Organizations that Help Not Only those in Need but the Environment As Well

When it comes to assisting the less fortunate in Arizona, two organizations stand out for providing assistance while remaining environmentally minded.

Scholl’s Helping Hand

What started as assisting at a clothing drive turned into an organization that has impacted the Phoenix homeless community in immeasurable ways.

Diane Scholl-Van started Scholl’s Helping Hands four years ago. This 501(c)(3) donation-based organization takes in usable items and places them directly in the hands of the homeless.

“We hand out clothing, food, hygiene items, blankets and water in areas where homeless populations are high,” Diane says. “Many of these people do not have the means to get items they need so we make the items accessible.”

Diane has a passion for helping others and recycling items that have a lot of life still in them.

“Overall I’d like to see homelessness end, and, until then, we will continue to help as many as we can, as often as we can,” she says.

Waste Not

With homelessness being a prevalent issue in Phoenix and surrounding areas, obtaining basic material items is crucial and often coupled with a need for sustenance. Waste Not, a 501(c)(3) organization in Phoenix, is working to end hunger and make sure that good food gets into the right hands.

“Since 1989, we have dealt completely with perishables at Waste Not of Arizona,” Christina La Porte, president of the board, says. “We accept food from places like restaurants, grocery stores and events and deliver it to more than 100 food insecure agencies such as rehabilitation centers, transition homes and shelters.”

Through a fleet of six trucks, Waste Not delivers millions of pounds of food to those in need—3.2 million pounds last year to be exact. That food fed 80,000 people.

“We charge no program fees to our donors, and many who are environmentally minded love that we are a solution for them,” Christina says. “We were green before it was trendy—we rescue food that would wind up in landfills and give it to people who really need it. Rotting food leads to greenhouse gases, and that causes global harm. This is essentially the cleverest and most needed form of recycling you can think of.”

Waste Not only accepts healthy, nutritious food that has not been served and has not surpassed an expiration date. Christina has done ride-alongs with the Waste Not trucks and fondly remembers how grateful the recipients are.

“Nothing is more personal than making sure someone has food to eat,” she says.

For more information on how you can help the community go green, while assisting those in need, visit WasteNotAZ.org 
or Scholl’s Helping Hands on Facebook.