Gilbert Open Arms

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Open Arms Care Center is a faith based non profit organization located in Gilbert Arizona. Our mission is to serve the growing Gilbert community by providing supplemental food and clothing to those in need regardless of age, race, religion, or national origin.

The Open Arms Care Center began as a ministry of Sun Valley Community Church in January of 2000 for the purpose of providing food for the needy. In 2001 it became a separate nonprofit organization with a vision to add perishable foods and a clothing closet, and to include volunteers from other churches and the community. Open Arms is the only agency of its kind in the Town of Gilbert providing food and clothing to the homeless and less fortunate people in this growing community. Currently over 1,500 people per month are being assisted.

First United Methodist Church of Gilbert works with Gilbert Open Arms in many different ways.


How can you get Involved:

  • When you grocery shop for yourself and your family, pick up a few extra items and drop them off in the activity center and place in the wooden cart labeled Open Arms.
  • Monetary Donations are always welcomed, please write Gilbert Open Arms in the memo section of the check that you make out to First United Methodist Church of Gilbert

We collect for Gilbert Open Arms all year long, so you can bring in items to donate at any time.

Items Needed:

  • Cooking Oil
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Canned meat (tuna, spam, etc.)
  • Soup (canned or packaged)
  • Jelly
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned milk
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Rice (boxed or bagged)
  • Beans (canned, boxed or bagged)
  • Tomato products (canned tomatoes, jars of spaghetti sauce, etc.)
  • Pasta (spaghetti, macaroni, etc.)
  • Hygiene items (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, dental supplies, etc.)


For more information about Gilbert Open Arms, please email the Missions Team.