MSC News Archives

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HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Cheryl Joseph

Every month HCC is honored to highlight one of our amazing volunteers, this month HCC Phoenix volunteer Cheryl Joseph is deserving of this honor! Cheryl, a Phoenix native, started volunteering at HCC Phoenix about 10 months ago after her sister had checked out HCC on a group outing. Cheryl thought she would check out HCC Phoenix for herself and signed up to volunteer.

Cheryl enjoyed her first time volunteering at HCC and has been coming back almost weekly ever since. One can find Cheryl greeting HCC guests while working in HCC’s clothing boutique. “I had never had a job in retail, so I think this fills that gap! It’s fun helping people find outfits and keeping things neat and clean for our shoppers.”

When we asked Cheryl what her favorite thing was about volunteering at HCC she commented, “I really respect the efficiency of this organization. There are routines and standards in place and they are there for a reason. When you volunteer, you know exactly what your tasks are. This frees you to do your job and spend time talking with guests as you assist them. When I’m at Harvest, I always feel that I am needed.”

Cheryl, who retired a year ago after careers in teaching and event planning, jumped into volunteering at a variety of organizations to help fill her new free time. “I got the “volunteer gene” from my mother, who is 90 years old and still volunteering! This is a way for me to share God’s love with others and share the blessings and abilities that He has given to me.”

This mother of two and grandmother of three loves telling others about HCC as Cheryl is often the catalyst for outside food and clothing drives. She also loves spreading the word about HCC’s resources so those in need know where to shop.

The entire HCC team thanks Cheryl for her countless hours of volunteering service at HCC Phoenix and the behind the scenes work she assists with when asked. Cheryl, you are an awesome example of someone truly serving the needs of others, thank you.

If you’re interested in volunteering at HCCs across the Valley, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Adrie Olson at aolson@msfcares.org.

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Monthly Motivation: The Power of a Community Board

Each HCC location has a small community board that is constantly filled with information about free community events, job training, job postings, classes and more.

Last month a middle-aged woman visited HCC Maryvale and began reading the posted community flyers while she waited to be served. This lady had been out of work for several months and was feeling very depressed about her lack of employment. As she scanned the HCC board she saw a job posting and training opportunity for a very large bank in the area. She immediately thought, “There’s no way I would ever get that job!” Then she paused, and said to herself, “I have nothing else, so there’s nothing to lose!” She took a picture of the flyer, followed up that day, went through some training, then came interview time and … drum roll please… she GOT THE JOB!

She came in the following week to HCC Maryvale and told the entire story and thanked HCC staff and volunteers for that community board!

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Last Chance to Claim Your 2018 AZ Tax Credit!

Last chance to give your state liability to HCC & help feed families in the Valley!

Once you figure out your Arizona state tax liability this month you can donate what you owe to the state to HCC instead. Arizona law allows you to make your tax-credit gift up until April 14, 2019 for the previous year. That’s right! Donate your tax amount, then submit your HCC giving receipt to your CPA and ask for your dollar-for-dollar credit, be sure to include HCC’s state code: 20157. If you live outside of Arizona, let’s hope your state follows Arizona’s lead soon! Millions are donated each year through the state charitable tax-credit program and assists thousands of nonprofits just like Harvest Compassion Centers!

Thank you to all who have made their tax-credit gifts to HCC for 2018, we are still seeking 200 more gifts to help us multiply each gift by winning this year’s IMPACT AZ $50,000 Grant! Each and every gift (no matter the size) helps us move one step closer! Please share this news with a friend today!

Still not sure how the Charitable Tax-Credit Plan works, watch this short video below, then follow this link to:

donate online today!

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Local Cub Scouts Feed Families

Each year the Cub / Boy Scouts of America challenge their troops to organize and run their own food drive. This year a local troop from Glendale chose to hold their food drive and then donate all the food to Harvest Compassion Centers. This small, yet mighty group of boys collected over 500 pounds of food in one day!

One scout said, “I did the food drive because I want to help other people, it’s sad if someone has to be hungry because they don’t have enough money for food. It makes me feel happy to know I helped someone!”

It makes all of us at HCC very happy as well! Excellent job using your young voices, hands and feet to serve our neighbors in need! Keep up the great work!

Are you considering holding a food, hygiene or clothing drive? For more information on HCC drives, click button below…

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Bowling Success!

Thank you to all who came out and supported this year’s HCC Striking Out Hunger bowling event this past March 2 at Let It Roll & Bowl Entertainment! What happens when bowling teams named Spare Wars, Dream Team, Spare Master, the Alley Cats, Livin’ On A Spare and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter come together? One amazing afternoon bringing together kids and adults of all ages, all with the common goal to feed and clothe our neighbors in need!

In total HCC had over 26 bowling teams come out to enjoy a fun afternoon of bowling and food as together we raised almost $45,000 to feed families in our local communities! Once again we were blown away by the love and support of HCC partners and friends, and we welcomed many brand-new faces inviting them to be a part of HCC’s outreach. “My family and I had a blast at the HCC’s bowling event- it was my kid’s first time bowling! Our entire bowling team was thrilled to support not only this event but all the efforts that HCC performs daily!” commented an HCC bowler.

All of us at HCC want to thank the Lord for providing a fun, safe afternoon and the funds raised which will help keep HCC Phoenix and HCC Maryvale’s shelves fully stocked through the summer months when giving tends to be down.

We’d like to take this moment to thank our event sponsors: Metro Phoenix Chamber Foundation, Just Rite Acoustics, Inc., Ghaster Painting, Marquis at Desert Ridge, Early Morning Studio Photography, Elements Massage in Paradise Valley, The Fotobot- Photo and GIF Booth, Glenn Mire Images and the entire staff at Let It Roll Bowl & Entertainment.

If you didn’t get a chance to support your favorite bowler, don’t worry! Team fundraising pages will be active for the next 30 days… check to see how your favorite team did today at www.teamhcc.org.

Check out all the event photos with button below…

Jill Yancy
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HCC Volunteer Spotlight: Jill Yancy

Every month HCC is honored to highlight one of our amazing volunteers, this month HCC Maryvale volunteer Jill Yancy is deserving of this honor! Jill, a retired Phoenix native and mom of 4 children and a grandma to 8, started volunteering at HCC Maryvale last June. Jill, a previous business owner, now retired, was looking to give back to her community with some of her new free time.

Jill has worked in HCC’s food area, clothing boutique and has even assisted with clothing donations, processing, and laundry. When we asked Jill what her favorite item of volunteering at the HCC was she answered, “Being able to visit with HCC clients when they come through and feeling like I’m heling those in need. The HCC does such a great service in helping people with their immediate needs.”

Jill highly recommends others to get involved volunteering at the HCC adding, “It’s a great feeling to be able to help others who need it. We’ve all been in positions where we need help – everyone can give back and it’s a great way we can all support each other.”

All of us at HCC are grateful for Jill’s commitment to serve those in need at our Maryvale center. “Jill comes in every week, and she’s always smiling and willing to jump in wherever I ask!” said Paul Thompson, HCC Maryvale Director.

Thank you, Jill, for serving others with your time and energy!

If you’re interested in volunteering at HCCs across the Valley, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Adrie Olson at aolson@msfcares.org.

Jill Yancy
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Monthly Motivation: February 2019

HCC has been blessed with brand new Refrigerators and Freezers thanks to a grant given by the Association of Arizona Food Banks. HCCs will not be able to house fresh produce, bakery items, frozen items and food rescue items over night! Thank you again to AAFB for helping us better serve our HCC clients!

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HCC’s NEW Recycle Program

Due to HCC’s new clothing recycle partner HCC’s are only accepting the following donations:

  • Gently used clothing, all seasons, all sizes (please no undergarments)
  • Gently used shoes, belts, ties, purses, diaper bags
  • Gently used children’s books and toys
  • NEW home items
  • NEW nonperishable food, hygiene and baby items

Thank you for your support! To find out HCC’s donation drop-off days and hours please click here.

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Yes, It’s Tax Time

HCC is helping you put some SUNSHINE into your state taxes!

Yes, it’s for real! Taxes don’t have to be filled with dark clouds and rainstorms, because you can give your state liability to HCC & help us feed families in the Valley – there’s the sunny side to your taxes! You can figure out your state tax liability this month and donate what you owe the state to HCC instead. Arizona law allows you to make your tax-credit gift up until April 1st, 2019 for the previous year. That’s right! Then submit your HCC giving receipt to your CPA and ask for your dollar-for-dollar credit, be sure to include HCC’s state code: 20157. If you live outside of Arizona, let’s hope your state follows Arizona’s lead soon! Millions are donated each year through the Charitable tax-credit program and allows thousands of nonprofits just like HCC continue our outreach work!

Thank you to all who have made their tax-credit gifts to HCC for 2018, we are still seeking 300 more gifts to help us multiply each gift by winning this year’s IMPACT AZ $50,000 Grant! Each and every gift (no matter the size) helps us take one step closer! Please share this news with a friend today!

Still not sure how the Charitable Tax-Credit Plan works, watch this short video below, then follow this link to:

donate online today!

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50/50 Raffle

Last month HCC was invited to host the Arizona Coyotes 50/50 Raffle during their home game against the Pittsburg Penguins. Although the Coyotes lost a nail bitter in the final seconds of overtime by one goal, HCC and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation were BIG winners! HCC volunteers worked their ‘voices’ off yelling 50/50 all night and it paid off big! HCC team sold over $18,000 in ticket sales which means over $4,000 will go towards to feeding families right here in the Valley!

“It’s an incredible partnership that we are fortunate to have with the Coyotes. These 50/50 game nights are so much fun, our kids get to come out and be part of the action and overall HCC and the Coyotes Foundation are raising thousands to serve our community!” commented Director, Nicolee Thompson.

Thank you again to the Arizona Coyotes and Coyotes Foundation for their ongoing partnership and support! Want to join us at a 50/50 game next time? Email Nicolee.