Pan De Vida Foundation (PDVF) was created in response to a need in the community of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley. Its beginning evolved into a formal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates in Maricopa and Pinal Counties. PDV developed several programs since its inception. From providing food boxes and hygiene supplies to families, providing five hundred football jerseys and equipment for adolescent boys, offering scholarships to community colleges, organizing and facilitating a safe and social community for the ageing seniors, and offering free health and wellness clinics that have served over 1,000s of families in the east valley with the support of the community’s physicians, dentist, chiropractors, nurses and local advocacy groups.
Mary Gloria founded Pan De Vida Foundation in 2003. Mary has devoted her life to community service; She was honored for her incredible work in 2005 by receiving the prestigious Hon Kachina Award, along with being recognized as the 2003 Town of Queen Creek Woman Volunteer of the Year. Other honors include the nomination for the 2005 Queen Creek Woman of the Year Award, 2004 Cardinals Community Quarterback Finalist Award, KEZ Beth and Friends, Woman of the Year runner-up, and the 2008 Valle de Sol, HLI Alumni Excellence Award.
RESTORING FAMILY COMMUNITIES
In 2010, PDV Foundation gained notoriety in the community after helping to restore the Valley of the Sun Estates neighborhood. After the recession, a home developer left a number of homes in the area unfinished which lead to abandoned homes that became drug houses, unsanitary streets filled with trash, and nowhere for drainage to be disposed of safely, which kids were playing in the unsafe and wastewater. Pan De Vida, with the support of volunteers and surrounding communities, cleaned up 85,000 pounds of trash, collected from the community and illegal dumping. Today, the community is safe, has street lights and paved streets, and a proper drainage system.