More ways you can help Tucson-area charities

More ways you can help Tucson-area charities

Updated April 8:

If you know someone who needs help or you need help yourself, here are places where you might find it.

Veggies, eggs for families

On Saturday, I wrote that Cathy Lolwing of Felicia’s Farm has vegetables and eggs to share and that the farm is happy to widen its recipient list, especially to include hungry children.

Cathy says she received calls from two family counselors in the Tucson Unified School District asking that she deliver eggs and veggies to about a dozen families from their schools. Those families are now on her distribution list. You can be, too.

Felicia’s Farm

3761 E. River Road

Contact Cathy Lolwing, 520-396-0015

feliciasfarm.org

Monetary donations, as always, are welcome.

Basis students will deliver groceries, tutor kids, sew masks

Kyra Singh emailed:

“I am a junior at Basis Tucson North High School. A couple of my friends — Alex Caulin-Cardó, Makenna Ley, Sophia Lopez and Emily Rumph — and I have started STITCHES, which stands for Serving The Impacted Tucson Communities with Help, Encouragement and Support (a bit of a mouthful, I know).

“We are making masks for health-care workers, offering free grocery delivery services and tutoring kids throughout the city.

“I know that especially elderly citizens are in need of help during this time, and we want to make sure they are being given the support they need.

“Also, a lot of kids have had their school schedules disrupted and are finding it hard to maintain fixed schedules and would probably benefit from extra support at times that suit them.

“We want to help everyone out as much as we can, and we want to spread the word so people can take advantage of our services, and it would be great if you guys could help us with that.”

Contact STITCHES at stitchestucson@gmail.com or its website stitchestucson.weebly.com or on Facebook or Instagram @stitchestucson

Spoons, cups, salt, pepper needed

I thinned my pantry and dropped off dry goods at Casa Maria over the weekend. Casa Maria Soup Kitchen is a nonprofit Catholic workers’ community dedicated to helping the poor.

Brian Flagg, who has lived and worked at Casa Maria for more than 35 years, says the group’s greatest needs right now are styrofoam cups — 12- and 8-ounce sizes — plastic spoons, salt, pepper, garlic power and soup meat, including weenies. A particular treat would be cookies.

And if you have time, he could use volunteers form 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or donations of dozens and dozens of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I threw in a bag of oranges, too.

Casa Maria serves bag lunches and soup every morning from 8:30 to 11:30 to the homeless and those in need in its South Tucson neighborhood. More are coming to eat each day, Flagg said. He wants everyone to know that at the soup kitchen they are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Casa Maria Soup Kitchen

401 E. 26th St., Tucson AZ 85713

520-624-0312

casamariatucson.org

Box of veggies for $8; free pantry

In front of the Tucson Neighborhood Food Pantry, 5707 E. 22nd St., you can get a huge box of veggies for an $8 donation each Saturday starting at 8 a.m. and until all boxes are sold or by noon, whichever comes first.

Last Saturday, I got there at 9:30 a.m. and the boxes included eggplant, zucchini, spaghetti squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and red, yellow and green bell peppers. The previous Saturday the boxes included honeydew and poblano and ghost peppers as well.

Value Veggies is a volunteer-operated ministry of God’s Vast Resources and is an annual fundraiser, open six months out of the year.

Proceeds stock the Tucson Neighborhood Food Pantry, which distributes free produce and other food on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 4 to 6 p.m. You do not need an appointment and there is no means test to use the pantry.

For more information call, 520-777-9629.

Looking for DVD players, yarn

On Saturday, Luz E. Gallego, service coordinator for B’nai B’rith Strauss Manor, 370 N. Pantano Road, asked readers to donate DVDs.

“We’ve been getting a good number of calls from people bringing in DVDs, CDs, art books, color pencils, et cetera,” she said. “If anyone has an extra DVD player around they don’t use and would like to donate, it would be nice. I didn’t realize that most of my low-income seniors don’t own a DVD player. Also we can use yarn. Our seniors like to knit and crochet.”

Contact Gallego at 520-722-9963 or straussmanorsc@qwestoffice.net

From April 5:

The Arizona Daily Star wants to be your connection point to helping others and getting help. Many of our local charities have campaigns through Arizona Gives Day on Tuesday, April 7. Boys to Men, for example, has a donation match on that day.

Here are the latest requests:

Casa de los Niños

1120 N. Fifth Ave., Tucson AZ 85705

520-624-5600

casadelosninos.org

Casa de los Niños promotes child well-being and family stability.

Need 1: Hygiene supplies — shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant for males/females, toothbrushes, toothpaste.

Need 2: Diapers, all sizes.

Need 3: Baby wipes.

Boys to Men Tucson

5925 E. Broadway, No. 125, Tucson AZ 85711

520-344-3624

btmtucson.com

Need 1: Men who are willing to step up to mentor teenage boys who are struggling and isolated right now. We have transitioned our weekly group mentorship program to an online Zoom format. While boys and men are already at increased risk for bottling up emotions and isolating from others, these current conditions really elevate that risk. We are also increasing our services for men and mentors through online Zoom circles.

Need 2: Donations. We have had to cancel all of our spring fundraising events, which has jeopardized our ability to continue to facilitate our programming in the long term. We are hoping to survive through Arizona tax credits and other donations. We also have a campaign running for Arizona Gives through April 7 with a dollar-for-dollar donor match, so anyone who donates can double their impact: azgives.org/healthymasculinityandboyhood

Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona

1050 S. Plumer Ave., Tucson AZ 85719

520-325-1400

diaperbank.org

The Diaper Bank has three key programs that provide essential needs to low-income families: providing diapers for children (both disposable and cloth/reusable); incontinence supplies for adults; and menstrual products for women and girls.

Need 1: Unopened packs of Size 4-5-6 diapers.

Need 2: Unopened packs of 4T-5T toddler training pants.

Need 3: Unopened packs of baby wipes.

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT), 8920 E. Woodland Road, Tucson AZ 85749

520-749-2360

trotarizona.org

TROT enriches the lives of children and adults with special needs and veterans using equine-assisted activities and therapies to improve physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

Need 1: Horse feed and supplies: grain, specific grains (contact TROT for specific grains), wood chips for stalls, pea gravel for stalls.

Need 2: Horse supplements: Psyllium, electrolytes, joint supplement, fly-repellant feed (call TROT for specific brands)

Need 3: Paper goods: paper towels, toilet paper.

Angel Heart Pajama Project

1505 W. St. Mary’s Road, P.O. Box 229, Tucson AZ 85745

Patti Lopez, 520-870-2829

angelheartpajamaproject.org

From Joan Fawcett, Angel Heart Pajama Project: Knowing that many parents are out of work with less discretionary funds for basic needs to meet their children’s anxieties and fears, Angel Heart has communicated with our local nonprofit partners as to how to support needy children. Agency partners have indicated the need is even greater now for Angel Heart to provide new pajamas and books.

Need 1: New pajamas in sizes newborn to XXL Youth for boys and girls living in foster homes or homeless shelters.

Need 2: New books for boys and girls living in foster homes or homeless shelters.

Need 3: Financial contributions.

Step Up to Justice

320 N. Commerce Park Loop, No. 100, Tucson AZ 85745

520-276-3815

stepuptojustice.org

Step Up to Justice is a full-service free civil legal center for poor and working-poor individuals and families in Pima County. We provide phone and video-conferencing legal assistance for clients facing legal problems in family law, housing, minor guardianship, wills/probate, domestic violence, consumer protection, bankruptcy and employment. We partner with over 200 volunteer attorneys who are now working remotely, but this has increased our need for phone translations in Spanish and other languages. Your donation will ensure that every client can receive help.

Need 1: Donations at any time or Arizona Charitable Tax Credit ($400/individual and $800/couple), before April 15. Every cent is used to support our free legal services for low-income individuals and families in Pima County

Need 2: Volunteer attorneys to help a low-income client with a legal need in your practice area.

Need 3: Volunteer registered Arizona court interpreters for Spanish or other languages to help with a few hours of phone or video interpretation for clients who are non-English speakers.

The Arizona Daily Star wants to be your connection point to helping others and getting help. Know that the need never ends right now. 

Here are the latest requests: 

From March 31:

Spreading Threads Clothing Bank

Spreading Threads is a clothing bank for foster youth in Southern Arizona as wells as adoptive and kinship children.

Physical donations: 6894 N. Camino Martin, No. 100, Tucson AZ 85741 (blue drop bin outside, with tax receipts available)

Mail checks to: P.O. Box 86182, Tucson AZ 85754-6182

spreadingthreads.com

520-971-3237

Need 1. New athletic T-shirts and shorts (basketball/longer shorts) for teen boys and girls (men’s and women’s sizing: Women’s: XS-XL and Men’s: M-XXL)

Need 2. New socks and underwear for youths.

Need 3. New shoes. All are welcome, but in times where kids need to move and kids in group homes need to be active, athletic footwear would be so welcome and a godsend, said Michele Wright, a founder of the clothing bank.

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)

375 S. Euclid Ave., Tucson AZ 85719

520-628-7223

SAAF provides services to enhance the health and quality of life for those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and to assist people in preventing HIV, substance abuse, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted Infections.

Need 1: Unrestricted financial support so SAAF can direct funds to areas of critical need.

Need 2: In-kind donations of much needed items. We have created an Amazon Wish list at http://a.co/j15bnOh

Need 3: Volunteers to assist with daily operations such as answering phones or delivering meals. Contact Chinna Garza at cgarza@saaf.org

Donations can be brought to the SAAF office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Primavera Foundation

151 W. 40th St., Tucson AZ 85713

520-882-5383

primavera.org

Primavera believes everyone deserves an equal opportunity for safe, affordable housing; employment; financial security; and a second chance. Everyone deserves a pathway out of poverty.

Greatest need: Unrestricted donations that we can apply to our areas of greatest need. Unexpected expenses include:

1. Cleaning and prevention. Hand washing stations for high traffic areas (drop-in and shelter programs), cleaning and sanitation supplies for congregate areas and offices.

2. Pivoting to virtual environment. Laptops, expansion of broadband, ASAs, vpn to shift services (where able) to virtual engagement.

3. Food for shelters (congregate and individual units).

Tucson Wildlife Center

Southern Arizona’s only state-of-the-art wildlife hospital operating 24/7, 365 days a year. Dedicated to the rescue, emergency medical care and rehabilitation of Southern Arizona’s sick, injured and orphaned wildlife before return to the wild.

We desperately need sanitizer, sanitizing wipes‎ and spray, N95 masks from the hardware stores, gloves, Kleenex tissues, toilet paper, e-mailed Lisa Bates, founder and executive director.

Please drop off critical supplies at either:

Tucson Wildlife Center

13275 E Speedway, Tucson AZ 85748

or

Madaras Gallery

Curbside hours (Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

3035 N. Swan Road

Drop items in the outside bin and call us when you arrive at 520-615-3001. If it is an online order, supplies can be shipped to Tucson Wildlife Center.

Tucson Regional Ballet

2100 N. Wilmot, No. 302, Tucson AZ 85712

520-886-1222

tucsonregionalballet.org

Tucson Regional Ballet is facing a severe financial crisis as a result of public health policies that limit and/or cancel public gatherings.

Need 1: Monetary donations. Closing our doors has halted our main sources of income from class registrations and ticket sales for performances that pay the rent and other operating expenses.

Need 2: Donate through GoFundMe at gofundme.comdd/f/keep-trb-alive to help us continue to pay teachers who are providing online instruction for students to continue their dance lessons in their own homes. In-home online instruction provides opportunities for students to exercise while they are sheltered at home and keeps them socially connected to friends and teachers.

From March 26:

Tucsonans are opening their closets, pantries and wallets to help those in need. Since my first list appeared in the Star on Wednesday, here are just a few examples from my email.

Luz E. Gallego, service coordinator at B’nai B’rith Strauss Manor on Pantano, a housing project for low-income senior citizens, received several calls. “I have someone that will be bringing in pet food for our seniors’ pets.

Another person that has a quilting/sewing group will be bringing in masks for all my seniors and staff. A few others called me regarding food pantry donations. Anything helps right now. Again thank you so much, it’s greatly appreciated.”

Joni Chandler, activity director of Mountain View Retirement Village, connected with Lindsay Aguilar, TUSD Food Services Department administrative dietitian-coordinator. TUSD is loaning her 200 plastic compartment trays used for traditional school lunches to replace the of 600 disposable Styroform containers, which were used to feed Mountain View’s 200 residents three times a day.

In addition, “We received a bittersweet donation from a gentleman yesterday who lost his wife a week ago. He needed to clear his home of various items we requested that were left over after his wife’s passing. He had tears in his eyes, I informed him his wife is still giving to others through her donations.”

Jamie Roach, of Tucson Rescue Now, dedicated to getting senior dogs out of shelters and into forever homes, emailed that the rescue group had received “$175 in online donations, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it means the world to us... It’s a difficult time for everyone. But thank you so much for putting together that column. At least people who are doing OK are aware of how they can help others who aren’t. Tucson is a great community. I’m proud to live here.”

Here are the latest community requests:

Tucson Medical Center Foundation

5301 E. Grant Road, Tucson, 85712

520-324-3116

tmcaz.com

Tucson Medical Center is Tucson’s only nonprofit community hospital, serving Tucson and Southern Arizona for over 75 years.

Need 1: Unrestricted financial support so TMC can direct funds to areas in critical need. Donations can be made to tmcaz.com/foundation/donate-now

Need 2: Personal protective equipment such as unopened boxes of shoe covers, N95 masks (construction and health grade), general purpose vinyl gloves and surgical masks as well as unopened/sealed bottles of 70%+ isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol 70%+ and UV cleaning equipment (Connect with the foundation at (520) 324-3116 for information)

Need 3: Items to support the staff such as:

• Gift cards for items such as coffee/baked goods ($5 maximum)

• Food or service discounts for TMC staff during this period of time (with current TMC ID)

• Financial support to TMC’s Marks Fund, which supports the urgent or emergency financial needs of TMC Healthcare employees (full-time, part-time and per-diem employees who have completed their probationary period).

GAP Ministries

2861 N. Flowing Wells Road #121, Tucson, 85705

520-877-8077

gapmin.com

Need 1: Technology – Money to help with the purchases we already have been required to make, or new/gently used laptops, desktop computers, tablets, cell phones.

GAP provides supervised visits between foster children and their parents.

We are upgrading our technology to be able to provide virtual visits between the kids and families so that they can still see each other’s smiling faces in this scary time, and both the kids and our workers will stay safe.

Additionally, our residential homes now have 10 children all at home trying to do online classes with only two computers at the house for them to share.

Need 2: Staffing – We are in desperate need of more family-support staff to help care for the children in our homes. Our staff has been putting in extremely long hours, and we could potentially use up to 50 new people on staff.

Teachers, childcare workers, or any others currently looking for paid work with Arizona Level 1 fingerprint clearance are encouraged to apply.

Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace

946 W. Mission Lane, Tucson, 85745

520-955-5200

tucsonsbirthplace.org

A garden where people can still safely walk around, enjoy the scenery and historic gardens and volunteer. Like city and county parks, we remain open with precautions and restrictions in place.

Need 1: Funds to retain staff to maintain our 4-acre historic garden, which continues to require weeding, planting, harvesting and irrigating during a time when revenues are down drastically.

Need 2: Volunteers who want to work in a healthy outdoor setting where safety precautions are in place, and where social distance can be measured in acres rather than feet.

Need 3: Volunteers to help spread Mission Garden social media posts and to consult on setting up online sales for our shop.

More Than a Bed

3637 N. First Ave., Tucson, 85719

520-428-5280

morethanabed.org

We support foster, kinship, and adoptive families and the children in their homes by providing for practical needs.

Those practical needs range from cribs, toddler beds, twin beds, bunk beds, diapers and wipes, underwear, clothing, shoes, car seats, toys, and household goods.

We are run primarily by volunteers and operate out of a 5,000-square-foot warehouse.

Need 1: Ongoing volunteers looking to make a difference in their community, 4 to 20 hours per week.

Need 2: Host a fundraiser — birthday party, toy drive, diaper drive, etc.

Need 3: Give financially or donate gently used household items, clothing, toys and furniture. We have partnered with Amazon Smile and Fry’s — please select us as your charity before shopping.

Coyote Task Force (Cafe 54 and Our Place Clubhouse)

66 E. Pennington St. Tucson, 85701

520-622-1907 (Cafe 54) or 520-884-5553 (Our Place Clubhouse)

ctftucson.org

Coyote Task Force (CTF) provides support to adults with mental illnesses through programs Cafe 54 and Our Place Clubhouse.

We continue to provide job-seeking assistance, peer support, and food and supplies to our clients who are already isolated due to the stigma of mental illness, and many of whom have underlying health conditions or are over 65, putting them at increased risk for COVID-19.

Need 1: Donations to help us keep our doors open. Our usual revenues from Cafe 54 and ReThreads Thrift have ceased completely and we may be unable to reopen. Donate at ctftucson.org/donate

Need 2: Canned ready-to-eat meals (soup, etc.), hygiene supplies (toilet paper, etc.), and cleaning supplies to distribute safely to our isolated members.

Need 3: Help spreading the word. Email or share on social media about the work CTF does and what we need.

We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ctftucson, @cafe54bistro and @ourplaceclubhouse.

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest

1231 N. Norris Ave., Tucson, 85719

520-748-2300

lss-sw.org

LSS-SW is providing critical services to over 1,000 isolated older adults and people with disabilities, newly arrived refugee families, and families in the foster care system. Anything that can be shared will go directly to vulnerable people in need of additional support.

Need 1: Cleaning supplies, especially disinfectant wipes and gloves

Need 2: Personal hygiene supplies, especially toilet paper and hand soap

Need 3: Nonperishable food items

Rescue Me Tucson

rescuemetucson.com

Rescue Me Tucson has been working for some time to open, but wanted to find permanent space and to have a year’s operational budget in the bank.

Now, due to the coronavirus, they are accelerating that opening to help rescues from PACC and other municipal shelters.

Please call Nancy Young Wright, 520-403-4632, if you own or know of a space or would like to volunteer to help raise funds or help staff the center.

El Rio Health / El Rio Foundation

520-670-3909

elrio.org

El Rio Health offers tele-medicine and 24/7 nurse phone triage for patients, limited COVID-19 testing for high-risk patients, dental emergency care, prenatal/pregnancy services, referrals for housing, food, shelters, and mail and home delivery of medications to patients in need.

Need 1: Donations of thermometers

Need 2: Employee child care options

From March 24:

On Tuesday, I included a note on the Tucson Giving page asking nonprofits what they needed in this time of crisis. The first organization I heard from was the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Norma Cable, who does marketing and public relations for the food bank, asks that the community not donate food, in order to ensure food safety.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, 85713

520-622-0525

communityfoodbank.org

Need 1: Donate money online to support the Community Food Bank. This is the best way to support us at this time. Just $1 can help provide four meals. We have shifted to drive-through distribution. Changing our method of operation and working out of our parking lot has taken a lot of resources, but it allows us to take health precautions advised by experts.

Need 2: Volunteer. Volunteers make the Food Bank run, having given nearly 200,000 hours of work in the last year alone. Many of our volunteers are retired and many have decided not to continue during this time of COVID-19. We respect that, and we want people to be careful. We are also trying to meet an increased need at this time. We are looking for healthy volunteers who have not traveled recently and can help in assembling food bags and boxes and help in distributing. Assembly-line work is a three-hour shift. We pack emergency food that goes out to people in five counties across Southern Arizona.

People helping distribute food work in five-hour shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., lifting boxes, helping people with mobile check-in or getting food into vehicles. Please email volunteer@communityfoodbank.org to get started.

Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids (TRAK).

3250 E. Allen Road, Tucson, 85718

520-298-9808

traktucson.org

Need 1: Money to help us stay open so that we can continue to provide support to the community and so that we can pay our staff to help take care of our 80+ animals.

Need 2: Food donations for our animals: Hay (bermuda and alfalfa), grain (Wagon Train — found at Walmart), fruits and veggies for our small animals.

Need 3: Cleaning supplies such as Clorox wipes, paper towels, wet wipes and gloves.

Mountain View Retirement Village

7900 N. La Cañada Drive, Tucson, 85704

520-229-3350 ext 2925

Joni Chandler, activity director, says, “We feed 200 residents three times daily utilizing 600 disposable Styrofoam containers daily. Supplies are getting slim out there. We also are in need of utility serving carts to serve our residents as they are on lockdown.

“Restaurants may not be using them at this time. We also are getting the word out on the following donations needed: Adult diapers, sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and sprays, toilet paper.”

Hands of Hope Tucson

5240 E. Knight Drive

520-622-5774

Givehopetucson.com

Need 1: Financial donations.

Need 2: Baby wipes for clients who recently delivered a baby.

Need 3: Clorox wipes.

Youth On Their Own

1660 N. Alvernon Way

520-293-1136

yoto.org

Youth On Their Own continues to offer financial assistance, grocery gift cards and safety net referrals for homeless youths enrolled in the program. If you are a youth in need, please reach out to us at 520-545-0583. Community members can help our youth by making a contribution at yoto.org.

Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

4803 E. Fifth St., Suite 209

520-622-1600

mobilemealssoaz.org

Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona prepares and delivers daily meals to low-income, homebound seniors and disabled adults. Many of our clients would not eat every day without the services of Mobile Meals. Mobile Meals needs volunteers to pick up prepared food boxes from our facilities and deliver them to our homebound clients along designated routes. Also, tax-deductible donations for meals may be made at mobilemealssoaz.org/donate

Homicide Survivors Inc.

100 N. Stone Ave., Suite 807

520-207-5012

azhomicidesurvivors.org

Homicide Survivors is committed to serving family and friends of homicide victims. Our advocates continue to provide crisis intervention, court advocacy, emotional support and emergency financial assistance to families in need over the phone, by email and video chat. Community members can support our organization and families impacted by homicide by making a tax-deductible donation at azhomicidesurvivors.org/donate. Now, more than ever, those impacted by violence need our assistance and support. Your donation ensures that we can continue to serve and meet survivors’ needs during this uncertain time.

Beacon Group

308 W. Glenn St.

520-622-4874

beacongroup.org

Beacon Group continues to support people with disabilities in their work. Many of our clients are in essential service jobs. During a time when there is a significant demand on direct support services, we offer options to keep people with developmental disabilities safe. Financial support is needed to provide services as various other funding sources become unavailable and to support our heroic staff. Donate at beacongroup.org

Southern Arizona Cat Rescue

771 W Calle Ormino, Sahuarita, 85629

520-200-1643

sacatrescue.org

Need 1: Powdered Kitten Replacement Milk — PetLac or KMR.

Need 2: Wet kitten and cat food (no grain-free) — Blue Buffalo, Fancy Feast, Purina.

Need 3. Dry kitten and cat food (no grain-free) — Blue Buffalo, Purina.

We are trying to pull as many kitties as we can to alleviate PACC’s stress at this time, which comes right at kitten and puppy season.

Gospel Rescue Mission

4550 S. Palo Verde Road

520-740-1501

GRMTucson.com

Need 1: Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Need 2: Personal hygiene products.

Need 3: Canned food.

Teen Challenge of Arizona

P.O. Box 5966, Tucson AZ 85703

520-292-2273

tcaz.org

We have three locations in Tucson — a men’s facility, our adolescent girls home and our state corporate office. We offer a faith-based solution to drug and alcohol addictions and other life-controlling problems in order to help our clients become productive members of society.

Need 1: Prayer for our staff and students and all the families affected during this difficult time.

Need 2: High-demand supplies that are hard to come by, including bath tissue, paper towels, hand sanitizer, disinfection spray and soap.

Need 3: Financial donations to help supply our centers. We’ve had to cancel many of our events and fundraising activities that we normally have during this season. This has placed a financial hardship on our programs.

Tucson Rescue Now

2905 E. Skyline, #208, Tucson, 85718

520-861-5956

tucsonrescuenow.org

Tucson Rescue Now is dedicated to getting senior dogs out of shelters and into forever homes. We have a storefront in La Encantada where we bring a small number of dogs from PACC, HSSAZ and foster homes. The adoption “store” is unique in that it showcases the dogs on sofas in “play pens” so potential adopters can hang out with the dog and get to know him/her in a calm, comfortable and quiet environment. Currently the store is closed due to the virus, but we must continue to pay the rent.

We are not subsidized by any of the large shelters. We rely solely on donations to keep our doors open. With no visitors coming into the store to make donations, buy retail products or adopt dogs, our income has been reduced to almost nothing. We are hoping we can hang on until the store opens up again and we can go to work to get more senior shelter dogs adopted. In the five months Tucson Rescue Now was opened, we found homes for 112 senior dogs before closing the adoption store.

Need 1: Donations to pay rent.

Need 2: Dog food.

Need 3: New beds, leashes and toys.

Felicia’s Farm

3761 E. River Road, Tucson, 85718

520-261-4458

feliciasfarm.org

Need 1: Chicken feed for 700 chickens.

Need 2: Straw and alfalfa.

Need 3: irrigation supplies.

We can offer vegetables and eggs to other charities that distribute to those unable to get out.

B’nai B’rith Gerd & Inge Strauss Manor on Pantano

370 N. Pantano Road, Tucson, 85710

520-722-9963

straussmanor.org

Strauss Manor offers HUD-subsidized, low-income housing for seniors. We have an emergency food and hygiene pantry that helps our seniors daily. The number of request for items will be leaving our pantries empty soon.

Need 1: Hygiene paper goods: Toilet paper, tissues, wipes.

Need 2: Food items: Canned soups, crackers, oatmeal, cereal, milk.

Need 3: Pet food for pets: (cats, dogs, birds).

TMM Family Services

1550 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, 85716

520-322-9557

tmmfs.org

TMM Family Services is local leader in affordable housing. We offer education, case management and home-renovation programs. In addition, TMM offers supportive services to help seniors, veterans and families to become self-sufficient. During the last three weeks we have had a number of residents on our campus whose work hours have been reduced, creating hardship for their families.

Need 1: Hygiene kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream etc.).

Need 2: Toilet paper.

Need 3: Nonperishable food items.

Answers for Life Pregnancy Center

627 N. Swan Road, Tucson, 85711

520-308-8990

afltucson.com

We are a local pregnancy center that offers the following free services: pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, educational classes, prenatal care and material assistance (diapers, wipes, formula, and baby clothes). We are remaining open to continue to provide these services to our patients. As you can imagine, our budget is being stretched to provide these free services at this time when giving is down.

Currently, our three greatest needs are:

1. Baby wipes.

2. Diapers (especially sizes 4, 5, 6).

3. Formula.

Interfaith Community Services

2820 W. Ina Road, Tucson, 85741

520-297-6049

icstucson.org

Food bank, mobile meals, transportation, emergency financial assistance.

Need 1: Donate online at icstucson.org

Need 2: Food donations.

Our Family Services

2590 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, 85712

520-323-1708

ourfamilyservices.org

Our Family Services provides housing assistance and eviction prevention for families and youth ages 18-24. Our 2-1-1 Information and Referral hotline and website is free to use and links individuals and families to vital community services. Community members can help the youth and staff at our Reunion House Teen Shelter by donating hand sanitizer, liquid hand soap, lotion, sanitizing wipes, rubbing alcohol, aloe vera gel, liquid laundry detergent, isopropyl alcohol, trail mix, juice or by making a contribution at ourfamilyservices.org

Arizona’s Children Association

3716 E. Columbia St., Tucson, 85714

520-622-7611

arizonaschildren.org

Arizona’s Children Association continues to meet the needs of children and families in our community. Our doors are still open, providing a variety of behavioral health and child welfare services (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Our staff are working with our families to provide support and help them find the necessary resources to remain stable. Immediate needs include emergency funds to aid our foster youth and families. These funds will allow us to make sure they are current on their utility bills and rent, as well as that they have gas money to get to work and food in their pantries. Donate online at ArizonasChildren.org

Children’s Clinics

2600 N. Wyatt Drive, Tucson, 85712

520-324-5437

childrensclinics.org

Children’s Clinics offers urgent telehealth and sick visits for patients, Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Immediate needs include hand sanitizer, surgical masks, gift cards to local restaurants or grocery stores for families, bottled water, Clorox wipes, infrared thermometers, laptops and tablets. Donate at childrensclinics.org

Community Home Repair

6046 E. 30th St., Tucson, 85711

520-745-2055

chrpaz.org

Community Home Repair provides emergency home repair to low-income homeowners. Currently, we are only doing work that addresses critical needs such as water supply, functional drains, fall hazards and electrical hazards. In the coming weeks, we will provide emergency service and repair to evaporative coolers. We are stocking supplies for evaporative coolers: pumps, motors, pads, etc. and are gladly accepting donations of cash or new coolers or cooler hardware. Donate at chrpaz.org

Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network

2660 N. First Ave., Tucson, 85719

520-299-6647

tihan.org

The Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network provides an array of support services to people living with HIV and their loved ones. Our programs and services are designed to provide support to help people live well. Our immediate needs are liquid hand soap, disinfecting wipes, facial tissue, and hand sanitizer.

TIHAN has added these items to our usual list of items we include in care packages that we distribute year-round – including soap, shampoo, toilet tissue, cleaning supplies, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors, lotion, conditioner, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish detergent, as well as feminine hygiene products for the more than 20% of our HIV-positive clients who are women.

The vast majority of TIHAN’s CarePartners (clients living with HIV) are living below 150% of the federal poverty level, and these items cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits. In addition to having HIV, 65% of the people we support are age 55 or over, which is an additional risk factor for serious implications if coronavirus is contracted. Drop and go donations can be made curbside at the TIHAN office, 2660 N. First Ave., between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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