member of the Neighborhood Services family. She relishes every chance to work with different community organizations and learn about the many resources and tools available to individuals and communities. The support she's received from AmeriCorps and her colleagues in NSD have made her experience even more positive and meaningful. So much so that she highly recommends joining the AmeriCorps VISTA program to anyone who has a passion for community service. <br><br>“There are so many opportunities to choose from—backcountry work in the Grand Canyon to working in an office setting," she explained. “All service terms offer an education stipend, and some schools will match a percentage of the stipend to help pay for expenses."<br><br>López added that joining the AmeriCorps VISTA program is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and explore new interests. <br><br>In celebration of AmeriCorps Week, the Neighborhood Services Department thanks Samantha and the 70,000 Americans involved in AmeriCorps for being committed to creating a positive impact in neighborhoods through volunteerism!<br><br>To be a part of <a target="_blank" href="/nsd/programs/volunteer">Neighborhood Services' Volunteer Program</a>, visit the program's <a target="_blank" href="/nsd/programs/volunteer">website</a> or email Samantha.D.Lopez@phoenix.gov.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesAmeriCorps VISTA, Samantha López NSD#volunteer, @phxneighborhood volunteer, AmeriCorps VISTA, Neighborhood ServicesKristin Couturier602-568-8126602-534-5627kristin.couturier@phoenix.govcityofphoenixaz



World Atlatl Day 2024https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3112S’edav Va’aki Museum5/25/2024 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3112/WorldAtlatlDay_SVM_001.jpgWorld Atlatl Day 2024<div class="ExternalClassDA51B92BB34B4991877310DCB7803D4A"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">On June 2</span><sup style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">nd</sup><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, the C</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ity of Phoenix will officially celebrate it's first 602 day. Like other cities throughout the country, area code day gives Phoenix the opportunity to promote the city as a </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">great place to live, work, and enjoy live. The goal of 602 day is to partner with businesses, cultural organizations, and other groups to provide events and community engagement opportunities that cultivate. civic pride</span></p> <p>In celebration of 602 Day weekend, the S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum invites families to join us for World Atlatl Day and test their prehistoric hunting skills at S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum on Saturday, June 1st! S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies), will be conducting an atlatl demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon. <br></p> <p>The atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow. Used worldwide for thousands of years, it proved an effective weapon. It is a stick with a hook on the end to hold the dart/spear, that  increased the distance, speed, and force of the dart/spear. ​<br></p> <p>This FREE event is open to the public with free museum admission from 9 a.m. to noon; donations are welcome. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the demonstration. For more information on this or other events at S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum, visit phoenix.com/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">      </span></p> <p>The goal of World Atlatl Day is to increase awareness and appreciation of this ancient technology and have as many people throw an atlatl on a single day as possible. S.A.L.T. is a local Arizona group whose mission is to teach, share, learn, and practice the skills that allowed ancient people to not only survive but to thrive in their respective environments.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
Phoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3111Public Transit5/24/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3111/Central Station East Tower Newsroom.pngPhoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completion<div class="ExternalClass8E328A4B8DC04CBF995AF00B775D0E7E"><html> <p> Central Station redevelopment, the mixed-use, transit-oriented development project hosted a topping-out ceremony for the east tower May 23, 2024. This event marks a significant milestone in the construction progress of Central Station.</p><div> </div> <div> Located in the heart of downtown, next to the historic Security Building, Civic Space Park, and ASU's Downtown Campus, Central Station is set to become a new city landmark consisting of two residential towers that will offer student and workforce housing, two levels of below-grade parking, City of Phoenix public transit hub, and retail/office spaces.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Slated to open in early 2025, Central Station will transform how users experience the city's primary downtown bus and light rail transit center, which serves two million passengers annually. Central Station is a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix retaining ownership of the land and the development partners entering into a long-term ground lease for the project.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Representatives from the City of Phoenix, including Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, along with members from the development and project teams, GMH Communities, CBRE Investment Management, Medistar Corporation, Layton Construction, and Multistudio attended the topping out to celebrate this important milestone.  </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews
Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Property Tax Increasehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/budget-and-research/3110Budget & Research5/24/2024 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3110/Phoenix City Hall.pngTruth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Property Tax Increase<div class="ExternalClass90890A8C2D23431CB2A2ED63C2A90F26"><html> <p> <strong>​Tax Notice Explained</strong> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>The accompanying Truth in Taxation notice is required by state law. The required notice addresses the city's primary property tax, which supports the General Fund services such as police and fire, parks and recreation, libraries and senior and community centers. </p> <p>The City of Phoenix's proposed primary property tax rate for 2024-25 of $1.2658 per $100 of assessed valuation is reduced from its 2023-24 rate of $1.2851 per $100 of assessed valuation. However, overall increases in assessed valuation result in a 2% increase in primary property taxes for the average City of Phoenix property owner. Individual experiences may differ based on unique property variances. </p> <p>State law requires the notice below any time the average primary property tax bill increases, even if the primary property tax rate is reduced.  </p> <p>The Truth in Taxation notice prescribed by state law does not address the City's secondary property tax. The City's secondary property tax rate for 2024-25 will be unchanged from its 2023-24 rate of $0.8141 per $100 of assessed valuation. Secondary property taxes pay the bonded debt service for facilities like libraries, police and fire stations, storm drains and parks. </p> <p>For more information, call 602-262-4800, or visit phoenix.gov/budget. </p> <p>Truth in Taxation notice publication dates and locations: </p> <p>The Record Reporter – May 24, 2024 and June 3, 2024. </p> <p>Additionally included in published estimates of revenues and expenses: </p> <p>The Record Reporter – June 10, 2024. </p> <p> <strong>Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Tax Increase</strong> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>In compliance with section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, the City of Phoenix is notifying its property taxpayers of the City of Phoenix's intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level.  The City of Phoenix is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $4,177,285 or 2.00%. </p> <p>For example, the proposed tax increase will cause the City of Phoenix's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to be $126.58 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase). Without the proposed tax increase, the total taxes that would be owed on a $100,000 home would have been $124.10. </p> <p>The proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides. </p> <p>All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled to be held June 12, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at the City of Phoenix Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/budgetNews



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