New App Teaches Kids About Money

TruWest Credit Union launched a new way for parents to teach their kids about managing money. BusyKid is a chore and allowance platform where kids can earn, save, share, spend and invest money they’ve earned. The user-friendly app promotes work ethic, responsibility, accountability and smart money decisions. TruWest recently partnered with BusyKid to offer the program at an annual discount for its members. The program is especially designed to target kids ages 6- to 16-years-old, and creates real-world experience for children to learn responsibility when managing the dollars they earn. The platform is simple to use. A chore chart for kids is built into the app, allowing them to receive a weekly allowance linked to a parent’s TruWest checking or savings account. Kids earn money, customized by parents, for a chore. Parents and kids can log in from a computer, tablet or phone at any time to mark chores completed. When “payday” happens, children can invest in stocks, donate to their favorite charity, buy a gift card or cash out the money they’ve earned. For information, visit TruWest.org/busykid.

City of Chandler Honors Local Businesses

Superlite, an Oldcastle company, was recognized by the City of Chandler for its volunteer efforts and product donations to improve landscapes and outdoor spaces throughout the city. The company teamed up with Chandler-based contractors and businesses Aggie Inc., All Pro Fence Company, CEMEX, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, EcoShield Pest Control, Paver Aces, Pioneer Landscape Centers, Resurrection Street Ministry, Sun Master Masonry and Valley Christian Schools to revamp outdoor spaces in churches, community centers and even local homes to ensure that they are in line with city zoning ordinances.

Teen Leadership Academy Accepting Applicants

Attention all Chandler teens! Chandler residents who currently are enrolled in high school or a similar level home-school program are encouraged to apply for the City’s Teen Leadership Academy. During the five-day program, students will meet with elected officials, managers and staff from City departments to better understand how Arizona’s fourth largest city is run. The free academy will run from March 11-15 (spring break for Chandler Unified and other area school districts), from approximately 9 a.m. to noon each day. Students must have transportation to and from City Hall during the duration of the program. Applications for the Academy are available online at ChandlerAZ.Gov/teenleadership and must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 25. Selected participants will promptly be notified in early February. For the fifth year in a row, the academy is being funded in part by the generosity of the Chandler Kiwanis Club. 

Kylie Shea Smith Selected to Perform at Junior Original Concert

Chandler native Kylie Shea Smith is one of three Yamaha Music Students from across the country selected to perform in this year’s Junior Original Concert (JOC), held this month at the 2019 NAMM show, the largest musical instrument convention in North America. Kylie, who is 14, has performed at several Junior Original Concerts, including the National JOC in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and the International JOC in Toyko in 2014 and 2018. At the JOC this year, Kylie will perform her original composition for piano, In Memory of Rocky

Grants Help Local Organizations Feed Those in Need

In 2018, UnitedHealthcare awarded $2 million in grants to local Arizona organizations focused on addressing the social determinants of health, one of which is food insecurity. The Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) received $500,000 to increase access to fresh produce at local food banks statewide. After purchasing refrigerated tractor-trailers to deliver fresh produce around the state, AAFB put out a call to member food banks and the grassroots organizations they serve to share the UnitedHealthcare grant dollars with them as well, ensuring even more families see the benefits of fresh, healthy food options. Two local organizations in the East Valley are receiving funds as a result, including Chandler’s Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank.Matthew’s Crossing has been serving food insecure families and individuals in Chandler and the East Valley for over 17 years. But, the organization has been restricted in receiving and distributing fresh produce due to limited refrigeration capability. With a grant of nearly $12,000 from UnitedHealthcare’s funding of AAFB, Matthew’s Crossing is now able to expand its refrigeration capacity. The other East Valley organization to receive funds is Paz de Cristo in Mesa. 

Banner Health Announces New Chandler Hospital Name

In June, Banner Health shared plans for a new, comprehensive medical center in the Southeast Valley. The four-story, 245,000-square-foot hospital will be located on the southeast corner of Alma School Road and Loop 202 SanTan Freeway. It will be adjacent to the existing Banner Health Center in Chandler and will help address the healthcare needs of area residents, including those who reside in Ahwatukee, Chandler and Gilbert. Now, it has a name. To select the name of the new hospital, the health system invited 15,000 local residents to participate via online voting. The chosen name, Banner Ocotillo Medical Center, was the overwhelming favorite. Banner Ocotillo Medical Center is expected to open in the fall of 2020 and represents an investment of more than $150 million. It will open with approximately 96 beds, and offer imaging, surgery, labor and delivery, intensive care and an emergency room. The hospital will have room for expansion as the community needs require more services.

Grant Enables Fire Department to Continue Child Car Seat Inspections

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded highway safety grants in the amount of $30,811 to the Chandler Fire Department (CFD) that will enable the CFD to continue its Child Safety Seat Clinics program through Sept. 30, 2019. Grant funds will be used to staff the clinics and provide 150 child safety seats to families who cannot afford to purchase this lifesaving equipment on their own. The Chandler Fire Department offers car seat clinics most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at various locations in the community. Clinics are conducted by CFD personnel who have been certified as child passenger seat technicians through SafeKids International. The firefighters ensure each child is safeguarded in the appropriate seat for their age and weight, and they provide one-on-one instruction to caregivers on how to properly install and use their child’s car seat. More information about Chandler Fire Department’s Child Safety Seat Program, including the most up-to-date clinic schedule, can be found at ChandlerAZ.Gov/fire or by calling 480.782.2046.