Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the needs for medical supplies, equipment, and services around the world. Since its inception, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered medical relief to needy people in more than 120 countries. Irion is an Advisory Board Member and International Assessment Representative for Project C.U.R.E. He has traveled all over the world to do hospital and clinic medical assessments. Ouanaminthe, Haiti; El Banco,Colombia; Santa Marta, Colombia; Buenaventura, Colombia; Cali, Colombia; Boma, DRC; Lumbumbashi, DRC; Kalemie, DRC; Lima, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru; Bahia Kino, Mexico; Nogales, Mexico; Benjamin Hill, Sonora Mexico; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Belize City, Belize; Cuba; Antigua, Guatemala City, Guatemala; San Jose, Costa Rica; Jaco, Costa Rica; Panama City, Panama; Zambia, Zaire, DRC; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Moshi, Tanzania; Manilia, Philippines; Zambales, Philippines; San Pablo, Philippines; Mumbai, India; GOkana, Khana & Nyo-Khana Kindoms, Nigeria; San Pedro, Belize; Nyamata, Rwanda; Longido District, Tanzania; Gombe State, Nigeria and Bamako, Mali have all been visited by Charles. He looks forward to many more medical missions in his future.
K-2 ADVENTURES FOUNDATION
K2 Adventures Foundation, Inc., is a qualified 501(c)3 national and international organization formed to care for children and families with special needs and/or life changing medical circumstances by providing goods, services, and funds that will be used for educational and medical enrichment. Charles Irion was a past committee member and participated in a medical mission to the Mwerni school for the blind in Moshi Tanzania, where he helped with medical evaluations of over 200 children; some of whom had never been seen by a medical doctor. K-2 Adventures Foundation also hosts fundraisers such as the K-2 masquerade ball, fashion shows, and other fundraising events that Irion participates in.
PHOENIX PHIL-AM LIONS CLUB
The Phoenix Phil-Am Lions Club is part of an international network who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Charles Irion is currently President of the Club for the 2019-2020 Lion Year. He has previously held positions of 2nd Vice President in 2016, Director in 2013 and before that he was previously a President and Treasurer of an affiliated club, the Barangay Lions, in 2002. The Phil-Am Lions Club is part of one of the world’s largest service club organizations, Lions Clubs International. Irion has participated in several cataract medical missions in Benjamin Hill, Sonora, Mexico – which they perform regularly. Everywhere the club volunteers go, they make friends and communities get better. The club helps wherever help is needed, whether it’s in their own communities or around the world, with unmatched energy and integrity.
Charles Irion is a founding principle of the Social Venture Partners organization in Arizona. SVP Arizona gathers successful professionals to leverage time, expertise, and resources to make strategic investments in the local community. Irion has participated in evaluating grantees that are applying for funds to help their 501(c)3’s which are geared toward children’s education and development needs. Over the course of the past 10 years, SVP Arizona has applied their investment model to more than a dozen investment and review cycles and granted over $3 million in funding to Maricopa County nonprofits.
SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS
Charles Irion is a supporter of this organization that has provided medical care to children in need for over 30 years. Healing the Children envisions a world where every child has access to medical care, but the challenges have never been greater due to the ever changing healthcare system in the United States, the shortage of available funds to nonprofit organizations, and the ever increasing needs of children here and around the world. Healing the Children hopes to change the world for all the families who go to them for medical care that they can’t get anywhere else.
ARIZONA LIONS VISION & HEARING FOUNDATION
Charles Irion currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix, AZ Foundation which looks to Helen Keller as their inspiration. Irion is a big supporter of the Lions Vision and Hearing Foundation’s mission, which is to restore vision and hearing impairments by those people afflicted through medical care. The Lions Vision and Hearing Foundation formed in 1974 to carry out Helen Keller’s challenge to be “Knights of the Blind.”
Since 1977 Sojourner Center has provided shelter and support services to tens of thousands of women and children affected by domestic violence. Through empowerment, families discover hope and have the opportunity to build new futures free from violence. As one of the nation’s largest domestic violence shelters, Sojourner Center is a tireless advocate for domestic violence victims and survivors. With the continued support of the community, Sojourner Center can help women and children overcome the impact of domestic violence, one life at a time.
GLOBAL FAMILY PHILANTHROPY
Global Family Philanthropy is a Scottsdale, Arizona based non-profit organization dedicated to helping poor families and children in Haiti and the U.S. Through volunteer service and fundraising, we work to empower families, care for the elderly and provide children access to shelter, education, nutrition and a loving community of support.
Their work extends from the desert of Arizona to the Caribbean island of Haiti. GFP has created a loving home in Northern Haiti, where they care for 11 children and employ 5 Haitian staff members. Their children live in a family-style environment and attend school, a rare opportunity in this devastatingly poor country.
Within walking distance of the children’s home is Bon Samaritan, a home for the elderly run by Catholic Charities. GFP is proud to be working with the Catholic Church to support on-going projects at Bon Samaritan.
FLORENCE CRITTENTON OF ARIZONA
Creating new beginnings for young lives was the driving passion of Charles Crittenton, the founder of Florence Crittenton, whose life's mission was to help communities around the nation serve young women in need. That passion and commitment lives on in their mission today: Give every girl whose life we touch safety, hope and opportunity.
Most important, Florence Crittenton creates safe environments where girls and young women can discover the support of a caring community and the possibility of a bright new future.
Steps of Love is a U.S.-based nonprofit whose mission is to help youth in Mexico break the cycle of poverty by facilitating access to quality educational opportunities. We partner with Mexican nonprofits whose focus is to support young people whose families lack the resources to send them to school and ensure they succeed.
Unlike in the United States, public school in Mexico is not free. Beginning in high school students have to pay for registration, tuition and fees, books, uniforms and transportation. Students in younger grades must pay for all school supplies, transportation and special activities.
In addition to these direct educational expenses, families face a variety of other barriers preventing their children from attending school and succeeding academically. Barriers can include a lack of academic support in the home, as well as the inability to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and access to medical care. Through donations and child sponsorship, Steps of Love provides family support, financial support and academic support.
STEPS OF LOVE
PHOENIX DREAM CENTER
The Phoenix Dream Center, a volunteer driven nonprofit organization, which exists to serve the homeless, low-income, at risk youth and struggling individuals and families by providing resources, opportunities and supportive services to help them realize their dream of living a self-sufficient life.
Founded in 2006, the Phoenix Dream Center currently serves over 40,000 people each month. They have become best known for 2 things in Phoenix; their Community Outreaches and their Housing Programs.
Each week through the various Dream Center Programs, they conduct 110 Street and Nursing Home Outreaches to people in need. At each Outreach, Food, Clothing and a message of Hope and God's Love is shared. Our Programs provide housing to over 300 people each night. The Housing Programs at the Phoenix Dream Center include a Christian-based Life Recovery Program, A Program for Young Women out of Sex Trafficking including Crisis Pregnancy, An Affordable Housing Program and A Foster Care Age-Out Program.
CORAL TREE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Coral Tree Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2015 by Chenda Chhi, a Cambodian-American woman who is a Khmer Rouge genocide survivor, and includes a team of volunteer professionals in the U.S.A. and Cambodia.
Our mission is to foster an educated and compassionate new generation of young Cambodians who will use their education to improve their lives, help their people, rebuild their country, and contribute to the world, so as to help foster peace and prosperity for all. We will focus on educating girls, and also educating their families and communities and improving their support systems.
SHRIMAD RAJCHANDRA LOVE & CARE
SRLC is an initiative of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur to offer service and bring joy to the lives of the underserved sections of society. Inspired by Shrimad Rajchandraji and guided by Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai, SRLC’s holistic, multi-pronged community support and development programs are powered by genuine empathy, love and care of highly motivated volunteers. SRLC constantly endeavors to deliver high quality, charitable and sustainable initiatives for the welfare of mankind, animals and the environment.
Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur is a global movement that endeavors to enhance the spiritual growth of seekers and benefit the society. With the infinite compassion and guidance of Pujya Gurudevshri, the Mission is growing at a rapid pace and spreading across the globe. At present, the Mission has centers worldwide which play a key role in molding and transforming thousands of lives. The Mission also runs Shrimad Rajchandra Divinetouch centers for imparting spiritual learning to children and Youth centers to mold the life of the young generation towards an enriching life.
KNIGHTS OF HEROES
MAJOR TROY LEE "TROJAN" GILBERT
INSPIRATION FOR THE KNIGHTS OF HEROES FOUNDATION
The Knights of Heroes Foundation was created in November 2007 by Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Steve Harrold. He did so to commemorate the life of a friend and fellow pilot, Major Troy Lee "Trojan" Gilbert, who was killed during combat operations while flying his F-16 to protect ground troops being overrun by the enemy in the Al-Anbar Province, Iraq on November 27, 2006. At the time of his death, Major Gilbert was the husband and father of five children.
The first camp was held in June 2007 under the name "Modern Day Knights." Sixteen boys attended from Texas, Florida, Arizona and Colorado. The camp's enormous success led to the establishment of Knights of Heroes as a non-profit organization in November 2007. The Foundation has since grown every year, with more than 100 children attending at least one of several programs we now offer throughout the year.
Knights of Heroes (KOH) hosts families with children between the ages of 11 and 17 with common losses at our camp in Colorado. Our programs aim to provide a community in which to share experiences and build relationships. We aim to empower children who have lost a parent in service to our Nation by providing positive adult mentorship, character development, and lasting friendships through outdoor adventure programs. We also strive to ensure that families with losses are not forgotten with the passage of time.
These programs are provided to families free of charge via the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers.
In February of 2015, the Knights of Heroes Foundation purchased a 118-acre property on the western slope of Pikes Peak, Colorado. This is the new home of the Knights of Heroes Foundation. We offer five events each year (summer camp, spring, fall, winter and graduate retreats).
God willing, the program will continue to grow and provide a place for the families of our heroes to gather for years to come.
MIDTOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL
Midtown Primary School is a Public Charter School near the heart of Downtown Phoenix. We happily serve over 100 students from K thru 4th grade.
COMPETENCE AND SELF ASSURANCE IN OUR STUDENTS
Our purpose is to prepare your child for a successful, happy life by helping them develop:
Problem Solving and Communication
Strong Educational Foundation