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Monthly Motivation: June 2019

This month’s monthly motivation involves an HCC volunteer who was recently diagnosed with a few tumors growing on the lining of his stomach. The tumors were two inches long with the potential to grow larger and be a real concern. Doctors communicated to our volunteer how serious these tumors could be, possibly life threatening if left untreated and that once the tumors reach five inches or more in size, there is less doctors can do. The volunteer was experiencing no other side effects or symptoms and was confident that God could heal him. Against doctors’ advice he did nothing, except ask the doctors to join him in prayer that the tumors would disappear. Fast forward several months, after the volunteer’s most recent scans the doctors were very confused…the tumors were nowhere to be found!


2019-2020 Torch Award Recipient

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 is the tenth year that the Torch Award has been distributed. “This award represents being a light to your classmates and your local community, just like Mitch was before he passed away. When asked, Mitch was the first to volunteer and help a friend and/or stranger, while continuing to show the love of Jesus. The Torch Award allows MSC to find amazing young men and women who show the same characteristics,” explained MSC Co-Founder Bob Swaback.

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 announce Seth Brooks as the 2019-2020 male Torch Award recipient! Next month MSC will highlight the female recipient, Lydia Camp.

“All of us at MSC are thrilled to congratulate Seth on this year’s honors. He blew us away with his work ethic, relentless pursuit of achieving his goals and his desire to show the love of Jesus to his community,” commented Nicolee Thompson, MSC Co-founder.

Seth, entering his junior year at HCA next fall, is from a family of six and is currently in his second year attending HCA. Seth participates in baseball, basketball and hopes to run cross country next year at HCA. Academically Seth is top notch, earning top grades all while working part time jobs. Seth has huge life goals for himself and plans to pursue an undergrad degree at either CCU, Liberty or Hillsdale then continuing on to study law at Vanderbilt or University of Chicago.

Seth is a driven young man who has leaned on his faith as he has waited patiently for doors to open that would allow him to attend HCA full-time. “Tears of joy filled my eyes when I found out I had won. I promise to continue to be a light to others at HCA next school year leading my Vine groups, mentoring younger athletes and being an example to my peers, living a life of purity,” commented Seth on winning this year’s award.

All of us at MSC would like to congratulate Seth on winning this year’s top Torch Award honors! We are confident that you will represent this honor well.


Meet HCC’s NEW Serving SPROUTS Children’s Coordinator

All of us at HCC are thrilled to welcome Lauren Sullivan as our new Serving SPROUTS Children’s Coordinator! Lauren and her family are already members of our Serving SPROUTS program, making her the perfect fit to bring this ‘kids feeding kids’ program to the next level.

Lauren and her husband, Tony, reside in Scottsdale and have three children, Graham, Will and Liv. While staying at home raising her three amazing kiddos, Lauren has also been an active volunteer in her local community. Lauren has worked with several nonprofits who focus on food insecurity and how to better feed those in need.

Lauren commented, “As the new SPROUTS Coordinator, I am excited to be a resource for and work with our SPROUTS, their families and our partners to grow the FEED 1 program and to reach out in service to our community!”

Welcome to Team HCC Lauren! To find out more information on our Serving SPROUTS program and how to serve this summer as a family click here.


HCC’s School Supply Drive is HERE!

Help Harvest Compassion Centers collect brand new backpacks and school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year! We know summer is just getting started, but before you plan those vacations, we ask you to think about the hundreds of kids in the Phoenix area who won’t be prepared for school next fall. HCC opened their first ‘kids store’ three years ago, which is fully stocked with new backpacks and school supplies for kids 4-years-old to seniors in high school. Kids are welcomed to shop for their school supply items starting on July 1.

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!)


Monthly Motivation: May 2019

Did you ever wonder what a pile of 101,640 Q-Tips looks like? Well we don’t have to wonder anymore, thanks to the Fourth Grade classes at Scottsdale Christian Academy and their recent Q-Tip competition drive! This pile of product was all donated by a few classes of Fourth Graders. Along with the Q-Tips; toilet paper, brand new socks and sun-screen were collected and donated. Proof once again that tiny hands and feet can make a MAJOR IMPACT!


Arizona Coyotes Support HCC

We’re thankful once again for our ongoing partnership with the Arizona Coyotes. Last month they hosted Harvest Compassion Centers as their Non-Profit of the Night at one of their weekend home games. Not only did the Coyotes promote HCC before and during the entire game, they offered our Serving SPROUTS several V.I.P. experiences!

SPROUTS were able to sit on the team’s bench during warm-ups and yes, get sprayed with water and ice chips! Our SPROUTS were also able to take part in their player high-five tunnel and one lucky SPROUT got to ride the Zamboni as the ice was prepped for game time!

The Arizona Coyotes Foundation is constantly giving back locally with an emphasis on making sure the kids in their community are taken care of. Thank you, Coyotes, for the impact you continue to make in the Valley!


Serving SPROUTS Spring Into Service!

Last month, as we celebrated Easter, our Serving SPROUTS (Small People Reaching Out Unselfishly To Serve) kid’s program wanted to make sure other neighborhood kids experienced some Easter joy! In partnership with Bell Road Church, our Serving SPROUTS and friends donated over 1,000 filled plastic Easter eggs and helped hide them on the Saturday before Easter for a free Easter egg hunt at Palomino Community Park.

In total, our SPROUTS helped to hide almost 8,000 Easter eggs, which takes a lot longer than expected! Every minute was worth it as we watched the kids take off as fast as they could to collect their egg treasures!

Another excellent job giving back SPROUTS!

Each quarter our Serving SPROUTS look for outside community events to take part in, if you have an event coming up that our SPROUTS can help with, please contact Nicolee.

Heidi Dwigun

HCC Welcomes NEW Phoenix Director

All of us at Harvest Compassion Centers ask you to help us welcome our newest team member, Heidi Dwigun, the new Director of Operations at our Phoenix center. It is with a bittersweet heart that we say farewell to current director, Adrie Olson, as she will resign her position to focus on growing her family.

Heidi is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the HCC family and to be serving the community with fellow staff, volunteers, organizations and families. Originally from upstate New York, Heidi moved to Arizona twenty years ago after graduating Suma Cum Laude with a major in International Marketing. While working in Hong Kong and London, she took advantage of being abroad and has traveled to 43 countries. She is passionate about helping others both locally through mission work and also internationally with church missions’ groups. She has participated in global outreach projects in Mexico, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. She is extremely honored to assist in overseeing the daily operations of Harvest Compassion Center Phoenix. She finds it very rewarding and inspirational to work with individuals and families who are in need of an extra hand. “What a tremendous blessing and honor to work with others who are so passionate about helping those in need in our community. Together, with great heart and good will, we can make such a difference.”

Heidi lives in Scottsdale and is the proud mother of two wonderful teenage children, Madison and Max. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, running and fitness.

Don’t forget to stop in this month and thank Adrie for her years of service and welcome Heidi to team!

Heidi Dwigun

HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Cesar Sanchez

All of us at HCC Maryvale want to introduce to you Cesar, an outstanding HCC volunteer who has poured in hours of serving others with our HCC team.

Cesar, who has volunteering at HCC Maryvale since June of 2018, comes in every Tuesday, Friday and sometimes Saturdays to work. Cesar is a man of all trades – he has experience shopping for food and clothes with our guests, cleaning and helping maintain the Center, and working with Director of Operations, Paul, often unloading large donations.

Cesar has a heart to serve. When asked what his favorite thing about volunteering at HCC Maryvale was he replied, “Helping the people!” Cesar encourages others to get involved. “If you have an urge to get out of the house and need to fill your time, you should help your community and come and volunteer. Bring a friend with you as well!”

Cesar is grateful for his time volunteering at HCC and has mentioned to our staff several times that it has changed his life and made him more aware of the need to help others.

When Cesar isn’t at school or volunteering he loves hanging out with his friends and mom, going to movies and helping his uncle work in the construction field.


Monthly Motivation: April 2019

HCC Maryvale is blessed to serve many local foster families with groceries, hygiene, baby and clothing items monthly. When kids in any family come into HCC Maryvale to shop, they instantly run over to the kids’ play corner and get busy exploring what new toys and books are there to play with and take home. One family has been coming in for several months. Their family has two biological kids of their own and three more foster kids. Every time this family comes into the HCC, they are all smiling and excited to visit their favorite “store.” On their last visit in, as they were leaving, the young boys high-fived the HCC volunteers as they said goodbye and handed them these cards. What an awesome, yet simple, act of thankfulness that these kids gave back to all those serving at HCC Maryvale!