The World Care Civilian Emergency Relief Center began in 1996 and is a secular, nonprofit organization headquartered in Tucson. Initially World Care began in founder Lisa Hopper’s garage as a way to provide children with school supplies. Since then, World Care has expanded to provide services in areas of health, education, the environment, and emergency relief to more than 150 organizations throughout Tucson and over 70 countries around the world.
We are able to re-distribute new and used goods donated by the public and local businesses to families and communities in need. Eighty-five percent of donations stay right here in Tucson and Southern Arizona.
When state, national and international disasters strike, World Care responds with collected supplies from the public. World Care follows the supply to ensure it reaches its destination and is securely stored and distributed. During the past year, World Care has responded with emergency supplies to victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma, the flooding in Colorado, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
The World Care Emergency Relief Center administrative headquarters is located at 100 N. Stone Ave. Suite #1005 Tucson, AZ 85701. Our Donation Center and Thrift Store is located at 3430 E. 36th St. (Inside of the Sam Levitz warehouse at 36th and Palo Verde). ** Please enter through the Customer Pick-up Entrance. There will be a World Care sign in front of the door **
You can make a financial donation safely online by clicking here or you can recycle medical equipment and electronics through us. During disasters, a list of our most needed items for humanitarian aid can be found on our website. In addition, you can also volunteer at the World Care headquarters.
To volunteer, you can fill out a volunteer application that is available on our website. We will place you based on your interests and areas of expertise. Please call (520) 514-1588 if you have any questions.