Packing Night – Heat Relief Bags
Interfaith Service Event
Sunday, June 23, 4:00 – 6:00 pm 
First Church UCC Phoenix 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Join JCRC and Arizona Faith Network for an afternoon of community service. Together we will pack heat relief bags for community members and cooling centers to hand out to those in need of heat relief. Donations are needed! You can donate funds to help AFN acquire supplies or purchase heat relief items listed below and bring them to our packing night. If you would like to ship donation items directly to AFN please contact Katie.Sexton@azfaithnetwork.org for an address.

Each Heat Relief Bag Will Include:

  • Bottled Water
  • Granola Bar or Snack
  • Travel Size First Aid Kit
  • Travel Wet Wipes
  • Travel Sun Screen
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Information Cards on Heat Relief Assistance, Cooling Center Location, and Free Transportation Information
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Rabbi Akiva taught: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (Leviticus 19:18). This is the most important rule in the Torah. (Jerusalem Talmud Nedarim 30b)

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The heat is on, and we are calling on all people of faith to help! Our vulnerable community neighbors are in danger during this extreme heat and need your support to stay safe and cool.

Extreme heat poses a severe threat to vulnerable communities in Arizona, necessitating robust support and relief efforts. In 2023, Arizona experienced its hottest summer since record-keeping began more than 100 years ago. In Maricopa County alone, more than 645 people died, and emergency rooms statewide recorded more than 4,000 heat-related visits. Cooling centers, which provide respite to people needing safe shelter with consistent air conditioners and other cooling features, recorded more than 26,000 visits.

AFN has been at the forefront of providing essential resources and lifesaving assistance for the last four years. But we cannot do this work without you!

Together with your help we bridge a crucial gap by offering life-saving heat relief services through cooling centers in houses of worship across Maricopa County. These centers provide a welcoming space for community members and their pets during the heat season offering cooling facilities, water, healthy snacks, and access to wrap-around services with community partners, ensuring much-needed rest for those facing extreme temperatures.

Ways You and Your Community Can Help Save Lives This Heat Season

Donate Funds

  • To sustain the increased demand AFN  needs financial support from local donors, foundations, and other funders. It costs between $25,000 to $100,000 to run each Heat Relief Respite Site during the heat season, with expenses varying based on the length of operations, staffing, and location. Any contribution goes directly to keeping our neighbors safe and hydrated during challenging times. You can help donate here.

Donate Supplies
We are in need of various supplies to support our heat relief centers. There are three easy ways to help donate life-saving supplies during this heat season.

  • Bringing heat relief supplies to our Interfaith Heat Relief Bag Packing Night Event on Sunday, June 23 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at First Church UCC Phoenix, 1407 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Make sure to register here.
  • Drop off supplies at one of our heat relief centers (full list below) during their open hours.
  • Purchase needed supplies from our Amazon Wishlist and have it shipped directly to us. You can access our Amazon Wishlist Here.