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Back-2-School Kids Pop Up Shop Update

Last month HCC had a blast creating our very own ‘Kids POP UP SHOP’ fully stocked with brand new backpacks, school supplies and lunch boxes. What is the most important feature of HCC’s POP UP SHOP? It is for KIDS ONLY! HCC volunteers had a blast inviting kids in from the community to shop (for free, of course!) for their much-needed items to kick off the 2019-2020 school year.

Years ago HCC recognized a need for these essential items that prepare kids for a successful school year. “Education is one basic area that will change the future of a child. If we can encourage a child to dream big and excel in the classroom, then we are all for it!” commented HCC Executive Director Nicolee Thompson. “Plus, our Kids POP UP SHOP does more than just serve children. We invite local businesses, churches and families to donate these items, giving them a platform to love their neighbors!”

Long lines formed everyday as the HCC served over 662 kids during this special summer outreach! That’s 662 kids who will show up on the first day of school ready to go!

Thank you again to every partner, family, and friend who donated items this summer. “Every single backpack, pencil and notebook donated went to one child who you took the time to care for!” See pictures from the event HERE.

P.S. As school gets underway this month, school supply leftovers will go on sale. Feel free to donate these items to HCC this month and HCC will put them in storage until next summer! #DonateSmarter


Walk/Run with Team MSC on September 21st in Wheaton, Illinois

Join Team MSC as we partner for the third year with DuPage Pad’s 10k/5k Run & Walk this coming September 21 in Wheaton, Illinois. Last year Team MSC’s efforts raised over $80,000 to feed, clothe and love our neighbors in need and we hope to repeat these efforts once again in September!

Join Team MSC by walking or running the beautiful 10k/5k/1k course; the morning will start at 8am and it is a family friendly event – Together we can multiply the outreach work of Mitchell Swaback Charities, Inc.!

How to Join Team MSC:

Go to www.teammsc.org, from the homepage choose ‘Become a Fundraiser’ then choose ‘As an Individual’. From there you will create your own account or if you have raced with us before, simply log into your old account. The site will create a personalized Team MSC page for you; after you’re done creating your page, you can share your page with anyone online so they can sponsor you! Every dollar raised goes toward all MSC projects, and every team member has a goal of raising $500. Once you hit your goal of $500, our long-sleeved, race shirt is yours as our thank you! Remember, every single dollar raised does make a difference!

Last Reminder:

As a runner/walker, please click HERE and REGISTER as an INDIVIDUAL for the actual race. You will see Adult Pricing, Child Pricing (6-13) and Children 0-5 are free. You must register through the PADS site to be an official race participant. (MSC is not handling racer registration. You do not raise money on the PADS site.)

If you can’t make it out for the run/walk, you can still go to www.teammsc.org and sponsor a team member, helping us reach our grand goal of raising $100,000! Log on today and see who’s already racing with us!

This is our LARGEST fundraiser of the year! Without the support of YOU RACING WITH US, we will not meet our goal. We are praying for an amazing event this year and are excited to race with old and new friends!

Any questions, please contact Nicolee Thompson.

Jake De Leon

HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Jake De Leon

This month HCC would like to shine a huge spotlight on ROCKSTAR volunteer Jake De Leon! Volunteering for the last eleven months, Jake was looking for a place to get connected with and earn volunteer hours. Through his local church he heard about Harvest Compassion Center Maryvale. Jake is a ‘pro’ at shopping for food with HCC clients and feels good about helping someone who is in need. “I share and invite others to volunteer at HCC all the time, they have a lot of needs! You can volunteer helping families shop or in the back where donations are processed,” said Jake.

Jake looks forward to serving weekly at HCC Maryvale and enjoys being face to face with HCC clients. “He’s a huge help and a great young man who, personally, I have seen grow through serving here. We love having Jake come volunteer, “Can we please get 10 more Jakes to serve?” commented Paul Thompson, HCC Maryvale Director.

Jake can also be seen working at Arrowhead Mall and he enjoys playing video games. Jake has lived all over the United States being part of a military family. All of us at HCC are thrilled Jake’s family landed in the Valley and we are able to get to know this amazing young man.

Get involved today and volunteer at an HCC. Don’t forget, HCC Maryvale is launching a new shift! EVERY SATURDAY volunteers are needed at HCC Maryvale in the morning. Click link below for HCC’s Volunteer Application.

Jake De Leon

Monthly Motivation: July 2019

What happens when one individual understands fully the need to clothe their neighbors in need?

Countless hours and two months are spent sharing the mission of HCC and their need for clothing donations with people in Tucson, a city located over two hours away from the nearest HCC location. A U-Haul truck is rented, family and friends are called in for assistance and finally OVER 100 bags filled with clothing donations are delivered to HCC Phoenix! Now that is COMPASSION IN ACTION!


Starting July 13, HCC Maryvale Expands

Staring July 13th HCC Maryvale WILL BE OPEN EVERY SATURDAY to the serve the public!

We need volunteers for every Saturday morning, 8:30am to 11:30am.

If interested in signing up, you can fill out our volunteer form HERE


Harvest Compassion Center Receives Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

Harvest Compassion Center is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities. These funds will support the mission of the Harvest Compassion Center at both the North Phoenix and Maryvale locations of providing free food, fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy, clothing, hygiene, home and baby items to all who live in Arizona.

In partnership with Thunderbirds Charities, both Harvest Compassion Centers welcome anyone living in Arizona to visit once every 30 days to receive a free shopping trip. Needy individuals, seniors, veterans, families and children come to HCC to find a unique mini-mart shopping experience where a personal shopper volunteer helps them select and fill a cart with their needed and desired grocery, home and clothing items. Last year alone, HCC served 36,180 individuals and children with over 205,200 pounds of food and 36,000 pieces of clothing!

“Unfortunately, we know we will not end hunger or eliminate poverty in the Valley, but at Harvest Compassion Center we are making a huge, life-changing impact, one family at a time, while we are inviting our local neighbors in to be a part of our daily outreach,” says Nicolee Thompson, Executive Director of Harvest Compassion Center. “Our philosophy is that if Harvest Compassion Center can show clients love and hope through service, we believe that those same clients will someday be able to pass this same kindness onto others.”

Amazing partners like Thunderbirds Charities go above and beyond to support local outreach initiatives that are truly impacting the hurt, hidden and hungry in the Valley! “Thank you, Thunderbird Charities, for your ongoing support!” commented Nicolee.


Last Call to Donate Backpacks!

Help Harvest Compassion Centers collect brand new backpacks and school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year! Beginning to week of July 15, our Kids’ POP UP SHOP will ‘Pop Up’! Each HCC will display brand new school backpacks and school supplies for kids ONLY to come in and shop! Last year HCC was able to bless 628 kids. We are still over 200 Backpacks short of our goal, please consider donating today!

HCC is asking you to please donate the following items to either the HCC Phoenix or Maryvale locations:

Kid Backpacks (all sizes)

Pencil Boxes/Pencils






Black and Blue Dry Erase Markers

Notebook paper

Lunch Boxes (elementary)

If you don’t live in the Phoenix area and still want to bless a kid this fall you can shop from our School Supply Wish List on Amazon: (Don’t forget to shop Smile Amazon and choose MSC, Inc. as your favorite charity!)

Lydia Camp

2019-2020 Torch Award Recipient

Last month we highlighted MSC’s male Torch Award winner for 2019-2020. This month we’d like to congratulate the female Torch Award winner, Lydia Camp! Each academic school year Mitchell Swaback Charities, Inc. sponsors the Torch Award scholarship and honors two high schoolers enrolling in Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin, Illinois. “This award represents being a light to your classmates and your local community, just like Mitch was before he passed away,” commented Bob Swaback MSC Co-founder.

Applicants for this award submit a lengthy application and a written essay. In person interviews are also conducted and personal references contacted. This year MSC is proud to welcome Lydia Camp as the latest to receive this top honor.

“All of us at MSC are thrilled to congratulate Lydia on this year’s honors. She is a very mature, driven young lady who has top goals for the coming school year at HCA,” commented Nicolee Thompson, MSC Co-founder.

Lydia, a native to Elgin, Illinois, has been attending HCA for the past nine years. Lydia, an incoming senior, is involved with cross country, cheerleading, track and field, student council and National Honor Society. Lydia also spends countless hours volunteering and serving others. Lydia takes her academics seriously as she dives into AP honors classes next year with a desire to study abroad, majoring in international business or mathematics. Lydia looks to be a leader at her school in the classroom and on the track/field. As Lydia continues to pour into those on her cross country team, she knows she has a responsibility to mentor her younger teammates. “I plan to continue finding my strength from God and His word and to represent Him by sending notes of encouragement to the people around me and continuing to work hard in order to display the importance of commitment,” said Lydia.

“When I heard that I won the Torch Award, I was obviously very excited. It’s an honor that I will always regard highly. Going through the application and interview process for the award taught me to not be afraid to talk about what God is doing in my life and winning the award gave me confidence in the importance of being vulnerable and honest. Winning this award displays my growth as a person and an athlete over the past year,” Lydia commented.

Lydia, with her parents and younger sister, look forward to strong senior year in the fall as she carries the honor of being this year’s Torch Award recipient.

Congratulations once again Lydia, on winning this year’s top Torch Award honors!

Lydia Camp

HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Pam Legan

This month HCC would like to shine a huge spotlight on ROCKSTAR volunteer Pam Legan! Spending the last seven years volunteering in every aspect of HCC, Pam continues to serve and love HCC clients weekly. Pam has worked in operations at HCC Phoenix and Maryvale, shopping for food, hygiene and clothing items with guests. Pam also volunteers in the back-of-the-house sorting and processing donations. Pam’s most favorite part of being involved with HCC was helping launch HCC’s “Kids Feeding Kids” program called Serving SPROUTS (Small People Reaching Out Unselfishly To Serve). Pam truly believes, “It is so important to teach our youth love and compassion for others through the SPROUTS program!”

Pam, a mom of three kids, loves volunteering alongside her kids and loving on those who walk into the doors at HCC. “HCC is truly an organization dedicated to the service and care of others. I cannot imagine a better place to get involved in and make a difference!”

The HCC’s can not operate without the hours of service from volunteers like Pam. All of us at HCC sincerely thank Pam for her amazing servant’s attitude and the hard work she pours into the HCC mission! Why wait? Get involved today and volunteer at HCC!



Thanks to all of you who voted for Harvest Compassion Center daily last month during the Arizona Foothills Nonprofit of the Year contest! It was a tight race and came down to the last few hours and HCC won Second Place, media package worth $25,000! Thank you again for your support and votes!