January 2018 CEO Message

Happy New Year! Because of your generosity over the holidays, many in our community were warmer at night, children had holiday dreams come true and there was food on the table that might otherwise not have been available.

Thank you for the donations and the time you took to volunteer over the holidays to help people who truly needed it. Unfortunately, the needs will not stop after the beginning of the New Year. We sincerely appreciate when you remember AZCEND throughout the year.

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the AZ Qualifying Charitable Organization Tax Credit, simply do so before doing your taxes, April 17.

Here’s how it works: State taxpayers who contribute to AZCEND can receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit through the Qualifying Charitable Organizations Tax Credit. To qualify, couples filing jointly can receive up to $800, and single taxpayers can receive up to $400. This is in addition to the school or foster care tax credits you may already do. Please consult your tax adviser for more information.

Please join us at our inaugural Eggs Benefit friendraiser and fundraiser breakfast sponsored by Dignity Health, Wednesday, January 24 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – 4955 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85248. Registration begins at 7:30am and the program begins promptly at 8:00am.  We’ll share how our programs and services change lives for people in crisis and assist to stability, and ultimately to prosperity. If you have not had a chance to hear about us firsthand, we would love the opportunity to share our impact with you. Everyday, when people come here to volunteer or make a donation, they often say they had no idea we did all of these services. We are a one stop shop. You will have the opportunity to hear from a person who has received our services and feels it has changed their life. Space is limited. Please call Dara today to make a reservation at 480-963-1423 ext. 108 or email dara@azcend.org.

On December 21 the first night of winter, we held our first walk to end homelessness. With over fifty people in attendance, Chandler Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke spoke, we served hot chocolate with homemade cookies and the marching band from Chandler High School performed for us.  Our walk was in recognition of the people who have lost their lives due to homelessness and how we are working to end this.  We recognize the need to help end the cycle of homelessness.  Thank you to our supporters: Safeway, Starbucks, Double Dozen Donuts and our donors who graciously gave scarves and gloves for people using Chandler I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program).

Again please join us at our breakfast!


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