Weekly Newsletter | April 17, 2024 | ThirstAid Edition

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ThirstAid 2024 Heat Relief Campaign Kick-Off

Before we know it, the hot summer sun will be upon us, and with it an increased risk of heat-related illnesses. Though it seems like yesterday we were ringing in the new year - NOW is the time to prepare! As the days grow longer, residents of the Valley are testing their AC units, topping off their vehicle Freon, busting out their summer wardrobe, and stocking up on sunscreen.

Our unhoused neighbors are especially at risk. Their preparations look a bit different - scrambling to find any semblance of affordable housing, and in the meantime - protecting their coolers from theft, fortifying shade, checking locations of the nearest cooling centers, and letting friends know where to check for proof of life if they don't show up to a medical appointment or meetup.

Prolonged exposure to the heat can cause burns, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration, loss of consciousness, and even death. Hygiene and mental health also suffer in extreme heat. This is a humanitarian crisis in our own backyards.

Supplies we tend to take for granted can prove to be life-savers in times of crisis, items such as a cooling towel, a fresh pair of socks, a cold bottle of water, an electrolyte packet, a portable fan.

Supporting an average of 1,000 unhoused individuals daily, the 15 partner agencies at the Key Campus distribute a mind-boggling 120,000 bottles of water each summer month - that's 4,000 bottles a day.

Our goal for the summer is to fundraise for and/or collect 600,000 bottles of water, plus heat relief supplies to furnish all 15 Key Campus partners throughout the summer months.

There are many ways to get involved!


With just a couple clicks, activate your entire network in the mission to provide heat relief in Maricopa County.

Perfect for remote-work teams, large groups, social media campaigning, and anyone with a competitive spirit and a heart for the unhoused.

Start a team

Host a drive...

With our ThirstAid Donation Drive Toolkit, we make hosting a drive fun and easy.

Ideal for places of worship, apartment complexes, school communities, and other high-traffic community-centered locations.

Request a toolkit

Create kits...

Heat relief comes in many forms - essentials such as sunscreen, hats, reusable bottles, electrolyte packets, and sunglasses are needed throughout the summer months.

Ideal for team-building!

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...Or simply give.

Just $20 a month provides 1,000 bottles of water to unhoused individuals this summer.

Donate Now

Questions about Thirst Aid and how you can get involved? Email Kim at kbeaudoin@keystochangeaz.org

What is Thirst Aid? Thirst Aid is an annual campaign to raise funds and collect items to provide heat relief to people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County.

Begun years ago by the team at St. Joseph the Worker, Thirst Aid has grown to symbolize the all-hands need for heat relief supplies in the sweltering summer months at Key Campus.

The campaign runs from now until September 30 2024. Stay tuned for fun challenges and ways to engage throughout the summer months.

Join us! We need morning shift volunteers at Project Connect next week

Project Connect

April 23, 2024

University Presbyterian Church

139 E. Alameda Drive

Tempe, AZ 85282

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Questions? Email Liz at eroed@keystochangeaz.org

What is Project Connect? Project Connect is a one-day homelessness services event. A true community effort to provide services where they're needed most - including ID replacements, pet care and pet supplies, mental and behavioral health services, haircuts and showers, housing applications, a hot meal, and more.

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