CITY OF SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Mayor Sam Kathryn Campana

Honorable Mention
The City of Scottsdale and The U.S. Postal Service A Volunteering is Our Priority@ Partnership

For a variety of reasons, officials in the City of Scottsdale say that The United States Postal Service plays an indispensable role in bolstering the livability of the City.

AVolunteering is Our Priority@ is the local Postal Service employees' community service theme. It is also the basic partnership supporting Vista Del Camino, the social service agency which meets emergency needs in the City.

In May 1998, through the Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive, postal workers collected over 81,500 pounds of food from Scottsdale residents. This made it possible for a donation of 25,000 pounds of food to be made to the City's Vista Del Camino food bank. In each of the five years this partnership has been in place, City social services staff have been able to provide over 1,400 emergency food boxes to families in crisis. Each year, Postal Service staff work side-by-side with the City's social workers to sort and store the donated food.

The following July, Postal Service employees assisted with AMighty Mud Mania,@ a City-produced event which attracts over 6,500 youth to compete on obstacle courses laden with mud. Postal workers volunteered to supervise the events on the courses, organizing the young people, helping to ensure their safety, and dispensing water to them to prevent the dehydration that can occur in high summertime temperatures. Postal Service staff also helped in handling the food donated to the Vista Del Camino food bank as part of this event.

The Postal Service also has been active in soliciting clothing donations for Vista Del Camino's Annual Back-to-School Clothing Drive. Through this effort, 450 low income Scottsdale youth are provided three clothing outfits, shoes and supplies prior to the start of the school year. This year the Postal Service set up drop-off points in the lobbies of their postal stations throughout the City to receive donations from residents. During August, over 1,800 pounds of clothing and school supplies were collected and distributed to the young beneficiaries of this annual effort.

Through the years, the Postal Service partnership with Scottsdale has had many positive impacts at the neighborhood level. Activities have ranged from street parties to leadership training for residents. As part of keeping Scottsdale beautiful, the Postal Service sponsors an annual ATreasures and Trash@ project which cleans up neighborhoods throughout the City.

In 1995, the Postal Service supported the opening of the Paiute Neighborhood Center, a new community center located in Scottsdale's most distressed socio-economic district. The Center was opened by the City to meet the needs and interests of youth and adults in a neighborhood characterized as diverse and fragmented. To commemorate the grand opening of the new facility, the Scottsdale Postmaster designated a Aspecial cancellation@ envelope.

Also in 1995, the Postal Service partnered with the City of Scottsdale to stage the Entertainment and Information Fair, an event which combined entertaining activities for the community with the distribution of literature on the numerous services and businesses located in the community. Proceeds from this event went to the local Ronald McDonald House.

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1620 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Telephone (202) 293-7330, FAX (202) 293-2352

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J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
1620 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Telephone (202) 293-7330, FAX (202) 293-2352

Copyright 1999, US Conference of Mayors, All rights reserved.