– Scottsdale Charities and Non-Profits –
As the year comes to a close and the holiday season gets into full swing, I always think about how I can give back more now and in the coming years. There are several worthy and incredible charities in and around Scottsdale that we support and I wanted to highlight a few of the ones that always make our list.
- Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center – This is one of my favorite local charities. Southwest Wildlife takes in injured or displaced native animals and rehabilitates them. The goal of SWCC is to release the animals back into the wild, but for the ones who are too injured or will not make the transition, Southwest Wildlife houses them and cares for them. If you are interested in learning more or in seeing the facility and these majestic animals, they offer tours and special events. We took a tour over the summer and enjoyed learning more about the wolves, jaguars, coyotes, bears, foxes, bobcats, deer, javelina and more who are residents at the facility.
- Lost Our Home Pet Rescue– This non-profit was started during the last real estate turndown. People who had lost their homes were leaving their pets behind or were not able to bring their pets with them into their new housing. The founder saw the incredible need to serve these pets and families and Lost Our Home was founded in 2008. In addition to providing adoption services for the abandoned pets, Lost Our Home has expanded to offer many other services including a pet food bank, assistance in finding pet-friendly rentals, discounted boarding and spay/neutering vouchers as well as short-term temporary care and more. The result of their efforts has been a large number of happy adoptions and a great amount of help for families who want to keep their pets but have fallen on hard times.
- St. Marys Food Bank and Vista Del Camino Food Bank – St. Mary’s is a large and well-known food bank that assists Arizona residents with not only with food-based needs, but also with job training and professional development in the culinary arena. Vista del Camino is for Scottsdale residents who are in need.
- Gabriel’s Angels– I had the pleasure of meeting Pam Gaber, the founder, many years ago at a real estate event. She and her dog Gabriel would travel to at-risk and abused children who would then get to play and interact with Gabriel. For a moment, these children could let their guards down and truly enjoy themselves. As of today, Gabriel’s Angels serves almost 14,000 children in Arizona with help from volunteer therapy teams and other volunteers.
- Giveback Homes – Giveback Homes is a national non-profit that has a direct impact on the Phoenix metro area. Funds raised by Giveback Homes go toward specific Habitat for Humanity builds in the United States and abroad. They are currently fundraising for additional builds in Phoenix. Real estate agents can join Giveback Homes and support the program financially and/or by participating in a build project. If you are a home buyer and want to participate, simply select an agent who participates in the program and you will be helping them reach their goals as well.
These are just a few of a large number of excellent non-profits and charities in and around Scottsdale. If you have others you would like o highlight, feel free to add them into the comment section.
The Live Better in Scottsdale team gives back. For each successful close of escrow, a donation will be made to one of the charities we support or to a charity of your choosing. For more information, please see our giving back page.