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Phoenix city budget crisis increases interest in volunteerism

[Source: Cathryn Creno, Arizona Republic] — The City of Phoenix now has a Web page where people can search for ways to volunteers at city parks, social service programs, libraries, and more.  The site was launched Monday in response from calls from citizens wanting to volunteer time to programs in the wake of the city budget crisis, said Deborah Dillon, the city’s education program director.  The opportunities listed include a program to guide visitors at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, a graffiti cleanup program, the Phoenix Police reserves, and the volunteer gardeners at parks, including the Japanese Friendship Garden in downtown Phoenix.  Training typically is provided to most city volunteers.

Dillon said the city is still in the process of trimming programs to balance an approximate $270 budget deficit and is not sure where the biggest needs are yet.  And, “because we haven’t had a central place for volunteers to register their interest, I don’t know the answers to how many new volunteers have come forward,” she said.  “Our first step was to put together a better website so it would be easier for them to find out volunteer opportunities.”

Downtown McKinley School to be renovated

[Source: Deborah Dillon, City of Phoenix] — At its May 28, 2008 meeting, the Phoenix City Council approved two small specialty high school grants from the 2006 Capital Improvement Program Bond funding totaling more than $5.7 million.  The grants awarded to Phoenix Union High School and Paradise Valley districts will be used to develop a small specialty high school in each school district.  “The educational opportunities provided by these grants will build a stronger, more educated workforce that will help Phoenix continue to build its knowledge economy,” said Mayor Phil Gordon.

Phoenix Union will establish a Medical Sciences School on the Bioscience High School campus that will focus on the foundational skills and knowledge to support advanced college course-taking and career development in the medical fields of nursing, veterinary science, epidemiology, and medical practice.  The school district plans to use its $2,447,340 grant to renovate the existing historic McKinley building at McKinley and 6th Street and share cafeteria and common spaces with the Bioscience High School…