Tempe residents care about their fellow community members. For those who would like to express their care with a charitable contribution, here are some agencies that are located in Tempe and help people in our community. All will accept monetary donations; some will accept donations of other items, such as food, hygiene items and clothing. Many would love to have your time, too. This is by no means a comprehensive list of agencies but they are groups that are very active in serving Tempe.
Low Income and Homeless Services
Salvation Army – Tempe Corps
The Salvation Army helps provide Tempe’s homeless people with services, food and clothing. They are always looking for donations of food and clothing.
Tempe Community Council (TCC)
You may know the work of Tempe Community Council best through your water bill. Those who receive a water bill may donate each month and the proceeds go to help people in Tempe, including low income and homeless people, victims of domestic violence, those with disabilities, and at-risk senior citizens and children. Tempe Community Council also distributes funding from the City of Tempe to help several non-profit agencies accomplish their goals to help Tempe residents.
Tempe Community Action Agency
TCAA operates a food pantry, three senior centers, aging programs, the Tempe Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) for homeless people, pre- and post-natal services, two community gardens, and other projects and programs that serve Tempe’s most vulnerable residents. They also have a mobile shower and a mobile laundry unit that help Tempe’s homeless people stay clean and comfortable.
Arizonans for Children
This organization improves the lives of the abused, abandoned and neglected children in foster care. They host activities, offer mentoring, advocate for foster children and more.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley
Tempe has two Boys and Girls Clubs: North Tempe and the Ladmo branch. Many children have no adult supervision after school. Studies have shown the hours between 3 and 8pm are the hours most kids are likely to get into trouble. The Clubs provide an alternative with stimulating activities that build character, self-esteem, and skills.
New Horizon Youth Homes
New Horizons offers an array of programs and services for at-risk youth ranging from anger management, stress management, addressing depression and anxiety, issues of grief and loss, trauma, substance abuse, and strained family relationships.
Recycle a Bicycle
Have a bike you are no longer using? Even if it is old, broken or rusty, kids at Tempe schools would love it! Tempe Elementary School District #3, gives community-donated bicycles to at-risk students at Gililland Middle School. Students work with a certified teacher to refurbish the bikes and learn to repair, maintain and safely ride them – and best of all, they have an awesome bike at the end of the process.
SPOT 127 – KJZZ FM
KJZZ’s youth media center is an innovative educational outreach initiative aimed at low-income and at-risk high school students ages 14-18. The free in-school and after school programs and summer camps provide mentoring and instruction in multimedia production with hands-on training in digital photography, video and audio production, and social media.
In partnership with Communities in Schools of Tempe and Kyrene, the Teen Resource Center provides clothing, shoes, hygiene products and school supplies for teens, 13-18 years of age. The Teen Resource Center serves more than 500 students and is staffed with volunteers. Threadz is the primary center serving teens in the Tempe area.
Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Tempe is often thought of as a college town, but our community is home to more than 14,000 people ages 65+. Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors offers assistance with basic home and yard maintenance, transportation, friendly visits and calls, technology, and pet care. It is the only nonprofit of its kind in Tempe. Beyond cash donations, volunteers are welcome.
Lost Our Home Pet Foundation
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue is the only non-profit, no kill pet rescue based in Tempe dedicated to providing compassionate services to pets and pet parents in crisis. Lost Our Home provides a pet food bank, temporary shelter for pets when their humans are having struggles, medical care, adoption services, and boarding for the pets of people who have suffered domestic violence so their pets can be with them when they’ve recovered. Lost Our Home takes donations of pet supplies as well as monetary donations.
Down Syndrome Network of Arizona
This organization provides education, support, and advocacy for those impacted by Down Syndrome, connecting individuals and families with needed resources and information.
Higher Octave Healing
Higher Octave Healing is a collective of board-certified music therapists who address the cognitive, social, physical, emotional, psychological, neurological, and sensory needs of those with developmental disabilities, brain injuries and more.
Sage Foundation at Southwest Center for Naturopathic Medicine
The Sage Foundation provides health care to disadvantaged families and children with care at community clinics across Maricopa County operated by Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences.
Arizona Apparel Foundation
Housed in Tempe’s fashion incubator, Arizona Apparel Foundation exists to provide the knowledge and resources needed make Tempe the next U.S. fashion city and to support cutting edge research and innovation in wearable tech. The group provides scholarships and support to emerging designers.
Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts (Friends of TCA)
Friends of TCA raise funds to enhance programming and offerings at Tempe Center for the Arts. An example of this is the Performance With A View series. Friends of TCA also operate the gift shop inside TCA.
Friends of the Tempe Public Library
The Friends of the Tempe Public Library funds high-quality literacy programs for Tempe’s community’s children, teens and adults, and supports Tempe Public Library with programs and services. It runs the café and bookstore inside the library, proceeds from which support literacy efforts in the library. Donations of books are welcome.
Since 1969, the Tempe Historical Society has taken a leadership role in preserving Tempe’s community history. Today, it supports the Tempe History Museum programs and services, such as the lunchtime history talks, concerts, annual exhibition openings and more. The organization has raised funds for the preservation and restoration of Hackett House and the Petersen House Museum.
Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation
This group works to preserve Tempe’s historic buildings and provides guided tours, such as Downtown Tempe Walk Through History. They help fund restorations of projects such as the Eisendrath House, the Sandra Day O’Connor House and Hayden Flour Mill and work regularly with the Tempe History Museum.