Welcome to the Choose to Help blog, hosted by the Arizona Community Action Association!
Today, the face of poverty isn’t exactly what you’d expect. More than 500,000 Arizonans who hold jobs or participate in our community still have to choose between buying food and paying their bills.
Human service agencies across the state are trying hard to cope with the overwhelming demand for their services and resources as more and more families and individuals seek assistance, many for the first time.
Now you can help make a difference.
The Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) is coordinating an effort to raise awareness of the growing problem by engaging with other nonprofit agencies, neighbors and individuals to assist through volunteer time, financial contributions and donations of food.
In the first phase of this Changing Face of Poverty Campaign 10 Arizona foundations and funding organizations contributed $1.385 million to match donor gifts dollar for dollar. The result was grants of $1.6 million awarded to 45 human service agencies.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly enough. That’s why the campaign continues.
How can you help?
- Donate whatever you can, even if it’s only $5. Many small donations add up to big dollars.
- Volunteer your time to a human-service agency desperately trying to help those in need. If you would like help choosing an agency, click here.
- Donate food to a food bank near you.
By clicking here, you will be directed to the Arizona Community Action Association web site where you can make a donation. The funds will be held and distributed by the ACAA, a 501(c)3 non-profit agency.
You can also write a check to: The Changing Face of Poverty, c/o the Arizona Community Action Association, 2700 N. 3rd St., Suite 3040, Phoenix, Ariz. 85004. If you have questions, call (602) 604-0640.
If you need help, the ACAA web site can provide links and directions to agencies offering a variety of support, services and resources.
What happens next is up to all of us.
Media inquiries please contact Steve Carr.