Each summer, Scottsdale’s Senior Services connects with homebound seniors via its ‘Beat the Heat Program’. The program provides hygiene supplies, food and water to in-need seniors, while creating an opportunity for the Human Services team to assess the seniors’ situation to make sure their air conditioner is working and that on-going needs are met.
The program is made possible by generous support from the Scottdale’s Human Services Department, the Scottsdale community, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Scottsdale Police Department, and Scottsdale Community Partners. Thanks to donations of $22,052 in cash, 4,017lbs of food and water/drinks and 35 hours of volunteer hours, Scottsdale was able to serve 116 homebound seniors this year.
“Connecting with seniors in our community is critical, and 'Beat the Heat' is a wonderful way to make that connection,” says Anya Wright, Human Services Coordinator. “We are blown away by the community donations of money, items and time in order to make the program possible.”
Each senior received one bag full of water, nutrition and hydration drinks and snack along with a second bag of hygiene items. Seniors were also given a $35.00 grocery gift card and a book of stamps. These items help the seniors to stay cool and comfortable during the summer months.
A participating senior recently sent a thank-you note to Scottsdale that read, “I want to thank you and all the people involved in making the Beat the Heat program available for such as myself. I realize that much time and effort and love go in to making it possible. Please be assured of my gratitude."
Learn more about Scottsdale’s dedication to supporting Seniors here.