17 Apr עופר איתן Suggest: Here’s how you can help during the COVID-19 crisis
COVID-19 has seemingly put the world at a standstill, but many Valley nonprofits continue aiding the less fortunate, despite the chaos. While many fundraising events and drives have been postponed or canceled, there are still dozens of ways the community can continue to help while “social distancing”.
Here is a list of local organizations that are asking the community to contribute and keep crucial programs running through various types of donations.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League is looking for wet or dry kitten and puppy food. Kitten season begins as temperatures rise, and AAWL anticipates it will foster more than 1,300 kittens and almost 400 puppies this year. Some of these young animals will come with their mothers but many will come alone. In a short time, AAWL will have more than 200 puppies and kittens in foster on any given day. With the lack of supplies on store shelves and distributors placing orders on hold or backorder, there is a real fear AAWL won’t be able to feed all of its foster animals if it doesn’t receive donated supplies. The donated wet or dry food does need to specifically be labeled as puppy or kitten food and not for dogs or cats. AAWL’s adult animals are OK for the time being and AAWL would love for those supplies to still be on shelves for the cat and dog owners in the community.
AzCA, one of the oldest and largest statewide child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies in the state, is looking to the community for emergency funding to aid foster youth and families facing difficult circumstances. These funds will allow the agency to make sure individuals are current on their utility bills and rent, as well as make sure they have gas money to get to work and food in their pantries. AzCA serves more than 40,000 children, individuals and families in all 15 counties annually. Donate at ArizonasChildren.org/Creating-Connections-in-Chaos.
AzHH has decided to halt in-kind donations (like clothing, toys, etc.) and is asking people to hold off on bringing items by for the next few weeks. However, the organization is encouraging people to still make monetary donations. It has decided to remain open on a very limited basis and continue to serve children in foster care to the best of its ability. There are still 14,000+ children in foster care who depend on these services and the nonprofit will continue to rely on donors for support. Donate at azhelpinghands.org/aztaxcredit.
In response to school closings, Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley – Metro Phoenix) have opened several local clubs during school hours to serve their members and the greater community. The Clubs are primarily focused on providing childcare for healthcare workers and first responders who do not have the option to stay home and care for their children. Parents who are able to stay home with their children are asked to keep them home. Boys & Girls Clubs the Valley leadership is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to ensure compliance with all safety recommendations.
Those wishing to help can make financial donations and contribute cleaning supplies to support staff and keep Clubs open.
• Donations to support Club operations can be made online here: https://bgcmp.org/donate/
• Donations of cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers can be brought to one of the clubs that are currently open. Please refer to this link for the most up-to-date list of clubs remaining open: www.bgcmp.org/updates.
The Chandler Compadres is a group of community leaders who donate their time, resources, talents and money to help kids and families in need who live in Chandler and the East Valley. The group fundraises for 7 core beneficiaries, 2 of which are accommodating families during school closures:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley is opening local clubs during school hours to help families cope with the schedule changes. Clubs open during the day will provide 2 meals for the day and a snack. For a list of clubs with updated hours, visit BGCMP.org/Updates.
• ICAN Positive Programs for Youth remains open to members for all daily services. To maintain operations for children running smoothly, the organization asks the community to donate Clorox wipes and other necessary disinfectant agents. For more information, visit ICANAZ.org.
To donate to the Compadres or see a full list of beneficiaries, please visit ChandlerCompadres.org/Donate.
Child Crisis Arizona’s emergency placement services are still fully operational serving the community’s most vulnerable children and youth during this national health crisis. Many have asked how they can provide help during this critical time.
Here are some ways the community can help from home:
1. Financial support utilizing the AZ state tax credit.
Donations can still qualify for the 2019 AZ tax credit and provide immediate funds to care for children. Child Crisis Arizona is a Qualified Foster Care Organization. QFCO code: 10012
2. Make an in-kind donation.
At this time our biggest needs are: Non-perishable food, restaurant gift cards for takeout/order in, hand sanitizer, bleach, Clorox wipes, masks, gloves, diapers and baby wipes, K-6th grade educational workbooks, children’s craft activities, new board games, seeds, flowers and gardening supplies. Donations can be dropped off curbside from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 817 N. Country Club in Mesa & 402 N. 24th Street in Phoenix.
3. Explore what it takes to be a foster parent by attending a small group meet and greet.
Now more than ever children in foster care need stable, loving homes. The training and orientation videos are available online. Email [email protected] for more information.
4. Apply to do meaningful work.
Child Crisis Arizona needs passionate individuals interested in working with children and families. See our list of employment opportunities at https://childcrisisaz.org/who-we-are/careers/.
We believe working together we can continue to address the ongoing critical needs of children and families to keep them cared for and safe. We want to thank the individuals and businesses that have reached out to us for their unwavering commitment to those who are vulnerable in our community. For a full list of ways our services are impacted by this crisis, visit https://childcrisisaz.org/how-you-can-help/covid-19-updates/.
Actions the HSUS is taking to respond to coronavirus include:
• HSUS has been moving quickly to coordinate plans for transfer of supplies, food and other resources to assist institutions in need, and are encouraging supporters to help pets in their community, whether through fostering, adoption or spreading the word about local shelter needs and pet food banks. HSUS also assembled a toolkit to help shelter and rescue groups respond to the needs of their communities.
• HSUS is working with state and local officials around the country to ensure animal needs are included in their planning for response to the coronavirus crisis. This is essential as animals rely on humans for care in animal shelters, pet stores, laboratories and zoos around the country.
• HSUS’ Pets for Life program, which supports pet owners in underserved areas, has delivered additional supplies to senior and immobile clients and is modifying veterinary appointments to maintain those valuable services within guidelines. HSUS is shifting its client visits to phone outreach and modifying our delivery of food and medications to avoid close contact.
• HSUS is working to directly assist where we can across the country. For example, in Michigan we assisted with the placement of six neglected pigs who had no housing options due to constraints from COVID-19 and provided $500 to their destination sanctuary to build them housing. In Oregon, its state director jumped into action when she received a request for…