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During the season of giving, consider donating money, supplies, or your time to downtown’s network of Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) nonprofit members. Together, we can make a true impact in the downtown community and beyond.

Here’s what PCA nonprofits need now and how you can help:

Arizona Humane Society

The Arizona Humane Society is continuing its life-saving work for the most vulnerable animals in its trauma center, rescue and cruelty investigation program, Bottle Baby and Puppy Parvo intensive care units, and more.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

The Arizona Pet Project

The Arizona Pet Project’s main goal is to keep and prevent pet homelessness by providing services, resources and support to families. The nonprofit has seen significant uptick in requests for help with pet food, pet deposit and rent assistance, temporary boarding (so people can access medical treatment), and emergency veterinary care.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)

Located on the Human Services Campus, CASS provides shelter for the most vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness, including seniors, those who are HIV positive, and others with compromised immune systems. The shelter reaches capacity nightly.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Help the front line workers: Purchase gift cards or have pizza delivered for CASS and Campus employees, which goes a long way in boosting morale. Email development@cassaz.org or call 602-417-9800 to set up a donation to service providers.

Circle the City

Circle the City provides high-quality healthcare to people experiencing homelessness, including the only medical respite program in the state of Arizona, which has become a model for the country.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Community Food Connections

Community Food Connections is the nonprofit that operates the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market and the Small Farm Fund.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Genesis City

Genesis Academy serves high-risk, over-age, under-credited and out-of-school youth.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

Amazon Smile shoppers can select Genesis City as their charity of choice. More information is available on the website, by emailing info@genesiscity.org, or by calling 602-254-8090.

Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona

Goodwill is dedicated to ending poverty through the power of work — taking a holistic approach to employment by providing job seekers the tools to feel confident, purpose-driven and successful. Donating or shopping at Goodwill supports no-cost career services, which are available to anyone looking for a new job, education or training.

To make a financial contribution, donate online.

Habitat for Humanity – Central Arizona

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Make a financial contribution online or over the phone by texting “habitatcaz” to 44321.

Human Services Campus

Human Services Campus clients are some of the most vulnerable in the city, including those who have compromised physical and mental health, seniors, and people with disabilities. Today and everyday, there is a need for more shelter, more housing and more homelessness prevention. Critically needed items include: liquid hand soap; trash bags; sanitizing wipes; bottled water; gloves (nitrile exam powder-free, 15- millimeter thickness); deodorant; toothpaste; toothbrushes; feminine hygiene products; and adult diapers.

To make a financial contribution: donate online or visit the Amazon Wishlist.

If you are able to lead a collection drive, drop offs are welcome Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Email volunteer@hsc-az.org for more information about collection drives.

Justa Center Phoenix

Justa Center provides life-sustaining resources, services and support to assist seniors experiencing homelessness. Justa offers a a number of programs including a nurses clinic, day center, outreach and much more. The goal is to assist seniors on their path to housing and prevent a return to homelessness. Current needs include hoodies — sizes medium to 4XL, gloves, individual-sized sanitizing wipes, notepads, index cards, stamps, lip balm, and individual packs of tissues. A full list, including high-need items for the center and food bank can be found online.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

To start a donation drive or donate items, email donations@justacenter.org.

New Pathways for Youth

With a mission to help guide teens and young adults to bright futures, New Pathways for Youth offers several programs to help kids facing adversity. Challenges like poverty interrupt a youth’s sense of their potential, disconnecting them from what’s true: that each of us has immeasurable value and the future holds unlimited possibilities. New Pathways for Youth offers a holistic development program and one-on-one mentoring within community groups.

To make a financial contribution: donate online. You can also become a mentor.

Nourish Phoenix

Nourish PHX (formerly ICM Food and Clothing Bank) offers food boxes, clothing, shoes, toiletries, education and employment assistance. Critically needed items include: tuna or canned meats; nut butters and jelly; spaghetti and sauce; rice; cereal and oatmeal; baby foods, wipes and diapers; toiletries and clothes. Check the wish list for more items.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

To donate food or other items, check the website for drop off info or contact Nourish Phoenix.

Ryan House

Ryan House offers pediatric palliative and respite care to children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys. It is the only organization of its kind in the Southwest, and one of three in the country. All services are provided at no cost to families. Ryan House is supported 100 percent by charitable contributions from donors in the community.

To make a financial contribution: donate online. You can also volunteer or get involved in a fundraising opportunity.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to feeding, clothing, housing and healing individuals who have nowhere else to turn for help. Monetary donations are needed to help keep services in operation, modify services, and aid families coping with income disruption, loss of housing, food shortages, etc.

To make a financial contribution: donate online or purchase much-needed supplies through Amazon Wishlist.

If you’d like to be added to the list of on-call volunteers, please email: volunteer@svdpaz.org with “Here to Help” in the subject line, or call 602-261-6886.

Drop off food, clothing or sanitizing supplies during regular business hours at the main campus: 2120 S. 3rd Drive, Phoenix 85003.

Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS

The Southwest Center serves individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS through prevention, education, client-centered services and coordinated care.

Ways to help: Grocery store gift cards to help clients who cannot afford food; drug store gift cards to help recently-unemployed clients access medications; connections to legitimate work-from-home employment; donations of hotel room stays for clients at-risk of homelessness; therapists willing to donate remote sessions for clients experiencing anxiety; financial contributions for rent and utilities, or to help where the need is greatest.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

To donate items, gift cards or services, contact Director of Community Services Rocko Cook: rcook@swhiv.org.

St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker (SJW) is a nonprofit that helps people return to the workforce and become self-sufficient, productive members of society. Whether through resume preparation, mock interviews, internet access, new clothing, transportation assistance and more — SJW helps eliminate the barriers to gaining employment.

Those seeking employment services should phone 602-584-5511 or email 5800sjw@sjwjobs.org.

As a community funded organization, every dollar counts. Donate online to support SJW.

UMOM New Day Centers

UMOM New Day Centers is a local nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness for families, single women and youth in the community. The focus is to restore hope, rebuild lives, and end homelessness by providing emergency shelter, supportive services, and addressing barriers that prevent successful employment and permanent housing. Clients are provided with a variety resources, such as employment workshops, life skills classes, childcare, healthcare and much more. In addition to providing shelter to hundreds of families, women and youth daily, UMOM also offers more than 400 affordable housing units across the Valley, with another 90 units opening in May for seniors (with preference to veterans).

To make a financial contribution: donate online.


Wildfire is a leader in providing programs and supporting others committed to ending poverty. Recently, Wildfire successfully partnered with the City of Phoenix to ensure the efficient distribution of short-term rental assistance to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a whole, Wildfire advocates for fair practices, collaborates on policy issues, and supports community-action initiatives that will not only ease the effects of poverty, but stop it before it starts.

To make a financial contribution: donate online.

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