Where dozens of faith communities, hundreds of volunteers and
thousands of hands and hearts come together to help neighbors in need.
Interfaith Community Services (ICS) is a nonprofit, social services agency serving Pima County, Arizona, including metropolitan Tucson. For three decades, ICS has shown what a caring community can do. Today, with support from diverse faith partners, compassionate volunteers and hundreds of community friends, ICS fills critical gaps in human services. We help those less fortunate meet basic living requirements.
Serving People in Need
ICS is often the place to go in Pima County for those who have nowhere else to turn. Our programs enable seniors and people with disabilities to stay safe and independent in their homes. We also assist individuals and families facing food hardship, job loss and financial crisis regain stability and gather the resources to move forward to self-sufficiency.
At its onset in 1985, ICS served several hundred people a year. Today, community need and our services are growing profoundly. ICS presently provides more than 73,000 services to over 36,500 people each year. From a nutritious meal for a low-income senior or family in financial distress, to job counseling that helps an out-of-work breadwinner regain sustainable employment. From rides to the doctor’s office, to assistance with mail, bills or small home repairs for clients who can no longer see or achieve mobility, ICS meets essential needs in very practical ways.
Responsibility and Accountability
As a vital part of the social services network in Pima County, ICS remains focused on efficient operation and management. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who give so freely of their time and talents, our administrative/fundraising costs average less than 15% of our expenses, substantially less than the 20-25% average for non-profits nationally. In 2016, Charity Navigator awarded ICS its highest four-star rating for the seventh year in a row for financial management and efficient service delivery. You can read our Charity Navigator report here.
Among honors we have received, ICS is the 2010 recipient of the Meyer and Libby Marmis Humanitarian Award for significant and lasting contributions in the field of human welfare to the people of Southern Arizona.
Making a Difference
In today’s economic climate, it is increasingly more important for people to work together, pool resources and maximize their good faith efforts. When faith communities need help meeting the needs of people in their congregations, ICS is there. When other nonprofit organizations and government entities make referrals, ICS responds. And when individuals who need help walk through our doors, volunteers and staff open their hearts. That’s the power of the ICS network of engaged people and partners.