Giving comes in many forms … from the time commitment of volunteers to donations of clothing and food and cash contributions. Scottsdale Shares, the city's donation program, can help you match your donation to specific programs that help others.
Ways to give:
Scottsdale Cares is the city's voluntary utility bill donation program. It provides an easy way for you to help neighbors in need.
Scottsdale Community Partners (formerly Concerned Citizens for Community Health)
Scottsdale Community Partners is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization committed to supporting the needs of Scottsdale residents in crisis through a partnership with the City of Scottsdale. Monetary donations may be made directly to various city programs at the group’s website.
Partners for Paiute
Through the non-profit Partners for Paiute, you can donate money directly to programs and services that benefit the Paiute Neighborhood Center.
Operation Fix It teams volunteers and local businesses to provide labor and materials to help eligible residents maintain their properties.
Beat the Heat
Every June, the Via Linda and Granite Reef senior centers provide a care package of summer goods for isolated, frail and homebound senior citizens. You can help by donating supplies. Items needed include reusable bags and water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks (i.e., Ensure or Gatorade), bottled water, small snack items, personal hygiene items, stamps and grocery gift cards (minimum $35). Drop off your donations at the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda, by June 15.
Back to School Program
This program assists up to 1,000 income-eligible Scottsdale kindergarten through 12th grade Scottsdale school children with clothing, socks, underwear, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies. For information on how to donate, sponsor, or volunteer contact Sue Oh at 480-312-0053.
Vista del Camino’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program helps Scottsdale income-eligible families to have a happy holiday season with food for Thanksgiving and gifts for the children during winter holidays. To sponsor a family for the Holidays, contact Sue Oh at 480-312-0053.
Scottsdale’s Adopt-A-Senior Program invites individuals, families, community groups and local businesses to help make the holiday season brighter for isolated, homebound seniors. Use a wish list to shop for a senior, donate items or gift cards or make a monetary donation. To sign up or for details, call Rebecca Kurth at 480-312-5815.
Fire Department's Toy Drive
The Scottsdale Fire Department's annual toy drive to benefit the Paiute Neighborhood Center's Toy Program and other approved agencies begins in November and continues through Christmas Eve. Citizens are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at one of Scottsdale’s 15 fire stations or the Police & Fire Headquarters Building, 8401 E. Indian School Road. For more information, call 480-312-1817.
Paiute Toy Program
The Paiute Community Center's Toy Program is supported by the Fire Department's Toy Drive and Toys for Tots. However, individual donations are welcome. Paiute especially needs gifts for teenagers such as gift cards, movie passes and DVD’s. Donations can be dropped off at the center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. Call 480-312-2529 for information.
Vista del Camino Food Bank
The Vista del Camino Food Bank accepts donations of canned foods and non-perishable items. Items most needed include peanut butter, tuna, canned meat, spaghetti sauce, pasta, rice, dried or canned beans, jelly, soup, canned fruit, cereal and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Donations are accepted at Vista, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., and the Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda. For more information, call 480-312-2323.
The city has many volunteer opportunities available. You can volunteer for a single event, year-round, as an individual or gather a few of your friends and neighbors to work on a community project. There’s plenty to do and it’s very rewarding to be a part of the community you live in.
Social services directory
Want to find another way to give back to our community? There are dozens of programs and organizations dedicated to those in need. Access a directory of social service programs and locations in the Scottsdale area.