After reading all of the great experiences of the people in this class, I’m sure you are wondering how you can get involved in the lives of these citizens.  Below I have listed a sample of different organizations that help the people of South Phoenix.  For all of these organizations, bilingual and Spanish-speaking volunteers are greatly needed, but anyone can help!  See if something suits your fancy, then get out there and volunteer your time and talents!! 


All Star Kids Tutoring

ASKT specializes in one-on-one tutoring in reading for elementary school-aged children.  By volunteering just 2 hours a week, you will greatly influence the life of a child. 


Contact:  Marge Salow 602-957-0000

                 1717 W. Northern, Ste. 200



Communities in Schools of Arizona

This organization has a wide range of volunteer opportunities at a number of schools in the area.  Anything from tutoring & mentoring, to school supply or clothing drives, to assisting teachers in the classroom is needed to help this organization.


Contact:  Brandi Carter 602-252-5312

               5041 N. 16th St. 2nd Floor


Habitat for Humanity

This organization provides affordable homes for individuals with lower incomes.  Volunteers donate all labor and supplies for building the homes.


Contact:  Pam Kreiling 602-268-9022 ext. 31

               1432 E. St. Catherine


Labor’s Community Service Agency

This organization centers around homeless individuals and families.  They provide transitional housing, clothing, and many other services for these individuals.  Home construction, apartment cleaning, and working with families are just a few of the services you can provide for this organization. 


Contact:  Amy Sullivan 602-263-5741

                 5818 N. 7th St., Ste. 100


Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa

This organization’s programs include adult literacy and English as a second language.  Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa provide one-on-one tutoring, computer-based instruction, and family literacy programs.


Contact:  Belinda Chron 602-274-3430

                1500 E. Thomas, Ste. 102


Make A Difference

Make A Difference is a valley-wide organization that provides many different community service opportunities. 


Contact:  Lindsey Verstraeten 602-973-2212

                5151 N. 19th Ave., Ste. 200


Neighborhood Partners, Inc.

This organization builds partnerships among communities and schools.


Contact:  Charlie Boyce 602-221-4967

                Central & Van Buren


Salvation Army Community Center

This community center has preschool, child care and youth programs.


Contact:  preschool—Shirley Durham 602-276-7396

               youth—Bob Wycoff 602-276-7396


Sun Crest Health Care Center

Sun Crest is a long-term health care facility in South Phoenix.  Forty to fifty percent of the residents at Sun Crest are under the age of forty years old.  Sun Crest needs volunteers to help chaperone residents on field trips, read to patients, or just spend quality time with the residents.


Contact:  Cynthia Margaron 602-243-1574

                 2211 E. Southern


Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters

VBB/BS provides an opportunity for volunteers to become a role model for a young person.


Contact:  Ali Bane 602-264-9370 ext. 3326

                 1010 E. McDowell


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