Throughout the year, but especially around the holidays, our community joins together to help the more than one-in-four local families who are in need. From donating food, clothing, toiletries or toys, these local charities gratefully accept any extra support this time of year.
We’ve listed several respected organizations in Mesa who provide services to local families, including what they say are their biggest needs:
A New Leaf
A New Leaf is a 45-year community nonprofit organization, providing a broad spectrum of support services to help individuals and families in crisis. In 2015, A New Leaf served 21,140 individuals. Donations can be dropped off at A New Leaf Volunteer and Donation Center, 2245 W. Ella Street, Building A, Mesa. 9-5 p.m. weekdays only. http://www.turnanewleaf.org/
Helen’s Hope Chest
Helen’s Hope Chest fulfills the dreams of thousands of foster children throughout the East Valley and beyond by providing quality clothing, school supplies, books, gift cards, toys, games and more at no cost to foster parents. Donations may be dropped off at Helen’s Hope Chest, 126 E. University Drive, Mesa, on Monday – Thursday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Friday and Sunday. Phone: 480-969-5411. https://www.facebook.com/HelensHopeChest/
Child Crisis Center
Child Crisis Center Arizona’s vision is for safe kids and strong families. The organization operates the Valley’s only two Emergency Children’s Shelters for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. They have one of the largest foster care and adoption programs to license, train and certify individuals and families to find homes for the 19,000 Arizona children in foster care. Donations may be dropped off at Mesa Emergency Children’s Shelter, 604 W. 9th St., Mesa, Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. http://childcrisisaz.org/how-you-can-help/donate/give-to-our-wish-list/
Paz De Cristo
Paz de Cristo’s mission is to empower those in need in the East Valley to reach their full potential by removing barriers so they may become more self-sufficient. Paz de Cristo exists to help them achieve self-reliance, pride and self-respect. In turn, this leads to improved economic standing, respect for others, and citizenship participation. Donated items may be dropped off at Paz de Cristo, 424 W. Broadway, Mesa, Mon.-Fri., 10 – 2 p.m. https://pazdecristo.org/
Mesa Fire Stations
Many local fire stations hold food and clothing drives. The three closest Fire Stations to Cadence at Gateway are as follows:
Check with them in December to see what specific needs they are collecting for.
United Food Bank
United Food Bank’s history is deeply rooted in the East Valley and dates back to 1983 when it began operations as United Food Distribution Center, Inc. The Food Bank was started as a nonprofit joint venture among East Valley cities and their respective United Ways to gather and distribute food to East Valley organizations that were helping feed those in need.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of AZ
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. They have over a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates who have assisted in their mission. Drop off locations—enter your zip code for the location nearest you:
Goodwill Donation Centers
Founded in 1947, Goodwill of Central Arizona continues to better the community and fight unemployment each year by turning donations into no-cost career centers that are open to anyone in need of assistance finding a job. See this link for location nearest you: https://www.goodwillaz.org/locations/?filter=donation-center
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