Programs & Projects

Every day, the GVR Foundation makes Green Valley Recreation, Inc. (GVR) and the local community better in tangible and heartfelt ways, inspired by the mission of the Foundation to:

Enrich the lives of GVR members and community residents through programs, advocacy, and financial support that promote health and wellness in Green Valley, Arizona.

Member Assistance Program

Since 1995, more than 800 Member Assistance Program (MAP) grants were awarded to GVR members. MAP recipients are individuals living on limited financial resources. GVR Foundation assumed responsibility for raising necessary funds for MAP in 2015 to help alleviate financial stress of GVR members in need. Thanks to individual donations and a grant from The Country Fair White Elephant, MAP provided $19,967 to assist 45 members in paying annual dues in 2019. We continue to fundraise for the MAP Endowment.

Senior Veteran Member Assistance Program
GVR Senior Games Bike Riders

Southern Arizona Senior Games

Annual three-week event in March for adults 50+ features more than 30 different sports and recreation competitions, attracting 1,000 participants (approx.) and volunteers from 37 U.S. States, Canada and Mexico. GVR Foundation assumed responsibility for the Senior Games in 2015, with GVR as the Presenting Sponsor.
2019 Senior Games Results Book
2018 Senior Games Results Book

Due to Coronavirus concerns, remaining Senior Games events are cancelled until further notice.

The 2020 Southern Arizona Senior Games are Sponsored by:


Adopt A Highway

The GVR Foundation has joined with Green Valley Recreation, Inc. and adopted local sections of the I-19 corridor and frontage road in Green Valley to help keep our community looking sharp and litter-free. Combined, more than 75 GVR member and staff volunteers have participated in the quarterly litter pick-ups since 2014.

Adopt a Highway
Retire Arizona

Launched in January 2018, this exciting new website promotes the Greater Green Valley community. Made possible by generous start-up grants from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, the community-wide website enhances economic development and tourism in and around Green Valley. Flyer

Capital Fundraising Campaign for GVR Pickleball Center

In March 2018, GVR Board and GVR Foundation Board signed an ‘Agreement in Support of Capital Campaign’ to jointly support development of a GVR Pickleball Center. GVR has approved the Pickleball Center concept and the Foundation secured a $50,000 grant from Freeport-McMoRan Foundation to assist that effort.

GVR Foundation Grantees

Our focus is on charitable giving and enhancing, enriching and
supporting the community through programs, advocacy, and financial
support that promote health and wellness in Green Valley, Arizona.

GVR Foundation Grantees

  • GV PB Club
  • Posada Life Community Services
  • Sahuarita Food Bank & Community Resource Center
  • GVR MAP program
  • Greater Green Valley Community Foundation COVID19 Impact Fund
  • Green Valley Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers (SAV)
  • Friends in Deed
  • Community Food Bank-Amado-Green Valley
  • Valley Assistance Services
  • Los Niños del Valle Preschool & Childcare
  • Pima Council on Aging
  • The Salvation Army / Green Valley Service Center
  • Parkinson’s Support Group of Green Valley
  • Hands of a Friend Foundation (Genesis House)
  • Green Valley / Sahuarita Optimist Club
  • Valle Verde Rotary Club
  • The Animal League of Green Valley
  • Community Performance and Art Center
  • Friends of the Pima-Green Valley Library

SoAZ CultureFest

Annual celebration in March of people, music, art & food of Southern Arizona, including interactive performances. Proceeds benefit GVR Foundation & Great Green Valley Community Foundation.
2019 SoAZ CultureFest III

Sun Shuttle

GVR Foundation sponsored 5 forums to assist Green Valley residents in signing up for a senior pass on a SunGo ID & Card. All forums were filled to capacity, with over 150 Green Valley residents obtaining cards.

Write-A-Will Workshops

Complimentary programs sponsored by GVR Foundation & GGVCF and presented by expert estate planners and financial advisors about how to prepare or revise wills and manage an estate for charitable giving. Sessions held in 2018 and 2019 saw over 100 members attend this popular program.
2019 Write-A-Will Flyer