We are so inspired by the businesses in our community because of how many of them are committed to helping to make the world better than it is today. Check out some great businesses below and how they are helping others.

Torrence Watkins | Optometrist, Owner of Laveen Lasik and Total Eyecare

We have been serving the Laveen community for over 14 years. Over the years we have sponsored sports teams, have had vision screenings at the elementary schools, and given free exams and glasses to Phoenix Rescue Missions. Not that is impossible to help the world but I wish more people, companies and businesses would focus on their community. Just this year we were able to give two $10,000 scholarships to our Laveen High Schools. The scholarship will be for four years and the recipients are so deserving. Our most impactful endeavor is that we will have an anti-dyslexia program for the Laveen School District starting this fall. This program will help many of the underachieving students gain confidence in their learning capabilities and self-esteem. Approximately 15-20% of grammar school age children can benefit from vision therapy. I was elected to the School Board of Laveen last year and it allows me an opportunity to give more to my community. Read more>>

Judy Dragoo | Owner at Judy Wear Boutique

“It helps ladies feel better about themselves. Mother nature isn’t always kind to our bodies as we age, so I love helping women find clothes that make them feel good. It also becomes a social thing as well — friendships develop at Judy Wear! The ladies develop a sense of camaraderie when they start talking about their sense of style, and we get them actively involved in each other’s fitting room experiences. And right now, so many people are still working from home, and they’re stuck wearing their pajamas all day; but we like to encourage them to get back into the habit of dressing up and feeling that sense of normalcy. We want Judy Wear to be a bright spot in our customers’ day, not just a shopping experience. We don’t want our ladies to come in and feel that they need to purchase something. We have ladies that come in just to talk and escape their everyday life. They feel comfortable at Judy Wear. There are ladies who haven’t left their house throughout the entire pandemic, and we’re the first place they come after twelve months. That makes us feel good. Read more>>

Selene Koster | Artist

My artwork is an extension of my voice, and I use my voice to bring awareness to certain causes, such as CPTSD (Complex PTSD), racial equity, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Each painting holds a message close to my heart. I’m using my voice to encourage others to use their own, and I hope that they can see themselves reflected in my work if they don’t have the option to use their own. I want those voices to be heard. Read more>>