Community Fund of Sun City West, Inc.
The Community Fund of Sun City West - Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
The 2017 direct mail campaign is underway. Mailings have now gone out to all residential addresses in Sun City West. Our goal this year is to contact every SCW resident, including winter visitors and to ask for their help. The Community Fund provides a financial safety net for SCW residents who are experiencing difficulty paying for food, medicine, utilities, and other basic needs. Look at our "More Ways to Give" page for even more ways you can contribute.
2016 is shaping-up to be one of our best years ever for the Community Fund of Sun City West. Our help to our clients may hit $100,000 this year. (A client is a Sun City West resident who is in financial distress , who has qualified for help, and for whom the fund has written a check to pay some bills.) Also, this year we have given Fry’s gift cards for $150 to each of our clients to help them enjoy the holiday season.
The Community Fund is an all volunteer organization with almost 95% of our donations going directly to assistance for our clients. By the way, our client list is limited to Sun City West residents and is strictly confidential.
Our donations are at an all time high this year thanks to our “uber” fund-raising committee headed by Stan Goldman. Our Fall donation request letters should be received by Sun City West residents this week. These are sent to previous donors. I certainly encourage each donor to continue with their generosity. Our Winter fund raising letter will go out in January to all Sun City West residents not included in the Fall mailing. Our goal is to raise enough money yearly to meet our client’s needs without going into our cash reserves.
Looking forward to January, the Fund will be the recipient of money collected for a “Souper Bowl” supper to be held on January 29. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Club of SCW and the Boomers’ Club of SCW. Chili is provided by the North County Fire and Medical District Firefighters’ Charity and the soup is provided by Marty’s Hole In One Restaurant. The tickets are $10 each and all proceeds go to the Community Fund.
Finally, I wish to thank our Board Members whose hard work this year has provided these great results. Sun City West is a great, generous community and may God bless you all.
Community Fund of Sun City West
In January 2015 CFSCW received designation as a Qualifying Charitable Organization for Arizona Individual Tax filers. Contributions to CFSCW offer potential tax credits on AZ Individual Tax Returns. Go to the azdor.gov website for additional information. In 2016, donation limits were increased to $400 for single taxpayers and $800 for married taxpayers. Donations made by 15 April 2017 can be applied to 2016 Arizona Individual Income Tax Returns.
During 2016, we received $725 from Fry's as a result of your participation in this program!
You can help the Community Fund when you shop at Fry's. It costs you nothing! Once you enroll, Fry's will credit CFSCW whenever you use your VIP card. Just join the Fry’s Food Community Rewards Program and select the Community Fund Sun City West to receive a donation from Fry’s. If you have a Fry’s VIP card, simply log on to their website, Fry’sFood.com. Enroll in the program, and select the Community Fund Sun City West, # 31408. You must use this identifying number for the CFSCW to receive credit for your purchases. You can also enroll by calling 1-866-221-4141. Ask your friends and neighbors to enroll using the Community Fund’s registration number listed above. Don’t have a Fry’s VIP card? Simply stop by the Fry’s store on R. H. Johnson Blvd in SCW and ask at the service desk.
HELP CFSCW WHEN YOU SHOP ON AMAZON
If you do some of your Christmas shopping on Amazon, here is a way to also help the Community Fund at the same time. Amazonsmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Same products, same price, same service. Instead of your normal login to Amazon, go to https://smile.amazon.com. This lets you log into your current Amazon account, but it also provides a path to more information on Amazonsmile and how you can designate The Community Fund of Sun City West as the charity you want to receive the donation from Amazon. After that, always use the Amazonsmile path to enter Amazon and any purchases you make will help the Community Fund.