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.
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.
The Arizona Health Care, Emergency Response and Other Essential Workers Surveillance (AZ HEROES) Study by the University of Arizona (UArizona) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides individuals with the access to receive free weekly self-administered COVID-19 tests for a year. Essential employees who are interacting with the public are encouraged to participate so UArizona and the CDC may study the development and longevity of antibodies.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
In addition to the above resources, read these frequently asked questions for more information on how Arizonams can support small businesses, nonprofits and the community.
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.
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.
The state of Arizona is partnering with private sector health care providers and universities to ramp up access to testing.
ADHS has provided detailed information on when and where to schedule a COVID-19 test closest to you. To schedule a test, please visit the ADHS website and navigate the map of sites.
ADHS partnered with Arizona State University to launch testing sites with free saliva diagnostic testing. Review testing sites and schedule a testing time at the ADHS website.