Community Resources

Bullying & Cyber-Bullying Support

What Parents Can Do About Childhood Bullying

Together Against Bullying: Offers tips for parents to intervene and respond to bullying behavior, activities to teach young children about how to deal with conflicts, show kindness and be a good friend.

notMYkid: Provides information to help you to identify the signs of bullying, conversation starters and information about bullying and your legal rights. 

StopBullying.gov: Contains information to prevent and respond to bullying and resources to get help now.

Stomp Out Bullying: Works to prevent bullying, cyber-bullying, sexting and other digital abuse and includes a help chat line for youth.

Safe Teens AZ: Provides information and links to resources for a teen who is dealing with bullying and for parents whose teens are bullying others.

Article on LGBT bullying

Cyber Attacks: Comprehensive guide on how to protect yourself against. 

Online Safety for Children and Teens: A Comprehensive Guide to Staying Safe Online

Counseling & ADD/ADHD Resources

Counseling Services

Catholic Charities: Counseling services are provided for people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities.  Services are fee-based with a sliding scale based on your ability to pay.  They provide counseling for individuals, families, children and adolescents dealing with a variety of issues. 

Southwest Behavioral - Outpatient Clinics: Offers integrated health care services (including youth counseling) on a sliding fee discount for patients without health care coverage based on their ability to pay.  The outpatient clinics also accept AHCCCS and other insurance plans.  

Arizona Children's Association - Outpatient Services: This organization offers a variety of services, including individual, group and family counseling, family support services, parenting support and trauma support.   

A New Leaf: Offers a variety of services, including individual and/or group counseling, crisis management, behavioral therapy, psychiatric evaluation, in-home support and more. 

Valle del Sol Youth & Family Services: Valle del Sol helps children achieve success in school, maintain and restore healthy family relationships, avoid delinquency, and helps the family function effectively in their environment. The organization accepts AHCCCS, private pay and other health plans. 

New Life Counseling: New Life Counseling provides affordable, Christ-centered, Biblically-based counseling for children and families.  The organization can address common life problems, including anger, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, eating disorders, trauma and more.  

City of Tempe Counseling Services: Counseling services are available for individuals, couples, children, teens and families who reside in Tempe or attend a school within the Tempe Union High School district.  Fees are $10-$40 per session based on family size or income. 

Child Crisis Center: Counselors work with children who experienced a variety of challenges, including but not limited to trauma, sexual abuse and attachment.  The organization also provides monthly support groups and parenting classes, legal guardianship clinics and other resources.   

Chandler CARE Center: Southwest Behavioral Health provides counseling to children and their families by appointment at the Chandler CARE Center. To get started, visit the Chandler CARE Center in person to complete a needs form. Payment is accepted on a sliding fee scale based on income and the organization also accepts AHCCCS.  

PSA Behavioral Health Agency: Offers case management, psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring, individual and family counseling and other behavioral health services. Serve youth up to age 17 who receive or are eligible for AHCCCS. 

Empact: Offers support groups throughout the valley for family members and friends who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.

La Frontera Arizona: The Adult Trauma Program offers individual and group therapy aimed at restoring full functioning in life and reducing they daily impact of past experiences, including suicide.

Crisis Response Network: Trained crisis intervention specialists are available 24/7 to help over the phone with a wide variety of issues and help connect you to local resources.

ADD & ADHD Resources

Raising Special Kids: The Family Support Team can provide information about a variety of special conditions and health care needs and refer you to medical professionals and/or community organizations who can provide assistance.  

CHADD The National Resource on ADHD: Talk with an ADHD Specialist, search the information library and get your questions answered. The help line is available Mon-Friday from 1pm-5pm eastern time: 1-800-233-4050

Attention Deficit Disorder Association: Access webinars, get answers to frequently asked questions, visit virtual support groups, search the resource directory and more.

MIKID (Mentally Ill Kids in Distress): Offers a variety of family and child support programs, referral services and support groups. The organization also offers FREE behavioral health services.

Understanding ADHD - Information for Parents: Article offers information about symptoms, types of ADHD and links to additional resources.

Parent Assistance Center (PAC): PAC is staffed by parents who have raised or are currently raising children with emotional, physical, and behavioural health care needs. PAC's Parent Partners provide support and helpful information, discuss options, offer encouragement, and inspire hope. 

ADD Clinic of Arizona: Provides ADD diagnosis and treatment for children and adults. The organization accepts most major insurance plans and offers self-pay options. 

Crisis Hotlines & Info Lines

Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA): 24 Hour Crisis Line: 480-982-0196 or to access services, call or text 602-743-2433. CAAFA provides free and confidential services for survivors of sexual assault.

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN): 800-656-4673

Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition: Online directory of Arizona suicide prevention services.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Teen Lifeline: (602) 248-8336

American Red Cross – Greater Phoenix: 602-336-6660
Provides disaster relief after fire, floods, microbursts, power outages and other tragedies. The organization can assist with food, clothing, shelter, health and mental health services for victims.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Child Abuse Hotline: 1-888-767-2445

Child Sexual Abuse Hotline: 1-866-367-5444

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678

Education, GED & Tutoring Services

Government Grants & Scholarships

U.S. Department of Education – Federal Student Aid: Financial Aid from the government can help you pay for education expenses for college, career school or graduate school. This site includes information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Arizona Student Financial Aid Programs: Browse state-funded grants and scholarships available for Arizona students.

U.S. Department of Labor – Free Scholarship Search Tool: Search more than 7,500 scholarships, grants and other financial aid opportunities.

Grants and Scholarships for Military Families

American Veterans Scholarships: Awards scholarships to veterans/active duty military, their children and grandchildren.

Fleet Reserve Association Education Foundation: Opportunities for enlisted members and their families of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Army Emergency Relief: For students who are dependents of a Soldier on federal active duty, retired Soldier, deceased active or deceased retired Soldier.

Fisher House Foundation: Commissaries award a $1,500 scholarship to a selected recipient. Open to children of active duty, Reserve, Guard, retired and fallen U.S. service members.

Air Force Sergeants Association: Scholarships range from $500 to $3,000 for Air Force dependents of active duty, Reserve, Air National Guard, retired, and Veterans.

University & Community College Grants & Scholarships

Arizona State University: Search hundreds of scholarship opportunities through ASU and community partners.
ASU Online: ASU Online offers information about financial aid, scholarships, and budgeting tools specifically for online students, which I felt could be useful for students seeking online options or are unable to attend local on-campus programs.
Central Arizona College
DeVry University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Grand Canyon University
Maricopa Community Colleges and Foundation: Scholarships are available for the ten Maricopa County Community colleges. Search through dozens of awards and complete one application to be considered for a variety of scholarship opportunities. Deadline is March 16, 2018.
Northern Arizona University
The Art Institute of Phoenix
University of Advancing Technology
University of Arizona – In addition to finding scholarships for U of A, prospective students can search through their Scholarship Universe database to find non - U of A scholarships as well.
University of Phoenix

Financial Aid through Businesses & Nonprofits

American Indian Student Scholarships: Browse through a summary of local and national scholarships and scholarship sources.

Arizona Community Foundation: The Community Foundation manages more than 100 scholarship programs, all of which are accessible through one application for high school seniors and college students.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona: Graduating high school students who are enrolled in BBBSAZ programs and the Big Futures Program may apply for a Big Futures scholarship. The deadline is March 9, 2018.

Chicanos Por la Causa (CPLC): The CPLC Scholarship Program provides financial assistance and support to outstanding Latino students. Applications are available for ASU, the UofA College of Medicine, Maricopa County Community Colleges and Pima County Community Colleges.

College Depot at Phoenix Public Library – Browse through a scholarship directory and obtain tips for completing your applications.

College Success Arizona: Browse through a resource directory of local and national scholarship opportunities.

Credit Union West: Graduating high school seniors are eligible for $1,000 with a high school G.P.A. of 2.5 or above and plans to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study in the Fall of 2018. Applications are due March 30, 2018.

Cruz & Associates: The Alcanzando Un Sueno Scholarship Fund is open to 12th grade students of Hispanic descent who are bilingual (English/Spanish) with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. Deadline is June 1st.

Desert Financial Credit Union: The Desert Financial Community Service Scholarship rewards students who have dedicated exceptional time serving their communities and plan to enroll in an Arizona college or university. These scholarships range from $2,500–$10,000; applications for the 2018–2019 school year are due March 2nd, 2018.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Awards are based on merit and range from $500 to $5,000 for students of Hispanic heritage who meet the eligibility requirements. The deadline is March 30, 2018.

LGBTQ Student Scholarship Database: Search for scholarships, fellowships and grants for undergraduate and graduate level programs by state.

Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars Program: This program is open to Arizona and Indiana residents who face barriers to obtaining a higher education. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements.

QU Scholarship: The QU Scholarship is for Arizona LGBT youth attending a college, university or vocational school in Arizona. Along with a monetary award of up to $10,000, QU Scholars enjoy the support of a team of academic, professional and service mentors. Applications are accepted from November - January.

Scholarships for African-American Students: The Open Education Database provides a summary of scholarships available for African-American high school graduates and graduating seniors.

The Dream.US National Scholarship: Open to DACA recipients and those who don’t receive DACA benefits, but came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday. Deadline is March 1, 2018.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF): View a summary of UNCF scholarship programs and search through a directory of additional opportunities for minority students.

CollegeAffordabilityGuide.org: Provides a summary of the most affordable Arizona colleges and little-known ways of saving money on college. The site also provides the top non-profit colleges offering online degree programs

GED Prep & Adult Education

Dysart Community Center: GED preparation course is $40 plus the cost of books. Classes are held Mon-Weds from 10am-1pm or 6-8pm. 

Arizona Center for Youth Resources: Offers Adult Basic Education to improve reading/math skills, GED preparation, workforce programs and more. Classes are available in person and online. 

Friendly House: The Adult Education GED Program allows students to receive in-person and online instruction with access to support services and community resources.  

Arizona Department of Education: This website includes information about GED test preparation classes, links to study materials and a practice test.  

Rio Salado College (RSC) - GED Test Preparation: GED classes prepare students in the areas of science, social studies, math and language arts. Fees range from $25-$70 based on household income.

E-Institute Charter High School: This is a FREE charter high school with computer based programs that are aligned with the Arizona State Standards. Students work at their own pace and can use this as an alternative to a traditional high school or to temporarily make up missed credits. 

One N Ten: Q High is an online high school diploma program that enables LGBTQ youth who have dropped out to complete their high school diploma.  Scholarships are available.  The organization also offers a Youth Education & Success Program, a 12-week workshop that teaches job skills, resume and interview preparation. 

Grad Solutions: Offers a free online high school diploma completion program for Arizona students ages 16-21. The program is fully accredited and students will have a personal mentor to guide them through the process.  

Tutoring

Grand Canyon University - Saturday Learning Lounge (K-12 students): BBBS Littles have FREE access to the Saturday Learning Lounge to receive tutoring and take part in educational and recreational activities.  Littles must be accompanied by an adult (parent or mentor) and complete an application ahead of time. Click here for the application.

The Rock at 32nd Street: Equipping kids to understand and excel at academics is at the heart of The Rock at 32nd Street's free tutoring program.   Kids bring their homework to tutoring and are given individualized attention in an open, classroom style setting.

Learn to Be – Free Online 1-on-1 Tutoring: Learn To Be provides free 1-on-1, online tutoring to underserved youth around the nation. All of the tutoring is done in an online classroom with volunteer tutors comprised of brilliant high school students, college students and young professionals.  Complete an application online to determine if you qualify for the free tutoring program:  https://www.learntobe.org/enroll 

Free Math Help – Online Tutoring Programs: Site includes lesson pages by math topic, online forums, calculators and games to put learning into practice.

Progressive Phonics – Free Online Reading Tool: Provides books that can be printed or read online with corresponding worksheets to help kids with reading comprehension.  Choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced books.  This program is specifically for beginning and/or struggling readers.

Khan Academy – Free Online Tutoring: Lesson pages, online videos and worksheets (for youth and parents) are available in a variety of subjects.  You can search for specific subjects or by grade level.  All resources are available free of charge.

Free Kids Books (Online): Kids can read books online or download/print free PDF’s of a variety of stories.  Parents can search for books by grade level.

A Road to Learning: A Road 2 Learning’s proven instructional program in reading develops lifelong learning skills -- and it's completely FREE to students attending qualified Title I schools.  With a strong focus on comprehension and vocabulary, this program is equally effective for native as well as non-native English speakers.  View the list of qualified Title 1 schools here:  http://www.azed.gov/state-tutoring/parents/

Educate, Empower, Succeed, LLC: Offers kindergarten through college level tutoring in math, language arts, geography, social studies, foreign languages, and science. They also offer GED, SAT, ACT, PSAT, and ASVAB tutoring.  This program is completely FREE to students attending qualified Title 1 schools.   View the list of qualified Title 1 schools here:  http://www.azed.gov/state-tutoring/parents/

Chicanos Por la Causa (CPLC) Community Center: The CPLC Community Center offers after-school tutoring from 3pm-5pm, summer tutoring, teen leadership programs, STEM summer camps and activities, sports and recreation, nutrition and health education, arts and culture activities and character development.  There is an annual membership fee of $35.00 for families.

ABC Phonetic Reading School: ABC’s programs, teacher training and methodology of instruction were scientifically developed and designed for the rapid remediation of academic deficiencies in students who are not proficient at grade level in Language Arts (reading, comprehension, writing etc.) and/or Math.  Limited scholarships are available for those who qualify.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center: The Kroc Center is a Community Center that provides a variety of programs for adults and youth, including an after-school program designed to help kids improve their reading, writing and math skills.  Families must apply for membership and financial assistance is available (a family with up to 6 people can cost up to $19/month.)  You can download a scholarship application (in English or Spanish) here: http://www.krocphoenix.org/scholarships.html.

Kumon Math & Reading: Contact Kumon or visit their website to schedule a parent orientation to learn more about their math & reading programs, locations, pricing structure and payment plans.

Boys and Girls Clubs: During the after-school program, youth have a dedicated “Power Hour” to complete homework with help from club staff.   There is a $25-$30 annual membership fee and $190 monthly fee for the afterschool program.  Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. Metro Phoenix: 602-954-8182 - http://bgcmp.org  East Valley: 480-820-3688 - http://www.clubzona.org  Scottsdale: 480-860-5520 -  https://www.bgcs.org

Math Rise Learning Center: Math tutoring is available for all ages (4-adult) by appointment Monday-Saturday.  Call to schedule a free consultation and to discuss potential financial assistance or payment plans.

All Around Learning Center: Offers one-on-one tutoring, small groups tutoring, drop-in homework help, home school support, summer camps, standardized test prep and more.  Scholarships may be available for qualified students. 

Tutoring Club: Offers after-school and summer tutoring for elementary through high school students in math, reading, writing and test preparation.  Homework help can be provided as part of the tutoring sessions.  The hourly rate is $45/hour and financing is available over a 12-18 month period.  Discounts are available if multiple siblings are enrolled.

Sylvan Learning Center: Offers tutoring in math, reading, writing, STEM, homework help and study skills.  Tutoring ranges from $42.00-$52.00 per hour, however tuition financing is easy to apply for and there are no fees to apply. 

Read Better Be Better (Avondale, Tolleson & Osborn Elementary School Districts Only): Read Better Be Better uses trained 8th grade volunteers to implement a simple, but highly structured after-school program for 3rd graders. The older students work one-on-one with the younger students, modeling and fostering active engagement with a variety of texts. The program also includes constructive play activities specifically chosen for their ability to focus attention and improve concentration.

Additional free tutoring may be available through your child’s school or school district. Some schools offer tutoring clubs and in many cases, teachers are willing to stay after school to assist students who are struggling with concepts in class. Try contacting the school directly to inquire about tutoring options

College Board: Provides free SAT practice tests, scoring guides, test tips and additional resources online. 

Find private tutors in your area:  https://www.care.com/tutors/phoenix-az

Employment & Career Development

Adecco Staffing Agency: Provides an online job database where you can search and apply directly for jobs throughout the valley.

Arizona@Work (Multiple Valley Locations): Arizona@Work assists with job search and placement services and provides career counseling and skills development. The organization will help you post your resume on a statewide job database and match you with job opportunities that fit your skills.

Arizona Women's Education & Employment (AWEE): Offers career coaching and mentoring, interview preparation, skill-building workshops, job searching strategies, a clothing boutique for job interviews and more.

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation: The e-learning center offers free internet access and a range of services, including job banks, resume design, career assessments, tech coaching, connections to agencies who provide support services and more.

FIBCO Family Services: Through free individual consultations with a job readiness specialist, job seekers can obtain referrals to agencies that can help them overcome barriers to employment and get assistance with resumes and job applications. Contact 602-258-1998 x2231 for more info.

Goodwill Career Centers: Provides free access to on-site hiring events for many local companies, resume development, interview techniques, career coaching, connections to transportation, clothing, housing and more.  Contact 602-535-4444 for more information. 

Maximus Job Club: Free job readiness workshops where workforce specialists will assist you with weekly job leads, mock interviewing, resume preparation, networking skills and connect you to upcoming job fair events - five valley locations.

Mesa Community Action Network (MesaCAN): Offers a free financial literacy and life skills course every Thursday at 10am-11am. The course covers resume writing, interviews, job applications, establishing credit, budgeting, financial aid/scholarships, housing and transportation resources. To sign up, call 480-833-9200 x3421 or e-mail tbellamy@turnanewleaf.org.  

Robert Half Staffing Agency: Staffing agency that assists with job placement in a variety of fields including administrative/office, customer service, accounting/finance and more.

Staffmark Staffing Agency: Staffmark provides an online job database where you can search and apply for jobs.

St. Joseph the Worker: Provides free access to on-site hiring events for many local companies, resume development, interview techniques, career coaching, connections to transportation, clothing, housing and more. Contact 602-535-4444 for more information. 

WHEAT’s Clothes Silo: is a resale-clothing boutique specializing in new and gently used women’s clothing, handbags and accessories ideal for the workplace and job interviews. BBBSAZ has partnered with the organization to provide referrals for free professional clothing for parents of Littles.  The organization is located near 7th Street and Indian School Road.  Shoppers must obtain a referral form prior to visiting the Clothes Silo for free apparel. To request a referral, please contact Kerri@bbbsaz.org or 602-393-2903.

PHX Works: Program designed to help job seekers by offering assistance with filing for unemployment benefits, resume & cover letters, interview prep, job resources and more.

Ocotillo Library Workforce Literacy Center: Get help with resume preparation and searching/applying for jobs every Sun, Mon, Tues and Thurs from 12pm-4pm. The center also offers computer classes, interview skill-building and a variety of workshops to help you find a job. 

AWEE Bankwork$: Free 8-week program consisting of adult career training, placement assistance and ongoing coaching for careers in the financial industry. Information/application sessions are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at AWEE (4520 N. Central Ave., Ste. 550, Phoenix, AZ) from 9:30am-10:30am. Sessions are also held on the first Thursday of every month at LaMesita / A New Leaf (2254 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ) from 1:30pm-2:30pm.  

Family, Youth & Children's Services

Diaper Bank of Central Arizona: The Diaper Bank partners with a variety of agencies to supply diapers to moms in need. Visit their website to view the list of partner agencies and find locations that have diapers near you.

Catholic Charities Parenting Support: Services are provided for people of all faiths, backgrounds and abilities.  The organization offers free financial preparedness, parenting education and ongoing counseling as needed for young moms.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children): The Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support services, supplemental nutritious foods and referrals to health and social services.

AZ Dept of Health Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Helpline: Offers information about Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Free Vitamins with Folic Acid, AZ sliding fee providers and other referrals.

Birth to Five Helpline (Free Child Development Support): Parents can call to receive advice, support and tips on a variety of subjects, including sleep, fussy babies, feeding/eating, parenting and more.

Quality First Scholarships for Childcare: Scholarships are tied to family income level and are available for parents who may be working, looking for work or improving their work skills through training or education. Other eligibility requirements apply.

DES Childcare Assistance: The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Child Care Administration assists eligible families with child care costs, enabling parents to participate in employment and specific education and training activities related to employment or in certain other circumstances when parents are unable to provide care.

Chicanos Por la Causa (CPLC) De Colores - Community Based Youth Programs: The CPLC De Colores youth programs aim to educate and uplift youth through prevention and leadership programming to empower young adults - Sisterhood of Latina Leaders (SOLL) and Healing Studio.  To register for the programs , contact Charissa Cota at 602-527-2612 or Charissa.Cota@cplc.org.

New Life Pregnancy Center: The organization offers free pregnancy, parenting and life skills classes – parents who attend classes earn points to shop in the Baby Boutique for items like baby furniture, clothing, formula, toys and more.

Child Crisis Arizona: Free parenting classes are offered in locations throughout the valley, as well as children’s playgroups, support groups and family events.  

Arizona Children's Association: Free workshops are offered to address a variety of issues, including strategies for effective discipline, preventing tantrums, calming techniques, positive parenting skills, school readiness and more.

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P): If you’re dealing with temper tantrums, fighting at home or school, a defiant teen or other challenges – there’s help for you! Triple P Workshops are held by providers throughout the valley and some sessions are free.

Parent Assistance Center (PAC): PAC is staffed by parents who have raised or are currently raising children with emotional, physical, and behavioural health care needs. PAC's Parent Partners provide support and helpful information, discuss options, offer encouragement, and inspire hope.

Family Involvement Center: The organization provides a variety of classes and support groups for parents, including counseling, parent-to-parent support, emergency support and much more. 

Strong Families AZ: Network of home visiting programs covering topics from teaching parents how-to be their child’s first teachers, providing guidance on developmental milestones, early childhood literacy, optimal physical and emotional health and more.

How to Talk to Kids About Gun Violence: Great article provides advice on how to address gun violence with your child at any age.

Car Seat/Booster Seat Installation Workshop: Arizona law requires children between ages 5 and 7 to ride in a booster seat unless they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. Once a child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller, they are no longer required to ride in a booster seat, regardless of age. The bottom line is that in order for a child to graduate to an adult safety belt, they have to meet either the age (8) or height (4 feet 9 inches tall) requirement. The following organizations offer car seat/booster seat installation workshops and may provide a free seat upon completion:

• Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Call 602-933-3350 to register
• Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) – Call 602-344-5364 to register

Child Care Resource & Referral: Visit the website to conduct a search for all child care options near you and for the days / hours that you need. Many child care centers are contracted with DES to provide free or reduced rates for those who qualify. 

Care.com: Conduct an online search for day care centers, babysitters, nannies and other forms of child care in your area.

DES Child Support Services Program: The program can help you locate an absent parent, establish legal paternity, obtain a legal child support order, collect child support payments, establish medical support and more. 

Family Resources Centers: There are 30+ Family Resource Centers across the valley that provide free and low-cost services to support your child’s learning and development, health and nutrition, language and reading skills. 

Parent Partners Plus: Provides free in-home visitation programs for expecting parents with a child age 5 and under throughout Maricopa County. 

First Things First: Support for parents and youth ages 0-5 in the areas of early learning, healthcare and family support to prepare kids for kindergarten and beyond. 

ICAN (Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods): ICAN’s family and parenting programs address parent/child communication, conflict resolution strategies, family bonding, substance abuse prevention and more. Parent support groups offer peer-to-peer support.

Teen Outreach Pregnancy Center (TOPS): TOPS offers a variety of free classes for teens, including healthy pregnancy education, childbirth classes, parenting classes, support groups and a boutique of new and gently used maternity and baby items. 

1st Way Pregnancy Center: Weekly classes are offered, including prenatal nutrition, birth and delivery, parenting, breast feeding and more. In addition, they offer maternity clothing, diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, pacifiers, blankets, baby clothing and more. 

 

 

Financial Assistance

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): TANF (Temporarily Assistance to Needy Families) provides financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children and the parents or relatives with whom they are living. Eligible TANF households receive monthly cash and Medicaid benefits. 

Community Action Agencies: Provides a variety of assistance services, including rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, housing repair and self-help housing services.

Salvation Army Assistance Programs: The Salvation Army offers emergency assistance programs and services, including rental/mortgage, utility bills, meals, employment and more.

Catholic Charities: Assists with one month past due rent or mortgage payment, or first month’s rent.

Labor's Community Service Agency: When available, an Emergency Relief Fund can provide one-time financial assistance for basic needs such as utilities, food and eviction prevention.

City of Phoenix Family Services Centers: Emergency financial assistance services are available to City of Phoenix residents for utility and rental assistance. Additional services include housing repair referrals, senior programs, transportation, nutritional resources and more.

Friendly House: Utility and rental assistance is provided to those who schedule an appointment – please contact 602-345-0167 on the first Thursday of each month between 9am-11am. Food and hygiene boxes are also available throughout the week. 

St. Vincent de Paul: Rent and utility assistance are assessed by volunteers who work out of St. Vincent de Paul community food pantries. Contact 877-211-8661 for locations and times. 

Vista del Camino Community Center - Scottsdale: The community center has case workers on site to assist Scottsdale residents with emergency rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, transportation needs, prescription costs and more. 

Arizona Self Help: Arizona Self Help is a free online service that allows you to prescreen for 40 social service programs, including food, housing, utility assistance, financial assistance, health care, child and family resources, employment and more. 

Fresh Start Women's Foundation: Fresh Start offers FREE financial literacy classes and provides opportunities for you to meet one-on-one with a financial consultant at no cost. Workshops and mentoring are also available to help you achieve goals, obtain a career and learn life skills. 

Mesa Community Action Network (MesaCAN): Offers a free financial literacy and life skills course every Thursday at 10am-11am. The course covers resume writing, interviews, job applications, establishing credit, budgeting, financial aid/scholarships, housing and transportation resources. To sign up, call 480-833-9200 x3421 or e-mail tbellamy@turnanewleaf.org.  

DES Family Assistance Administration: Information and applications for nutrition, cash and medical assistance programs. 

Take Charge America: Provides guidance with credit, bankruptcy, housing, student loans and debt management plans. 

 

 

Food, Grocery & Clothing Aid

Food Banks in Arizona
Click the link above to view an Interactive statewide map of all food banks and pantries in Arizona.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): A USDA Child Nutrition Program established to ensure that low-income children, ages 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Registration is not required. View this interactive map to find meal locations and times in your community, or text FOOD to 877-877. 

West Valley

Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank - Avondale: Walk-ins welcome, no referral required. Provides food, clothing, homeless kits and showers. 

Tolleson Food Bank: Food is available for residents in zip codes 85353, 85323 and 85338. Walk-ins served. No referral required. Must bring your own box. Suggested donation of $5.

St. Mary's Food Bank - Surprise: St. Mary’s provides food boxes and perishable food items Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm. Bring photo I.D. and proof of residency. No referral required. 

Vineyard Food and Clothing Bank - Glendale: Provides food to the first 35 households each day; come early and bring a photo ID and proof of residency. 

Hope for Hunger - Glendale: Emergency Food Boxes are available to clients who meet eligibility requirements. Visit their website to view requirements. 

Harvest Compassion Center (HCC) Maryvale: Guests are welcome to shop for their desired food items, hygiene products, baby items, various home products and clothing FREE of charge. No referral or appointment needed.  

Phoenix

St. Mary's Food Bank - Central Phoenix: St. Mary’s provides food boxes and perishable food items Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm. Bring photo I.D. and proof of residency. No referral required.

BHHS Legacy Foundation Resource Center (at the office of Arizona Baptist Children's Services & Family Ministries) - Central Phoenix: Provides emergency food boxes, clothing and a pregnancy center at 2632 W. Augusta Ave., Phoenix, 85051. Call 602-346-2300 for days and hours. 

St. Vincent de Paul: Hot meals are served throughout the year and during the holidays. Call ahead to confirm dining room hours and locations near you. 

ICM Food and Clothing Bank - Downtown Phoenix: Bring photo ID and proof of residency for food and / or clothing. Clothing is available for adults and children.

Harvest Compassion Center (HCC) - North/East Phoenix: Guests are welcome to shop for their desired food items, hygiene products, baby items, various home products and clothing FREE of charge. No referral or appointment needed.

Desert Mission Food Bank - North/Central Phoenix: Walk-ins served. No referral required. Bring a photo ID and proof of address. 

Mom's Pantry - North/Central Phoenix: A photo ID and proof of residence is required. Each registered family is qualified to receive emergency supplemental food-aid once a week, with a four-week review cycle. 

Rio Vista Center - South Phoenix: Provides emergency food boxes, SNAP services (food stamps), farmers market, clothing, a job center and pregnancy center.

East Valley

Vista del Camino Food Bank - Scottsdale: The food bank is located within the Vista del Camino Community Center and provides food boxes, toiletries and specialty items for seniors and infants. The community center has case workers on site to assist Scottsdale residents with emergency rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, transportation needs, prescription costs, etc.  

United Food Bank - Tempe/Mesa: Clients can purchase pre-assembled food bags containing 15 to 20 pounds of different meat and produce for $20. Complimentary breads, pastries, dairy and deli products are available. Open to the public. 

Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA): Tempe residents can obtain food, utility and housing assistance, pre and post-natal services, career development, life skills and programs for seniors. 

Harvest Compassion Center (HCC) - Chandler: Guests are welcome to shop for their desired food items, hygiene items and various home products FREE of charge. No referral or appointment needed.  

Matthew's Crossing Food Bank - Chandler: Provides one emergency food box per month with photo ID.  

AZCEND - Chandler: Emergency Food Boxes are tailored to family size and special dietary needs, including infants, children, and homeless individuals.

Casa de Amor Community Resource Center - Mesa: Provides emergency food boxes, SNAP services (food stamps), clothing, a job center and pregnancy center. 

Mission Kitchen 153 - Mesa: Mission Kitchen is a Food Pantry operated by Fountain of Life Christian Fellowship. Anyone in need can pick up a food box once a week. 

Open Arms Care Center - Gilbert: Clients at Open Arms are eligible for food two times a month and clothing once a month. Clients must obtain a referral from the Gilbert Community Action Program (CAP), located at the Boys and Girls Club of Gilbert, 44 N Oak St, Gilbert AZ 85233 (480-963-4321 x230.) 

New Hope Community Center - Mesa: Offers food boxes, clothing, family aid and job search assistance to Mesa residents.  

Apache Junction Food Bank: This emergency food bank can provide short term assistance to families in need who live within the service area and meet the eligibility requirements. 

Mobile Pantries (Various Locations)

Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste (POWWOW): Every week, usually on Saturdays, P.O.W.W.O.W. host sites are held in cities around Arizona. Visitors can leave with up to 60 lbs of fresh produce for a contribution of $10.

Market on the Move (Hosted by the 3000 Club): For a donation of $10 in Phoenix, you can get up to 60 lbs. of fresh produce in a farmers market at various locations throughout the month. 

Fresh Express Mobile Produce Market: Mobile produce market that provides access to high-quality, affordable produce to residents with little to no access to healthy food. 

Additional Assistance

Arizona Self HelpArizona Self Help is a free, confidential online service that allows you to prescreen for 40 social service programs, including food, utility assistance, financial benefits, health care, child and family resources, employment and more. 

Meal Planning on a Budget

Clothing

Shopping for clothes can be expensive, but luckily these organizations offer free apparel or low-cost apparel for children and adults. 

 

List of Arizona Food Banks

Apply for SNAP

Furniture Assistance Programs

Furniture BankFamilies in need can receive furniture donations by completing an online request form and paying for a portion of the moving fee. 

Furnishing Dignity: Furniture and household items are delivered to clients and assembled (if needed) free of charge. Clients must meet eligibility requirements and submit a request online.  

Zuri's Circle: Assistance is provided to families and elderly with furniture, everyday essentials, school supplies, uniforms, food and resources for rent, medical and dental assistance. All furniture requires a small donation prior to delivery. Requests can be submitted online.  

Ashley Furniture Homestore: Low-income families are eligible for a twin mattress, bed frame, bedding and pillow for a child (ages 3-16) in need. Nominations can be submitted online by a school social worker, case manager, church or nonprofit organization. Contact Kerri@bbbsaz.org if you would like to obtain a nomination from Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace: The organization provides bunk beds to families in need. Visit their website to complete an online bed request. 

Housing, Utilities & Eviction Assistance

Housing Assistance

SocialServe.com Housing Locator: Clients can conduct a search for affordable housing online or call for help via phone: 1-877-428-8844. 

City of Phoenix Affordable Housing Programs: The Section 32 Homeownership Program is offered to first-time homebuyers who are at or below 80% area median income. Program benefits include a discount off the home appraisal value, possible grant for down payment and closing costs, lower monthly payments and more. The Open Doors Homeownership Program provides up to $15,000 to assist first-time homebuyers with down payment and closing costs. Eligible buyers must complete eight hours of homebuyer education, earn at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and purchase a home in the city of Phoenix.

Homeward Bound: Provides affordable housing for homeless families, case management and support services. Families must submit a pre-eligibility inquiry online.

Affordable Housing Partners, Inc.: Affordable Housing Partners (AHP) will help potential renters or home buyers through the entire process to help them obtain a safe and affordable place to live.

Arizona Department of Housing: Provides information and assistance with apartment rentals, down payments, foreclosure counseling, mortgage subsidies and more. 

Save the Family: The Affordable Rental Movement (ARM) provides long-term, affordable rental housing for working poor individuals and households. Tenants have access to after-school youth programming, budgeting assistance and job assistance.  

Chicanos Por la Causa: CPLC builds and manages affordable modular housing, townhomes, condos, and new construction. Call to inquire about housing availability. 

Community Action Agencies: Community Action Programs and Agencies provide a variety of assistance services, including rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, housing repair and self-help housing services. Please call to identify pre-intake days and to make an appointment by phone.

Administration of Resources and Choices (ARC): Offers homebuyer education and mortgage assistance counseling, foreclosure prevention, affordable refinance programs and more. 

Housing Authority of Maricopa County: Provides HUD affordable housing and facilitates the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) to provide rental assistance for low income families. 

Trellis: Offers homebuyer education, down payment assistance, foreclosure prevention, financial coaching, affordable single-family homes and more. 

Rebuilding Together: Helps low-income seniors, veterans, families with young children and disabled individuals with critical home repairs and safety modifications at no or reduced cost. The organization can provide free gas water heaters and install wheelchair ramps for those who qualify.  

Habitat for Humanity: Offers repairs to existing homes for low income families – including roofing, painting, landscaping, weatherization and more.  

City of Phoenix Housing Repair Programs: The Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program (OOHRP) provides financial assistance to eligible low to moderate income homeowners citywide for emergency home repairs and/or to address health and/or safety hazards. The program may also address non-emergency home repairs to stabilize critical home systems such as electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and roof systems. The assistance is the form of a zero percent (0%) interest, forgivable loan and is secured by a lien on the primary residential property.

 

Utilities

The Salvation Army - Project SHARE (in partnership with APS & SRP): Emergency assistance is given to people who, due to crisis situations, are unable to pay their basic household energy bills and have exhausted all other potential sources of aid. Assistance is limited to one grant per year, per recipient. 

APS Assistance Programs: APS offers a variety of assistance programs for low-income individuals and families who meet income guidelines. Visit the website to learn more and apply. 

SRP Assistance Programs: SRP offers a variety of assistance programs for low-income individuals and families who meet income guidelines. Customers can also contact an SRP Customer Resource Counselor to receive more information about options for paying your bill.

Southwest Gas Energy Share: Through the Southwest Gas Energy Share program, customers may qualify for assistance when facing unexpected financial difficulties.

Community Action Agencies: Provides a variety of assistance services, including rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, housing repair and self-help housing services.  

City of Phoenix Family Services Centers: Emergency financial assistance services are available to City of Phoenix residents for utility and rental assistance. Additional services include housing repair referrals, senior programs, transportation, nutritional resources and more.  

Friendly House: Utility and rental assistance is provided to those who schedule an appointment – please contact 602-345-0167 on the first Thursday of each month between 9am-11am. Food and hygiene boxes are also available throughout the week. 

St. Vincent de Paul: Rent and utility assistance are assessed by volunteers who work out of St. Vincent de Paul community food pantries. Contact 877-211-8661 for locations and times. 

Vista de Camino Community Center - Scottsdale: The community center has case workers on site to assist Scottsdale residents with emergency rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, transportation needs, prescription costs and more. 

Cox Connect2Compete - Low Cost Internet: The Cox Connect2Compete program offers high-speed internet for only $9.95 per month for families who have a child in grades K-12 and receive government assistance. Visit the website or call 855-222-3252 to see if you qualify. 

Arizona Self Help: Arizona Self Help is a free online service that allows you to prescreen for 40 social service programs, including food, housing, utility assistance, financial assistance, health care, child and family resources, employment and more. 

Legal Services

AZ Law Help: Free or reduced fee legal help might be available for those that qualify. Call 866-637-5341 or visit the website to verify eligibility. Visit the “topics” section on their home page for answers to common legal questions. 

Community Legal Services: Community Legal Services (CLS) provides high-quality legal advice, advocacy and assistance to low-income Arizonans. Individuals can apply for assistance from Community Legal Services (CLS) by phone, on the website or in-person.  

Community Legal Services - Family Lawyer Assistance Project (FLAP): FLAP is a program designed to assist Pro Per Litigants (people representing themselves) in family law. FLAP is free for eligible clients; there is a $40.00 cash fee for those who do not meet financial eligibility guidelines. Call to schedule an appointment: 602-506-7948. 

Friendly House: High quality legal services are available for individuals with immigration needs: 602-416-7200.

Puente Movement: You can contact Puente with your immigration questions – if they can’t help you directly, they may be able to refer you to organizations that can. 

Nunez & Associates: Nunez & Associates specialize in immigration and offer affordable payment plans. You can contact them for a free consultation on your immigration matter. 

Maricopa County Attorney: Assists victims and their families dealing with the financial harm caused by crime. 

Sojourner Center - Lay Legal Advocacy for Domestic Violence Victims: The domestic violence advocate is not a lawyer or an employee of the court, but is trained in legal advocacy for domestic violence victims. They can assist with orders of protection, emergency cell phones, legal resources, safety planning, court accompaniment and more.

LGBTQ Resources for Youth, Mentors & Families

One N Ten (Multiple Locations): One N Ten is dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth through youth centers, Q High (online high school diploma program), trans group, job preparation and much more.  

The Trevor Project: This organization provides crisis intervention and resources for LGBTQ youth. Trained counselors are available 24/7 for youth in crisis or those that just need a judgement-free place to talk: 866-488-7386.  

Trans Spectrum of Arizona: This organization works to cultivate a safe and welcoming community for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming individuals and allies. Peer support groups are available.  

Parents, Families and Friends of LGBTQ People (PFLAG Phoenix): This is an all-volunteer organization comprised of parents, family members and friends of LGBTQ people to provide support, education and advocacy. 

Trans Queer Pueblo: Trans Queer Pueblo is a local grassroots group working for the liberation of trans/queer migrant communities in Phoenix.  

Family Acceptance Project: Th e Family Acceptance Project works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBTQ children and youth, including depression, suicide, homelessness, STD’s and HIV.  

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - Arizona: The Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBTQ equality in Arizona alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. 

It Gets Better Project: The It Gets Better Project works to uplift, empower, and connect youth with stories of hope and inspiration from others who have been there and understand the challenges of growing up as LGBTQ youth. 

Gender & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA): Empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize for safer schools and healthier communities. Youth are given tools and resources to start a campaign in their own school. 

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Alliance (GLSEN): GLSEN provides education and resources to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Mulligan's Manor (Tempe): Mulligan’s Manor is a group home for at-risk LGBTQ youth in crisis. The organization provides therapy, psychiatric services, developmental disability evaluations and house parents who are on site 24/7. 

Gender Spectrum: Gender Spectrum provides services to help youth and families understand concepts of Gender identity and Gender expression. The national organization offers online trainings, call-in support groups and opportunities for teens, parents and professionals to virtually connect.  

Transgender Resources (from OneNTen): A summary of additional resources for Transgender youth in Arizona. 

Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition: Offers a directory of Arizona suicide prevention services and resources. 

Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization: Provides support to family members of trans gender children, including monthly support groups, education and resources. 

The Recovery Village: This organization provides education on the LGBTQ+ community and substance abuse.

Article on LGBT bullying

Cyber Attacks: Comprehensive guide on how to protect yourself against. 

Medical & Physical Health

Keep up with your child’s vaccination needs with these immunization schedules and visit a free clinic for vaccines in your area.

Cancer Support Services

American Cancer Society: Offers information, support groups, free wigs, make-up application classes, free medical transportation, lodging, handyman services, medical equipment loans and much more. 

Cancer Support Community AZ: Provides a variety of free services, including support groups, education, healthy lifestyle activities and meal preparation.  

Camp Kesem: Free summer camp for kids whose parents are battling cancer, as well as those whose parents are cancer survivors or who have lost a parent to cancer. 

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Offers support groups, caregiver support, education, financial assistance for medical bills and information specialists that can provide personalized guidance for your situation. 

Happily Ever After League (HEAL): Offers a variety of support services for mothers who are recovering from cancer surgery or treatment. 

CARE Fund: Helps with rent or mortgage payments for families caring for a sick or injured child. 

Children's Cancer Network: Offers a wide range of support services for children and families affected by pediatric cancer, including financial support, gas and food cards, practical necessities, resources and more. 

Medical, Dental & Disability Services

Full list of reduced fee and community dental clinics.

Mountain Park Health Center: Provides pediatric services, women’s health, family medicine, dental and WIC sign-up with multiple locations throughout the valley.

Mission of Mercy Arizona: Offers medical treatment and prescription services free of charge with six clinics across the Valley.

Arizona Community Dental Clinic: Offers non-emergency services on a sliding fee scale based on income.

The Parsons Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics: Accepts most insurance plans and offers reduced rates for those without insurance.

Bob & Renee Parsons Dental Clinic at the I.G. Homes Boys & Girls Club: The Clinic is a full-service facility that provides services for children 5-18 who lack dental insurance and do not qualify for state assistance.

Native Health Community Center: Healthcare is provided for everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity.  Services include primary care, family practice, pediatrics, behavioral health, optometry, prenatal services, immunizations, WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Nutrition Program, dental, free transportation for medical appointments.   Native Health accepts, AHCCCS and most health plans.  Financial assistance is available for those without insurance, including a sliding free payment plan. 

Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood provides a variety of health care services, including reproductive exams for women and men, annual well-woman check-up, cancer screenings, birth control and emergency contraception, STD testing and treatment, primary care, pregnancy testing, abortion care, colposcopy and HPV vaccinations.  Walk-ins are welcome and same day appointments are usually available.  Planned Parenthood accepts most major insurance plans, including AHCCCS. 

Smiles Change Lives: Offers qualified families that cannot afford the full cost of braces an affordable option for obtaining treatment for their children. The organization matches families with orthodontists willing to provide reduced cost orthodontic treatment.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Virginia G. Piper Dental Clinic: Provides comprehensive dental and orthodontic care for children and adults. The
clinic accepts patients with no insurance, as well as Kids Care and AHCCCS.

Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH): NOAH includes several medical practices, including those providing dental services. The organization accepts most insurance, AHCCCS and offers a sliding fee payment scale based on income.

ASDOH Dental Clinic at A.T. Still UniversityUniversity-affiliated dental clinic. There are no income qualifications necessary to take advantage of our services.  Fees are reasonable and most insurance plans are accepted. 

Midwestern University Dental Institute: This is a state-of-the-art facility that utilizes the latest technology, enabling high-quality dental care at affordable prices. All care is provided under the supervision and direction of licensed dental faculty.

Adelante Healthcare: Offers medical care for the entire family, including pediatrics, an on-site lab, WIC/nutrition and help applying for AHCCCS if needed. A sliding fee payment scale is available based on income if you don’t have insurance. 

Arizona CoppeRx Card: Residents of AZ can print a pharmacy coupon card that will provide you with prescription savings of up to 75% at more than 68,000 pharmacies across the country.

Arizona Family Healthy Partnership: Offers reproductive healthcare and preventative health services free of charge or on a sliding fee payment scale based on income. Services include reproductive education, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, birth control options, physical exams, testing and treatment for STDs. 

Arizona Lions Vision Center: Provides free eye exams and eye glasses to low income adults and children throughout the valley. Children must receive a referral from their school nurse. If you have any trouble obtaining a referral, contact the Arizona Lions Vision Center at 602-267-7573.

Medical Equipment

Wheelchair Labs / Southwest Community NetworkThis organization repairs and refurbishes used electric wheelchairs and donates them to people in need.

Lifenet’s Wheelchair Project: Facilitates distribution of wheelchairs to individuals throughout the United States.

St. Vincent de Paul – Friends of St. Anne: Wheelchairs are available through the loan closet at no cost to uninsured or underinsured individuals.

Southwest Lending Closet: Wheelchairs and other medical necessities are available to borrow free of charge for 90 days.  Customers do not need a prescription to borrow the equipment.

Older Adults

DUET: Offers monthly support groups for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, workshops, social activities for families, benefit and legal guidance and respite assistance. 

Benevilla: Offer resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, life enrichment programs (memory care, physical therapy, recreation) and more. 

Area Agency on Aging: Offers a large variety of programs that enhance the quality of life for residents of Maricopa County, including services for adults aged 60+ and family caregivers.

The Elder Resource Guide is a directory of resources and services for older adults: https://www.aaaphx.org/home/elder-resource-guide/

Arizona Caregiver Coalition: The coalition supports caregivers and their families, including those raising children. They provide access to information, assistance and helpful options for you and your loved ones.

24 Hour Senior Helpline: Trained staff can assist in answering your questions about transportation, housing, counseling, home delivered meals, home repair, legal help and other services.

Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment

notMYkid: Provides information and resources about current trends, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, intervention options and tips for talking to kids about drugs and alcohol.  

Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse: The coalition includes youth, parents and city officials who work to provide training and education resources on substance abuse.

Partnership for Drug Free Kids: Website offers prevention/education materials, parenting tips, drug guide, videos and resources. 

The Pathway Program: Offers a substance abuse treatment program for teens and young adults, support groups for youth and parents, outpatient & residential treatment and counseling. 

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL): PAL hosts free, 90-minute meetings for parents, each with an educational component about drugs/alcohol and an opportunity for the group to share their stories and questions.  

Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids (MASK): Offers education and resources on a variety of issues facing kids, including substance abuse, bullying, depression, eating disorders, teen dating, smoking and more. 

Friendly House: Offers a FREE Parent Education and Drug Prevention program conducted weekly in 2-hour workshops over 5 weeks. The program improves family management, interaction and communication, while providing parents with the skills to talk with their children about alcohol and drug use.

Recovery Empowerment Network (REN): Offers a variety of services for teens and adults on the path to recovery from substance abuse. 

Teen Challenge: Program to help teens recover from drug and alcohol abuse.  

DrugRehab.com: Offers programs and resources to help teens and adults understand addiction, obtain treatment and provides advice for concerned parents. 

Community Bridges: Offers prevention, education and treatment programs for substance abuse. A sliding fee discount scale is available based on income. No one is denied access to services based on inability to pay. 

Transportation

Valley Metro - Reduced Fair Bus & Light Rail: Reduced fares on local bus routes and light rail are available to youth ages 6-18, seniors age 65 and older, persons with a disability and Medicare cardholders.

Reduced fares are:
1 Ride: $1.00
All Day Pass: $2.00
7 Day Pass: $10.00
15 Day Pass: $16.50
31 Day Pass: $32.00

Labor's Community Service Agency - SHIFT Program: LCSA’s SHIFT Program offers reliable vehicles at a very low price to working poor families that have identified transportation as a major barrier to their long-term financial independence 

City of Phoenix Family Service Centers: Emergency financial assistance services are available to city of Phoenix residents in crisis situations. Other services include emergency utility and rental assistance, housing repair referrals, senior programs, transportation, nutritional resources and more. Call to schedule an appointment - phone calls are accepted beginning at 8 a.m. on Mondays only. 

City of Tempe Youth Transit Pass Program: The Tempe Youth Transit Pass Program allows all eligible Tempe youth ages 6 to 18 to ride regional and local Valley Metro bus routes and the METRO light rail for FREE. Visit the website to download the registration form for this program. 

Vista del Camino Community Center - Scottsdale: The community center has case workers on site to assist Scottsdale residents with emergency rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, transportation needs, prescription costs and more. 

Firestone Auto Care - Auto Repair: Firestone offers a credit card with 0% interest for 6 months on car repairs, allowing customers to make easy monthly payments.  

Violence Prevention & Response

Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition: Offers a directory of Arizona suicide prevention services and resources.  

Domestic Violence Resources and Shelters: View a directory of organizations that provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal assistance, counseling and intervention support. 

Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA): CAAFA provides free and confidential services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The 24-hour crisis line is 480-982-0196. Additional services (support groups, legal advocacy, case management, food boxes and more) can be accessed by calling 602-743-2433.  

Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS): Report child abuse or neglect by calling 1-888-767-2445. Arizona law requires certain persons who suspect that a child has received non-accidental injury or has been neglected to report their concerns to DCS or local law enforcement.

How to Talk to Kids About Gun Violence: Great article provides advice on how to address gun violence with your child at any age. 

Mesa Police Department's full Gang Awareness Presentation

Eve's Place: Offers programs to empower victims of domestic violence, sexual and teen dating abuse. 

Kaity's Way: Provides health relationship education and teen dating violence awareness and prevention. 

The JEM Foundation: Offers suicide prevention, individual and family support, education and a support group for parents and caregivers of children with mental illness. 

Youth-Friendly Volunteer Opportunities

Big Brothers Big Sisters - Host a Clothing Drive!: Youth and adults are invited to host a clothing drive at your school, workplace, church, community group, club, etc. In addition to clothing, we’re seeking blankets, linens, shoes, purses, towels and draperies. BBBS will pick up your items and your donations will help fund our youth mentoring programs!  

4 Paws Shelter (Peoria/Youngtown): 4 Paws is no kill, cat rescue organization that provides temporary care, foster opportunities and adoptions. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  

Arizona Small Dog Rescue: Youth ages 10+ can assist with dog walking and play time with an adult guardian. All volunteers must attend a one hour training session.

Animals in Disaster/Empty Bowl Food Pantry, Inc.: Multiple volunteer opportunities are available for youth ages 12+, including disaster responders for injured/displaced animals, pet food boxers and event hosts.  

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation: Multiple volunteer opportunities are available for youth with an adult present, including animal socialization, sorting pet food and toy donations and assisting with adoption events.  

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance: Volunteers (ages 12+) are needed to help sort food and pack emergency food boxes with an adult present.  

St. Vincent de Paul - Hearts & Hands Community Day (Monthly): Hearts & Hands is a volunteer activity for all ages and is scheduled on the first Saturday of each month. Activities may include making hygiene packets, making sack lunches, sandwiches and more. 

ICM Food & Clothing Bank: Volunteers ages 13+ are needed to assist with a variety of activities with adult supervision. Opportunities may include preparing toiletries for families, sorting the clothing donation room, working in the food pantry and more.  

United Food Bank: Volunteers (ages 12+) are needed to help sort food, pack emergency food boxes and food backpacks for kids. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. 

Search for additional volunteer opportunities on one of these sites:

Youth Recreation & After-School Programs

Phoenix Parks and Recreation - Youth Activities & Classes: Phoenix Parks & Rec offers a variety of recreation programs for youth including sports, dance, karate, piano/keyboarding, tumbling, gymnastics, swimming and more. Fees typically range from $35.00 - $45.00 per child. Not located in Phoenix? Check the Parks and Recreation Department for your desired city to find sports and other activities near you.

Phoenix Parks & Recreation Pass: A Parks & Rec pass gives you access to the city’s community centers where you can participate in open gymnasiums, gain access to game rooms, fitness rooms and health amenities at selected sites. The pass is $20 for adults and $5 for youth.  

Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix: The Boys and Girls Clubs offer after-school programs, teen and youth programs, fitness activities, game rooms, art classes, computer labs, homework help, meal programs and more.  Financial assistance is available for families who qualify.   Click on your desired location to learn more.   

Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley: The Boys and Girls Clubs offer after-school programs, teen and youth programs, fitness activities, game rooms, art classes, computer labs, homework help, meal programs and more.  Financial assistance is available for families who qualify.   Click on your desired location to learn more.   

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale: The Boys and Girls Clubs offer after-school programs, teen and youth programs, fitness activities, game rooms, art classes, computer labs, homework help, meal programs and more.  Financial assistance is available for families who qualify.   Click on your desired location to learn more.   

Valley of the Sun YMCA: The YMCA offers activities for youth and adults, including sports, swimming, fitness, education classes, after-school programs, camps and much more.  

Girls Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council: The Girl Scouts experience is focused on helping girls build skills in four areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), outdoors, life skills and entrepreneurship. The membership fee is $25.00. 

Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council: Boy Scouts participate in a variety of activities to help boys develop leadership skills and provide service to their community. Camping, sports, hiking, aquatics and volunteering are part of the Boy Scouts experience. 

The Be Kind People Project: Offer summer and after-school classes to promote kindness, wellness and digital responsibility through dance, fitness flash mobs, pay-it-forward projects, STEM and more. 

A New Leaf Afterschool Program: A New Leaf's After School Program provides children with a chance to participate in fun and instructive learning activities, games, challenges, behavioral therapies and other life-skill building activities. 

Arizona Science Center - Camp Innovation: Camps are offered for Fall, Winter and Spring breaks for kids in grades K-5. Summer camp is available for youth in grades 1-11. Limited scholarships are available by request.

Camp Kesem: Free summer camp for kids whose parents are battling cancer, as well as those whose parents are cancer survivors or who have lost a parent to cancer. 

Camp Kroc at the Salvation Army Kroc Center: Day Camps are available during fall, winter and spring breaks, as well as summer. Scholarships are available and forms can be picked up from the Kroc Center welcome desk. 

The Salvation Army Summer Camp: Each summer, youth ages 7-16 years old from low-income families enjoy fresh air, exercise and new friendships at annual Salvation Army Summer Camps in Heber, Arizona. Call to inquire about scholarships and enrollment dates. 

Tempe USD Summer Enrichment Program: The Summer Enrichment Program is available for all students entering K-9th grades. The program is also open to out-of-district students who self-pay. Scholarships and transportation are available for students who attend Title 1 schools in Tempe.

Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods (ICAN): Offers a FREE after school program for youth in grades K-8. Activities include sports, homework assistance, STEM, art, literacy and more. Snacks and dinner are provided to program participants. 

South Mountain Community Center: The South Mountain Community Center offers a wide variety of classes, activities and programs for youth, adults and seniors. Not located in south Phoenix? Check the Community Center in your desired city to find activities near you. 

Public Libraries: Public Libraries throughout the valley offer a variety of workshops for youth and adults, including STEM, robotics, legos, literacy, computer classes, art and more. Most classes are free or require a small fee. Check the event calendar at your local library to learn more. 

Aguila Youth Leadership Institute: Provides youth in middle and high school with a comprehensive program in preparation for success in college, career and life. 

Heart for the City: Offers free after-school, summer and sports programs, as well as a community gardening project and job skills training for teens. 

Mesa Kids Camp: Offers after-school programs and full day summer camps that include field trips, martial arts, games, arts and crafts and more.

Arizona Challenger Space Center: Offers week-long, half and full day camps for youth in grades K-8. Scholarships are available for families who qualify.

Chicanos Por la Causa (CPLC) Community Center: The CPLC Community Center offers after-school tutoring from 3pm-5pm, summer tutoring, teen leadership programs, STEM summer camps and a variety of activities. There is an annual membership fee of $35.00 for families.