Giving comes in many forms … from the time commitment of volunteers to donations of clothing and food and cash contributions. Scottsdale Shares, the city's donation program, can help you match your donation to specific programs that help others.
Ways to give:
Concerned Citizens for Community Health
You can donate money directly to various city programs through Concerned Citizens for Community Health (CCCH). CCCH is a volunteer, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to develop services and raise
Partners for Paiute
Through the non-profit Partners for Paiute, you can donate money directly to programs and services that benefit the Paiute Neighborhood Center.
Scottsdale Cares is the city's voluntary utility bill donation program. It provides an easy way for you to help neighbors in need.
Beat the Heat
Every June, the Via Linda and Granite Reef senior centers provide a care package of summer goods for isolated, frail and homebound senior citizens. You can help by donating supplies. Items needed include reusable bags and water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks (i.e., Ensure or Gatorade), bottled water, small snack items, personal hygiene items, stamps and grocery gift cards (minimum $35). Drop off your donations at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda, by June 15.
Back to School Program
This program assists up to 500 Scottsdale elementary and high school-aged children each year. Eligible children are provided with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear, a pair of shoes, backpack and school supplies. This year, heavy duty back-packs are especially needed. Items can be dropped off at Vista del Camino, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., by July 27.
Vista del Camino's Holiday Adopt-A-Family helps families facing these challenges to have a happy holiday season with food on their table, and gifts for the children. To “adopt" a family for the Thanksgiving and/or December holiday season, contact Rosita Pinedo at 480-312-0063
Scottsdale’s Adopt-A-Senior Program invites individuals, families, community groups and local businesses to help make the holiday season brighter for isolated, homebound seniors. Use a wish list to shop for a senior, donate items or gift cards or make a monetary donation. To sign up or for details, call Leslie Lory at 480-312-8465.
Fire Department's Toy Drive
The Scottsdale Fire Department's annual toy drive to benefit the Paiute Neighborhood Center's Toy Program and other approved agencies begins in November and continues through Christmas Eve. Citizens are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at one of Scottsdale’s 14 fire stations or the Police & Fire Headquarters Building, 8401 E. Indian School Road. For more information, call 480-312-1817.
Paiute Toy Program
The Paiute Community Center's Toy Program is supported by the Fire Department's Toy Drive and Toys for Tots. However, individual donations are welcome. Paiute especially needs gifts for teenagers such as gift cards, movie passes and DVD’s. Donations can be dropped off at the center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. Call 480-312-2529 for information.
Vista del Camino Food Bank
The Vista del Camino Food Bank accepts donations of canned foods and non-perishable items. Items most needed include peanut butter, tuna, canned meat, spaghetti sauce, pasta, rice, dried or canned beans, jelly, soup, canned fruit, cereal and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Donations are accepted at Vista, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., and the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. For more information, call 480-312-2323.
The city has many volunteer opportunities available. You can volunteer for a single event, year-round, as an individual or gather a few of your friends and neighbors to work on a community project. There’s plenty to do and it’s very rewarding to be a part of the community you live in.
Social services directory
Want to find another way to give back to our community? There are dozens of programs and organizations dedicated to those in need. Access a directory of social service programs and locations in the Scottsdale area.