Fountain Hills Cares

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Fountain Hills Cares is a Town sponsored community presentation of essential topics for the benefit of Fountain Hills residents.

Being civil to each other generally means treating others with dignity, courtesy, respect, politeness, and consideration. However, according to national surveys, most Americans believe society is less civil than a decade ago. The topic of civility is not only a national or regional issue; it is also a discussion worth having in Fountain Hills. Fountain Hills Cares is holding a special community event to share and discuss this vital topic.

Join your neighbors for an important discussion about civility in the Fountain Hills Community Center on Thursday, March 21, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Please RSVP HERE.

Patrick OGrady


Evan Lowe, Ph.D. is a faculty member at Arizona State University’s School for Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL). He has led professional development seminars with Arizona teachers on the meaning of patriotism in the Constitution and throughout the course of American political discourse. He is particularly interested in the questions that arise in political life that involve matters of science, technology, and religion. More broadly he is interested in the political dynamics surrounding change and stability, especially the role of moderation and civil discourse in the expression of attitudes and democratic deliberation.

Patrick O'Grady is Editor-in-Chief for Independent Newspapers. He will provide an overview of the Civility Pledge and how, or in many cases, the lack of civil discussion is occurring across the country. 

Logo for the Fountain Hills Cares presentation on Civility in Fountain Hills

Past Fountain Hills Cares programs and presentations

Protect Yourself From Fraud - Thursday, October 19, 2023

Complex Financial Crimes - Mary F. Gleason, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Consumer FraudDesiree Quintera, Community Outreach Coordinator, Arizona Attorney General’s Office

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - Social Media and Mental Health Issues

Katey McPherson, the Director of Professional Development for Bark for Schools, an artificial intelligence app that protects over 5 million children using personal and school-issued devices. Fountain Hills Cares Presentation 4-20-23

Shelly Mowrey is the Demand Reduction Coordinator for Arizona HIDTA. Over the last 20 years, Shelly has developed substance use prevention programs that are instrumental in reducing youth substance use in the state of Arizona. Her passion is assisting substance use prevention coalitions in delivering quality programs with successful outcomes. Fountain Hills Cares Presentation 4-20-23

Elena Zavalza is the Latinx coordinator for notMYkid. She helped develop curriculum for programs to educate parents and caregivers on brain development, ACEs, discipline, scheduled and routines, and safety training. Fountain Hills Cares Presentation 4-20-23

Following the presentations, there was an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the presenters, as well as with Cathy Mangels, LMSW, LASAC, the Education Behavioral Health Counselor for Salt River Schools.

The Fountain Hills Drug-Free Coalition held an essay contest with students on how social media affects their mental health. Here are two of the winning essays: "Out of the Darkness" (PDF) by Sophia Boyce.  "The Day That Social Media Broke Me" by Olivia Sopeland (PDF) 

Oct. 30, 2021 - Our first Fountain Hills Cares event had topics on Homelessness, Race Relations, Mental Health and Suicide Awareness, and the Rise of Fentanyl   Experts in these fields presented at this event.

April 21, 2022 - Dementia and the Caregiver - Fountain Hills Cares' topic focused on dementia and the caregivers who make a difference in the lives of those living with the disease. Presentation (PDF) by Nydia Montijo, MPH Community Outreach Coordinator for Foundation for Senior Living.

October 20, 2022 - Veterans Benefits and What You Need to Know - Fountain Hills Cares featured Col. Wanda Wright Director of Arizona Department of Veteran Affairs, and Michael Welch, Interim Medical Center Director of VA Phoenix Health Care. (Arizona Department of Veteran Services website) (VA website)

AZDVA Presentation (PDF) Presented by Col. (Ret) Wanda Wright

VA Presentation Presented by Michael Welch