Volunteers are needed to sort, label, and distribute donated items to families in the Adopt-a-Family program. If you would like to volunteer, contact Sue Oh at Soh@scottsdaleaz.gov
The Adopt-a-Family Thanksgiving and Adopt-a-Family Holiday Programs are joint ventures coordinated and facilitated with Scottsdale Community Partners and the City of Scottsdale Human Services Division. This program matches income-eligible families with sponsors who provide food and gifts for the Holidays.
The number of eligible families who enroll in this program always exceeds the number of donors. Each year we support over 250 families for these programs. We really need the help and support of the community to ensure these individuals and families are serviced through the holidays.
The Thanksgiving Program provides products and ingredients for a full meal, including a turkey or ham, gravy, canned fruits and vegetables, cranberries, a type of potato, and pumpkin pie.
The Holiday Program is more individualized. For families, the program focuses specifically on the children. In most cases, the children of enrolled families would not receive any holiday gifts without the support of our program. Each child in the family is interviewed to find the 3-5 gifts they would like to receive.
How can you help support Scottsdale families in need during the holidays
1) You may make a monetary donation to Scottsdale Community Partners to help supplement the needs of the program. Make a monetary donation
2) You may donate food to the Vista del Camino Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at 7700 E Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.
Frequently asked questions about the program
The City of Scottsdale screens applicants for financial eligibility and creates a brief bio of the housebound senior, disabled adult, or family in need, which is then shared with the person or organization sponsoring the individual or family.
You are asked to provide a Thanksgiving meal for the family you sponsor. You can provide a gift card or food to include: a frozen turkey, stuffing mix, canned or jar: sweet potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, mixed fruit, chicken broth. Please also include a disposable roasting pan.
You will be asked to provide each child with 3 gift items for a total of $75-100 per child and a grocery gift card ranging from $30-75 (depending on household size) for the family's holiday meal. You may provide clothing, additional needed items, and gift wrap, if you wish.
Sponsors will be matched with families and receive an email with a family description, wish list and instructions regarding how to deliver the items for the family. Drop off dates will be assigned: Nov. 21-26 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 14-19 for the winter holidays.