Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What all is Project smile AZ doing?

A: Our goal is to spread smiles to all A2Z, especially to create a positive impact on the mental, physical and environmental well-being of anyone in need.  We are currently focussing on the following activities:

 1. Card Making: This is what started the project! Handmade hygienically made cards to bring smiles and help the mental health of those in need. We are making cards for the various themes (Motivational cards, Gratitude cards, Kindness cards, Hope Cards, and Cards for Veterans)

2. Literacy drive: We are collecting gently used books to donate to kids in need. You can do a drive in your neighborhood/school/church or simply clean your room!! DM us to see how to coordinate a pick-up if you are in Greater Phoenix Area.

 

3. Smile kits for kids: We make kits with art supplies for kids who are less fortunate. Each kit contains cardstock, markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, etc. You may do a drive for donations of any of the supplies or make kits!

Check out our 'Volunteer' Section to learn more on other activities we are doing. 

Q: Can we get volunteer hours for our service?

A: Yes! It's a great project to do virtually from your own home/school/neighborhood/church group/ Scout activity/ NJHS or NHS activity. (We

cannot verify court-assigned hours). Please allow us to receive prepared cards before we will verify hours. For time spent in organizing and doing an event like  book drive/card drive or kit drive etc, please contact us directly by email to verify at ProjectSmileAZ@gmail.com 

We require volunteers to submit picture proof of the volunteering activity after each event/session in order to approve volunteer hours. Please submit a signed media release form below with the pictures. In order to receive credit for volunteering, you can do any of the following:

  • If you have a volunteer form/document from a school or other organization, please email it with your details and date and time of service to Projectsmileaz@gmail.com for supervisor signature. The completed form will be e-mailed back to you.

  • If you sign up through a volunteer site, we can verify online through the portal for the site if available.

  • Submit your volunteer hours by clicking "Volunteer Hours Log

We respectfully ask for your honesty in reporting appropriate hours according to the effort put in.

Q: Can I share pictures from my volunteer activity?

A: Absolutely! we love to share and highlight our project team, after all, we are in it together! Please email us this signed media release form.

media-release-form-PS.pdf

Q: What all themes are you making the cards on?

A: We are making cards on many themes

  • Motivational cards for hospitalized patients.

  • Gratitude cards thanking essential workers.

  • Kindness cards for homeless people.

  • Hope Cards for cancer patients.  We have partnered with American Cancer Society to share hope messages and Love notes!

  • Cards for Veterans: Thank a veteran on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or any day!! we regularly donate to Veterans across the nation.

Feel free to send cards for any theme, and we love to hear from you on any suggestions you have, after all, YOU are part of Project Smile AZ!

Q: What are the specifications for the cards?

A: Please use cardstock for good-quality cards. We feel it is an honor to give cards and to receive cards. You can fold the cardstock in half to make a card or cut it in half to make 2 cards. 

 

Q: How do we send cards?

A: Cards can be sent to our PO box or locally coordinated through our Facebook or Instagram page. To keep the cards safe, consider putting them in Ziploc before mailing them. It would be great if you can send envelopes, we always need envelopes! We use about 400-500 envelopes a month! Please don't seal the envelopes (Yes, we read through each card before we send them out!!! They bring us smiles too :)

Our Mailing address is

Project Smile AZ

P.O. Box 10477

Glendale 

AZ 85318

 

Q: What should be written in the cards?

A: Anything that you think is inspirational can be put in the cards to make a difference in someone's world :) Write Uplifting messages like 

  • Be brave

  • Stay Strong

  • You are amazing

  • You Rock

  • You are awesome

  • We believe in you

 

We often use inspiring life quotes from famous people in quotation marks.  Please avoid including religious or faith-based quotes or ‘sending prayers’, as they may not be acceptable to all patients.

 

You can find many creative ideas on 100s of posts on our  FB and IG page.

Most of all, just be you! And spread Smiles :) :) :)

 

It would be awesome if you can sign your cards with "your first name, for Project Smile AZ" ( like John for Project Smile AZ)

 

Q: Who can make a card?

A: Anyone that wants to make a difference in a patient’s life can make cards for us :) Our youngest participants have been a few months old babies(helped by their parents). We request anyone who is making the cards, to wash their hands well before making them and keep them hygienic. If you or anyone around you is sick, then please wait to make cards till you are all better.

Q: Can we send holiday or seasonal cards?

A: Yes, holiday or seasonal cards are welcome. Our next coming seasonal card drive is for Thanksgiving Cards cards for the homeless (due Nov 10th), Kindness cards for the teens (due Nov 10th), and Holiday Cards for Veterans (due Dec 10th). The core of our project is to send motivational messages to patients and we wish to focus on that as much as possible. So you can use seasonal or holiday motifs and focus on sending motivational messages. 

Q: Can my company or corporation make cards for Project Smile AZ?

A: Yes, Anyone can contribute. Please avoid using your company logo or name in the cards as many hospitals have a non-soliciting policy and they may refuse the cards. 

Q: How can we contribute to the Kits for kids?

A:  You can collect and donate art supplies like

  • cardstock

  • crayons

  • color pencils

  • markers

  • stickers

  • Optional items -construction paper, scrapbooking supplies, precut shapes, paints etc

You may buy them off our Amazon Wishlist or feel free to bargain shop like we do to find a good deal and email us to coordinate a pick-up!

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/35AMM4CCQVI8D?ref_=wl_share

Q: Tell us about the book drive?

A: We are collecting gently used books with the theme of #ReduceReuseRecycle and #education empowers kids who need them. We are partnering with many organizations and you may also donate a new book if you like through our amazon wish list. We are doing a Book in a bag drive for Giving Tuesday and need new/gently used books for any age. We are in need of recyclable bags for sharing the books.