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The 3000 Club: Inspirational Humanitarian Aid - by Alivea Addleman

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    • Alivea Addleman at Pima Community College

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    Her parents were in the midst of a divorce. She had moved from Arkansas to Arizona with only her car and backpack packed with various necessities she had gathered at the last minute. She had no job, hardly any contacts, and no money. My friend, Amanda, felt hopelessly lost in the midst of her troublesome circumstances. However, throughout trying times, the community of Arizona offered an array of different civic outreach programs for her to get connected to, with people who were willing to lend a hand in hopes of getting her back up on her own two feet. A specific organization that had a large impact on my friend’s life was The 3000 Club.

    The 3000 Club is a non-profit organization in Tucson and Phoenix that focuses on providing food, produce, and necessities to underprivileged and impoverished families. The organization is most famous for its "Market on the Move" operation, which supplies produce at a low cost to those in need. In addition to this, The 3000 Club also offers community outreach, volunteering opportunities, and ecological benefits through its recycling and waste reduction efforts. In an interview with The Arizona Daily Star, Ethel Luzario, the president and CEO of The 3000 Club, said "In a nutshell, it's like whatever donations we get, we will restore it to reuse, and if it can't be reused, we will recycle” (qtd. by Pittenger). In this essay, I will focus on three aspects of The 3000 Club that stood out to me: community outreach, the ability to volunteer, and the ecological benefits the club has in Arizona.

    One of the most notable aspects of The 3000 Club is its focus on community outreach. Through programs like "Market on the Move," the organization provides affordable produce to those in need, offering a crucial resource for lower-class families who may struggle to afford groceries. My personal acquaintance with Amanda allowed me to gain insight into the positive impact Market On the Move really has for people in our community. “It is such an awesome resource,” Amanda said, “When I first moved [to Arizona], it was a much needed clutch when I couldn’t afford normal groceries.” This not only helps to address food insecurity in the community, but it also brings members of the community together to volunteer and work towards a common goal of helping those in need. In May 2014, there were over 50 distribution sites in Phoenix and Tucson, and the organization had redistributed over 30 million pounds of produce. This shows the significant impact that The 3000 Club is having on the lives of those in need in Arizona.

    In addition to providing food and produce to those in need, The 3000 Club also offers opportunities for members of the community to volunteer and get involved in the organization's efforts. This not only allows individuals to help others, but it also encourages them to think about their own food waste and how it can be put to better use. Many volunteers have reported feeling grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Another person I interviewed, a volunteer for Market On the Move, remarked on how grateful those who benefit from MOM are. “Sometimes people ask for specific foods, like peanut butter, and we try our best to get it to them. I think most people appreciate that there are people out there that care about their needs.” By providing these opportunities, The 3000 Club is not only addressing food insecurity, but it is also fostering a sense of community and solidarity among its members.

    In addition to its focus on community outreach and volunteering, The 3000 Club also strives to reduce waste and promote recycling. According to the organization's website, they have diverted over 10 million pounds of food waste from landfills and have recycled over 4 million pounds of cardboard. By reducing waste and promoting recycling, The 3000 Club is not only helping those in need, but it is also contributing to the environmental health of Arizona. This is an important aspect of the organization's work, as it highlights the interconnectedness of social and environmental issues. By addressing food insecurity and promoting recycling, The 3000 Club is working towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

    Overall, The 3000 Club is an inspiring organization that is making a positive impact in the lives of those in need in Arizona. Through its community outreach programs, volunteering opportunities, and commitment to reducing waste, the organization is providing essential resources and support to those who need it most. Its work is a reminder of the power of community and the importance of addressing social and environmental issues together. The work of The 3000 Club is truly inspiring, and it serves as a model for other organizations and individuals who want to make a positive impact in their communities. The organization's commitment to collaboration, inclusivity, and sustainability sets it apart and makes it a leader in the field. Its dedication to its mission and its impact on the lives of those in need are truly admirable and deserve recognition and support.

    Works Cited:

    Pittenger, Angela. “The 3000 Club Opens Tucson Warehouse with Thrift Shop.” Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), 19 Apr. 2014. EBSCOhost.

    Smith, Amanda. Personal interview. 21 November 2022.

    Anonymous. Personal interview. 24 November 2022.

    “The 3000 Club | Home of Market On the Move.” The 3000 Club, .

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