Convenience store and gas retailer QuikTrip announced recently that it is investing more than $3 million in local nonprofits and public safety associations in an effort to partner with the City of Phoenix to address issues such as theft, crime, substance abuse, and homelessness.
The company’s investment will support various first responder organizations across the Valley, including the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Phoenix Police Foundation, and Phoenix Police Sergeants and Lieutenants Association. QuikTrip has also extended its reach to organizations addressing homelessness and addiction, notably partnering with the Phoenix Rescue Mission and Sojourner Center.
Mayor Gallego praised QuikTrip’s initiative, emphasizing the importance of collective action in resolving such pressing challenges and applauding QuikTrip’s support for nonprofits aiding those facing homelessness and addiction.
“At the City of Phoenix, we know that it’s always better to tackle a problem together, as opposed to on one’s own. That’s why, as Phoenix continues allocating and deploying critical resources at breakneck speed, I am grateful for QuikTrip’s partnership and their support of local non-profits who are serving Phoenicians facing homelessness and addiction,” Gallego said. “I appreciate QT’s ongoing work with us to address our community’s most pressing challenges, and hope this partnership inspires many more to come.”
Gallego was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators for the announcement, including Arizona State Reps. Laura Terech (D), Matt Gress (R), and Justin Wilmeth (R).
Since its arrival in Phoenix in 2000, QuikTrip has grown to 115 stores and 3,249 employees in the metro area.
“We are honored and grateful that QuikTrip has partnered with PLEA Charities to support our officers. We look forward to the ongoing collaboration and joint efforts in the years ahead,” PLEA President Darrell Kriplean said.
These partnerships focus on enhancing public safety and supporting law enforcement efforts. QuikTrip’s recent sponsorship of the annual charity fundraiser Superhero Saturday will aid officers injured in the line of duty or facing illness.
In addition to law enforcement support, QuikTrip maintains longstanding alliances with organizations like Valley of the Sun United Way and Child Crisis Arizona. Child Crisis Arizona CEO Torrie Taj acknowledged QuikTrip’s significant role in providing essential services for at-risk youth in foster care.
“Child Crisis Arizona is grateful for our wonderful partnership with QuikTrip. This incredible investment will allow our agency to provide vital resources, shelter, and support for teens and young adults, an underserved population in foster care in our state,” Taj said.
QuikTrip’s community relations manager, Lauren Sherry, highlighted that these contributions are part of a larger mission to combat complex issues facing the Phoenix metro area.
“We have seen the incredible difference these groups are making by providing critical services that address the root causes of homelessness, addiction, and crime,” Sherry said. “By supporting their efforts, we are proud to play a role in creating a safer, stronger, and more prosperous community for all of Phoenix.”