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Valley nonprofits recognized

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Bank of America President Benito Almanza handed over two $200,000 checks to two local nonprofits: St. Joseph the Worker and Chicanos Por La Causa.

Almanza said the two organizations help provide needs vital to this community.

"It really was about the work they've done during these difficult economic times where they were the backbone of the community for nonprofits, and they took on a lot of responsibilities that, frankly, our community wasn't able to perform," Almanza said.

From providing computers, phones, even clothing, Saint Joseph the Worker helps individuals return to the workforce and become self-sufficient.

Executive Director Brent Downs says they provide needs most of us take for granted.

"You woke up this morning and you had to stand in line for a shower after standing in line for a bed, and then you come in and try to get a resume after not being online or having an address or phone. Those are the kinds of needs we provide at Saint Joseph the Worker," Downs said.

Edmundo Hidalgo with CPLC is honored to be recognized this year. He says the nonprofit has helped the disadvantaged for over 45 years.

"It's really key for us to continue to invest in the community and make sure that those individuals who are trying to help themselves have the opportunity to do so," Hidalgo said.

Almanza agreed.

"We feel that nonprofits are the backbone of the community and they, a lot of times, go unrecognized," he said.

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