Family, Youth & Children's Services
Diaper Bank of Central Arizona: 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. WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women; infants; and children under the age of five who are determined to be at nutritional risk. View the eligibility requirements on their website and contact them to make an appointment at a location near you.
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): Information from professionals with expertise in early childhood development. 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: Quality First scholarships help low-income families afford quality early care and education for their young children. A limited number of these scholarships are available for children birth through age 5 through child care and preschool centers and homes that are enrolled in Quality First.
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.
Food, Grocery & Clothing Aid
- The Salvation Army Thanksgiving Celebration is a free family event on November 23rd that will include music, haircuts and a hot meal at 11:30am. Doors open at 9:00am at the Phoenix Convention Center - South Building. Arrive early!
- Mary’s Food Bank Thanksgiving distribution will include food boxes, fresh produce and turkeys. Free for families with I.D. and proof of residency on Nov 20th-22nd from 8am-1pm at 3131 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85017. 602-242-3663
- Vincent de Paul will host a Thanksgiving meal service at their five dining rooms. Contact the dining room near you to inquire about meal times.
- Visit First Institutional Baptist Church on November 18th for a free Thanksgiving lunch, haircuts, blankets, socks, toiletry items and shopping in the FIBCO clothing store.
- The Vineyard Church Thanksgiving Food Basket Giveaway on November 21st will include games, clothing, free meals and more. Pre-registration is required for a food basket.
- Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church is offering a Thanksgiving Mobile Pantry for the general public on November 18th.
- Obtain free, fresh produce in an open air market at Mary's Food Bank Mobile Pantries throughout the year.
- United Food Bank’s Help Yourself Food Co-Op allows families to purchase pre-assembled food bags for $20 and obtain complimentary bread, dairy and deli items.
- Visit the Association of Arizona Food Banks to find additional services in your area.
- Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank
- Desert Mission Food Bank
- ICM Food & Clothing Bank
- Mom's Pantry
- Paz de Cristo
- St. Mary's Food Bank - Emergency Food Boxes
- St. Vincent de Paul
- United Food Bank
Meal Planning on a Budget
- Download the FREE cookbook Good & Cheap: Eat Well for $4 per Day for affordable recipes, tips for grocery shopping on a budget and easy to follow instructions.
- Cook healthy, shop smart and save money: Meal Planning, Shopping & Budgeting
- Stretch your dollars and make smart food choices: Eat Right When Money's Tight
- Take advantage of online coupon sites to save money instantly.
- Follow these steps to learn how to cook a turkey the simple and easy way!
Shopping for clothes can be expensive, but luckily these organizations offer free apparel or low-cost apparel for children and adults.
- Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank (Avondale)
- Buckeye Outreach for Social Services
- Casa de Amor (Mesa)
- Clothes Cabin (Chandler)
- FIBCO Family Services
- Harvest Compassion Center (North Phoenix)
- ICM Food and Clothing Bank (Central Phoenix)
- Kid to Kid
- Open Arms Care Center (Gilbert)
- Phoenix Neighbors Helping Neighbors (West Valley)
- Rio Vista Center (South Phoenix)
- Vineyard Church (Glendale)
- WHEAT Clothes Silo (Central Phoenix) – Women can obtain free professional clothing, handbags and accessories with a referral from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Contact Kerri@bbbsaz.org or 602-393-2903 to request a referral.
Education, GED & Tutoring Services
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
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: Job search, counseling and placement service for all skill levels.
- 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 where you can search job leads from local employers, resume design, career assessments, tech coaching, connections to agencies who provide support services and more.
- FIBCO Family Services – Job Readiness Program: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Medical & Physical Health
Medical, Dental & Disability Services
- 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 University: University-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.
- Wheelchair Labs / Southwest Community Network: This 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.
Housing, Utilities & Eviction Assistance
If a financial hardship is preventing you from paying your utility bills, find relief with these assistance programs:
- The Salvation Army Project SHARE provides emergency assistance for energy bills and is available for customers of APS and SRP.
- Through the Southwest Gas Energy Share Program, customers may qualify for assistance when facing unexpected financial difficulties.
- Community Action Agencies can provide emergency financial and utility assistance, in addition to additional social services.