Tempe Community Action Agency

Hands like yours 
serve 50 meals a day 
in our senior centers.
November 2015

Many Hands Make Light Work
Tempe Community Action Agency could not accomplish what it does without the support of volunteers, both individuals and groups. We have many corporate groups--from Go Daddy and the Fiesta Bowl to Edward Jones and Target-- that regularly help with the food pantry, or help out in the gardens. We invite organizations, large and small, to contact us to see how your group can become part of this vibrant organization working diligently to alleviate hunger and homelessness in our community.

Other groups work year-round on specific TCAA programs -- the neighbors of Clark Park who were instrumental in starting and running the Clark Park Market (see below for more information), the volunteers who have worked for the past 15 years to organize the annual Tempe Empty Bowls event (Feb. 26 and 27, 2016),
and the community members who stepped up to plan the first  I-HELP Walk for the Homeless.
The power of many hands is so beautifully evident throughout our or ganization and the Tempe community.
Thank you!
Bill Epps
Executive Director
P.S. If you have a group that would like to volunteer with TCAA, please contact Lexie Krechel
First Crush "Crushes" it, Raising over $70,000!
Sometimes you need to mix things up a bit. That's exactly what the organizers of this year's 11 th  Annual First Crush Gala  d id. More than 350 supporters attended the event on Friday, Oct.  23rd at the Four Peaks  Tasting Room.

 Cocktail attire became "brewery festive." The warehouse was dressed in twinkly lights, up-lit walls of Four Peaks beer cans and kegs, comfortable benches and high top tables.  A special thank you to  Four Peaks Brewing,  Snooze an AM Eatery, M Culinary Concepts, D'Electables,  and  Espresso Italiano , for providing delicious food for the event that all paired perfectly with Four Peaks beers and selection of wines.  The music of the incomparable Walt Richardson completed the party atmosphere. 

TCAA is also grateful for the wonderful support the event received from other sponsors who gave so generously to assist our Tempe community:

Presenting Sponsor:
F our Peaks Brewery 
Homeless Champion Sponsors: 
Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey
Supporting Sponsors:
SRP, Southwest Gas, Gammage Burnham, Edward Jones, Altier Credit Union, AZ Tile, Imagine Technology Group, Corey Woods, Gorman & Company, Skinner & Company, Parkway Realty Services, Kurt & Darlene Pany, Pen & Zita Johnson, AZ Bank & Trust, teamworks communication management , Comerica, Landings Credit Union, NAI Horizon, SCNM, Fry's,  Wallace, Plese & Dreher, UFCW, DMB and
I n memory of  Maria  Houston.

Please support these great local businesses through your patronage.
Thank you to the First Crush Gala committee for putting together an outstanding and successful event:   Kelli Jelinek, Suzanne Durkin-Bighorn, Electa Thompson, Nick Bastian, Maybelle Scharn,  Ed Baker, Lee Farr, Barb Harris and Janet Seegren.

Thank you to the many volunteers who also supported the event:  Kathy Estrada, Kathy Flores, Jan Nicpon, Carlos Dominquez, Marcus Zigler, Susan Shipka, Mike Hitt, Monique Cordova, Kay Wright and Demi Conway.

Also, a special thanks to our emcee for the night, Tempe Vice Mayor Corey Woods!
See you next year!
Clark Park  Market
Halloween Spooktakular 

Bring all your little ghosts and goblins this Saturday, Oct. 31 to the Clark Park Farmers Market. Costumes are encouraged for Halloween lovers of all ages, and vendors will welcome those who wish to "trick or treat." The Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Clark Park Market is a weekly event hosted by Tempe Community Action Agency and Tempe neighbors at the park's community garden. Local produce, tasty food and crafts are offered. Proceeds help support the Clark Park Community Garden and the Food Pantry. 

For an up-to-date list of vendors and to sign up to receive weekly updates about the market, please visit the Clark Park Farmers Market Page.
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Help for the Holidays 
We want our clients to be able to celebrate the holidays like everyone else  -- with a delicious holiday meal of roasted turkey and yummy side dishes at  Thanksgiving, and presents under the Christmas tree or at the Hanukkah table.
You can help make this a reality for many in Tempe!

Turkey Drive

The Food Pantry will be hosting a Turkey Drive from November 23-25! Please bring turkey donations to the pantry on either the  Monday or Tuesday of Thanksgiving week between 8-5 PM  or on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving between 8-noon.   The Food Pantry is located at: 2150 E.
Orange, 85281.

Earlier this year, the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) awarded TCAA a $5,000 grant which allowed the food pantry to purchase an additional commercial-grade refrigerator and freezer.  It is because of this generosity that TCAA is able to host their first ever very own Turkey Drive!  Thank you AAFB!

Toy Shoppe

It's that time of year, the Toy Shoppe is here!  This year, the Toy Shoppe will take place at IKEA on December 15-16.  Please visit the event page for more information about hosting a toy drive, donating gifts, or volunteering for the event.

IKEA will be hosting a toy drive from November 2-December 31.  Please find the bin for toy donations located in the exit area.