Scottsdale Cares is the City of Scottsdale's voluntary utility bill donation program that supports a variety of human service programs.
Initiated in May 1995, Scottsdale Cares has received over $1 million from Scottsdale residents - donated one dollar at a time. Scottsdale Cares is an easy way to help neighbors in need by adding $1.00 to your monthly water bill. Simply pay the grand total and $1.00 will be automatically donated to the program. 100% of your donation goes to our neighbors in need and is completely tax deductible.
Your generous donations assist non-profit agencies who provide programs for thousands of individuals facing tough times in our community. The dollars collected through Scottsdale Cares are granted to non-profit agencies that:
- promote the positive development of youth, adults and seniors,
- strengthen the capability of families and the self-sufficiency of adults and
- assist Scottsdale citizens of all ages in addressing crisis needs.
Some of the programs that your contributions support include services for severely disabled adults, suicide hotlines, emergency crisis support and home delivered meals for the elderly.
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Additional Program Information
A voluntary donation option has been added to Scottsdale's monthly utility bill. Simply pay the "Grand Total" and $1.00 will be automatically donated to the program. SurePay customers can call Customer Service at 480-312-2461 to sign up.
If you want to donate more than $1.00 per month to Scottsdale Cares you can either:
- Submit a check, in any amount, and make it out to "Scottsdale Cares" and mail it to the Community Assistance Office at 6535 E. Osborn Road, Bldg. #8, Attention: Justin Boyd, Housing Supervisor.
- If you pay your bill online it gives you an additional line item to add any denomination.
No, all donated funds will be allocated for social services programs.
Yes, contributors will receive a year-end total of their donations on their January utility bill that will serve as records for tax purposes.
Non-profit agencies that provide essential services to Scottsdale citizens are eligible to receive funding.
The number of agencies funded each year is based on the amount available (calculated from prior year donations) and the amount requested/funded for each agency. In order to be eligible for funding, programs have to:
- Promote the positive development of youth, adults, and/or seniors
- Strengthen the capability of families and the self-sufficiency of adults, and
- Assist Scottsdale citizens of all ages to address crisis needs
The City of Scottsdale funded $150,000 (FY 2018/19) to local human service agencies, but the need is far greater than what the City can provide.
No, only nonprofit organizations that serve Scottsdale residents may apply. However, the agencies funded provide a wide range of valuable services to youth, families, adults, and senior citizens.
Scottsdale's Human Services Commission reviews all applications with recommendations forwarded to the City Council for final approval.
Agencies Funded for FY2019/20
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK) - AASK Mentoring Program
The Special Friends Mentoring Program will provide training and support to approximately 40 Scottsdale mentors and match foster youth with adult mentors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona - Pueblo Elementary Site-Based Mentoring Program.
Approximately 20 low-income, at-risk youth will be provided with adult mentors, will receive weekly mentoring and will participate in academic, athletic and enrichment activities.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale - Youth Educational Support Programs
Approximately 195 low-income youth and teens will be provided after school and summer activities and site-based mentoring.
Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI) - Mobile Community Outreach and Crisis Stabilization Services
Crisis stabilization services including mobile community outreach and peer support will be provided to approximately 500 Scottsdale adults.
Family Promise Greater Phoenix - Emergency Shelter Family Support Specialist
Through the Emergency Shelter Program 262 homeless families will be provided a total of 10,480 bed nights and receive case management, Life-Skills Coaching and Resource Referrals.
Homeward Bound - Financial Stability for Homeless Families
Through this program 30% of utility costs incurred for housing 5 homeless Scottsdale families will be covered.
Save the Family Foundation - Youth Enrichment and Achievement Services (YEA!) Program
Through the Youth Enrichment and Achievement Services (YEA!) Program, approximately 12 Scottsdale youths will be provided with a curriculum of intervention/prevention education classes and activities to empower youth to build their protective factors against grade failure, substance abuse, poor self-regulation and violence.
Scottsdale Community Partners - Emergency Rental/Mortgage Assistance
Emergency Rental assistance will be provided to 23 Scottsdale families.
Shoebox Ministry - Hygiene Kit Distribution Program
Approximately 975 homeless individuals and working poor will be provided with hygiene kits, new undergarments and clothes.
Teen Lifeline - Crisis Services
Through the Life Skills Development, Community Education and Peer Counseling Hotline Programs, approximately 6,337 teens will be assisted.