If you’d like assistance from a neighbor to help with grocery shopping, errands, etc., please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with a community volunteer.
To provide community support, please consider this collection of opportunities to give back during this time of need:
While Andre House has closed their doors to volunteers, they are committed to fulfill their mission of feeding the hungry and will continue to serve dinner six nights a week in addition providing access to our restrooms and shower facilities to Phoenicians experiencing homelessness. However, you can help by sewing masks for their guests.
All it takes is a 22” square piece of material or bandana and either two rubber bands or hair elastics. No need to finish the ends of fabric if you cut 22” squares. Follow these links to learn how to make these masks. Finished masks can be mailed or delivered to Andre House. Contact Elizabeth Wunsch at email@example.com for more information.
The American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood product donations from healthy donors. In addition to blood donations, convalescent plasma is also especially needed. People fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Tuesday morning a new state initiative that links Arizonans to resources they can use during the coronavirus outbreak. Arizona Together is meant to connect people and businesses, raise money for community organizations and provide information about volunteer opportunities.
The AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund provides financial support to organizations assisting Arizonans affected by the impacts of COVID-19. Immediate needs are funding of personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical professionals, non-profit organizations (including food banks, homeless shelters, domestic violence facilities and other services) and providing low-income students with resources to transition to online learning.
Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman jointly announced a partnership to launch Arizona Enrichment Centers starting next week to offer childcare for the children of first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers.
Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency. Monetary donations can be made to Scottsdale Community Partners (SCP), and mailed to Vista’s address or made online. Donations to SCP, a qualifying charity under tax code 501(c)3, are tax-deductible.
Operation Fix It: Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a program that provides assistance to qualifying homeowners or tenants who are physically or financially unable to maintain their properties. Operation Fix It teams volunteers and local businesses to provide labor and materials. Contact Michelle Holmes to volunteer and learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 480.312.8703.
Volunteer services include grocery shopping, rides to medical appointments, technical assistance, friendly visits and more! Duet puts your time and talents to good use, right here in our community.
Foothills Animal Rescue
Foster a dog or cat while staying safe at home! With more people staying home, now is the perfect time to foster a companion. Foothills Animal Rescue will provide crates, food, and all other supplies needed to ensure a smooth and successful foster experience. Complete the application and email it to email@example.com.
Become a pen pal to residents in a Mesa assisted living facility. After months of isolation, a friendly message will help lift their spirits. Letters can be mailed to: 22 W. 9th Place, Mesa, AZ, 85201.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation has partnered with Data Doctors, Cox Communications and more organizations to provide laptops for the K-12 students in Phoenix. Individuals and businesses can donate laptops that are no longer needed to be refurbished and given to children who do not have access to one at home. Laptops provided will help children better participate in virtual learning while schools are closed. Donating is easy and risk free; drop off any laptop, iPads, chargers, etc. to one of Data Doctor’s locations. Data Doctors will arrange a time to drop off curbside wipe the hard drive and refurbish before distributing to students in need.
Several opportunities are available with Habitat for Humanity for a variety of skill levels with no experience necessary. Habitat for Humanity is well known for volunteer-built homes that go to deserving families in need. If physically building a home is not of interest, consider volunteering in the ReStore. Flexible three hour shifts include greeting customers, cleaning and testing products and organizing donations. Another opportunity is to be an “Office Angels” which are also essential to the organization’s operations. This position includes data entry, answering phones, filing and scanning at their Phoenix and Peoria locations. If volunteering onsite does not appeal to you, consider donating breakfast or lunch to the approximate thirty-five onsite volunteers building homes. Visit Habitat for Humanity’s website for more details and age restrictions.
Meals on Wheels has more than 5,000 independently-run local programs; all of which are committed to supporting senior neighbors and providing nourishing meals.
Pack a Sack 4 Kids: During the school year children benefit from school lunch programs, but many families struggle to fill the gap while school is done virtually at home. You can help turn hunger into hope by filling a grocery bag with non-perishable foods that kids can make themselves. Visit the website for the list of foods to include and more information. Once assembled, these bags can be dropped of at any Phoenix Rescue Mission collection box or our Family Outreach Center at 1468 N 26th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009.
Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Centers are helping seniors stay healthy with nutritious meals and friendly smiles. Boxed lunches are prepared and ready for pick up at both locations.
Families that rely on school meals for children can still receive breakfast and lunch from select Scottsdale Unified Schools. Click here for details.
Help the unsheltered wash their hands by donating soap! Thousands of Arizonans experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable in the Valley due to unclean living situations, minimal access to running water and crucial hygiene necessities and are typically in larger groups within shelters. You can help and provide hope by donating online, purchasing items from their Amazon wish list or dropping off in-kind donations to their office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Vincent de Paul is still open, still serving individuals experiencing homelessness and working poor families/individuals in our communities. In times like today, they need your support more than ever. For your safety and the well-being of the community, there are two ways to help, all from your computer. Please consider giving a monetary donation or choose an item or two from the Amazon Charity List. Or view the Help From Home guide for a variety of ideas to give back and instructions on how to submit completed projects.
Much needed supplies for children affected by the outbreak. Your donation is completely tax-deductible with less than 3% contributing to administrative expenses.
Help build emergency food bags at the Mesa Convention Center or at United Food Bank’s Volunteer Center. Their goal is to build 30,000 emergency food bags in a single month, which is the most they have done yet! Volunteers are critically needed to help meet this goal! Wearing masks, sanitizing, and wearing gloves during all volunteer shifts are mandatory.
Donate protective equipment for medical professionals. Most needed items are disposable procedural face masks with earloops, disposable surgical masks with or without shields, latex-free medical exam gloves, disposable procedural or surgical gowns, N95 masks and fabric masks. To create a fabric mask, download these instructions. To donate or for more information, contact Lisa Hartsock at firstname.lastname@example.org.