Use your tax dollars to support local youth

Contributed Photo: The Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley is one of the various non-profit organizations that can accept Arizona tax credit collars on a one-for-one basis.

Contributed Article By Mick Ruiz/Director Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley

SAFFORD – The Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley is a place where all young people, especially those who need us the most, may learn, play, and grow in a positive environment.  Our after-school and summer programming also serves as an essential link between education and youth development. 

Our after-school programming goals are to help deter illiteracy and to enhance the educational opportunities of our club members.  Our daily “Power Hour” program provides each club member with one full hour of supervised homework facilitated by our club staff.  We also offer to tutor any child requiring further assistance with math, reading comprehension, and writing.  As a result, our club members’ grades and study habits have dramatically improved simply because they have a structured setting to complete their school work.

At the end of the school year, our focus remains on the well-being, development, and growth of our club members.  Our summer programming includes field trips, swimming, and other fun group activities for each age group for a fun and meaningful learning experience.  We also introduce our club members to civic-related services and other volunteering opportunities to familiarize themselves with the local community.

As a non-profit, donors like yourself help fund our programming. The Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley is a member of the Graham Greenlee Tax Credit Coalition. The GGTCC promotes a dollar-for-dollar Arizona Income Tax Credit of up to $800 for filing jointly, or $400 if filing individually. You can receive this tax credit to offset your AZ income tax liability by donating to a qualified local nonprofit and our local schools. 

To learn more about this opportunity, visit our website at  The GGTCC is administered by the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley and can be reached at  Thank You!