Good News Network August 2019

United Way's 20th Annual Days of Caring is shaping up to be the biggest yet, but we need you! If you're a nonprofit, school, homeowner's association, childcare or senior center with a project to tackle, we've got the volunteers ready to roll up their sleeves to do it. Anything from painting and trash-picking to packing food and reading to children. United Way's Days of Caring is October 25th and 26th. The deadline to submit your project is a week from today, Friday, August 9th . Watch the video above or click here for more information and to register your project.
There's another way to get involved with Southern Arizona's largest volunteer event: become a sponsor. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to show your passion for our community, inspire teamwork and be a part of building a thriving community. There's a level of sponsorship to fit any business, large or small. Click here to learn more.
United Way of Tucson is proud to partner, once again, with TENWEST for its annual IdeaFunding Pitch Competition. The TENWEST Impact Festival is happening October 11-20. It's 10 days of celebrating innovation and leadership in Tucson. This year, United Way is presenting the Social Impact Award. The award aims to bring attention to the ways in which business, technology, and entrepreneurship can address the grand challenges facing our world today. Startups and entrepreneurs looking to make a social impact and build a thriving community can sign up today for a chance at a $5,000 grant. United Way and TENWEST share a vision of improving our community by attracting and keeping talent here to make Southern Arizona thrive. Click here to sign up or for more information about TENWEST.
United Way's Young Leaders Society is getting a new name just in time for the new campaign year. The group of young professionals will now be known as Young Leaders United (YLU). The group will continue their work investing in the community and finding ways to connect, serve and lead. Most recently, YLU raised $600 for local youth at its Dive Bar Bus Tour. Click here for more information on YLU and to find out how you can join.
The new campaign year has officially started and we are excited to have a new campaign chair! Michelle Trindade is the Regional Vice President of GEICO. Michelle's been busy moving 1,500 employees from the eastside to GEICO's new home on the southside to accommodate growth. The company plans to hire 700 more employees in the coming months. Michelle started with GEICO over 22 years ago in Florida where she was born and raised. She spent many formative years there, including 10 years with GEICO. She then moved on to a position with GEICO in the mid-Atlantic area for ten years prior to coming to Arizona. Michelle's husband, Manny Trindade, served our country in the Marine Corps, then as a Federal employee in the DC area. He now works at Raytheon, another large employer in Tucson. Michelle has a 21 year old daughter who is a recent college graduate and works in California. Michelle and her family love animals and have three schnauzers.    Here's a little more about Michelle:
When and why did you choose to get involved with United Way?
My United Way experience started over 20 years ago in Florida. I was a young mom and at 22 volunteered to help deliver Thanksgiving meals to those who were older and homebound. It was one of the most precious and rewarding experiences that caused me to know the organizations that United Way supports make a difference and it’s providing opportunities to give our time, our talent and our treasure. I started with my time and volunteering, but after this first experience, signed up to be a contributor each year. Over time and as I grew in my career, I was able to give more and help in greater ways with my time and talent. When I moved to the mid-Atlantic, I jumped right in volunteering and giving and was also able to see how effectively the budgeting and allocation process was done. As I came to Tucson, it was great that we have a terrific group here and I get to lead a group of committed associates at GEICO who continue to give back locally with their incredible volunteerism and donations. 
What makes United Way such a special organization?
It’s the mission, purpose and ability to do so much for so little overhead expense. It’s really rare to find such an efficient organization where so much of the donation goes through to make an impact. The United Way donation is multiplied over and over through the stewardship of the organization and how the team and volunteers do so much to stretch each precious dollar. The impact in the community cannot be understated, both from the financial impact as well as the ability to harness the power of people wanting to volunteer. I consider it a privilege to serve on the board and to work with our team here to give back. 

What do you love most about Tucson?
I’ve lived here in Tucson for a year as of July 4 th  and it’s been terrific. The people of Tucson are wonderful and the community is one that welcomes you in. I’ve enjoyed the weather and the beautiful scenes in nature that this city and the surrounding area has to offer. 
Everyone eventually does it but very few want to talk about it. Dying is a difficult subject to talk about, but it's critical to have a plan. That's where our collaboration with the AZ End of Life Care Partnership (EOLCP) comes in. The mission of the Partnership is to fundamentally change the way we talk about death. EOLCP is a network of organizations and individuals committed to ensuring quality of life at every stage through education, support, sound policy, and choices. The work being done by EOLCP helps to engage and empower our community to transform the way we live through a human-centered network of end of life care support and resources. Watch the video to the right or click here for more details.
Get ready to rev up your engines for a great cause! Mark your calendars and plan to join the fun at Caterpillar's Cruisin' for United Way Car Show. The family-friendly event is happening Saturday, August 24th at the Tucson Proving Ground in Green Valley from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. General admission is just $5 per car with all proceeds benefiting United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Registrants can also enter their cars into the car show for a chance for prizes. Last year the event drew more than 1,200 people and raised thousands of dollars for Tucson. We want to thank Caterpillar for their more than 60 years of support and for putting on such an incredible event! Click here for more information.
In case you missed it, United Way of Tucson's President and CEO, Tony Penn, had the opportunity to sit down with Zach Yentzer of the Creative City Show on AM 1030 The Voice. Tony talks about the role of United Way in our community and about the expansive work we do across all our platforms: Education , Financial Stability and Healthy Communities . He also talked about Tucson's most valuable asset and what United Way is doing to nurture it. Want to get inspired? Click here to listen to Tony and Zach's conversation.
We want to thank The Arizona Diamondbacks for Living United. Last month, the team donated tickets to United Way so employees and their families could attend a game. We love supporting a team that supports our community in so many ways. UNITED WE ALL WIN!
Caterpillar's Cruisin' for United Way Car Show Saturday, August 24th
Bring the family out to check out some amazing cars and trucks, eat some amazing food and help Tucson thrive! Click here for more information or to register your car for the show.
Fall Tocqueville Event T uesday, October 23rd
An evening of food, drinks and conversation on the important work our most generous donors are doing in the community . Click here to learn more about the Tocqueville Society.
20th Annual United Way Days of Caring Friday, October 25th- Saturday, October 26th
For two days, thousands of volunteers gather to roll up their sleeves to complete dozens of projects to improve Tucson. Sponsorship opportunities are now open! Click here for details.