Already feeling bored this summer? As residents of a hellish Arizonan heat, most of our summer-boredom-busting ideas deal with avoiding the sun at all costs: museum-hopping, water park visits and road trips. But, these ideas can grow old. Luckily, all over Phoenix, various organizations are holding summer donation drives for members of our community in need. Why not spend some time this summer looking through drawers, towers of garage boxes, stuffed-beyond-capacity closets and hidden sheds, or even to visit the store to find something to donate? Get to rummaging and check out these philanthropic opportunities around the Valley.
1. WHAT: Red Shield Survival Squad
WHO: The Salvation Army is a long-standing charity organization that provides several resources like clothing, food, and general supplies to those in need. Since 1983, the Metro Phoenix Salvation Army has provided a hand-up to homeless, young, elderly, and abused people.
WHEN: Every day through June 30th
WHERE: Any Salvation Army Emergency Heat Relief Station Location (listed at https://www.salvationarmyphoenix.org/az-extreme-heat-relief)
HOW: Donate money; Bottled water (standard bottles)
2. WHAT: The 6th Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive to Benefit Foster Children
WHO: Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF) has been promoting self-esteem and enriching the lives of the more than 19,000 children in Arizona foster care via the funding of activities, education and other needs since 1983. They invite the community to support local foster children.
WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
WHERE: 4750 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 86018; in the Safeway parking lot
HOW: Donate pens/pencils/highlighters, erasers, crayons/colored markers, paper/notebooks, binders/folders, glue sticks, rulers, dictionaries/thesauruses, white-Out, Calculators, Flash Drives, Alarm Clocks
3. WHAT: Back to School Supply Drive
WHO: New Pathways for Youth is an organization that, since 1989, has strived to impact the lives with mentorship programs and charitable drives for more than 5,500 at-risk youths. They hope to empower young people to fulfill their potential through mentoring programs, development skills, and donations.
WHEN: Throughout the month of July 2018
WHERE: 1001 East Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
HOW: Donate blue and/or black pens, #2 pencils, highlighters, crayons, backpacks, scissors, three-ring binders, tablets, folders.
4. WHAT: 2018 New Clothes, New Beginnings Annual Distribution Volunteer Event
WHO: Back-to-School Clothing Drive is an organization that, for almost 50 years, provides school outfits and supplies to Phoenix children in need. They hope to break down barriers to education access and success.
WHEN: July 23-27, 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017
HOW: Volunteer time; individuals are needed to pack backpacks with clothes and supplies (sign up at: http://www.backtoschoolclothingdrive.com/volunteer/)
5. WHAT: Dress for Success Phoenix
WHO: Since 2009, Dress for Success Phoenix has suited more than 8,500 in-need women for job interviews. Dress for Success seeks to empower women by enabling economic success through networking, donations, and development.
WHEN: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., closed from July 2nd-July 7th
WHERE: 1024 E. Buckeye Road, Suite 165, Phoenix, Arizona 85034
HOW: Donate business wear, professional apparel, closed toe shoes (all for women)
6. WHAT: In-Kind Donations
WHO: Since 1964, UMOM has provided shelter, housing, and essential items to people experiencing homelessness. They are community advocates hoping to help the multitudes of abused and homeless women within the Valley.
WHEN: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
WHERE: 3333 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
HOW: Donate non-perishable food times, household items, infant care items, toiletries and hygienics, bottled water, kids' swimsuits.
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