PHOENIX, Ariz. (Dec. 17, 2019):  Project C.U.R.E. a Tempe-based volunteer-driven nonprofit agency that delivers 40-foot containers of donated high-quality, desperately needed medical supplies to countries around the world, will receive Experience Matters’ Encore Impact Award at the annual Experience Matters luncheon on Friday, March 6 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, featuring former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.

The Encore Impact Award is presented annually to a nonprofit organization that engages volunteers 50 years and older in solving important social problems, meet important social needs and improve life for people and communities.  Nearly 460 individuals 50 and older are engaged in encore roles at Project C.U.R.E.’s Arizona location.

Over the past five years, Project C.U.R.E., in collaboration with Merck and Every Mother Counts, helped reduce maternal mortality by approximately 50 percent in Zambia and Uganda.

“We are thrilled to present the Encore Impact Award to Project C.U.R.E., who brings resources and hope where the need is greatest,” said Experience Matters Executive Director Wendy Cohen.  “Their success is due in great part to the impact of Encore volunteers who contribute their time and leverage their professional career experiences to make a difference.”

Experience Matters matches the skills and talents of individuals 50 and over with social benefit organizations to enhance their capacity to solve community problems.  Experience Matters has more than 400 nonprofit member organizations and has made over 1,200 matches of Encore Fellows and volunteers over the past 10 years, a human capital value of nearly $43 million.

“We are consistently inspired by the commitment and dedication of our volunteers,” said Project C.U.R.E. Executive Director Ruth Sanchez. “We measure the impact of the Encore workers’ contributions by the number of containers shipped and the number of shifts filled where volunteers sort medical supplies and equipment.  The commitment they share with us and to those we serve is truly immeasurable.”

Established in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. today has more than 100 partners and has started projects in over 130 countries. Operating under a 2-percent overhead, “and thanks to our partners and volunteers, we were able to deliver 145 shipments carrying $48,874,217 in medical supplies and equipment to 42 countries last year,” Sanchez said.

For the Experience Matters luncheon, sponsorships are available and individual tickets go on sale in January. For more information, contact Lauren Hassenmiller at lhasenmiller@experiencematters.org.

For more information about Project C.U.R.E., visit www.projectcure.org.  For more information about Experience Matters, visit www.experiencemattersaz.org.

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Contacts:

• Wendy Cohen, Executive Director, Experience Matters, (602) 812-3939

• Ruth G. Sanchez, Executive Director, Project C.U.R.E. Arizona (480) 432-7478

• Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040

ABOUT EXPERIENCE MATTERS: Recognized nationally as a groundbreaking initiative, the Experience Matters vision is to effect lasting social change through civic engagement to transform the structure and sustainability of hundreds of nonprofits throughout Maricopa County. Experience Matters connects passionate individuals with nonprofit organizations and supports the organizations as they receive the talent.  For more information, visit www.experiencemattersaz.org.