Good to Give: The Top 5 Charities in Phoenix

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There are many national charities with branches in Phoenix: Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, the Muscular Dystrophy Organization, American Red Cross Arizona Chapter, Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association, to name just a few. The people of the Valley care about a myriad of causes, and there are simply too many wonderful ones to name; try Volunteer Match for a perfect fit. Here are five more, ones that have roots right here in Arizona.

1 Save the Family Foundation of Arizona

Founded in 1988, Save the Family serves homeless families with children, teaching these family units to become self-sufficient. It does this by providing housing for qualifying families, as well as offering adult and children's classes, focusing on everything from parenting and personal growth to expressive art activities and financial planning, to career development and domestic violence support, after-school tutoring, summer camps and more. Save the Family volunteers provide services such as legal, medical and dental support, rehabilitation of housing units, classroom support as tutors, and operation of the Save the Family Thrift Store. The organization's mission is to conquer homelessness and help struggling families achieve lifelong independence.

450 W. Fourth Place, Mesa, AZ 85201 480.898.0228 web

2 Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona was originally founded in 2003 under the name Arizona Chain Reaction. In 2007, it gained nonprofit status and was given a new name. Its primary goal, however, has always been to support buying locally and building the community and local economy. Local First Arizona accomplishes this through education of citizens, stakeholders, business leaders and legislators about how important a strong local economy can be to the area's environmental, economic and cultural well-being.

12 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013 (physical) P.O. Box 54636, Phoenix, AZ 85078 (mail) 602.956.0909 web

3 Free Arts of Arizona

Free Arts of Arizona partners with more than 100 group homes, treatment centers and shelters in Maricopa County in order to bring the therapeutic and healing powers of creatives arts to abused, neglected and homeless children. A small army of volunteers shares their creative talents in visual arts, music, theater, dance, creative writing and other arts, helping children to build self-esteem, have fun and expressive themselves and their feelings through a positive medium.

103 W. Highland Ave., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85013 602.258.8100 web

4 Streetlight PHX

Streetlight PHX seeks to make people aware of the human trafficking taking place in our community and throughout the U.S. Phoenix has become a magnet city for child prostitution and human trafficking, and the average age of entry into prostitution in Phoenix and elsewhere in the country is 13 years old, and up to 300,000 children are at risk in the United States for sexual exploitation. The goal of Streetlight PHX is to eradicate child sex slavery through increased awareness by creating nationwide, community-based collaborations and safe houses. To date, the organization's collaborators in the area include the Phoenix Vice Units, Mayor’s office, County and City Attorney, like-minded non-profits, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, FBI, Human Trafficking Task Force, students and faculty of ASU, 30-plus churches, and thousands of individuals.

P.O. Box 6178, Peoria, AZ 85381 623.435.0910 web

5 Medecons Initiative Inc.

Medecons Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit with the elderly residents of Maricopa County as its primary concern. The organization provides crucial home services, such as light housekeeping, yard work, minor repairs and other appropriate chores, via the work of volunteers to low-income senior citizens. These services enable many citizens to live in much cleaner and happier environments, and to stay in their own homes for much longer before transitioning to an assisted living facility.
Medecons believes all elderly citizens of Maricopa County should be able to live independently and with dignity.

230 N. Sunway Dr., Suite 101, Gilbert, AZ 85233 480.277.8167 web

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