Tempe is a kind, caring community. When issues arose because of coronavirus, people began to ask how they could help. Below are a few ways you can help our community during this pandemic. Another resource is the State of Arizona's Arizona Together.
Medical and disinfectant supplies donations welcome
Tempe first responders and other city employees continue to work to maintain critical city services. So that a well-stocked supply is maintained, the city is welcoming donations of unopened medical, disinfecting and sanitation items.
If businesses, professionals or community members can donate, these are the needed unopened items:
- Lysol and other disinfecting sprays/wipes
- Sanitizing wipes
- Rubbing alcohol
- Bleach or similar cleaning sprays
- N95 or KN95 respirator face masks
- Surgical masks and gowns
- Medical grade nitrile exam gloves
- Safety goggles/eye protection
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
In order to manage the donation deliveries, please make an appointment for the time and place.
Contact Firefighter Kevin Johnston at 480-234-2635. The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department will be collecting for all city departments.
Look out for your neighbors, especially those who might be more at risk. Here are some friendly ways you might be able to engage.
- Check in by text with an at-risk neighbor.
- Video chat with a neighbor or just call them.
- Pick up groceries or medications for those who should not leave their homes
- Prepare a meal and drop it off.
- Ask if you can help.
You can also help by being courteous. This isn't a time to panic. Don't buy more than you need of items in short supply.
During this time, your local businesses need you more than ever. Your actions can help keep hourly staff working, too.
The City of Tempe has launched the Buy Now. Save Local. campaign to help you support our businesses. We're declaring April 18 as Save Local Saturday, a day you can take action. Get all the details at tempe.gov/BuyNowSaveLocal.
Here are some ways you can be supportive of your favorite restaurants, services and shops:
Many of your favorite restaurants are open and waiting for your business. Get your order to go. Some businesses even offer curbside service, so you don’t have to get out of your car. Use a restaurant delivery service, such as Uber Eats, Grub Hub or Postmates. Did you know that Doordash has a major regional office here in Tempe? They are offering free delivery for many restaurants.
Tip a server for a to-go order. They can use the cash right now.
Online shopping right now can keep both you and local businesses strong. Buying gift cards to your favorite shops is a great way to be supportive to those businesses you patronize often. A card to an independent coffee shop, a shop or restaurant can make a big difference. If you are missing the creativity of the Tempe Festival of the Arts, explore the artist directory and shop those merchants.
Give a favorite business a social media shout-out. They are coping with a lot of decisions right now and it could give them a huge morale boost.
There are ways you can help without leaving your home. Local non-profits need donations now to help people with rent, food and basic needs.
Arizona Community Foundation
The Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in Arizona working with communities who are impacted by the coronavirus. According to the Arizona Community Foundation, 100 percent of donations to this special fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise.
Tempe Community Action Agency
Tempe Community Action Agency has an Amazon wish list and also accepts monetary donations. Information on in-person volunteering will be coming soon.
Tempe Community Council
Tempe Community Council partners with 48 local non-profits, providing funding and support. They can use monetary donations to support programs and services.
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue
If you are concerned about the pets in our community, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue has extra need of foster families for dogs and cats. Pets can't give or get coronavirus. They will also accept donations of pet goods or money. All pet adoptions must be scheduled in advance.
Waste Not picks up food from grocery stores, caterers and restaurants and delivers it to more than 60 diverse agencies that feed the hungry including schools, after-school programs, daycare centers, rehabilitation centers, transition homes, and senior facilities.
They need volunteer drivers. The next virtual volunteer driver training is on Tuesday, March 24. Sign up HERE. They can also benefit from monetary donations.
The American Red Cross and Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, are experiencing blood shortages due to the coronavirus outbreak. Consider scheduling an appointment to donate today. Visit the websites to see additional safety precautions that are being put in place.