Caring Valley Cities

Whether it’s donating to charity or volunteering for a cause, Valley residents are representing their cities well in community sharing and caring.

A recent list from WalletHub shows the city of Scottsdale outranking its Valley neighbors among metro areas around the country with the most caring spirit.

Coming in at number 10 on the overall list, Scottsdale also ranked first among the 100 cities surveyed for caring for the vulnerable and homeless. According to WalletHub, about 77 percent of homeless people are sheltered in Scottsdale. Overall poverty rates for children and adults in the city are also very low.

The city of Gilbert, which ranked 14th on the overall list, also got high marks for its low child poverty rate, placing second just behind Fremont, California.

Other Valley cities getting noticed for caring initiatives include number 19-ranked Chandler; Mesa at 45; Glendale at 74; and Phoenix at 82.

WalletHub notes that bigger cities such as Phoenix tend to rank lower mainly due to their larger populations and subsequent stretch resources available to take care of residents.

A few hours south of the Phoenix metro area, the city of Tucson also found itself among the nation’s most caring cities, ranking 62nd on the Most Caring Cities list for 2015.

Boise, Idaho was declared the most caring of all the cities surveyed and also ranked first for caring for the community.

WalletHub compared the 100 most populated cities across the country and 26 key metrics to arrive at the rankings for its list of the 2015 Most Caring Cities in America.

Interested in getting involved in community caring efforts? Here are several local charities and organizations that welcome helping hands:

United Food Bank

Working to provide food and nutritional education to five counties in Eastern Arizona, including the greater East Valley, United Food Bank Mesa is always looking for food and monetary donations as well as volunteers. Participants can sign up to volunteer for specific events or on a regular basis. Kids can get involved too. The United Food Bank welcomes volunteers 12 years old and up.

United Food Bank, 245 S. Nina Dr., Mesa | (480) 926-4897

Tempe Community Action Agency

The TCAA aims “to improve the quality of life for the under served in our community” with targeted efforts to end hunger and homelessness in addition to helping senior citizens and families in need. The agency’s various programs include a homeless shelter program and a home meal delivery program.

Tempe Community Action Agency, 2150 E. Orange St., Tempe | (480) 350-5880

Feed My Starving Children

FMSC is a non-profit organization committed to feeding malnourished children around the world. Volunteers are invited to help pack nutritious meals to be shipped to nearly 70 countries. This is a great organization to introduce younger kids to volunteering. The minimum age for volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old.

Feed My Starving Children, 1345 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa | (480) 626-1970

St. Vincent de Paul

With 15 effective programs throughout Central Arizona, St. Vincent de Paul is always in need of new, energetic help. From working in their community garden to helping out children in their Dream Center Kids program and from volunteering your administration skills in an office setting to handing out meals at a dining room, St. Vincent de Paul offers plenty of ways for volunteers to share their time.

St. Vincent de Paul, 420 W. Watkins Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003 | (602) 266-4673

– Suzanne Wilson, Phoenix.org