The Scottsdale City Council recently approved $2.146 million for nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of residents at risk and in need.
These programs and services help organizations like Teen Lifeline, whose mission is to prevent teen suicides. Moriah* has been a volunteer at the nonprofit for four years. She says, "There is something about volunteering that makes me feel hopeful … the idea that so many teens are still alive because of the work happening at Teen Lifeline. It has improved my life and others in ways I could have never imagined."
Some funding to allow Moriah to help vulnerable teens comes from city residents who support Scottsdale Cares, the city’s voluntary utility bill donation program. Scottsdale Cares allocated $150,000 to 10 nonprofit agencies for this fiscal year, which ends in June.
In addition to Scottsdale Cares funding, the city’s General Fund allocated $200,000 to seven agencies. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community grant funding provides $323,832 to five agencies for six programs.
Here’s an overview of the programs and how money is being distributed. Detailed information is available by viewing items 11, 12 and 14 on the June 25 City Council agenda.
Scottsdale Cares is a voluntary donation program that allows residents to add an extra $1 or more to their monthly utility bill. Monies support programs such as teen suicide prevention, drug intervention and prevention, youth mentoring and job skills for people with learning disabilities. Agencies funded:
- Aid to Adoption of Special Kids - $10,000
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona - $7,500
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale - $22,500
- Community Bridges, Inc. - $22,500
- Family Promise Greater Phoenix - $22,500
- Homeward Bound - $2,760
- Save the Family - $10,240
- Scottsdale Community Partners - $22,500
- Shoebox Ministry - $8,500
- Teen Lifeline - $21,000
General Fund monies are part of the city’s operating budget. Allocations go toward services such as shelter assistance, crisis intervention and counseling. Agencies funded:
- Catholic Charities Community Services - $40,000
- Central Arizona Shelter Services - $40,000
- Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence - $9,000
- Community Legal Services - $24,650
- Duet: Partners in Health and Aging - $21,175
- Family Promise Greater Phoenix - $40,000
- Jewish Family & Children’s Service -$25,175
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community grant funding goes toward agencies that provide food and shelter services:
- A New Leaf - $40,000
- Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence - $28,000
- Scottsdale Community Partners - $105,000
- Tempe Community Action Agency, Granite Reef Senior Center Congregate
- Meals - $34,729
- Tempe Community Action Agency, Scottsdale Home Delivered Meals - $91,103
- UMOM Regional Homeless Shelter - $25,000
The City Council in April also approved $1,157,571 in Community Development Block Grants and $314,694 in HOME funds, which support a variety of public facility improvements and community programs including high quality, safe and affordable housing for lower-income households. These are federally backed grant monies that must be used to benefit those whose income falls below 80 percent of Scottsdale's median level.
Learn about resources to help residents. Those interested in donating to programs can visit Scottsdale Shares.
*First name only by request