‘Adopt-A-Grandparent.’ Mesa, Chandler launch new programs to help seniors, homeless during Coronavirus pandemic

By Mike Sunnucks | Rose Law Group Reporter

Chandler and Mesa are partners with community groups to help seniors, the homeless and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city of Chandler is partnering with For Our City-Chandler for Chandler Gives Week (April 6th to 10th).  The focus is to collect donations and resources for nonprofit groups on the front lines of helping families and residents adversely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout.

The effort will benefit nonprofits such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley, the YMCA, Resurrection Street Ministries, the East Valley Jewish Community Center and the Salvation Army.

Donations can be made online at secure.givelively.org/donate/care-inc/for-our-city-chandler. Donations also can be made directly to a nonprofit of choice via For Our City-Chandler’s  donation website at forourcitychandler.org/i-want-to-help-1.

Donations can also be dropped off at the Chandler Salvation Army, (85 E. Saragosa Street). Those include toilet paper for homebound seniors, diapers for families, pocket sanitizers and restaurant gift cards for residents at homeless shelters. The Salvation Army is also accepting new or unused arts and crafts supplies for kids.

“Chandler’s residents are known for their generosity, especially to those in need,” said Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke. “Due to the coronavirus impacting people’s livelihoods, we’re seeing more people in need and we are asking for everyone’s help to get through this. All donations — small or large — are welcomed and greatly appreciated.”

In Mesa, the city is partnering with For Our City – Mesa to launch and Adopt-A-Grandparent  program to help seniors who might help in picking up groceries or food or prescriptions. The Coronavirus is especially dangerous health wise for seniors.

“I volunteered at a food bank and saw many seniors, some with obvious underlying health conditions, waiting in line for food,”  Mesa Mayor John Giles said. “I wanted to find a way keep those seniors safe at home and also connect to others who are suddenly finding themselves in need and alone.”

The For Our City groups in the East Valley bring together faith, business, municipal and nonprofit advocates in their respective cities.

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April 2020