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; and Mumbai, India 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 the 2nd Vice President of the club, and has previously held positions of 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 each year. 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.
SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS
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.
HEALING THE CHILDREN
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 Sight and Hearing Foundation’s mission, which is to restore sight and hearing impairments by those people afflicted through medical care. The Lions Sight 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
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.