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Pro Bono Analytics Micro-Volunteering: Giving back to our host city

Smart Cities and Sustainable Communities Take Care of their Homeless 

In Arizona, nearly 30% of the population is considered working poor, living on wages that barely cover housing and other basic necessities and have little money to spare for food. This difficult standard of living has left over 36,000 people homeless and unsure of where their next meal will be coming from.

In the spirit of our conference theme “Smart City and Sustainable Communities,” INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics has partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, a food bank and distribution network, and coordinated a volunteering initiative for the INFORMS Annual Meeting Attendees to build snack packs for Phoenix’s homeless population helping make a positive impact in our host city. As much as we need a just a few minutes of our attendees time building the packs, this effort to give back cannot be possible without the financial support of our members, sponsors and exhibitors, and conference community.

The cost for snack pack is $9.35 and your financial support will  provide a homeless man, woman, or child with basic nonperishable food items to be distributed on the streets of Phoenix. See the full list of items that we will be purchasing here

Our goal is to provide St. Mary’s Food Bank with 1,000 complete Snack Packs that will be distributed as a part of complete Meal Bag Kits to homeless individuals on the streets of Phoenix. Please consider a monetary donation to assist INFORMS and its members in their continued efforts to support the communities of our conference host cities.

We need your help!

We are thrilled to announce that all contributors have the opportunity to double their donations 
as an anonymous donor has agreed to match all contributions up to $5,000.

Helping St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

St. Mary’s Food Bank, America’s first food bank, has just celebrated its 50 year anniversary. Serving 250,000 meals per day, it is truly a community-based organization. Individual donors, corporate donors, and private grants help feed hungry individuals and families in our area. St. Mary’s Food Bank serves two-thirds of Arizona’s 15 counties, they are committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.

Find out more about St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance by visiting their website.

Hunger is one of the greatest threats to the Phoenix community. But you can help! Please consider making your donation below today.

Already an INFORMS Member? 
Click here to donate through your existing account.

Make your donation go twice as far with matching up to $5,000.

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors
LINDO Systems Inc
The Optimization Firm
Penn State - IME Program
Penn State - IME Program
Penn State - IME Program
Penn State - IME Program
Penn State - IME Program

For questions about donations please contact us at or (443)-265-2597

Want more ways to help Pro Bono Analytics? Sign up to be an Analytics Volunteer and help make a difference in underserved communities. Visit our website to complete your Volunteer registration.

Coffee with a Member

This wonderful program connects INFORMS students with some of INFORMS most enthusiastic members for 15-minute impromptu meetings and some sage INFORMS advice. We know the Annual Meeting can be a bit overwhelming and hope these casual meetings will make students more comfortable, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about both the meeting and INFORMS. Limited space available and open to first time attendees/participants only.

Especially great for INFORMS student members! Students may enroll when they register for the meeting.

Walking Tour

Walking ToursGuest Tour Downtown Phoenix Walking Tour (free) Sunday, November 4 from 10-11:30am. Get acquainted with Phoenix and some of your fellow INFORMS guests on this 90 minute walk around downtown guided by one of Phoenix’s Downtown Ambassadors, who will share some of the history, art and culture of America’s fifth largest city (and largest state capital!). Meet the Phoenix Downtown Ambassador at the Hyatt Lobby for tour departure.