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Operation Santa

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Operation Santa provides toys and gifts to children in need in our community.  In addition, the Adopt-a-Family program matches donor groups with families in need to provide gifts such as toys or clothes for the children, basic household items for the family, grocery gift cards, or food for a holiday meal.  In 2012, our program expanded to include children in the Gilbert community, as well as Chandler, which meant more children.  In 2013 we served over 2000 children, yet we work collaboratively with other organizations to cross-check the names of all individuals registered to eliminate duplication of services, which allows us to reach more children.

 

In 2013, a pilot program has been introduced to provide an opportunity for parents to become more involved in providing Christmas for their children by attending classes or volunteering to earn points towards higher end gifts, such as bikes.  We are well aware that many parents yearn to provide gifts for their children, yet their current circumstances limit them from doing so.  This program provides this empowerment to these parents.  Help us support these parents who make the effort by attending classes and volunteering, by supporting this portion of our Operation Santa program.

 

There are several ways that you can help to bring smiles to these families. Help us by bringing in new toys or gift cards to the CCCC office, host a toy drive, adopt a family or more either individually or through your organization, shop for particular children, or make a monetary donation. Please call Lori Tapia at 480-963-1423 for all the details, or email lori@ChandlerFoodBank.org.

 

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Donations Payments Now Accepted Online:

Arizona Tax Credit

State taxpayers who contribute to CCCC can receive a dollar for dollar tax credit through the Working Poor Tax Credit. Couples filing jointly can receive up to $400 back and single taxpayers can receive up to $200. Make your donation by December 31st each year.

By The Numbers

Fiscal Year 2013/2014 CCCC Stats

Food Bank
CCCC's Food Bank distributed 18,657 food boxes. That was enough food to feed 65,231 individuals for at least 3 days (11,817 unique individuals).  We received 983,580 pounds of donated food from various partners.
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Family Resource Center
10,637 hours of instruction and services were provided to children and adults through our Family Resource Center Programming.
1,619 individuals were beneficiaries of SNAP and AHCCCS dollars.
I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) provided 1,683 bed nights to 182 unduplicated individuals. 
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Community Action Program
Our Community Action Program provided supportive services, case management, referrals and financial assistance to over 13,031 community members, preventing 2,361 utility disconnects and 380 evictions totaling $1,268,822. 
Our VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, prepared 198 returns, recovering $244,468 in federal refunds and $40,600 in state refunds. 
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Senior Centers
The Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers provided 33,626 meals at their respective locations and 35,228 home delivered meals to homebound seniors. A total of 68,854 meals were provided to 1,182 individuals!
The center disbursed 71,737 tickets for transportation to and from the centers where 1,083 senior activities and classes were provided with a total 20,905 participants. 
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Events
Through collaboration with the City of Chandler and other area organizations, we assisted over 3,200 children with backpacks, school supplies and clothing for Back to School in 2013.
 
Over 1,400 children participated in Operation Santa in 2013 and received toys, books, candy, and more. 
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Volunteers
CCCC would not be able to serve those in need without the assistance of our dedicated volunteers. Last fiscal year 1,441 unique individuals volunteered at CCCC (including the Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers) giving a total of 33,977 volunteer hours. There were 1,039 individuals who participated in group projects from area businesses, organizations, and faith based communities. Many thanks to all who help us fulfill our mission!