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7 Ways to Give Back to Your Community

Do you ever wonder how you can give back to the Community you live in and return the favor to those who have helped you?
Perhaps you would like to volunteer your time with seniors or youth, or maybe your child has outgrown some clothing and toys that could be utilized by someone else.
Here are some ways to show a sense of appreciation for your Community and also to help those in need.

1. Give back to your elders
SRPMIC Senior Services Department
(480) 362-6350
Do you have old games, puzzles or DVDs? The Senior Services Department will accept limited amounts of games, puzzles and appropriate DVDs (rated G or PG). Also, if you would like to volunteer your time, call to get the application process started. You will need to pass a background check before volunteering.

2. Help women and children in need
Behavioral Health Department, Domestic Violence Victim Services
(480) 362-5707
To help women and children who are victims of abuse, you can donate any of the following items to Victim Services, as they are always in need: disposable diapers, blankets, clothing, non-perishable food items (like ramen noodles), toys, stuffed animals and basic hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc.).

3. Provide used clothing and household items
Helping Hands Thrift Store
(480) 362-5625
The thrift store is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Yellow drop-off bins are located near the building. The store will accept furniture and any items you wish to donate.

4. Volunteer as a Fire Explorer
Salt River Fire Department
(480) 362-7290
The nine-month Fire Explorers academy begins in August; applications must be submitted before August. You must be between 14 and 20, have no criminal record, maintain a “C” average in school, have parental consent, complete the required introductory training, and abide by the SRFD rules of conduct.

5. Volunteer as a Police Explorer
Salt River Police Explorer Post 909
(480) 362-8200
No registration fee is required to join; both males and females are welcome. The post meets each week from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Indian School Police Substation. Participants must be between 14 and 21. Each person is asked to complete a short post application and must have no serious criminal record.

6. Donate or volunteer to help kids
Salt River Community Children’s Foundation
(480) 362-5711
Tribal employees and Casino Arizona/Talking Stick Resort employees can donate through a payroll deduction. You may volunteer to help with various events or make a financial gift in your name or a family member’s name.

7. Donate to expecting mom’s and kids under 5
SRPMIC Women, Infant and Children (WIC)
(480) 362-7300
The WIC program accepts donations for expecting mothers and children under 5-years-old. Perhaps you have left over diapers from your baby shower, maternity clothing you no longer need, or sometimes we just like to buy our kiddos lots of toys they eventually get bored of. Items you may donate to WIC: diapers, wipes, formula, baby clothes, sippy cups, bottles, breastfeeding pumps/pillows, books, toys, and bibs.