SaddleBrooke Community Outreach – November 2023

Support Adopt-a-Family and Brighten the Holidays for Local Families

Kim Schweitzer

For the last 14 years, SaddleBrooke Ranch has participated in the “Adopt-a-Family” project sponsored by SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO).

We ask that Ranch residents choose an “angel” from our tree, which contains the name, age, size, and wish list of holiday items for a child or adult. The gift recipients are referred to us by Oracle school counselors. We won’t get the actual lists with gift requests until mid-November. On Nov. 8 and 15 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., we will set up an “angel tree” at The Ranch House. On Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon, we will set up a tree at La Hacienda Club.

Some people choose to donate money (checks should be payable to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach or SBCO). The preferred method of donation is via the SBCO website:

Checks may be delivered to 61162 E. Arbor Basin Road (Kim Schweitzer’s house).

SBCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and your donation is tax-deductible. The tax ID for SaddleBrooke Community Outreach is 86-0843458. A receipt will be mailed to you.

Once all the angels are spoken for, the cash collected will go to purchase holiday gifts for children in our service area.

Please help. The need continues to be great. We are so privileged to live in this beautiful community, but many of our neighbors are not so lucky. Let’s do something to make someone else’s holiday special.

For more information, please contact the Adopt-a-Family Co-Chairs: Kim Schweitzer at [email protected] or Myriam Barthole at [email protected].

Thank you for your past generosity, and Happy Holidays to all!

Superior High School students David Drennan, left, and Nathan Taylor, right, were able to attend the national FBLA conference in Atlanta, Ga., thanks to an enrichment grant provided by SBCO.

Grant Enables Superior Students to Attend Future Business Leaders of America Competition

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

This past spring SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) awarded a $4,000 enrichment grant to the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club of Superior Junior/Senior High School in Superior, Ariz. The grant allowed two students, who placed third in state-level competitions, to travel to the national conference in Atlanta, Ga., during the summer.

Nathan Taylor, a senior, competed in the job interview category at the national level, while David Drennan, a junior, competed in the community service project category. They both ranked in the top three for the state of Arizona in their competitions for the 2022–23 school year. This was Superior’s first time at Nationals for FBLA. Since this event is also a leadership conference, the students had opportunities to network with 10,000 other students from around the country and attend leadership training sessions.

Cameron Vines, FBLA sponsor and student advisor at the junior/senior high school said, “FBLA is the career and technical student organization for our business management program. Each year we recruit students to do community service events and compete in FBLA regional and state competitions, helping them learn valuable life skills.”

“The students involved in FBLA,” noted Christine Martinez, business management teacher at Superior Junior/Senior High School, “gain a sense of accomplishment in successfully planning, executing, and documenting their community service projects. We strive to provide our students with the skills needed to further their education and attain their career goals.”

Both teachers stated, “SaddleBrooke Community Outreach was instrumental in helping provide the money for the airfare to and from Atlanta. Raising money in our school can be tough since our school is so small and everyone is always fundraising for something. We really appreciate your donation and all that you do for the students in our community, including Teen Closet and the SBCO Scholarship that many of our students, including Nathan Taylor, have received.”

SBCO annually awards grants to schools and community organizations in the Copper Corridor, an area stretching from Catalina north to Globe, Ariz. During the past 26 years, SBCO has awarded $650,000 in grants for a variety of programs, including mathematics, reading, gifted and talented, music, art, summer camp, field trips, swimming lessons, and softball.

Donate to SBCO and Make a Difference!

Nancy McCluskey-Moore

For more than 25 years, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) has been providing young people in local communities with opportunities to succeed through programs that provide food, clothing, enrichment grants, and scholarships. We serve youngsters living in the “Copper Corridor”—mining towns stretching more than 100 miles from Catalina to Globe.

Programs implemented by our all-volunteer organization include:

Food—Our Annual Food Drive collects funds (and donated food) for the Tri-Community Food Bank and we deliver holiday food baskets to families in Oracle, San Manuel, and Mammoth.

Kids’ Closet—Twice a year, children from pre-K to 8th grade receive new shoes, clothing, and toiletries, plus a backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies.

Teen Closet—Twice a year, students from 9th through 12th grade receive a $250 shopping budget for clothing and school supplies. Graduating seniors receive an additional shopping trip to prepare for college or work.

Education Enrichment—Grants are given to schools and community organizations to supplement the school curriculum with instructional experiences in science, math, and the arts, as well as summer school, books, and recreational opportunities.

Scholarships—We grant two- and four-year college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Students in a two-year program receive $1,800 per year and those in a four-year program receive $3,600. This year alone we granted 53 scholarships!

Adopt-a-Family and Adopt-a-Child—Annually these programs collect funds from SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch residents that volunteers then use to purchase, wrap, and deliver gifts (or gift cards) to families in Oracle, San Manuel, and the parents/guardians of children attending elementary schools in Oracle, San Manuel, Kearny, Winkelman, San Carlos, and Apache Tribal Social Services.

Your financial contribution to SBCO can make a BIG difference in many children’s lives. Since SBCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID # 86-0843458), all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Contributions are also eligible for the Arizona Tax Credit for Contributions to Charities that Provide Assistance to the Working Poor.

Your donation will be acknowledged. If you make a gift on behalf of a friend or family member, in memory of a special person, or in honor of an event or person, an acknowledgment also will be sent to the appropriate person or his/her family.

You can make a secure online donation at using your credit card or your PayPal account (a PayPal account is not required to donate).

A donation can also be made by delivering or sending a check (made payable to SaddleBrooke Community Outreach or SBCO) to:

SaddleBrooke Community Outreach, Inc.

63675 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd., Suite L

Tucson, AZ 85739

On behalf of many local children, we thank you for your support.