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Meet our Co-Educators (Community Partners)!

Service-Learning at CGCC is possible thanks to our amazing co-educators! Browse the tabs below to see what agencies we are partnered with and contact us if you have any questions.
*Please note that these agencies are not the only agencies we are partnered with. If you are interested in an agency that you do not see on this list, please contact our Service-Learning Office to check our District database. If we are not partnered with an agency you would love to work with, we will work to partner with them. We are always looking to expand our network!

STUDENTS: First and foremost, in thinking about these agencies, be sure to check with your faculty member to make sure it fits your assignment and course.

If you are still wondering which agency is the best fit for you and your project, let us chat through options with you! Contact any of the following team members to discuss options:

Christina Contreras, Service-Learning Secretary
480-732-7305 or at

Alexandra Cannell Wendt, Service-Learning Coordinator
480-732-7069 or at

  • Chandler Agencies
  • Gilbert Agencies
  • Mesa Agencies
  • Other Agencies
Chandler Agencies
  • Chandler-Gilbert ARC
    Chandler-Gilbert Arc is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing training and support to adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. We offer Residential, Employment, Day Treatment and Training opportunities to approximately 200 individuals of varying levels of disability daily. For more information please contact the Service-Learning Coordinator, Alexandra Cannell Wendt by phone at 480-732-7069 or email at
  • Boys and Girls Club - Chandler Branch
    With over 4.8 Million boys and girls served, the Boys and Girls Club continues to be a positive place for kids. Staff at the Boys and Girls Club is committed to keeping the youth dedicated facilities open daily and the club services affordable for all youth. The Boys and Girls Club offers a variety of volunteer placements. These placements can range from teaching basketball or dance to helping with a discovery lab or after school program. For more information about volunteer opportunities contact Branch Executive Kelly St. Julien at 337-349-6283 or email at and Teen Director, Josh Kohnhorst at
  • Chandler Senior Center
    The Chandler Senior Center provides a variety of activities, programs, and events for senior adults. Located in downtown Chandler, the center hosts classes, supplies meals, and works to keep senior community agile. For more Information please contact Recreation Coordinator, Matt Davis at
  • Desert Cove Nursing Center
    Desert Cove Nursing Center offers superior skilled nursing care for both post-acute rehabilitation and long term care. The longevity of Desert Cove as a premier care center speaks for itself; serving residents of Chandler and surrounding communities for over twenty-five years. Additionally, there are several hospitals within minutes from the facility for any possible acute care needs. TB test is required and provided free of cost. For more information and volunteer opportunities contact Kim Burkhart at
  • East Valley Jewish Community Center
    Through services and programs the East Valley JCC promotes and strengthens Jewish values and identity by meeting the needs of individuals and families of all races, religions and cultures. For volunteer opportunities contact Hadassah at 480-897-0588 or
  • ICAN
    ICAN (Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods) empowers youth in the Chandler neighborhoods to be productive, self-confident, responsible, and leading citizens. By providing free, all-inclusive out of school programs for youth ICAN keeps kids off the streets- steering them away from drugs and violent behavior. ICAN prefers that volunteers commit to at least 20 hours of service (exceptions can be made depending on agency needs). If you have any questions or would like more information on volunteering please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Deanna at 480-874-7578 or
  • YMCA
    The YMCA encourages the success of children and adults of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels through a variety of programs and opportunities. The YMCA functions as a community center by meeting needs in areas such as exercise, education, awareness, etc. For more information please contact Executive Director, Garrett Brolsma at 602-212-6102 or or Pat Berry at
    AZCEND, previously known as, Chandler Christian Community Center, was organized in 1966 for the purpose of providing assistance to those who were in need. The center has provided emergency food boxes to the needy of this Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek and other communities. The numbers have increased dramatically over the years. Today, it remains the largest charitable food bank organization in the community, providing food to the low-income and homeless of the area. AZCEND also has a Family Resource Center. For information about their volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kokob Gebre at 480-963-1423 ext. 102 or email (preferred) at
  • I-HELP
    Interfaith Housing Emergency Lodging Program through AZCEND is a unique shelter model that provides homeless individuals with hope and opportunity for a better future by offering overnight shelter, meals, showers, case management, and connections to community resources. For more information on serving, contact I-HELP Coordinator, Roxanna Nava at
  • Salvation Army Chandler
    The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and a wealth of children's programs. Their work is funded through kettle donations, corporate contributions, and the sale of goods donated to Salvation Army Family Stores. Eighty-two cents of every dollar spent supports their various missions across the country. For more information, please contact Lieutenant Jeff Williams at 480-963-2041 or by email at
  • Humphrey Elementary
    Chandler Unified School 125 S. 132nd Street | Chandler, AZ 85225 Contact: Luke Hickey (480) 812-6800
  • Si Se Puede Foundation
    The Si Se Puede Foundation was founded in 1993 to advocate non-violent conflict resolution amongst all youth by increasing positive behaviors and by encouraging parental involvement in the lives of their children. The foundation focuses on educational programming, community activities and advocacy, and recreational activities for youth. Si Se Puede is based in Chandler. For more information please contact Alberto Esparza, founder and President, by phone at (480) 310-2018 or by email at or contact SSPF Scholars Program Coordinator Taylor Pinedo by email or by phone 480-689-2055.
Gilbert Agencies
  • Boys and Girls Club - Gilbert Branch
    With over 4.8 Million boys and girls served, the Boys and Girls Club continues to be a positive place for kids. Staff at the Boys and Girls Club are committed to keeping the youth dedicated facilities open daily and the club services affordable for all youth. The Boys and Girls Club offers a variety of volunteer placements. These placements can range from teaching basketball or dance to helping with a discovery lab or after school program. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, complete a volunteer application and interview process. For more information about volunteer opportunities please contact Branch Executive Director, Joe Leon at or 480-813-2020 or Youth Development Director, Jessica Castro at
  • Riparian Institute
    The 110-acre Riparian Institute is a non-profit organization formed by the Town of Gilbert to develop and promote the Riparian Preserve project. The institute strives to be recognized as a premiere education and recreation resource in Arizona while, preserving valuable natural resources, supporting creation and conservation of scarce riparian areas and protecting needed habitat for wildlife. For more information contact the volunteer coordinator, Jennie Rambo, by phone at (480)797-2019 or by email at
  • Gilbert Historical Museum
    Since 1960, the Gilbert Historical Museum has been enlightening the community on the rich history of Gilbert. Their motto is, "Explore the Past, Experience the Present, Imagine the Future". The museum is dependent on volunteers to keep the past alive. There are individual and group placement positions available. For more information please contact Kayla Kolar, the Museum's Executive Director, by phone at (480) 926-1577 or by email at or Thomas Hulen at 480-926-1577 or
  • Gilbert Senior Center
    The Gilbert Senior Center offers an array of activities, programs, and events for active adults. Seniors are hosted in the new Gilbert Community Center near downtown Gilbert. Volunteers are required to complete Gilbert Senior's volunteer application, supply a copy of their driver's license, provide a central registry as well as a notarized affidavit. Generally, paperwork takes 5 business days to be processed before volunteers can begin their service-learning. Previous service-learning projects have included helping host dances for seniors, technology info sessions, helping with karaoke or other events. They are always looking for students interested in interviewing and writing up stories on their seniors. For more information please contact Amanda, the center's volunteer coordinator, by phone at (480) 503-6059 or by email at
  • As a faith-based organization it is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to alleviate the hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to the recipients. Our goal is to serve the Phoenix and surrounding areas by assisting partner agencies. These agencies would include: food pantries, soup kitchens, and other non-profit organizations. For more information, please contact Lauren Leverette at 480-250-4353 or by email at
  • Gilbert Public Schools 1000 E. Mesquite Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296 Phone 480-813-1240 Student Projects Individual ECTE placements Various Projects during Into the Streets Cleaning library Cleaning playground Painting U.S. map for playground area Cleaning up Garden area
  • Wildhorse Ranch Rescue was started in 1995 by Kim Meagher (pronounced Marr), an employee of Intel Corporation. She and her two young children, Nick and McKay, accidentally found out about the plight of homeless horses in the United States. Once they knew that over 60,000 horses in this country are sent to horrible deaths each year, they knew they had to do something to help. They rescued horses privately from 1995 until 2000. But even with their efforts, they could not save very many horses. Kim applied for, and received non-profit status for Wildhorse Ranch Rescue (WHRR) and with the help of many people, WHRR has been able to help save many horses from death, abuse and neglect.
Mesa Agencies
  • Sunshine Acres
    In 1954, James and Vera Dingham dedicated their lives to caring and meeting the needs of homeless children. Now, more than fifty years later, their dedication continues to be the inspiration behind Sunshine Acres. Currently, the staff at Sunshine Acres houses and loving cares for around eighty children. For more information please contact Kimberly Raibourne, the center's volunteer coordinator, by phone at: (480) 832-2540 or by email at:
  • House of Refuge East
    House of Refuge East assists homeless families and individuals by providing transitional housing and supportive services for participants as they strive toward self-sufficiency and seek to attain permanent housing. For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Hanna Smiddy at 480-993-7168 or at
  • Paz de Cristo
    Since 1988, Paz de Cristo has been providing food and resources to the homeless and hungry. Paz de Cristo provides daily meals, food boxes, and empowerment programs to people in the East Valley. The main service opportunities at Paz de Cristo are preparing food boxes and assisting with daily meal service and preparation. Both are incredible ways to assist the needy in the community. Students can call to individually schedule hours or a group(s) can arrange a special project or service day. For more information visit Paz de Cristo's website and contact Volunteer Coordinator, Arlen at 480-464-2370 or by email at
  • Save the Family
    The average age of a homeless person in the United States is only nine years old. Save the Family, founded in 1988, is devoted to assisting homeless families break the cycles of poverty, abuse, and homelessness. Save the Family's holistic approach is centered on helping homeless families achieve self-sufficiency, thus decreasing their dependency on governmental support. Save the Family has a variety of remarkable volunteer opportunities. Tutoring, classroom assistance, donation center, Read-2-Me, or special project volunteers are always appreciated. Flexible hours among the many volunteer positions are available. Fingerprint clearance will be required in some situations. For more information, contact Laura at 480-898-0228 EXT 201 or
  • United Food Bank
    Over 30% of people living in Arizona are considered, by federal guidelines, to be working poor. And about half of those people are living in constant poverty. The United Food Bank seeks to serve these people by providing nutritious food. This service includes collecting, sorting, and distributing food through a network of social service agencies to place food in the hands of those who need it the most. If you have questions or would like to get more information on serving, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Melissa Carlson at 480-926-4897 EXT 250 or
Other Agencies
  • CARE Partnership
    CARE Partnership, located in Mesa, brings together community assets, resources, and skills to improve the condition of people's lives. This grassroots organization provides numerous opportunities for volunteers and is always open to creating new options for faculty and students. CARE was started in a backyard and now through a wide range of comprehensive programs, CARE works to build up the community and empower its members. Emergency, dental, and pediatric clinics are some of the many medical services offered. Also, programs encompassing topics like economics, leadership, education, emotional wellness, etc. are available to the community through CARE. For more information please contact Bev Tittle Baker by phone (480) 833-8987 or email
  • My Sister's Place
    My Sister's Place offers physical and emotional support for women who are victims of domestic violence, The shelter provides them, and often their children, a place to live, eat, and learn while giving the man opportunity to get back on their feet. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and must be fingerprinted. For more information please contact Joyce by phone at (480) 821-1024 or by email at
  • Jose's Closet
    Jose's Closet is a resource center in Apache Junction supplying foster, adoptive, and kinship families with clothing for all ages, strollers, back-packs for school, toys, formula, diapers, and much, much more. For more information, please contact Founder and Director, Wendy Esquibel at 480-309-1743.
  • Maggie's Place - Elizabeth House
    Maggie's Place provides housing for pregnant women that are alone or on the streets, encouraging them to promote positive social change and personal growth. Former projects have included helping prepare meals for moms, hosting a special event (ie, tie-dye and BBQ, etc) or helping with projects around the house such as cleaning, painting, etc. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Katey Simon at 480-491-0446 or by email at