Many of us have been left dumbfounded about the ways in which we can help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you are trying to better navigate these times but also want to extend a helping hand to your local Phoenix community, here are a few fundraisers happening right now that are looking into alleviating those most affected by the virus. If you want to make a difference and aid your local community, give yourself time to study these fundraisers and their noble causes:
Phoenix-based nonprofit Another Round, Another Rally is a financial resource for people in the hospitality industry who are currently jobless. According to Travis Nass, the co-founder of the organization, it’s great for “dishwashers, busboys, servers, hosts, cashiers.” The group is giving out $500 to every unemployed person who applies on their website and uploads their pay stub.
NBA All-Star David Booker, in partnership with Phoenix Suns Charities, will raise money through live streaming on Twitch. The stream aims to support non-profits that help alleviate the needs of those affected by the pandemic in the Phoenix community. With a starting point of $100,000 by Devin Booker himself, the fund seeks to help non-profits like the Arizona Food Bank, the Foundation for Senior Living, and Banner Health Foundation. Donations can be made through Devin’s Twitch Channel.
By working with their partner organizations, Valley of the Sun United Way is allocating funds to address Maricopa County’s most pertinent emerging needs – in real-time. Valley of the Sun United Way assures that their donations will support areas of the highest need in the community by aiding in food security, child care, homelessness, lost wages driven by business closures, rent assistance, and other needs.
The Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund supports Arizona nonprofit organizations as they respond to the spread of COVID-19. Established by the Arizona Community Foundation and in partnership with numerous local corporations and foundations, the fund seeks to move resources quickly and to adapt to evolving community needs in order to support gaps not covered by state or federal funding. One hundred percent of contributions to the fund will be distributed to non-profit organizations.
During these challenging times, it is important to remember that even our small contributions can make an impact in our community. If you find yourself not being able to contribute to one of these Phoenix fundraisers, know that there are many other ways to contribute such as safe social distancing and staying home to stop the spread of the virus. However, if you are in a position to help financially, we highly recommend the funds listed above. As members of the Phoenix community, we invite you to make a difference and support those in need that are closest to you.
If you know of any other Phoenix-Scottsdale based organizations that need the support, send us a message through our Facebook page or DM us and we will link them on our platforms. And if you want to support Phoenix-Scottsdale local businesses, we invite you to check out our blog about coffee shops in the Valley which are still servicing their customers!