ABC: A Better Community Program

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Make Mesa A Better Community! Donations to the ABC, A Better Community utility donation program, aid Mesa residents in need and are tax deductible.  During the past year, ABC donations have assisted Mesa non-profits with providing the following services:

  • Provided 45,852 shelter nights for children and families
  • Provided 65,485 meals for children and families
  • Provided shelter and counseling for 9 households experiencing domestic violence
  • Provided medical services to 827 homeless individuals
  • Provided service programs to 720 homeless youth
  • Provided employment training to 276 special needs individuals
  • Provided and delivered 62,222 meals to 561 seniors
  • Provided 203 seniors with transportation services for grocery shopping, pharmacy pickups, doctor, vision, and dental visits

Help make Mesa A Better Community by making a donation today!

You can make a donation by clicking the button below, or a donation can be made on your City of Mesa Utility Bill*.

*Please note: A voluntary donation amount is added to your City of Mesa Utility Bill for your convenience.  The suggested amount can be modified. If you do not wish to contribute, please pay the "Utility Amount Due" only.

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Can I still donate if I am not a City of Mesa utility customer?

Yes! Anyone can donate to the ABC program by sending a check made out to City of Mesa with ABC: A Better Community to the memo area. Send the check to:  

City of Mesa Customer Service

PO Box 1466

Mesa, AZ 85211-1466

Donations can also be made by telephone by calling 480-644-2221 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Can I make an ABC Donation even if I have no balance due on my account?

Yes! You can make an ABC Donation by making a One-Time Bank Draft or One-Time Credit Card payment for the ABC amount you would like to donate. This ABC Donation amount will be reflected in your "Recent One-Time Payment History" information.  ABC Donations are not reflected in your "Current Payments" information from the "Account Information" page as the payments shown in this area reflect utility payments only. You may also view your personal year-to-date ABC donation history on your monthly billing statement.

Will any of the money be used to pay for City of Mesa administrative costs? 

No. All donated funds will go directly to nonprofit agencies that help Mesa residents in need. 

Who decides how donations are spent? 

Donations made through ABC are allocated to nonprofits assisting Mesa low-income residents. Proposals for funding are reviewed annually by the Housing and Community Development Advisory Board and City staff, which then makes funding recommendations to the Mesa City Council for approval.

Can individuals apply for assistance? 

No. Only nonprofit agencies that provide food, shelter and other human services programs for Mesa residents are eligible to apply for the donated funds.

What types of human service programs will this program fund? 

Donations fund essential human services for individuals, families, and the elderly.  Some services that are eligible for funds include crisis services for families, academic enrichment programs, job development, and other services that prevent long term dependence on public resources. 

What nonprofits received ABC funding this year?

For the 19-20 fiscal year, the City has allocated $108,000 in ABC grant money to five non-profit agencies: 

 Agency  Project Name
 Arizona Brainfood
 Weekend Food Bags for Children
 East Valley Adult Resources
 Meals on Wheels for the Elderly
 Maggie's Place
 The Hannah House Shelter Services
 Teen Lifeline
 Crisis Hotline
 The Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley
 After School Program

How can I get more information on the ABC program?

Please call 480-644-4521 or email Ray Thimesch for ABC program questions.