On March 25, the Rotary Club of Scottsdale donated $10,000 to Vista Del Camino and Scottsdale Community Partners.
“We cannot express how much we appreciate this incredibly generous donation, and it could not have come at a better time,” said Angela Bravo-Gallagher, City of Scottsdale human services center supervisor at Vista del Camino.
Bravo-Gallagher added that food and supplies are at very low levels at Vista del Camino and the need from the community increases daily.
“This donation will allow us to help our Scottsdale neighbors at a critical time, and for that, we express our most sincere thank you to the Rotary Club of Scottsdale,” she added.
Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress, assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness.
The money will go toward providing various kinds of basic need assistance to Scottsdale residents, including food assistance, rental assistance, and utility assistance, said Scottsdale Community Partners Executive Director Jenny Adams.
Scottsdale Community Partner programs provide crisis support to three primary populations living in poverty within Scottsdale: youth, families, and seniors/disabled adults.
“We anticipate that we will have several months, if not a year or two, of significant increased demand for assistance, and every dollar given today helps us not only in the immediate, but in preparing long term for the increased impact to our services,” Adams said.
Adams added that, compared to this time last year, SCP has seen a “significant” increase in the number of calls asking for their services, and that a “great number” of calls are coming from people impacted by the current crisis seeking food, rental, and utility assistance.
“The current crisis is in its infancy. We know that the biggest test will be in the coming months as more and more people reach out in need of assistance,” Adams said. “We are very strategically working through the current crisis to the best of our ability as well as developing a plan for how we will continue to navigate this as it unfolds over the next several months.”
SCP has also seen an increase in donations.
“Typically, the spring months are our lowest donation period of the year, so the influx of donations has allowed us to prepare for the next few weeks and months as the need continues to rise,” Adams said.
In addition to the donation from the club, SCP raised $1,791 during Arizona Gives Day this year, up from $1,100 last year.
“I would encourage everyone to keep in mind that this crisis will have long-term ramifications that will be felt for the next several months and years. Every dollar that is raised now allows us to make long-term plans to continue to provide assistance to our most vulnerable community members,” Adams said.
Since then, the Rotarians have raised an additional $5,000 from the BHHS Legacy Foundation, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that helps community organizations improve the health and quality of life of citizens in need.
According to the club Vice President-elect Christopher West, the Rotarians still need community matching gifts to augment their donation.
“We live in such an amazing city and are so proud to be a part of the larger charitable community here in Scottsdale with other great organizations, like the Charros, Thunderbirds, the Virginia G. Piper Trust, Scottsdale 20-30 Club, Scottsdale Leadership, and so many other incredible groups. Our donation and the donations of other organizations like these is what ‘Service Above Self’ is all about,” West said.
West added that those interested in donating money can call 480-945-6158, and those interested in donating food and/or household goods, can call Vista del Camino at 480-312-2323.
“This is but another wonderful example of how the members of Rotary Club of Scottsdale demonstrate the values they espouse and their commitment to the safety and betterment of our community. In these times, this donation is particularly meaningful for those who have been thrown into a situation of physical and financial uncertainty,” said Scottsdale Mayor and Honorary Rotarian Jim Lane.
SCP is also currently in need of both goods and monetary donations for its Beat the Heat summer program, which assists more than 300 seniors in need.
Items needed include bottled water, new and reusable water bottles, grocery cards worth $35, unused personal hygiene items, healthy store-bought individually wrapped snacks, nutritional supplement drinks, books of “Forever” stamps, and summer relief items, like mini fans, reusable ice packs, and more.
Drop Beat the Heat donations off at the Via Linda Senior Center at 10440 E. Via Linda on May 12, 14, and 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monetary donations are accepted through May 29.
“We have been so heartened to see so many community organizations and members step forward to help provide assistance for their fellow citizens. It truly restores your faith in humanity,” Adams said.