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Holiday Volunteering in Phoenix

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. While we reflect on the many things we are thankful for we also remember those who are in need in our communities. You can help this holiday season, as well as throughout the year, by volunteering, donating items or making a cash donation.

The following is a list of some charitable organizations in Metro Phoenix and their volunteer opportunities and donation needs so you can think ahead and schedule your holiday volunteering in Phoenix.

ANDRÉ HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY
213 S. 11th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85007
602-255-0580
http://andrehouse.org/

Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving 2012?  No
Needs volunteers for Christmas 2012?  No

Go online to view days and times donations are accepted.

Donate: Blankets, ground coffee, sleeping bags, clothing, socks, underwear, backpacks, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, pens, and sunscreen. Make a cash donation online.

FIBCO FAMILY SERVICES
Part of First Institutional Baptist Church
1141 E. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ  85034
602-385-3900
http://www.fibco.org/

Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving 2012?  Yes
Needs volunteers for Christmas 2012?  Yes

FIBCO is serving a Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 following a church service. Volunteer help is needed between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM but you do not have to be there the entire time. Clothing and blankets will be distributed and a call station will be available so guests can call home. If volunteer stylists are available, free haircuts will be provided.

Donate: Blankets, clothing (all ages), toys, and non-perishable food.

PAZ DE CRISTO OUTREACH CENTER
425 W. Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ
480-464-2370
www.pazdecristo.org/

Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving 2012?  No
Needs volunteers for Christmas 2012?  No

Ninety-three cents of every dollar donated is used to feed as many hungry people as possible.

Donate: Non-perishable food, adult clothes and hygiene items. Make a cash donation online.

PHOENIX RESCUE MISSION
1801 S. 35th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85009
602-233-3000
www.phoenixrescuemission.org

Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving 2012?  No
Needs volunteers for Christmas 2012?  Yes

Phoenix Rescue Mission offers volunteer opportunities seven days a week for their breakfast, lunch and dinner service. Call to speak with a Volunteer Coordinator. Donations accepted from 9am – 2pm on Monday through Friday.

Donate: Ongoing basis – non-perishable food, water, meats and dairy, clothing and baby items. Visit their website for current wish list items. Make a cash donation online.

SAINT MARY’S FOOD BANK
Knight Transportation Center
3131 W. Thomas
Phoenix,AZ 85009
602-242-3663
www.firstfoodbank.org/

Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving 2012?  Yes
Needs volunteers for Christmas 2012?  Yes

Donate a turkey and other non-perishable food items on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Albertson’s stores. Cash donations are also gladly accepted. Ninety-five percent of every donation directly supports the mission. $1.00 provides 7 meals.

Donate food at the 3131 W. Thomas Road location from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Monday through Friday. Make a cash donation online.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
602-261-6886
www.stvincentdepaul.net/

Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving 2012?  Yes
Needs volunteers for Christmas 2012?  Yes

St. Vincent de Paul has five dining rooms throughout the valley. Go online to review a variety of volunteer opportunities.

Donate: Non-perishable food, clothing, backpacks, blankets, sleeping bags, personal hygiene products, wound care dressings, unexpired diabetic supplies, and gently used household furnishings (for their thrift stores that support their programs). Make a cash donation online.

TUMBLEWEED CENTER FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Administrative Offices
1419 N. 3rd Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ  85004
602-271-9904
www.tumbleweed.org

Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving 2012?  No
Needs volunteers for Christmas 2012?  No

Donate: Bottled water, food, clothing, socks, underwear, linens, backpacks. For the holidays: gifts for children; bus passes; small denomination gift cards for Target, WalMart or fast food restaurants. Make a cash donation online.

URBAN OUTREACH
Part of the Tempe First United Methodist Church
215 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ
480-967-3376
http://urbanoutreachaz.org/

Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving 2012?  No
Needs volunteers for Christmas 2012?  No

Donate: Clothing, shoes, personal hygiene products, food, disposable plates and utensils, paper products, laundry soap, liquid dish soap, bicycles, bike locks, backpacks and duffel bags, gift cards (Visa, Target, Walmart, or Fry’s). Make a cash donation online.

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