Good News Network - July 2017




YOU are the Champions! 
 
United Way starts with YOU, and YOU made a difference for Tucson and Southern Arizona this year.  The 2017 Circle of Excellence Luncheon honored our local champions who help United Way build a better community. Thank you to Edmund Marquez for emceeing the event. IBM took home several awards, including our highest honor, the Michael J. Harris Spirit of Tucson Award. IBM's Kathy Carlisle took home the Employee Campaign Leader of the Year award. Thanks to her efforts, IBM's workplace campaign rose by 14% over the last year! It was a fun-filled event with many winners, but the biggest winner is Southern Arizona  because UNITED WE ALL WIN. For those involved, thank you for another great year! Click here to view photo booth photos from the event and share on social media with the hashtag  #UnitedWeAllWin
Passing the Gavel

As we head into a new campaign year, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is excited to welcome new Board leadership. Robert Ramirez, President and CEO of Vantage West Credit Union, is taking over as Board Chair. Former Board Chair Howard Stewart,  President and CEO of AGM Container Controls, Inc., will continue to serve on the board and remain chair of the  Tocqueville Society.  We'd like to thank Howard for his commitment.   Click here for a full list of our Board of Directors. 

TMC Grills for UWTSA
Your Donations at Work  

July sparks a new workplace campaign season for businesses across Southern Arizona. Each year more than 350 businesses, both large and small, join forces with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona to address the issues that affect us the most. The fundraising efforts are making a major impact! Each year, UWTSA helps more than 100,000 people in our community. That's 1 out of every 10 people in Southern Arizona.


Raising Cane's is Raising $

One of our newest workplace campaigns, Raising Cane's, raised thousands of dollars in their inaugural United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona campaign. Star employee, Ian Bryant (in yellow), collected nearly one-fifth of their total funds. He says persistence was the key to his success. A big THANK YOU to Ian and Raising Cane's for helping United Way impact lives here in Southern Arizona.
Days of Caring Returns

Calling all schools, nonprofits, community gardens, long-term care centers and neighborhood associations! It's time for the 18th Annual Days of Caring! United Way's Days of Caring pairs local needs with caring residents to improve Tucson and Southern Arizona one project at a time. This year, we're expecting thousands of volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help out with more than 150 projects. Projects range from preparing food and painting to pulling weeds. Sign up by July 21st to be entered into a drawing for $500 to help out your cause. The ultimate deadline for project submission is August 4th. United Way's Days of Caring 2017 will be held October 20-21. To register your project  click here.
Cause for Celebration

The Young Leaders Society (YLS) has a lot to celebrate as they wrap up another successful year of giving back to the community. YLS raised $1,780 for Youth on the Rise, an organization that helps 16-24-year-olds who have dropped out, go back to school or find work. In addition, YLS collected dozens of school supplies for teachers (who often pay for those supplies out of their own pockets). YLS also teamed up with some local seniors for a sweet cause. They decorated more than 500 cookies and donated them to Primavera Men's Shelter. That's just a peak at the good work Young Leaders are doing. Want to join or know someone who should be a member? Click here to find out more.
Join YLS for their Dive Bar Bus Tour
Saturday, July 15th   
5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tickets: $25   Learn More
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