SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Happenings

SBCO Enrichment Grants Bring Summer Fun to Local Kids

Among their outdoor adventures, Triangle YMCA Ranch campers are able to go horseback riding.

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

Did your childhood include visits to summer camp? For many of us, these trips into the “wilderness” provided opportunities to try new activities and experience life away from home.

Triangle YMCA Ranch Camp in Oracle offers local kids a week filled with archery, horseback riding, ziplining, swimming, and crafts. It’s a chance to challenge themselves, build self-esteem, and create meaningful relationships. But for many children, especially those from low-income families, camp is nothing more than a dream. SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) awarded a $7,500 grant to provide scholarships for 10 kids to attend the Triangle YMCA Ranch Camp this summer. These children, too, will be able to go hiking, sing camp songs, perform skits, eat s’mores, and, of course, gain the self-confidence that comes from trying new things.

Knowing how to swim can be lifesaving, as well as an enjoyable form of exercise. Kids living in rural Arizona don’t have many opportunities to become proficient swimmers. Fortunately, SBCO was able to grant $3,000 to support the swim program in Mammoth, which provides lessons to local kids.

SaddleBrooke Community Outreach annually awards grants to schools and community organizations in the Copper Corridor. During the current fiscal year, SBCO has awarded $105,295 in grants for a variety of programs, including mathematics, reading, Gifted and Talented, music, art, field trips, and softball. In addition to the current year’s awards, SBCO has awarded $650,000 in grants during the past 25 years. Information about grant requests and an online application form can be found at Inquiries can be sent to [email protected].

Save the Date for the 25th Annual SBCO Walk for Kids!

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

Each year, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) hosts the Walk for Kids. This year the Walk will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. This signature SBCO event helps support our food, clothing, enrichment, and education programs benefiting youngsters along a 100-plus-mile corridor from Catalina to Globe. Annually, SBCO touches the lives of approximately 4,000 students through new clothes, backpacks filled with school supplies, college scholarships, contributions to Tri-Community Food Bank, and financial support for a wide range of enrichment activities.

Online registration for the 2023 Walk for Kids will begin on Monday, Aug. 28, at The registration fee of $30 per adult and $10 per child (ages 6 through 18) covers the cost of a t-shirt, snacks, and drinks.

If you choose not to register online, in-person registration begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and runs through Oct. 27, every Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the SBCO office at Suite L in the Minit Market Plaza. Registrations will also be accepted the day of the event.

However, to ensure that you receive a t-shirt in your size, you must register (online or in person) by Sept. 28.

Talk to your neighbors about forming a unit Walk for Kids team. Walking with friends while supporting SBCO is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Boosts Libraries with Enrichment Grants

At the Hayden Public Library, Megan Ruiz from Mad Science shows Angelito Gaona how dry ice mixed with hot water can create enough pressure to pop the top off a beaker.

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

For many children, summer is a chance to read something other than textbooks. Whether its fantasy, science, mystery, history, adventure, or biography, reading can transport a youngster into another time or place. But many families in the Copper Corridor area served by SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) can’t afford to buy books. And long, hot summers mean kids can quickly become bored. SBCO has offered grants to enhance the children’s collection at the libraries in all the Copper Corridor towns with local libraries—from Oracle north to Globe. Two libraries have seized the opportunity and run with it.

Miami Memorial Library requested and received a grant for $9,200 to purchase books and supplies for its weekly summer reading program themed “All Together Now.” These purchases include books for each child and healthy snacks for every activity. On Tuesday mornings, the library hosts Yoga with Sammi for the teens and adults, while on Wednesday afternoon, there are activities for the elementary school age kids, followed by an activity for teens and adults. Babies to five-year-old children attend Music and Movement on Thursday mornings, and Friday mornings are set aside for a more traditional story time. The library’s summer reading kick-off event was a great success, with 22 nonprofits or community assistance organizations on hand to explain their purpose to 125 walk-ins. The attendees, in turn, were able to donate items to these organizations. The library posts its monthly schedule on its Facebook page for easy community access.

Hayden Public Library was awarded a $5,600 grant for its summer program. The grant funds are being used to purchase books, computer and board games, two pairs of virtual reality goggles for computer games, supplies for a wide variety of craft classes, regular nutritional cooking classes, and two guest science lectures. One lecture, called “Fire and Ice,” was presented by Mad Science and featured nitrogen coated “flash” paper and various experiments involving dry ice. Another lecture, presented by the Arizona Science Center, featured stomp rockets, which were made from one-liter bottles that take flight due to pressurized air. The grant also funded backpacks and materials for nature explorers. Armed with a checklist, magnifying glass, and binoculars, the kids participated in a nature scavenger hunt. Those who completed the checklist by a set deadline received a two-way viewer and were entered into a drawing for a microscope. In addition to making science and reading fun, the librarians in Hayden schedule story time, chess club meetings, game days, Zumba dance classes, and toddler socializing sessions. They also have been leading classes in painting, knitting, scrapbooking, paper crafts, and making friendship bracelets.