Arizona Gives Day is April 6. This collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers has helped raise more than $23 million for Arizona’s nonprofits since 2013.

The statewide online giving campaign takes place in early April each year, but donations are accepted at AZGives.org on any day of the year.

Thinking about donating? Pinal Ways talked to a few local charities that benefit from the donations made through Arizona Gives.

Future Forward Foundation (aka 3F), based in Florence, is registered to receive donations through Arizona Gives Day. It plans to use donations to grow more healthy food for people in need:

“Rural hunger is only increasing during extended COVID job losses,” Executive Director Lina Austin said. “We need to put more acreage into production requiring seeds, hand tools, drip line, pest control, harvest materials, greenhouse supplies, gasoline and water costs. We are grateful for all donations.”

United Way of Pinal County will use donations for rent and utility assistance. Donations will also support the agency’s biggest program, which provides free income tax preparation to qualified Pinal County residents.

Tax preparation is virtual this year for the safety of volunteers, CEO Allen Villalobos said. For more information, visit unitedwayofpc.org/free-tax-preparation.html. Volunteers prepared 851 individual tax returns last year, resulting in more than $1 million in refunds.

Other local nonprofits supported by Arizona Gives include:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sun Corridor
  • Community Action Human Resources Agency
  • FOR Maricopa
  • 3 Wings of Life
  • The Puppy Mamma
  • Seeds of Hope Inc.
  • Three Precious Miracles
  • Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
  • Casa Grande Main Street
  • Jose’s Closet
  • Hoofbeats with Heart
  • Compassion Connect AZ
  • Rebuild Superior Inc.
  • Casa Grande Alliance
  • ArtMobile-AZ Inc.
  • Against Abuse Inc.
  • Casa Grande Roller Derby
  • International Pain Foundation
  • Oracle Public Library
  • Pets In Need Action League
  • Superstition Community Food Bank

Donations can also be made directly to local nonprofits. Organizations that are actively seeking donations include:

Pinal County Historical Society

“PCHS Museum’s primary funding priority is to maintain our current staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PCHS Museum has had to develop and execute online programs to fulfill our mission to share Florence and Pinal County’s rich history,” Executive Director Stephanie Joyner said.

“PCHS Museum is seeking funding to support our online programs, including a virtual book club. Lastly, PCHS Museum is seeking funds to restore its 1937 Mack Jr. Fire Truck and rehabilitate an auxiliary building to become the Town of Florence Historic Fire House to display Fire Trucks and Florence’s fire history.”

Historic Florence Foundation Inc.

“If we were to receive donations on Arizona Gives Day (April 6), it would help us out tremendously,” the HFF board of directors said. “We want to expand what we offer as far as the historically-accurate entertainment, as well as some new set pieces to help with the 1800s-style backdrop. (We began with our first piece: an 1800s-style adobe-look jail, since Florence has been known to have the most adobe buildings in the state of Arizona.)

“As our events each have a specific historic figure highlighted, we’d like to come up with creative ways to offer event attendees a way to remember our history.”

LoveWorks Family Resource Center

LoveWorks Family Resource Center at 300 S. Main St. in Florence welcomes donations of diapers, cribs, clothing, hygiene products, book bags and school supplies to help families in need. The center offers “Micah’s Closet,” a place for people to browse clothing and other free items, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays. PW

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Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at mcowling@pinalcentral.com.