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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

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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.

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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

Scissors

Folders

Markers/Crayons

Binders

Highlighters

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
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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
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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!

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HCC Won SECOND PLACE

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

Scissors

Folders

Markers/Crayons

Binders

Highlighters

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!)