Giving Tuesday: 6 Local Causes to Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

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Giving Tuesday is TOMORROW, Dec. 1. COVID-19 has hit Valley nonprofits especially hard in 2020. This Giving Tuesday, put your money where your heart is with these Valley causes.

Arizona Animal Welfare League

Arizona’s largest and oldest no-kill animal shelter saves thousands of homeless, sick and injured pets each year and adopts them into loving homes. In addition to adopting and fostering, the community can assist AAWL’s mission by donating to the Medical Miracle Fund, which funds the care of the most critical animal medical cases. You can also make a one-time or recurring monthly donation to help with all shelter costs at aawl.org.

 

Ballet Arizona

The only professional ballet company in the Valley has been forced to shut down performances during the pandemic. To help the artists and staff stay afloat at this time, Ballet Arizona launched the Be Our Bridge Recovery Fund to help the company face the unprecedented financial crisis facing this crucial Valley arts group. In addition to donating, the public can support Ballet Arizona by purchasing tickets to virtual performances, including the upcoming “The Nutcracker Suite,” at balletaz.org.

 

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

Hospitals are hit hard during this time, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital protects the sick and injured children that might be vulnerable to COVID-19’s domino effects. Contributions to the Hospital’s greatest area of need, The Hope Fund, will help the Hospital carry out its important work as doctors and staff continue protecting the community. The Hope Fund helps us launch critical new programs, purchase essential equipment, conduct cutting-edge research, provide charitable care and much more. The power of unrestricted giving through The Hope Fund is immeasurable. It ensures that support is available where and when it is needed most so the Hospital can continue to enhance the care it provides to patients. Donate at phoenixchildrensfoundation.org/hope-fund/.

 

New Life Center

New Life Center serves more than 1,000 children and adults annually through an emergency shelter and outreach support program, where more than 70 percent of the shelter population is children. In 2017, New Life Center served more children and provided more bed nights than any other single facility providing emergency shelter to domestic violence survivors in Arizona. To learn more, visit NewLifeCtr.org.

 

Hunkapi Programs

Hunkapi, based in Scottsdale, brings to the Valley a variety of horse powered activities for children and adults including: therapeutic riding lessons, equine assisted psychotherapy and garden therapy. Most of the lessons come from the horses, who gently guide clients toward greater mindfulness of self and others. The name is taken from a Native American word that means “I am related to everyone” and expresses the deep sense of connection between horse and human. For more information on the program, please visit the website at www.hunkapi.org.

 

Arizona’s Children Association

For 100 years, Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) has stayed true to “Protecting Children, Empowering Youth, Strengthening Families,” serving more than 40,000 children, individuals and families in all 15 counties each year. It is one of the oldest and largest statewide child welfare and behavioral health nonprofit agencies in Arizona. Learn more and donate at ArizonasChildren.org.                

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