Community News

From The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce: Grand Canyon Weekly Community News

January 10, 2019


Community Announcements
Welcome to the Grand Canyon Community News Weekly email for January 9th. Our goal is to combine all Grand Canyon area Activities, Events, Meetings, Volunteer Opportunities in one newsletter and send it out weekly. If you have something to contribute please click the links below.
Government Shutdown -  The state of Arizona has been supplying funds for trash, plowing and cleaning bathrooms.  However, with the ability of the Park to tap into fee revenue accounts through the revised contingency plan  this will most likely transition in the next few weeks. 
Grand Canyon Conservancy is also providing funding and will continue to keep open Yavapai Geology Museum, Verkamps, Lookout Studio, Kolb Studio and Desert View. 
All of the park Commissionaires remain open, tour companies will be able to continue to operate as well. 
While everyone is hoping for a resolution sooner than later - Centennial Events (i.e. birthday party in February) will not be allowed to occur if the shutdown continues.
APS announced additional funds available for those Government employees affected by the shutdown.  Up to $400 of assistance may be available to you. Click here for additional information.
Chase Bank - NEW YORK, NY Jan 10, 2019 Chase today encouraged customers affected by the U.S. government shutdown to call if they need help with their Chase mortgages, credit card accounts or car loans.

Customers can find out about Chase’s hardship programs by calling the special care line at 1-888-356-0023.

Chase offers hardship programs to customers broadly who have been affected by unemployment, financial strain or natural disasters, including potentially:

Waiving or refunding late fees
Extending payments on car loans and leases
Protecting customers’ credit histories

“We’re here for our government worker customers whose pay may be disrupted,” said Thasunda Duckett, CEO of Consumer Banking at Chase. “We all hope this will be resolved soon.”

Since December 24, Chase has been automatically waiving or refunding overdraft and monthly service fees on Chase checking and savings accounts if an employee’s salary from an affected federal agency was direct-deposited into the account in November, 2018.

Mike Scott is working with St Mary's food bank - currently there are dry staples available at Grand Canyon Recreation.  Additionally Flagstaff Food Pantry has donated some fresh veggies and fruit - also available at the Recreation Center.  Another food delivery will be on Wednesday January 16th at about 11 am.  Please contact Mike for additional information regarding food at 207-229-1228. 
Sunday January 13th from 1 pm - 3 pm Grand Canyon Community Church will be sponsoring a soup and bread thank you meal at the Recreation Center.  All are welcome to attend and volunteers are also needed.  Please contact Mike for additional info. 207-229-1228
Friday January 18th - The Grand Canyon Food Pantry - with assistance from Grand Canyon School Culinary Students and Delaware North Chef Justin Warnat, will begin a weekly Supper Cafe at the Grand Canyon Recreation Center.  Volunteers are also needed for set up, serving and take down. Please contact Mike Scott if interested in assisting.  NPS will also have a member of the CI team there to assist / answer any questions.
Sunday January 20th 7 pm Coffee with a Cop at Grand Canyon Recreation Center - The law enforcement rangers of Grand Canyon National Park are hosting a series of small community meetings throughout 2019. This is the first planned meeting of the year.

There is no agenda for the meetings, just an opportunity for community members to meet their local law enforcement officers and vice versa.  All Community members(Grand Canyon or Tusyan) are encouraged to bring their curiosity, and any questions or concerns about police work, emergency services, victim services or other community services.

Light food and drinks will be provided by the law enforcement rangers (coffee, tea, soda, snacks)
The Grand Canyon Chamber(Visitor) and the South Rim Chamber of Commerce(locals) Facebook pages will have updates as things change / services become available.  Stay tuned....
Old Cars needed for Fire Training: Need to get rid of a useless car? You can donate them to the fire department for training. If you do please contact Ray or Greg at 928-648-3473 Thank you in advance.
We have added a lot to our Google Calendar so please take a look here.  
I have a community announcement
Community Event
Jan 11th 7 pm Movie Night Bad Times at the El Royal Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 13th 1 - 3 pm Free Soup Meal
Grand Canyon Community Recreation
Jan 16th 11 am St Mary's Food Bank
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 16th 12 pm - 3 pm St Mary's Food Bank
Tusayan - Chicken Kitchen parking lot
Jan 16th 6 pm Family Movie Night Frozen
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 18th 10 am - 2 pm Veteran Services Available
Grand Canyon Recreation Piano Room
Jan 18th 6 pm Supper Cafe
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 18th 7 pm Movie Night Venom
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 19th 7 pm Mac-n-Cheese Cook off
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 19th 8 pm Pool Tournament
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 20th 7 pm Coffee with a Cop
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 25th 6 pm Supper Cafe
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 25th 7 pm Movie Night White Boy Rick
Grand Canyon Recreation
Jan 30th 6 pm Family Movie Night Happy Feet
Grand Canyon Recreation
I have a community event
Organized Activities
Grand Canyon Community Choir
Tuesdays 7 pm
Grand Canyon Recreation Center
Kids Free Movement Dance Mondays 4:30 pm ages 5 - 9 fees apply Grand Canyon Recreation
Kids Hip Hop Tuesdays 4:30 pm  Ages 10+ fees apply Grand Canyon Recreation
Kid's Tumbling Wednesdays 3:30 pm fees apply
Grand Canyon Recreation
Girls on the Run - Grades 3rd - 5th Mon/Wed 4 pm - 5:30 pm.  Grades 6th - 8th Tue/Thur 4 pm - 5:30 pm.  Contact
English Classes
Tusayan Town Hall
Mondays and Tuesdays 6-7 pm
Playgroup for kids & parents
Grand Canyon Rec Center
Mondays 10 am - 12 pm
Bible Study and small group discussion
Mondays 7 pm Canyon Plaza Hotel Atrium sponsored by: The Grand Canyon Community Church
I host an organized activity
Community Meetings
Grand Canyon Rotary is doing good things. Interested in learning more we meet weekly on Wednesday's from 12:10 - 1:10 pm at Big E Steakhouse. Please join us or call Laura for more information at 520-329-1889.
Grand Canyon AA
Grand Canyon chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meet three times a week at the South Rim on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays in the Kachina Room of Kachina Lodge at 7 pm. 
I host a community meeting
Field Trips
Grand Canyon Recreation Center
Jan 16th - 12 pm Tusayan Food Bank FREE
Jan 18th - Flagstaff Shopping $18
Jan 21st - 23rd Laughlin $70
Jan 28th - Flagstaff Shopping $18
You must sign up in person at Grand Canyon Recreation Center

I host a field trip / outing

Keep Fit
Grand Canyon Recreation Center
Sun 5:00 pm Open Gym at GC School (note no open gym on Sun Dec 23rd or Sun Dec 30th)
Mon 7:00 pm Yoga
I host keep fit activities
Volunteers/Donations Needed
Grand Canyon Community Church - looking for volunteers to assist with meals for the community during this shutdown period.  Please contact Mike Scott 207-229-1228 if you can assist.
Grand Canyon PTA
Interested in getting more involved at the school? Contact Cherie Benefield email or call 928-310-8289.   All are welcome - door prizes for members.  Hope to see you there!

CASA of Coconino County is looking for volunteers to be matched with a foster care child.
• Be the eyes and ears of the judge for a child.
• Spend time being aware of administrative happenings in a foster child’s life.
• Be another caring adult in a foster child’s life.

Felicia Bicknell
CASA Recruitment and Training Coordinator
CASA of Coconino County


Tusayan Fire Department
We are seeking people with a strong desire to learn and eventually commit to one night a week.  Send anybody you think would be a good candidate to the TFD or have them call 638-FIRE. 
Coconino Community College
Coconino Communtiy College is also looking for Part-Time Faculty to teach classes here at the Grand Canyon.  They are partnering with the Grand Canyon Chamber, Town of Tusayan, National Park Service and other local businesses to broaden the local educational opportunities with on-site programs.  They want to employ local part-time faculty where possible to help supplement local incomes and provide opportunities to do something new.  If you are interested in a part-time faculty position please click here  to fill out an application.

Box-Tops wanted! Here is an easy way to help our local school - check those boxtops - the school earns $0.10 cash per boxtop. Check your tops clip them and turn them in asap!

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Do you shop Easily switch to and support local Grand Canyon organizations.
Shop like you always do but check out through and a portion of your purchase price goes directly to your charity of choice.  To pick your charity search  zip code 86023, and select from multiple local groups such as Grand Canyon PTA, Kaibab Learning Center, or Grand Canyon Association as your charity of choice. SHOP AS NORMAL! Same prices, same policies, same Amazon, no extra money from you! Use this all the time, and help your local community!
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Community Resources
FREE HIGH SPEED INTERNET and CHROMEBOOK USE at Tusayan Town Hall every Friday morning from 9am-1pm. Students and local residents welcome! Schoolwork or personal use. Assistance provided by Grand Canyon School staff members. Drop-ins are welcome! Come and take advantage of speedy internet! Contact for details. Please see the GC School calendar for open/close dates.
Victim Witness Services are located at the Canyon.
• Orders of Protection
• Financial Assistance
• Pre-restitution
• Pets too – temporary housing for pets
Contact: Bethany Larsen, Grand Canyon Victim Advocate, Victim Witness Services 928.864.9791
Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth (CCCY) is here to support the health and welfare of children.
Child Abuse Prevention Conference
• April 18th @ Little America, Flagstaff
• Scholarships available
Frank Moraga
Parent & Community Outreach Coordinator
Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth
SNAP Program - Do you need help buying food?

We have been working hard to bring a SNAP program to the Grand Canyon area. We hope to have more information soon but if you want to see if you may qualify see below.

Your household must meet certain requirements to be eligible for SNAP and receive benefits. If your State agency determines that you are eligible to receive SNAP benefits, you will receive benefits back to the date you submitted your application.

To see if you might be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, visit our