Cost to deliver five meals per week to a home-bound,
medicare-qualified senior: 
$2,600 per YEAR!

Medicare cost for a qualified assisted living facility: 
$3,000 per MONTH!


December 2015

T empe Community Action Agency (TCAA) is about reaching out a helping hand to the most vulnerable in our community. Our home-delivered meals program currently serves 200 homebound seniors and disabled adults five days a week. These nutritious meals, as well as the personal interaction served with them, are essential in allowing these individuals to continue to live in their own homes. More than 40 volunteers provide half of our delivery services, assisting part-time staff with 12 different routes.

As we come to the end of the tax year, please consider making a donation to TCAA to help us continue and expand programs like home-delivered meals. If you haven't already taken advantage of the Arizona Tax Credit, it's not too late to help us without spending anything! Donate Here.

Your financial support makes a real difference and is very appreciated!


Bill Epps
Executive Director  
Still Time to Take Advantage of
Arizona Tax Credit for Donations! 

Anyone who pays state taxes may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $200 ($400 for married couples) when donating to a Qualifying Charitable Organization like  T empe Community Action Agency.

You no longer need to itemize your taxes to take advantage of this opportunity! You have until  December 31, 2015 to make a qualifying donation.

Tax circumstances vary. Please consult your tax advisor for specific questions related to your tax situation. 

TCAA Action Hero: Shari Hamblin 

After her retirement, Shari Hamblin initially spent time completing a list of jobs in her home and yard that she had always wanted to get done. But, once those were finished, she decided to look for a way to volunteer. "I enjoy meeting people," Hamblin says. "I saw an ad in the Tempe section of the Arizona Republic looking for volunteers to drive/deliver meals for Tempe Community Action Agency." 

Shari Hamblin (right) with one of the many clients she serves.
So, in 2006, Shari went to talk with the agency to learn more. Kathy Flores took her along on a meal delivery route. "I enjoyed meeting these clients, mostly elderly, and I decided to volunteer."

Since then, Shari has delivered thousands of nutritious meals to the homebound. She is scheduled to deliver meals to clients once a week, but she also delivers on other days if needed. "We make sure they get a meal, that they are okay, and we spend a little time talking to them," she says. "We probably are the only person they see all day. I try to brighten their day some and I enjoy spending time with them, getting to know them and gaining new friends."

Her advice  to anyone considering volunteer work is to "think of something you really enjoy -- like working with older people, children, animals or families in need. Or, perhaps you prefer something behind the scenes. If you do something you enjoy, you'll find volunteering as a reward, not a job."

Trick or Treat!
Seniors at the Escalante Center modeled their creative costumes at the annual Halloween Party! 



Turkeys for the Tables 
Of TCAA Clients

TCAA's food pantry was filled with Thanksgiving turkeys thanks to generous donations from  Edward Jones  and  Safeway .

Thank you for helping us reach our goal of filling all of the food bags that we distribute for Thanksgiving with a turkey and holiday food items!

Keep Phoenix Beautiful!

Keep Phoenix Beautiful dedicates its efforts to recycling initiatives and education, litter reduction, beautification, and community improvement activities. As part of a city-wide effort to clean up public spaces, 75 volunteers of all ages came to help with neighborhood cleanup surrounding the Escalante Garden and Community Center. TCAA looks forward to participating again next year.

Ways to Get Involved!
toy-train.jpg Holiday Toy Shoppe Needs Toys and Volunteers!

Wednesday, December 15 &16 from 9  a.m. - 7 p.m.

We need lots of new, unwrapped toy donations and volunteers to make this event possible.

Toys and other items may be delivered to IKEA Tempe now through Dec. 31. (Items received after the 16th will be saved for next year's Shoppe.)

For more information about getting involved, please contact   Lexie Krechel.

Save the Date:
2nd Annual 
I -HELP Walk/Run 

The next  I-HELP Walk/Run is scheduled for April 9, 2016. Mark your calendar to take part in this  fun and impactful event to raise funds to shelter the homeless in our community! 

Watch for registration details in the next few weeks!

A donation of
can deliver 
meals to a
 5 days a week
for an
entire month!