Good News Network October 2017



A Sweet Start to the Campaign Year

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's 2017/2018 fundraising campaigns are officially underway! We kicked off the new campaign year by serving pancakes to those who serve our community through their workplace giving. GEICO played the role of gracious host to games, mascot photo ops, and the incredible music of Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's President/CEO, Tony Penn, took to the microphone, along with Campaign Chair, Edmund Marquez and GEICO Vice President, Martha Furnas. Then, it was time to take a swing at the pinatas! This event is our annual celebration of the giving season. We want to thank everyone who took part and proved our motto to be true: UNITED WE ALL WIN!  Click here to check out more photos of the event.

United Way Employees Lead the Way

We would never ask our partners for something we wouldn't do ourselves. Before we go out into the community to raise funds for Southern Arizona, we start at home. We're excited to announce that, once again, we met our internal goal of 100% participation in our own workplace campaign. Bonus: the majority of our employees are leadership givers, donating more than $500 per year to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.    See how we kicked off our internal campaign  here.

People Profile: Meet Edmund Marquez

While the new campaign season means new goals, new faces and new ways to help our community thrive; we are extremely excited about something that's remaining the same. Our 2016/2017 Campaign Chairman, Edmund Marquez, agreed to stay on for a second campaign year. His commitment and energy helped United Way meet and exceed its goals last year. Edmund tells us, he's ready to top those goals again this year. Along with his work with United Way, Edmund serves on the Rio Nuevo board, is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and he owns several Allstate Agencies in Tucson. Chances are, you've met Edmund or seen him around town. He is a proud Tucson local, successful businessman and loving father and husband. See the video above to see what it took to get Edmund from the high school hallway to United Way.

Sign up for the 18th Annual Days of Caring

You can still make a major impact on Southern Arizona by volunteering for one of more than a hundred projects around the Tucson metro area. You can roll up your sleeves and pull buffelgrass, pack and deliver food for the hungry, help paint at a local school or clean up one of our many city parks. Whatever project you choose, you can be sure you are making a real and lasting impact on Southern Arizona. Find your project 
 here.

Businesses Unite for Southern Arizona

United Way's Days of Caring  is now in its 18th year and the biggest volunteer event in Southern Arizona. But, along with the thousands who volunteer their time, it's the businesses and organizations who sponsor the event that make it possible. We want to thank all our sponsors who are stepping up for Southern Arizona this year.  From financial support to supplies or media air time, Days of Caring would not be the success that it is without them.  New this year, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is excited to team up with TENWEST, a weeklong festival that celebrates innovation in Tucson. United Way and TENWEST share a vision of improving our community by attracting and keeping talent here to make Southern Arizona thrive. As a 'thank you' to our volunteers, TENWEST will offer Days of Caring volunteers free admission to a special concert, highlighting some of the best local musicians. Days of Caring Volunteers can RSVP for TENWEST by clicking here.  

Free Tax Service Expands

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is expanding! United Way has increased the maximum yearly household income limit from $64,000 to $66,000 for the upcoming tax season. That means even more individuals and families can take advantage of the free service. For more information on the VITA program, or if you'd like to help put money back into the hands of Southern Arizonans by becoming a VITA volunteer  click here. 

Cook-out for a Cause

Do you know a young person who needs support getting back on track to education and career pathways? Are you interested in learning about support services available for disconnected youth? If you answered "yes," join us for a cookout at the REC on  Friday, October 13 th . Goodwill of Southern Arizona is now overseeing the REC and is excited to kick things off this month. Goodwill is inviting youth who want to re-engage and community members who have an interest in the success of these youth to attend this event, meet new staff and learn about upcoming offerings.
 
What: REC Cookout
When: Oct. 13th  4-7pm
Where: 1037 E. 34th St.
RSVP: Email Lance Meeks at  lmeeks@goodwilltucson.org

Dozens Attend End of Life Partnership Kickoff 

United Way is excited about the official launch of the End of Life Care Partnership. Nearly a hundred people attended the kickoff event last month that featured the documentary Extremis, featuring Dr. Jessica Zitter, our keynote speaker. Dr. Zitter is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Learn more about her work by clicking here. We'd like to thank Dr. Zitter, along with our event sponsors: The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, The Legacy Foundation,  Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The Connie Hillman Family Foundation; breakfast Sponsor Valor Hospice Care and to the staff at El Rio Community Health Center for hosting the event. 

UPS Hits a Hole-in-one for Tucson

UPS delivered a successful fundraiser for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Hundreds showed up to take a swing at giving back to the community. Every dollar raised stays in Southern Arizona where it's needed most. We want to thanks UPS and everyone who took part. Click here to see more photos from the event. 
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