Celebrating 50 years of action-packed service!

May 2016

Water is essential all year long. Our desert air makes hydration a yearlong need in serving homeless individuals.  Now that the temperatures are rising and staying consistently hot for the next five months, water is even more critical to making sure all clients and potential clients have the ability to hydrate. 

Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) partners with other service providers throughout the Heat Relief Network to provide hydration stations and heat refuge for people in need. The goal is to prevent heat-related deaths during the summer months when high daytime temperatures are coupled with high temperatures at night. TCAA also serves as a collection point for water bottle and basic needs donations.  Every bottle of water donated reaches the hands of thirsty Arizonans.

We tend to see fewer donations, for both food and water, during these summer months, so your help is especially needed and appreciated during this time.  Anyone can help address this urgent need by hosting water drives and by donating to  TCAA. Drop off donations Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the TCAA Food Pantry located at 2150 E. Orange Street or call Kathy Estrada at 480-350-5879 to arrange for a pick-up of water donations.


Bill Epps
Executive Director

Farmers Market Scheduled to Close for Summer Months

There are still a few more weeks left to enjoy the Clark Park Farmers Market before it goes on hi atus for the hot summer months. The Market will be open each Saturday this month throu gh May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. After that, you'll have to wait for it to re-open in the fall of this year. We'll keep you posted!

To date, the market has raised more than $13,000 to reinvest in the Clark Park Community Garden!

Thanks for Supporting I-HELP! 

A big  thank you  to everyone who came out to the I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Shelter Program) Walk/Run on April 9. More than 275 supporters registered for this vital 
community event and we raised more than $17,000 for Tempe's only homeless shelter program, now celebrating its 10th year.  The goal of I-HELP is not only to provide for the immediate needs of homeless individuals, but also to offer them resources for finding employment and regaining self-sufficiency.

Click here for more event photos.

It's not too late to add your support by making a 
donation! Click here.

Sustainable Water Harvesting 
At Escalante  Community Garden 

Thank you to everyone from the ASU Alumni - School of Sustainability Chapter who came out to help install our new sustainable water harvesting system at Escalante Community 

The water harvest system will collect and store flood irrigation water two times a month and divert that water into the slow drip system to support the garden beds throughout the entire month.  This new system will reduce the need for the garden to tap into additional water.

This effort was made possible through the generosity of: 
ASU School of Sustainability Alumni
Tank N Barrel
Sunbelt Rentals 
New Grid Inc.
Stingray Pool Service and Repair LLC

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S ave the Date for First Crush!

Friday, October 21

Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park
Join us for a lively  night filled with local food and drinks, live music from a local artist, and more  to support TC AA!

Four Peaks Brewing Company is sponsoring the beer for the event for the second year. TCAA is looking for additional sponsors to support First Crush, an event that raises much- needed funds for our many programs that support our Tempe neighbors in need. 
For more information, please contact  Lexie Krechel.

Celebrating Generosity

We're so excited to report that the 2016 Tempe Empty Bowls event raised more than $16,800 to help feed the hungry in Tempe. 

A big thank you to the many donors who contributed nearly $2,300 to support TCAA on Arizona Gives Day!