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Volunteer and Giving Opportunities: Phoenix Nonprofits to Support this Spring

by Phoenix Community Alliance
Community Featured Phoenix Community Alliance April 29, 2021

(Photo: Lauren Potter)

Nonprofit Phoenix Community Alliance Members are doing incredible things for our community. Here are some opportunities to join them in their influential efforts.

The Arizona Pet Project

The Arizona Pet Project provides temporary pet boarding for families experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, or medical and mental health treatment, as well as emergency veterinary care, pet food, rent assistance, and community wellness.

They’ve seen a significant increase in the number of families seeking assistance, and could use bilingual volunteers to assist with outreach and resource center staffing. The nonprofit is also in search of office furniture (desks, chairs, shelves) as well as a couple of laptops, tablets, or computers to outfit the center.

Arizona School for the Arts (ASA)

For the first time in ASA’s 25-year history, students will proudly present the 2021 performance theme — HOME: An ASA Showcase — via live stream on June 3, 2021. You are invited to join ASA as a sponsor or donor to illuminate the accomplishments of their resilient student artists, recognize faculty, and honor alumni.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

In the past year alone, 964 volunteers contributed 7,427 hours to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, according to their website. Volunteer opportunities are available for ages 14 and up, and the Children’s Museum can also use your donations in order to continue to bring engaging, creative, learning experiences to the children of our community. Contact Marisa at mcamarillo@childmusephx.org for more information on volunteer opportunities.

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.

Financial contributions are most needed – donations can be made online and are applicable for the Arizona charitable organization tax credit. Additional special needs have arisen during the pandemic, including materials and incentives for day program classes and frontline workers. See their wish list of items needed online, or email development@cassaz.org to discuss creative ways that your business or club can partner to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Community Food Connections (CFC)

There are many ways to help support local food security, preserve Arizona farmland, enhance our local community, and strengthen our sustainability. Shopping the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Marketing (Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) year-round at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market is one consistent way you can help, and CFC also has volunteer opportunities. You can also make a contribution directly to support CFC operations, vendor scholarships, and farm grant projects online here.

Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona

Invest in our community with your sponsorship to Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona’s Empower Arizona Fundraising Breakfast. With your support, they are helping Arizonans get the career development, training, and educational resources they need to gain meaningful employment and earn a sustainable wage. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or if you would like to know other ways you can get involved please email communitydevelopment@goodwillaz.org.

Habitat for Humanity Central AZ

Your leadership skills are needed at Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. No construction experience needed, just a willingness to volunteer. Contact ryan@habitatcaz.org for more information.

Herberger Theater Center

In this time of unprecedented difficulty, your donations help Herberger Theater keep the curtain raised for the performing arts. With your help, they can sustain a safe and inspiring outdoor space for our community — and prepare for a time when we can celebrate the magic of live performance back inside together. Donate here.

Human Services Campus

Several opportunities to serve clients experiencing homelessness are available, including information desk, post office, and donation center volunteers. For more information email volunteer@hsc-az.org.

Institute for Digital Progress

There are as many as one million Arizonans who are unconnected or under-connected to schools, jobs, and healthcare. Join the Institute for Digital Progress as they build an unprecedented coalition of civic and business leaders, along with technologists, educators, and grassroots activists to come together to collectively address and commit to overcoming major challenges on behalf of all Arizonans.
Contact Brian Dean at brian@idp.city to get involved today and help solve one of the most systematic challenges facing our community.

Keep Phoenix Beautiful

Keep Phoenix Beautiful is distributing My Beautiful PHX cleanup kits for the next few Saturdays at the Pierson Street Community Garden from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Beautify your neighborhood by picking up trash wherever you see it, and use #rakchallengearizona to share your cleanup efforts.

Kids in Focus

Join the Kids in Focus community of volunteers and help give vulnerable kids a new lens on life. Become a mentor, serve on an event committee, help set up photo exhibits – there’s something for everyone!

Million Dollar Teacher Project 

Million Dollar Teacher Project is a teacher retention and recruitment organization dedicated to ensuring all Valley children receive a quality education led by excellent teachers. You can support their work by making a financial contribution. Or, if you shop at Fry’s Food Stores, Amazon, or Facebook,  you can select Million Dollar Teacher Project as their charity of choice for birthday fundraisers or when shopping.

NourishPHX

NourishPHX has been serving the Valley since 1983 with food, clothing, toiletries, diapers, and more. Volunteers are needed in all areas including client intake, clothing sorting, and more.

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, drugstore gift cards to help recently unemployed clients access medications, connections to work-from-home employment, therapists willing to donate remote sessions for clients experiencing anxiety, and financial contributions to help where the need is greatest. To donate items, gift cards, or services contact Rocko Cook at rcook@swcenter.org.

St. Joseph the Worker

Help Empower un- and/or underemployed individuals to find quality employment in the Phoenix Valley Metro by donating, volunteering your time, or becoming an employer partner.

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul has virtual and on-site volunteer opportunities. Contact HelpFromHome@svdpaz.org with questions & ideas.

There are so many impactful nonprofits in Phoenix. Please contact our Cyndy Gaughan, Senior Director of PCA, at CGaughan@dtphx.org with additional opportunities to be included.

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