The Thunderbirds are reaching out to its many incredible charity partners over the next few weeks to discuss their important work and highlight the new obstacles they are enduring as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. We hope that by sharing their messages to the local communities they serve it will help rally support and secure vital resources needed to continue. They are on the front lines doing everything in their power to brighten the lives of so many facing overwhelming obstacles during these trying times.
To help as much as they can – and by continuing social distancing practices – The Thunderbirds will be connecting remotely with some of these Arizona charities over the next few weeks to identify their unique needs and where The Thunderbirds and the community can help.
Today’s check in is with Thunderbirds Big Chief Chance Cozby and Ash Uss, Advocacy and Partnerships coordinator from Andre House. Ash discussed the current challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Andre House’s immediate essential needs and how the community can rally together and offer support to Andre House and other local charities that are in dire need right now.
Since its inception in 1984, Andre House of Arizona has grown to be one of the Valley’s largest providers of basic needs and transitional services for people experiencing homelessness. Guests of Andre House can come in and receive clothing, laundry, showers, lockers, legal services and find a welcoming, hospitable place for physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open – has been a long-time supporter of Andre House, providing monetary funds, clothing donations and other basic necessities to combat the effects of homelessness.
“This has been a remarkable, stressful and somewhat overwhelming experience for all of us,” Ash said. “We went from having 30 volunteers to having five to seven of us who are here every day of the week still trying to provide 700-800 meals. That being said, it’s incredible to see how people have stepped up with their generosity.”
While restrictions and challenges caused by the pandemic have limited food production and other operations at Andre House, recent financial contributions have enabled them to reach out to local eateries who have helped Andre House maintain their ability to feed those experiencing homelessness.
“Financial contributions have been absolutely critical and have allowed us to develop a unique partnership with small businesses who can help us meet the cooking demands of Andre House and help some local restaurants and other small business with immediate revenue,” said Ash.
Here’s how to help Andre House:
Visit www.andrehouse.org and look for the option at the top of the screen that says “ways to give’”. There is a “donate goods” section and – most importantly – there’s a link to the Amazon wish list, which is the best way to immediately and positively impact Andre House and their guests.
Andre House 213 S. 11th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007
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