Mercury and PetSmart Refurbish Youth Center
The Phoenix Mercury, PetSmart and one n ten came together to refurbish the one n ten youth center on Saturday, June 2 as part of a beautification project aimed to benefit local non-profits that celebrate diversity and combat bullying among teens.
Mercury staff participated in the project along with over 60 volunteers from PetSmart’s headquarters, and youth that utilize the one n ten facility in downtown Phoenix. The team of people painted the building, planted flower beds, added storage solutions, and cleaned the interior of the building. Products and services donated by Sherwin-Williams and CareScape helped make the project possible.
“Teenagers need a safe environment where they feel comfortable to be themselves. That’s exactly what one n ten provides and if we can help by picking up a paint brush or planting some flowers, it’s well worth the time and energy,” said Amber Cox, President and COO of the Phoenix Mercury. “We’re grateful to PetSmart and its employees for spearheading this project.”
“At PetSmart, we believe it’s our responsibility to support diversity and inclusion, both within our company and in our community,” said David Lenhardt, President and COO of PetSmart. “We applaud one n ten for the work they do every day to help develop and offer direction to youth, and we’re honored to be a part of this project.”
The center is used by teens and young adults who are in need of services that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. one n ten also works in partnership with other Valley and national organizations that help teens and young adults including, homeless shelters, suicide prevention crisis lines (some by teens for teens), Youth at Risk, Concilio Latino de Salud, Teen Lifeline, Peer Solutions, Gay/Straight Alliances, GLSEN, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS and the Native American Community Health Center.
“Seeing so many volunteers from PetSmart and the Mercury come together to enhance our community center is heart-warming,” said one n ten Executive Director Linda Elliott. “The impact that it has on our kids goes way beyond enhanced aesthetics. They see community people who care about their futures enough to invest time and energy to ensure they have a great place to learn and grow. That impact can’t be measured.”
The partnership will continue throughout the summer with a canned food drive that will be held prior to the Mercury’s August 23 matchup vs. New York. All of the canned goods collected will be donated to one n ten.
The Mercury, one of the eight original WNBA clubs, is part of the longest running professional women’s team sports league in the United States. The team, currently 2-4, will travel to Los Angeles on June 8 before returning home to host the Minnesota Lynx on Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets start at $10. To purchase tickets, visit phoenixmercury.com or call 602-252-WNBA (9622).
PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 50,000 associates and operates more than 1,241 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 194 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp SM day care services and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization and the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of nearly 5 million pets.
one n ten is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to serving and assisting LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 14-24. one n ten serves 800 unique youth per year at its facilities. During any given week, one n ten serves about 300 youth. Some come sporadically, some come consistently, and the agency serves around 30 new youth per month. 60-70% of the youth served are Latino and 30- 50% are homeless. one n ten provides participants with tools to improve self-esteem and acceptance of who they are and enhance their lives by providing empowering social and service programs that promote self‐expression, self‐acceptance, leadership development and healthy life choices. By creating a safe space, mentally and physically, for youth of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds one n ten covers a wide range of social, educational, health, and community issues. Youth with particular needs have the option to speak with peers or volunteers one-on-one, in a supervised setting. one n ten also offers social networking opportunities appropriate for developing leadership skills and having fun.