Hydration Program And Bottle Water Collection 

By United Way of Pinal County 

What do you do when you’re thirsty? Simply go to the fridge and get a bottle of water! Simple, right? 

What if you don’t have a fridge full of bottled water? You go to the kitchen, get a glass out of the cabinet and fill it with water from the faucet! 

Simple, right? 

However, there are lots of people who by the nature of the words like “homeless” or “disabled” or “poor” do not have a fridge with a supply of bottled water or even a glass to fill with water from an open faucet. Not a simple thing for them to get a drink. This issue impacts children as well. 

So the United Way of Pinal County and many other organizations have begun collecting bottled water in large quantities to form “Hydration Stations” throughout the area. These are places designated for homeless and others to stop in and get water. United Way has even printed up a small “hydration station map” to show where these are located. Agencies that are benefiting from the water collection include the likes of Open Hands Outreach to Veterans in Coolidge, Florence, and San Tan Valley; Sober Living STV, Disabled American Veterans; Hope Women’s Center and the Coolidge Public Library which serves as a hydration station. 

Here is an example of how a small thing, giving someone a bottle of water, has developed into a large project where water is collected. Some of the water goes into the cars of Police, Sheriff, and First Responders so they have a supply to give out in emergency cases or when they come across someone in need of water. Even the homeless who have their companion pet with them deserve to have some water when thirsty. 

Right now there are mountains of water bottles developing throughout Pinal County…all starting from one bottle of water being given to one individual. Pallets of bottled water have been donated in the last week from or through Right Away Disposal Services; Thrivent Financial Services through Safeway, Coolidge; McDonald’s Restaurants; Big O Tires; Sysco Food Services with more to come through ongoing efforts. The United Way of Pinal County’s goal for this summer was set at 50 pallets, right now we are at 33. 

Keep that in mind the next time you are thirsty and get a bottle of water from the fridge. 

Look at the programs to see what other little things you could help with!