Good News Network November 2017


Days of Caring Hits New Volunteer Record!



More volunteers than ever showed up for the   18th Annual United Way Days of Caring! Southern Arizona is a little brighter today thanks to the more than 4,100 compassionate individuals who gave back last month. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and revitalized playgrounds, walked dogs, picked up trash, pulled weeds, painted over graffiti and packed food for the hungry--just to name a few of the projects! In total, 18,385 volunteer hours were completed throughout the three days.  "It's this kind of turnout by our generous community that helps Southern Arizona thrive and makes us love what we do at United Way," said Tony Penn, President & CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. "We're inspired by how much this event has grown and can't wait to see what next year brings."  Click here to see more photos of Days of Caring.  Email us  to be included in next year's Days of Caring invitation list.

Days of Caring by the Numbers:

Total projects:  121

Total volunteers:  4,108

Total volunteer hours:  18,385
Thank You for Making Days of Caring a Success!

Along with the thousands of volunteers, it is our generous sponsors that make United Way's Days of Caring the single-largest volunteer event in Southern Arizona each and every year. We want to thank: Wells Fargo, IBM, Freeport-McMoRan, GEICO, Texas Instruments, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Desert Diamond Casino & Entertainment, Hudbay, Simply Bits, Pizza Hut, Vantage West, KOLD News 13, Tucson Local Media, TENWEST, UA's Eller College and Tucson Clean & Beautiful. Whether a first-time sponsor or longtime participant, you should be proud that you helped out our community and made a real impact on lives right here in Southern Arizona. Thank you! Click here to learn how you can be a Days of Caring sponsor in 2018.
Another Chance to Impact Lives

Even though this year's Days of Caring is over, there are still plenty of volunteer opportunities to give back to your neighbors here in Southern Arizona. You can make a real difference in someone's life by becoming a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteer. No prior experience is needed. Training is provided. All you need is a few hours a week and a desire to help put money back into the wallets of Southern Arizonans.  Send us an email if you're interested in learning more. Click here t o learn about other volunteer opportunities.
Get Credit for Your Donation 

Did you know that United Way qualifies as an umbrella organization for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit? When you designate your United Way of Tucson donation to Helping the Working Poor,  you qualify a dollar-for-dollar tax credit  on your Arizona state income tax return, up to $400 for an individual and $800 if filing jointly. Your donation will make a real impact by providing job-skill training, affordable child care, educational opportunities, emergency services and more to the working poor in our community. Bonus: besides qualifying for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit, thanks to United Way's partnerships, grants and community support, we are able to turn a  $1 donation into a $5 impact!   to find out more and to give online. 
People Profile: Jeff Petrovic

As we head into the giving season, we want to make sure you know Jeff Petrovic. We are very proud to call Jeff our Director of Leadership Giving. Jeff  leads the effort to grow United Way's donor base, enhancing our ability to serve Southern Arizona and improve  lives. You may have seen Jeff at one of our leadership events, most recently, the  Tocqueville Fall Event, which Jeff was instrumental in organizing. Jeff joined United Way this past summer with 13 years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. He's a proud Southern Arizona native, graduating from Buena High School in Sierra Vista prior to receiving a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Arizona. Jeff's love for his community shows in everything he does. He's the perfect partner to help you meet your philanthropic goals!
The Art of  Building a Thriving Community

We want to thank everyone who made it  out to United Way's Fall Alexis de  Tocqueville Society event, "The Art of Building a Thriving Community." It was a memorable night focused on uniting the community around art. Our keynote speaker, artist Joe Pagac, has done just that. His incredible murals have helped to revitalize downtown with beautiful artwork. They have also been credited with deterring graffiti, creating safer neighborhoods, and in turn, leading to economic growth for our community. Our common goal of building a thriving community culminated in an inspiring and fun-filled event. To see more photos from the event, click here.  Learn more about the Tocqueville Society and how to get involved by  clicking here.
Local Families Get Huge Boost 

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is a proud recipient of a major gran t that will impact a variety of our programs. Family Housing Resources, Inc. has awarded United Way with a $100,000 grant in support of our local affordable housing initiatives including:
"We are very pleased and honored to be chosen to receive a grant for $100,000 from Family Housing Resources," said Tony Penn, President and CEO of United Way Tucson and Southern Arizona. "United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's mission is to build a thriving community by uniting people, ideas, and resources. As part of our vision, we work with families and individuals to achieve financial stability and avoid homelessness and despair. With FHR's generous gift, we will be able to reach more families and individuals who are vulnerable to homelessness."  
The REC Returns with a New Partner & Enrollment Rises!

United Way is excited about a new partnership, already making a difference here in Southern Arizona. Last month, Goodwill of Southern Arizona assumed management of the Re-engagement Center (The REC). The REC helps youth, ages 16-24 years old, get back into school or find jobs.  We are excited to share that enrollment over the last year has increased 250% with 154 opportunity youth now receiving support services to re-engage in education and career pathways. Of youth enrolled for at least 6 months, 40% have successfully re-engaged to school or work. Click here to learn about United Way programs helping youth succeed. 
Save the Date: Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast

Mark your calendars! United Way's Women United has set a date for the 
13th Annual Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast. Please join us  TuesdayFebruary 27, 2018 at 7 a.m.  at the Tucson Convention Center. This event is vital to our community in helping improve childhood literacy in Southern Arizona. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available now. Get your tickets early, this event is sure to sell out. Learn more about what's new this year by  clicking here.  
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