Governor Doug Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities
The AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, established by Governor Ducey as part of the initiative, will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona. Initially, the fund will focus on the following immediate needs. Michael J. Bidwill, Chairman and President of the Arizona Cardinals, has stepped forward to provide a generous founding contribution to the fund of $1 million.
The Arizona Together initiative brings together the growing list of resources and information being offered by state agencies and community partners. Individuals who register to volunteer through the ArizonaTogether.org website will be connected with organizations across the state seeking community assistance.
Support Arizona small businesses by buying gift cards, merchandise or ordering takeout! Purchasing gift cards gives businesses immediate revenue and allows consumers to cash in later.
Per the recommendation of the Arizona Department of Health Services for dining establishments to discourage dine-in traffic, Governor Ducey released an Executive Order requiring restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only, and that all bars in those counties close. To assist in mitigating the financial consequences of restaurant closures, the Executive Order also allows restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with the purchase of food.
The Arizona Restaurant Association launched Arizona Takeout Week, encouraging the ordering of takeout from local restaurants. Discover a variety of Arizona restaurants providing curbside pickup or delivery options. If you are a restaurant wanting to participate, register here. Tucson Weekly has compiled a list of Southern Arizona restaurants offering takeout options as well.
UberEats has committed to waiving delivery fees for independent restaurants and has committed to supporting its drivers. Grubhub, which supports more than 4,800+ Phoenix restaurants, is waiving its commission fees to help! Local First Arizona maintains a list of promotions and updates from your favorite local businesses.
The Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund will support Arizona nonprofit organizations as they respond to the spread of COVID-19. In coordination with public authorities and healthcare experts leading the response to this health crisis, along with community organizations and other funding partners, ACF is working to shape philanthropy's response to local needs. More information can be found here.
Early giving begins this week for donors participating in the eighth annual Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour statewide online fundraising event scheduled on Tuesday, April 7. In addition, registration for this year’s event has been re-opened for nonprofit organizations that had to cancel fundraisers because of concerns about the coronavirus. Registration deadline is Friday, March 27. Starting Tuesday, March 17, donors can make early donations by visiting the Arizona Gives Day website at www.AzGives.org and donate immediately by selecting the “Today” button at checkout. If donors prefer to donate during a specific block of time on Arizona Gives Day to help a nonprofit win a Power Hour and earn additional funds from the prize pool, they will need to donate on April 7 during the appropriate time.
The CFSA established the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona that have had to cancel events as a result of the outbreak. CFSA has seeded the Fund with an initial gift of $10,000. More information and the donation page can be found here.
The Flagstaff Arts Council Art & Science Grant Fund Committee is actively establishing criteria and a process to distribute the funds over the coming weeks. Its initial intent is for grants to be modest in size ($250 to $1,000) and to support vulnerable non-profits affected by cancellations or declining revenues. To donate to the fund, click here.
invisionAZ is encouraging the tech community to donate the SWAG (Stuff We All Get) companies were planning to distribute at a now cancelled conference. This includes the donation of hand sanitizer, clothing, water bottles, pens, notebooks and backpacks for children. This new campaign called, SWAGG or Sending Well Wishes and Gestures of Kindness, will be used to support the needs of first responders, medical professionals and the non-profit community. Cash donations are accepted. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your donation drop off.
AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund (Arizona Together)
Established by Governor Ducey as part of the Arizona Together initiative, the fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona. Initially, the fund will focus on the following immediate needs: Funding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline medical personnel; Supporting non-profit organizations that help vulnerable Arizonans through food banks, homeless shelters, domestic violence facilities and other services; Expanding technology access for low-income students to help them transition to online learning. Review details.
Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund (Arizona Community Foundation)
Supports Arizona nonprofit organizations as they respond to the spread of COVID-19. In coordination with public authorities and healthcare experts leading the response to this health crisis, along with community organizations and other funding partners, the Arizona Community Foundation is working to shape philanthropy's response to local needs. Review details.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund (Community Foundation of Southern Arizona)
Supports nonprofit organizations in southern Arizona that have had to cancel events as a result of the outbreak. CFSA has seeded the Fund with an initial gift of $10,000. Review details.
Art & Science Grant Fund Committee (Flagstaff Arts Council)
Actively establishing criteria and a process to distribute the funds over the coming couple of weeks. Its initial intent is for grants to be modest in size ($250 to $1,000) and to support vulnerable non-profits affected by cancellations or declining revenues. Review details.
Following the closure of schools across Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman partnered to launch Arizona Enrichment Centers to offer childcare for the children of first responders, critical healthcare workers and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers. More information will be released in the coming days, for more questions, please email AZEnrichmentCenters@az.gov.
Different organizations across the state are providing childcare for those who are unable to keep their children at home. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley are accepting monetary donations, as well as supplies, to keep its doors open during the entire day and provide 2 meals and a snack for each kid. Donations can be made online here.
Valley of The Sun YMCA has extended its Spring Break Camp through April 10 due to school closures. Children will be able to engage in exciting activities like crafts and games Lunch and snacks will be provided at select branches. You can support this program and more by donating online here.
The DES Child Care Administration provides assistance to eligible families in need so they can continue education or employment while ensuring a safe environment. Learn more at https://des.az.gov/child-care or https://www.azccrr.com/.
Governor Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information for volunteer opportunities. Individuals who register through the Arizona Together website will be connected with organizations across the state seeking assistance.
Volunteer at your Local Food Bank
You can also volunteer at your local food bank to help get food out to Arizonans in need. Visit St.Mary’s Food Bank to sign up for a volunteer time or donate to provide funds to buy essential supplies.
MST Solutions is offering to pick up and pay for $50 worth of food and supplies, as well as free delivery, to anyone more than 60 years of age living in the Chandler or Gilbert areas. Fill out this form to request needed supplies and a member from the MST team will be in contact.
Grocery stores throughout the state have implemented “senior hours” for the elderly or vulnerable. Below is a list of retailers offering stores exclusive for senior citizens:
Bashas, Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods will dedicate Wednesdays from 5 a.m. - 6 a.m. for anyone 65 or older. One caretaker may be permitted to shop for the person they are taking care of. Bashas’ reservation stores are open 6 a.m. - 7 a.m. for those 65 or older.
Big Lots will reserve its first hour of operations, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., for senior citizens and vulnerable shoppers.
Costco is dedicating 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday for members who are 60 and older.
Dollar General is encouraging shoppers to make its first hour of operations dedicated to senior shoppers.
Fry’s is opening its doors for those who are 60 or older from 6 a.m. - 7a.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Los Altos Ranch Market in Phoenix is opening its stores from 6 a.m. - 7 a.m. for senior citizens as well as first responders.
Safeway and Albertsons will open from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for older adults and those with underlying health concerns.
Target is dedicating its first hour of ever Wednesday to elderly guests and guests who have underlying health concerns.
Trader Joe’s is dedicating 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. for senior customers to shop by creating an additional line outside the front door specifically for them at the specialty grocer to expedite their shopping.
Walmart will open its stores an hour early on Tuesdays for those ages 60 and older.
Walgreens will open Tuesdays from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. for those 55+ only. Seniors will be eligible for 30% discounts on select items.
In addition, Governor Doug Ducey announced that Arizona has received more than $5.3 million in grant funding to help provide meals for older adults. The funds will go toward both meal delivery programs and programs serving senior centers.
Governor Ducey Announces $5.3 Million for Meals For Arizona Seniors
The dollars will support both meal delivery programs and programs serving senior centers and are part of a relief package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order on March 25 requiring health care insurance companies to expand telemedicine coverage for all services that would normally be covered for an in-person visit.
The order helps ensure that Arizonans who may be sick or under quarantine can access care from their homes and avoid potentially risky trips to a health care provider. It remains in effect until the termination of the declared public health emergency.
Additionally, the order mandates the following additional services:
Requires all Medicaid plans in the State of Arizona to cover all health care services that are covered benefits to be accessible by telemedicine to AHCCCS members, while prohibiting those plans from discounting rates for services provided via telemedicine;
Includes all electronic means of delivering telehealth including telephone and video calls;
Ensures that a patient’s home is considered an approved location to receive telemedicine services;
And prohibits a regulatory board from requiring a medical professional who is authorized to write prescriptions to conduct an in-person examination of a patient prior to the issuance of a prescription.
Under new legislation, public schools are now not required to extend the number of school days or add additional instructional hours to make up for the days missed after the statewide closure ends.
The statewide assessment requirement for 2020 is canceled. All school employees—including hourly employees—will continue to be paid during the closures.
Additionally, beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020, schools will offer students general education through alternative formats for the duration of the closure. This allows public school employees who are able to perform their tasks outside of school to resume work remotely on March 30. If an employee is unable to perform their work remotely, they will be assigned other tasks.