Good News Network - August 2017



OH, THE PLACES THEY WILL GO!

As United Way reflects on the accomplishments made over the past fiscal year, we are reminded that one of the biggest accomplishments comes in the smallest of packages. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona funds a program that embodies our mission to build a thriving community by uniting people, ideas and resources. It's called  It's a program that offers in-h ome parenting education, empowering parents to promote their children's healthy growth and development and get them prepared for kindergarten. Above is the latest class of graduates, heading for kindergarten. Funding programs like Parents as Teachers is just one of the ways that we fight for children here in Southern Arizona. Find out what else we're able to do because of the commitment of our generous donors by  clicking here.
OPRAH'S FAVORITE GUEST INSPIRES
"I don't know another way to fight social injustice but through education." Those are the words of the woman Oprah calls her "All-Time Favorite Guest,"
Dr. Tererai Trent .  Dr. Trent grew up in a rural town in Zimbabwe where women were not allowed the opportunity to go to school. She taught herself how to read and write using her brother's school books. But, she had bigger dreams that she described to hundreds of attendees at the United Way Western Regional Conference last month. Now a professor, author and humanitarian, Dr. Trent, much like United Way, fights for education. Once forbidden to learn, she is now a teacher and inspiration to millions.  United Way is truly honored to have the support of Dr. Trent.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL
Great Expectations for Teachers, Children, Families and Communities
welcomed nearly 100 Early Childhood Professionals to our 9th annual kickoff, celebrating a new grant year. This event is an opportunity for past, present, and future members to learn about, and enroll in, one of  which  work towards a common goal: to educate early childhood teachers and build pathways to higher education. The ultimate result is a better-prepared workforce capable of ensuring young children high quality learning experiences that will lead to their success in school and beyond. 
A MEANS FOR AN END-OF-LIFE PLAN 
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is happy to announce a major grant that will help address an issue few people want to talk about: dying.  The Lovell Foundation  and Community Foundation for Southern Arizona  partnered together to award nearly $3 million for end-of-life care and planning services. The grants were awarded to United Way and several other organizations to support end-of-life programs. "This amazing opportunity for our community is just another example of the impact we can have when we Live United," said Tony Penn, President & CEO of UWTSA. "This will improve the lives of those in our community, both young and old, and expand the work we're already doing with the ELDER Alliance. We couldn't be more proud to be part of such an important project with incredible benefits to Southern Arizona."
MAKE YOUR MARK ON SOUTHERN ARIZONA
Ready for a rewarding day of helping our community thrive? Roll up your sleeves and mark your calendar now.  United Way's hosting the 18th Annual Days of Caring on October 20th & 21st. Sign up to lend a hand in Southern Arizona's biggest volunteer event! Registration opens August 29th and runs through October 16th.  Click here to learn how you can be a part of the change.

TAXING, BUT REWARDING OPPORTUNITY 
Taxes may be the last thing on your mind, but here at United Way, we think about them all the time. In fact, right now, we're planning on saving Southern Arizonans tens of millions of dollars to help our community thrive.  Last year, we did just that with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Here's a snapshot of what we accomplished with your help last tax season:

  • 17,237 returns were completed
  • $26.1 million in federal refunds and credits were obtained, including:
  • $12.7 million in EITC
  • $4.3 million in tax prep fees were saved
We know we can save our community even more money to be returned back into our local economy, but we need your help. Find out how you can become a VITA volunteer and help change lives by clicking here.
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