Here’s What Phoenix Nonprofits Need Now and How You Can Help

by Fara Illich
Community Family Featured Fara Illich March 27, 2020

(Photo: Lauren Potter)

A recent Phoenix Community Alliance survey of nonprofit members showed that nearly all have been, or expect to be, significantly impacted by the spread of Covid-19 in Phoenix.

“Each group has different needs – whether it’s money, supplies or advocacy,” said Jon Brodsky, Phoenix Community Alliance executive director. “A major problem is that some can no longer have in-person volunteers, or near normal numbers. It’s clear that nonprofits are on the front lines of this crisis and need help.”

Here’s what nonprofits need now and how you can help:

Arizona Humane Society

The Arizona Humane Society is continuing its life-saving work for the most vulnerable animals in its trauma center, rescue and cruelty investigation program, Bottle Baby and Puppy Parvo intensive care units, and more.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Order critical supplies like hand sanitizer, small-size latex gloves, bleach and high-efficiency (HE) laundry soap, and ship directly: 9226 N. 13th Avenue, Phoenix 85021.

In person drop off: 9226 N. 13th Avenue. Drop the items in the bins located inside the gate in front of the warehouse, between admissions/adoptions and the thrift drop off. The gate will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

The Arizona Pet Project

The Arizona Pet Project’s main goal is to keep prevent pet homelessness by providing services, resources and support to families. The nonprofit has seen significant uptick in requests for help with pet food, pet deposit and rent assistance, temporary boarding (so people can access medical treatment), and emergency veterinary care.

Animals lovers can give back by attending the nonprofit’s live-streamed, virtual event Desert Duck Derby. It’s a fun way to get involved, give back and win great prizes like an African Safari, $1,000 in groceries and more.

You can also donate online.

Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)

Located on the Human Services Campus, CASS provides shelter for the most vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness, including seniors, those who are HIV positive, and others with compromised immune systems. The shelter reaches capacity nightly.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Help the front line workers: Purchase gift cards or have pizza delivered for CASS and Campus employees, which goes a long way in boosting morale. Email or call 602-417-9800 to set up a donation to service providers.

Circle the City

Circle the City provides high-quality healthcare to people experiencing homelessness. Critically needed items include: Personal protective equipment (PPE); bottled water; hand sanitizer; men’s socks and underwear sizes large and extra large; women’s underwear in all sizes; e-readers, tablets and chargers for patient use; a movie projector; sleeping bags, individual sleeping cots, plastic sheeting rolls (from Home Depot or Lowes); 50 one-person tents for isolation (able to accommodate an 84-inch cot).

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

To donate items, call: 623-900-7671. Donation drop off: The Parsons Family Health Center, 3522 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix 85013.

Community Food Connections

Community Food Connections is the nonprofit that operates the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market and the Small Farm Fund.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Genesis City

Genesis Academy serves high-risk, over-age, under-credited and out-of-school youth. The most significant and urgent need is acquiring computers for students to check out so they can access online classes. Some also need WiFi access, as they have none at home.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Amazon Smile shoppers can select Genesis City as their charity of choice. More information is available on the website, by emailing, or by calling 602-254-8090.

Habitat for Humanity – Central Arizona

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. While much of the nonprofit’s charitable work and fundraising events have been paused to adhere to the social distancing guidelines of COVID-19, it is still accepting online donations.

Make a financial contribution online or over the phone by texting “habitatcaz” to 44321.

Human Services Campus

Human Services Campus clients are some of the most vulnerable in the city, including those who have compromised physical and mental health, seniors, and people with disabilities. Today and everyday, there is a need for more shelter, more housing and more homelessness prevention. Critically needed items include: liquid hand soap; trash bags; sanitizing wipes; bottled water; gloves (nitrile exam powder-free, 15- millimeter thickness); deodorant; toothpaste; toothbrushes; feminine hygiene products; adult diapers.

To make a financial contribution: donate online or visit the Amazon Wishlist.

If you are able to lead a collection drive, drop offs are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donation Drive-By: Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. — 15th Avenue and Harrison Street

Pull up to the Human Services Campus and staff will help remove donations from the back of your car or truck. Call Ivan Orozco at 602-282-0849 or email for more information about collection drives or the Donation Drive-By event.

Virtual Walk to End Homelessness: Saturday, April 4

ICM Food + Clothing Bank

ICM Food + Clothing Bank is experiencing a surge in need from local families seeking food and other necessities. Critically needed items include: tuna or canned meats; nut butters and jelly; spaghetti and sauce; rice; cereal and oatmeal; baby foods, wipes and diapers; toiletries and clothes.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

To donate food and other items email

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals who have nowhere else to turn for help. Monetary donations are needed to help keep services in operation, modify services, and aid families coping with income disruption, loss of housing, food shortages, etc.

To make a financial contribution: donate online or purchase much-needed supplies through Amazon Wishlist.

If you’d like to be added to the list of on-call volunteers, please email: with “Here to Help” in the subject line, or call 602-261-6886.

Drop off food, clothing or sanitizing supplies during regular business hours at the main campus: 2120 S. 3rd Drive, Phoenix 85003.

Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

The Southwest Center serves individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS through prevention, education, client-centered services and coordinated care.

Ways to help: Grocery store gift cards to help clients who cannot afford food; drug store gift cards to help recently-unemployed clients access medications; connections to legitimate work-from-home employment; donations of hotel room stays for clients at-risk of homelessness; therapists willing to donate remote sessions for clients experiencing anxiety; financial contributions for rent and utilities, or to help where the need is greatest.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

To donate items, gift cards or services, contact Director of Community Services Rocko Cook:

St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker (SJW) is a nonprofit that helps people return to the workforce and become self-sufficient, productive members of society. Whether through resume preparation, mock interviews, internet access, new clothing, transportation assistance and more — SJW helps eliminate the barriers to gaining employment.

Those seeking employment services should phone 602-584-5511 or email

As a community funded organization, every dollar counts. Donate online to support SJW.

UMOM New Day Centers

UMOM New Day Centers is a local nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness for families, single women and youth in the community. The focus is to restore hope, rebuild lives, and end homelessness by providing emergency shelter, supportive services, and addressing barriers that prevent successful employment and permanent housing. Clients are provided with a variety resources, such as employment workshops, life skills classes, childcare, healthcare and much more. In addition to providing shelter to hundreds of families, women and youth daily, UMOM also offers more than 400 affordable housing units across the Valley, with another 90 units opening in May for seniors (with preference to veterans).

To make a financial contribution: donate online.




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