Under the leadership of Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority is committed to providing resources to the Arizona community as we all work together to return stronger. Here the Arizona community can find ways to support local businesses, nonprofits and volunteer, along with answers to frequently asked questions.
Surge Testing Available
Beginning July 17, surge testing for COVID-19 is taking place at two locations in the Phoenix metro area. Appointments are available for drive-thru testing at two sites:
- South Mountain Park, 10919 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85042
- Maryvale High School, 3415 N 59th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85033
Testing is free of charge and everyone who gets tested will also receive five cloth face coverings. Each site can accommodate 2,500 tests per day (5,000 per day combined). Appointments are open for the next 12 days.
In addition to these two surge testing sites, testing is available at 300+ other locations across the state. Those locations can be found at AZHealth.gov/Testing.
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 on volunteer opportunities.
AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund
Established as part of the Arizona Together initiative, the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona.
Thank you to the Arizona community for generous donations to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund
The Arizona Way
Arizonans are coming together in creative ways to support each other through this unprecedented time. This Arizona Way page shows all the ways the community has stepped up to help, because that’s the Arizona way.
Arizona’s sixteen leading sports organizations formed AZSportsTogether in a collective effort to provide emergency relief funding. Each organization offered a unique, elite-level, “money can’t buy” experience and Arizona residents can purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win. Proceeds from raffle tickets sales will be donated to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund.
The Arizona community can support small businesses by buying gift cards, merchandise or ordering takeout. Purchasing gift cards gives businesses immediate revenue and allows consumers to cash in later.
The Arizona Cardinals launched Cardinals Takeout, a network of independent, locally owned restaurants offering carry-out service. The interactive map provides Arizonans with a convenient list of local restaurants to patronize and support. The site also provides a way for the Red Sea to suggest restaurants to be included.
Arizona Takeout Weeks 2020
The Arizona Restaurant Association launched Arizona Takeout Weeks 2020, encouraging the ordering of takeout from local restaurants. With this comprehensive list, you can discover a variety of Arizona restaurants providing curbside pickup or delivery options.
A group of entrepreneurs based in Chandler has started #SaveArizonaBusiness, a grassroots initiative providing a platform for local businesses to generate more online traffic and awareness.
AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund
The AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona. In addition to other important needs, the fund will assist nonprofit organizations that support the most vulnerable Arizonans through food banks, homeless shelters, domestic violence facilities and other services. The Arizona community may donate through Arizona Together.
Arizona’s top sports organizations formed AZSportsTogether to raise funds for the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. Community members can buy raffle tickets to win one-of-a-kind sports experiences from each organization. Proceeds from the raffle with go to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. Each package is listed on AZSportsTogether.com. Entries will be accepted through May 22.
Participating organizations include the Arizona Bowl, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona State Athletics, University of Arizona Athletics, Cactus Bowl, Cactus League, PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl, Grand Canyon University Athletics, Northern Arizona University Athletics, Phoenix Mercury, Phoenix Raceway, Phoenix Rising, Phoenix Suns, Scottsdale Charros and Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund
The Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund 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, ACF is working to shape philanthropy's response to local needs.
Arizona Gives, a program run by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, is an annual event to connect people with causes they believe in. To support nonprofits that have lost significant amounts in critical funding, Arizona Gives created the Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund, Arizonans can donate to a specific nonprofit or donate directly to the fund.
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona 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.
As part of the Arizona Together initiative, Arizonans can find volunteer opportunities to support their at-risk Arizona neighbors. Community members can provide virtual support, deliver food and medication or help with daily tasks for people who live alone.
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.