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.
Donate Through PayPal
You can make an immediate donation of any amount through PayPal.
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.
- 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.
Program Results from 2017/18
Community Bridges – Mobile Community Outreach & Crisis Stabilization
Crisis Stabilization Services including mobile community outreach and peer support will be provided to approximately 508 Scottsdale adults.
Cortney's Place - Basic Needs & Support Services for Adults with Severely Disabilities
Through the Basic Needs and Support Services Program, 12 severely and profoundly disabled adults will receive guidance from trained staff on basic needs and services, behavior modification, education and enrichment skills.
Family Promise Greater Phoenix - Whole & Healthy Families Program
Through the Emergency Shelter Program 262 homeless families will be provided a total of 10,480 bed nights and 262 individuals will receive case management, Life-Skills Coaching and Resource Referrals.
Foothills Caring Corps., Inc. - Medical Transportation/Mobile Meals/Volunteer Services/Intake
Medical Transportation, subsidized mobile meals and volunteer intake services will be provided to 268 persons.
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/Mortgage assistance will be provided to 23 Scottsdale families.
Scottsdale Training & Rehabilitation Service (STARS) - STARS Cholla Employment Service & Work Center
Approximately 70 disabled individuals will be provided with job assessment, placement services and on-going job coaching and supervision.
Shoebox Ministry - Restoring Dignity to the Homeless
Approximately 1131 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 6,072 teens will be assisted.