December 2021 | ISSUE 172
Introducing our 1st Annual Run for Autism

At AZA United, we are elated to announce our 1st Annual Run for Autism on Saturday, March 19th at 9:00 AM, at Freestone Park in Gilbert.

Runners, walkers, and virtual participants are all welcome!

This inaugural event will offer three different options: a 5K, a 1-mile Family Fun Run and a Kids Dash! The first 200 registrants will receive an event t-shirt and a medal. You can register as an individual runner or as a team!

Early bird pricing ends December 31st! For event details, and to register, visit our event website here.

Please join us at this event to help promote autism and neurodiversity acceptance. We look forward to seeing you and your family there!

For information on team registration or sponsorship opportunities, contact us at
Welcoming our New Board Member

Arizona Autism United is celebrating the addition of Stacy Harkins as a new member of our volunteer Board of Directors. Stacy has over 25 years of experience in financial services across the United States, India and Singapore. She also has extensive knowledge in the areas of strategic planning & execution, global product management, operations management and problem resolution. Stacy is an exceptional leader and has proudly directed forums and advisory initiatives during her years of service at JP Morgan Chase. 

For Stacy, joining AZA United’s board of directors is a meaningful way to serve and support the autism community. She is passionate about the direct individual impact AZA’s mission has on families living with autism and other developmental disabilities. Welcome Stacy!
As a nonprofit organization, the Board of Directors is AZA United’s governing body. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization.

You Can Direct Your Tax Dollars to Help Families

Many of the families we serve face unimaginable challenges every day, but you can help! Donations to AZA United go to programs for families with diverse types of needs. Your donation today allows children to acquire basic daily skills, like taking their first steps, saying their first words, preparing their first meal independently and graduating from school. You also support programs to help children learn appropriate behavior so they can live fulfilling lives at home and be integrated in the community.  
Arizona Autism United is qualified through the state of Arizona for the Charitable Organization Tax Credit. This unique program allows donors to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to $400 for individuals, or $800 for married couples. You can decide how your tax dollars impact the community when you make a contribution to AZA United and receive a refund when you file your taxes. It is that easy!
We're hiring! Yes, we have several openings for different positions. This is your opportunity to join our amazing Team AZA or take advantage of our career path opportunities if you are a current employee.

Check out a list of all the job opportunities currently available by clicking here.
Upcoming Events

On behalf of everyone at AZA United, we would like to wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and a new year full of health, peace and joy!

See you in 2022!
Link of the Month

Enjoy our 2021 Community Awareness and Acceptance Video which includes the family photo contest slide show, organizational achievements and plans for the future.