8 Volunteer Opportunities in Phoenix

9 Volunteer Opportunities in Phoenix

Volunteering is a meaningful way to become part of something bigger than yourself. Charitable organizations are always in need of support from individuals looking to make an impact, whether you’re looking to get your hands dirty or work alongside other members of your community collecting items for charity.

To give you some ideas on how to get involved, we asked eight thought leaders to share their favorite places to volunteer and other opportunities in Phoenix to make a difference.

Unique ways to support classroom teachers

The Million Dollar Teacher Project partners with schools to increase how their teachers are recognized, drive more support directly into classrooms and create innovative ways to impact teacher compensation.  A huge driver of teachers leaving the profession is their workload.  This can be addressed through strategic classroom based volunteer opportunities that are meaningful but also fit into your everyday life.  You can start with looking for ways to help your students’ classroom teacher.  If you don’t have kids you can contact the school nearest to you and inquire about ways you can assist.  This year there are many virtual opportunities being offered to tutor or mentor kids.  So, you are not limited to just in-person volunteerism.  Even just giving an hour a week can make a world of difference to a teacher.

Lloyd Hopkins, Million Dollar Teacher Project

Habitat For Humanity Central Arizona

Arizona’s best companies partner with Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona to build homes, communities, and hope. Partnering with Habitat gives corporations an opportunity to give back to the local community while offering employees a volunteer project with satisfying, tangible results.

Denise Gredler, Best Companies Arizona

St. Mary’s Food Bank

Our team volunteered at St. Mary’s Food Bank during the holidays to help pack meals for those in need while having a great time bonding as a team. It was a great experience! 

Kimberly Kriewald, AVANA Capital

Nonprofits in HR Issues

I regularly volunteer with nonprofits and schools to help with HR issues, special events, training and promoting communication.  I have loved my hands-on work with organizations such as Feed My Starving Children, to help feed hungry children around the world. Arts organizations are really struggling right now, so there may be even more ways for volunteers to help.  Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and Phoenix Children’s Chorus come to mind.  Think deeply about all your gifts and the many ways you can give through volunteering.

Colleen McManus, Senior Consultant

UMOM New Day Centers

UMOM restores hope and rebuilds lives by providing shelter, services and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness in the greater Phoenix area. They are always looking for volunteers for their “Read to Me” program as well as serving meals. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the Phoenix community.

Zack McCarty, Qwick

Community Fund of Sun City West Inc.

A personal favorite of mine is the Community Fund of Sun City West Inc. They want to help those with low income in any way they can. They have helped over 150 residents and continue to do so.

Andrew Roderick, Credit Repair

Tempe YMCA

There are literally thousands of places to volunteer. You can choose based upon the type of work you like to do or the work the non-profit does. I volunteer with the Tempe YMCA. I love working with them because we have programs for all ages and needs.

Nicole Spracale, Coaching & Consulting

Powered by Veterans 

My favorite place to volunteer is with the Wounded Warrior Project and The Mission Continues. Both are community-focused and powered by veterans.

Victor Jabri, Investigations Manager

Giving Back Comes in Many Forms

Phoenix is home to a variety of nonprofit organizations in areas like Animals, Homeless, Food and Health. Places like the Arizona Humane Society and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance are always looking for volunteers. Some of my favorite places to volunteer are Feed My Starving Children, Valleywise Health Medical Center, and my elementary school. I also donate blood at Vitalant. Giving back comes in many forms.

Kayla Centeno, Education SEO Company

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8 Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Teacher appreciation week just passed but it doesn’t mean you should stop showing your gratitude for teachers.

Below you’ll find 8 ideas for showing your appreciation for teachers year-round because educating future generations is a pretty heroic task.

Send Classroom Supplies 

Most of the time, teachers spend a large part of their modest salary on classroom decorations and supplies for students. Teachers will always appreciate receiving items they don’t have to ask for or buy themselves, so purchasing supplies you know they are in need of is the perfect way to say “thank you.” 

Peter Babichenko, Sahara Case

Have Your Child Write a Letter

Receiving handwritten letters in the mail is always a treat for teachers. Take time to sit down with your child to assist them in writing a letter to their teacher thanking them for specific things they learned during the school year. This is a sweet and personalized gesture that is sure to make any teacher’s day!

Kenna Hamm, Texas Adoption Center

Make a Self Care Package 

Teachers spend seven hours a day with 20+ children, teaching them vital information for their future in education. It is a very difficult and selfless job! Sending a teacher a package with gift cards to a nice restaurant, a movie theatre, or a retail store you know they like along with a bath bomb or nice candle will give them the permission they need to take some much needed time for themselves.

Denise Gredler, Best Companies Arizona

Share Their Impact

While teachers appreciate gifts, I think what is most valuable to them is to share the impact they’ve had on you and your children. Ten years from now, they’ll forget about the gift card, but they will remember your story.

Brian Stinson, The PEAK Fleet

Give Gift Cards and Goodie Bags

Gift cards are always a winner! To give them an extra kick, build a custom gift bag around the gift card. Ie: Starbucks gift card… Add a best-selling book, a cozy blanket, and maybe even a cute mug! A gift bag can be a really thoughtful way to express appreciation.

Candace Cotton, Halo Branded Solutions

Get Involved in a Campaign

In an effort to support local restaurants and show appreciation to teachers simultaneously we will be sending lunch to the homes of 100 valley teachers through our Take a Teacher to Lunch program. We will also be sharing videos from our #PasstheApple campaign. For this campaign, people share with us videos telling a story about their favorite teachers.

Lloyd Hopkins, Million Dollar Teacher Project

Recognize with Fair Pay

Increase their pay! COVID-19 has shined an even brighter light on the power of educators in our community. They deserve all the praise and the resources to get the job done, while also living a fulfilling life outside the classroom.

Michelle Diaz, Teammate Experience Manager

Homemade Cards

Our family signs and makes cards for teachers to show our appreciation for all they do. Nothing beats a heartfelt, Crayola crayon enhanced piece of paper that visually expresses the impact a teacher can have on the entire family. Slipping something into a homemade card – like a gift card – is always a nice touch. But, people just appreciate authenticity. Nothing is more authentic than a homemade card from a first-grader.

Brett Farmiloe, Education SEO Company

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MDTP launches #Continuethelearning Campaign to assist during COVID-19 Crisis


As our state wrestles with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep families safe, schools campuses have been closed down for the remainder of the school year and districts are now moving towards virtual or distance learning to deliver instruction to kids.   It has been incredible to see the resilience of our educators to adapt and, I think now, more than ever, families are reminded of the importance teachers play in our daily lives!  Even though moving classrooms online is a great approach to keep students engaged, it has exposed a huge gap that still exists in the pursuit of every student receiving an equitable education.

In many Title I School Districts, as much as 65% of their students can still lack access to the internet and devices they need to participate in virtual classrooms.  As we all work diligently to properly manage the current crisis in our state, another one looms if we can not keep kids connected.  As a response we have created an initiative named ‘Title I Tech’ to assist Title I districts with getting their students what they need to keep learning.  This is where we need your help.

Through our partnership with Mathew Blades of the Mix 969 morning show, Mathew & Priscilla, we have committed $15,000 at Target for the purchase of devices (laptops, tablets, etc) to immediately get these things in kids hands, but we need more so we can do more.  So, we have launched the #Continuethelearning campaign with a goal of raising an additional $25,000.  This will not only enable us to get students the devices they need but also assist with internet connections and any other needs that might arise around this area.  We are contacting you today in hopes that you can make a donation towards helping us reach our goal.  No amount is too big or small and as a community we can overcome any challenge.   So, we hope we can count on you for a contribution TODAY.   To learn more about the campaign, donate or apply for help please click here.

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