Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How are the seniors selected to be a recipient?
A. The seniors that qualify for the program receive home delivered meals, are home-bound, have low income, do not have family contact, and/or are clients of City of Scottsdale social workers. If you or someone you know could qualify to be a recipient of this program, he/she must be screened by a City of Scottsdale social worker by calling 480-312-5810.
Q. What is the biggest need?
A. We really need people to "adopt" the seniors, which will cover all of their needs.However, if you want to make a general donation, then we suggest donating $35 grocery gift cards, personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, shaving supplies) or books of Forever stamps. Every senior receives one of each. Our seniors shop at Albertsons, Basha's, Fry's, Safeway, and Walmart. Here is a list of current needs.
Q. Can I volunteer my time to this program?
A. No. Due to privacy restrictions with our clients, all aspects of the program, especially the delivery process, is done by City of Scottsdale social workers and staff. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the other Scottsdale Shares participants or view the City of Scottsdale's Volunteer page.
Q. When will I receive my senior's wish list?
A. The recipients receive the wish lists the third week of October. It can take up to four weeks for the wish lists to be mailed back to Via Linda. The wish lists are forwarded in the order that we receive the adoption form from the donors. The earliest you will receive your wish list is the first week of November. The absolute latest is the last week of November. Please understand that this process is based on when you submit your form and how quickly the wish lists come back to us.
Q. When are donations due?
A. All donations, especially gift bags if you adopted, are needed by Tuesday, Dec. 1. However, monetary, gift card, and stamp donations can be donated until Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Q. Are donations tax deductible?
A. Yes. Your donations are processed through Concerned Citizens for Community Health, a 501(c)(3) organization. Please use the Tax ID# 95 341 6943 for your tax deductible contributions.
Q. Can I deliver the gift bag to my senior?
A. No. Once again, due to privacy restrictions with our clients, all aspects of the program, especially the delivery process, is done by City of Scottsdale social workers and staff. If you are interested in volunteering your time for this kind of service, there are nonprofit organizations across the valley that provide this type of service to seniors. One example would be home delivered meals.
Q. Can I send a donation check?
All monetary donations go through the non-profit organization, Scottsdale Community Partners, that collaborates with the City of Scottsdale in multiple capacities. Please make checks payable to Scottsdale Community Partners with "VLSC" written in the memo section. Cash or check donations can be mailed to SCP at 7700 E. Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. Please include a SCP Donor Record with your donation.
Q. Can I print out and send in a sponsorship form?
Use the donor form (PDF) to sign up to adopt a senior.