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Community ICAN teens help homeless, get funds

Local teenage members of the East Valley after- school youth program ICAN are collecting items such as blankets, sweaters, jackets, socks, undergarments and hygiene products to help the homeless stay comfortable through the colder weather. “We want to help those who are in need more than we are. This is our community and we care about everyone in it,” says Nykia R., 17, about why the teens decided to hold the donation drive for the homeless. “ICAN’s Peer Leaders are extremely dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others, although they may be in need themselves,” says ICAN’s Teen Program Manager Venus Rodriguez-Khorasani. “Their selfi shness demonstrates exactly how a caring community operates; assisting each other no matter what.”

Items for the ICAN Peer Leader’s Holiday Homeless Drive may be dropped off at ICAN, 201 S. Washington Street in Chandler.

AWF rewards ICAN youth programs The Arizona Foundation for Women (AFW distributed $278,500 between 18 Valley organizations this year, and $7,000 of it went to ICAN. The East Valley nonprofi t youth program received the award from the 2011 Deborah G. Carstens grant fund as a result of its investment in and promotion of innovative solutions to fulfi ll the unmet needs of Arizona’s women and children.

“ICAN’s fi rst priority is making proven changes in local youth and this award from the Arizona Foundation for Women demonstrates we are producing valued results,” says ICAN CEO Becky Jackson.

The grants awarded to ICAN will go toward programs empowering at-risk youth to make positive choices through life skills development, healthy lifestyles, and education about substance abuse and gang activity.

Holiday shopping safety tips

To keep shoppers safe from theft or robbery now that the holiday season is in full swing, the Chandler Police Department offers a few reminders. While shopping, always remain aware of your surroundings. Don’t get caught looking down at your cell phone when you should be alert. Don’t try to carry more than you can handle, as overloading yourself with shopping bags can make you an easy target for would-be thieves. Also, it is safer to shop with friends and family, not alone.

When you park, make sure to pick well-lit areas and

keep your car keys in your hand while walking back to your car. Remember, when it comes to valuables and packages, out of sight is out of mind, so keep items in the trunk or out of view in the interior of your vehicle. Avoid confrontations with other shoppers or drivers. The holidays can be a stressful time and some people may overreact to a simple traffi c movement or a bad shopping experience. Avoid confl ict and leave the area, or call police if someone displays road rage or becomes aggressive while shopping.

December 3 - 16, 2011

Shopping Chandler benefits businesses, community

Residents can support themselves and Chandler businesses, along with being a part of Chandler’s success as the economy recovers, if they simply “Invest Wisely, Shop Chandler.”

This campaign reminds shoppers that sales taxes from the money they spend in Chandler help support city services such as police and fi re, road improvements and neighborhoods, as well as a quality of life enhanced by parks, sports fi elds, trails, pools and recreation programs. Individuals may become involved by patronizing Chandler stores and joining the Shop Chandler Club.

That involves signing up for promotional emails from Chandler businesses at or following @shopchandler on Twitter. Residents who use the hash tag #shopchandler are eligible to win a gift card from the Chandler Fashion Center. Businesses are encouraged to participate in the campaign by using the #shopchandler hash tag, displaying the Shop Chandler logo and submitting their current deals to Shop Chandler Club members. The logo is available to incorporate the Invest Wisely Shop Chandler message and logo into newsletters, collateral materials and marketing.

To get the logo or more information, visit


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