The Downtown Tempe business community has pledged to raise $100,000 over the next year to benefit social service organizations in Tempe, Ariz. The Downtown Tempe Authority has committed to assisting the merchants in their endeavors with the Tempe Mission campaign
The Tempe Mission campaign is a three-pronged approach to combating local homelessness with a Mission Meters component, a local Mill’s Mission Brew, and a year of events and activities in the Downtown Tempe business district. The Mission Meters are a series of nine informational kiosks in Downtown Tempe that will be fitted with new parking meters that will serve as donation receptacles. The public is encouraged to donate spare change in the meters or insert debit/credit cards to join the mission and make it count. The Downtown Tempe Authority has identified five organizations that will each receive an equal 20% of the funds raised from the Tempe Mission campaign, including:
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development – serves homeless vulnerable youth, ages 12-24.
Tempe Community Action Agency’s Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP) – the only shelter program in Tempe that provides for the immediate needs of homeless individuals and offers them resources for finding employment and regaining self-sufficiency.
Community Bridges – provides comprehensive, medically integrated behavioral health programs which include prevention, education and treatment services.
CARE 7 – dispatched by Tempe Police and/or Fire, CARE 7 assists clients at the point of crisis in their lives and they continue support, assistance, and referral through the crisis point, healing, and recovery.
Salvation Army — This Salvation Army location is a community center dedicated to providing an assortment of services to the Tempe community, including Christian education, disaster services, emergency financial assistance, emergency shelter, women and men’s ministries, and worship services.
The first Mill’s Mission Brew is a collaborative India Pale Ale style beer brewed in conjunction with Tempe’s own Blasted Barley Beer Company, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant and Pedal Haus Brewery. The IPA will be available at local bars and restaurants and one dollar of every pint sold over the course of the year-long campaign will be donated. Lastly, the Downtown Tempe Authority is working with local bars, restaurants and shops to host a series of events called Mission Mondays, whereby a different location will host a special happy hour or event, designating a percentage of sales to be donated to the Tempe Mission campaign. Custom T-shirts will also be available for purchase at DTA’s office and various locations throughout Downtown Tempe. The public is encouraged to make it count by purchasing a T-shirt and showing support for the campaign. One hundred percent of the T-shirt sales will be donated to the mission as well.
“The Tempe Mission campaign is something near and dear to our hearts and our mission at the Downtown Tempe Authority,” said Board Chair Matt Mooney. “Until now, there was no overarching awareness, education and fundraising campaign of its type in Tempe, and we, along with the downtown merchants, are putting our money where our hearts are to make it count for the local community.”
For more information about the Tempe Mission Campaign, please visit:
www.tempemission.com (URL will go live on Thursday, July 14th, 2016)
For more information about the Downtown Tempe Authority, please visit: https://www.downtowntempe.com/