Good News Network December 2018


Thank you to all of our partners and supporters for your commitment, investment and hard work throughout the year. Uniting with you has made for an impactful year.


  • Touched the lives of more than 120,000 individuals in Southern Arizona.
  • Handed out nearly 185,000 books with reading tips to promote literacy in local children.
  • Filed taxes for 16,875 local, low-income families, bringing $23.5 million of federal refunds back to Arizona's economy.
  • Enabled nearly 9,000 seniors to stay in their homes and retire with dignity.

We want to thank you for helping to make all of this possible. The holidays are a lot brighter for so many thanks to you!

This past Tuesday, December 4th, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona partnered with Feed the Children and PepsiCo to distribute items to nearly 800 families. Each family received 25 pounds of non-perishable food, a box of personal care items, AVON products, a food box provided by PepsiCo and Frito-Lay, children's books and backpacks filled with local resource information. “When we talk about our work of transforming lives at our United Way, the partnership that we have with Feed the Children is a manifestation of that mission, and we’re honored to extend these gifts of holiday hope to families that can use some encouragement,” said Tony Penn, president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who came out and helped!


The Jim Click Automotive Team is a tremendous community friend and partner of Southern Arizona. This year marks their 48th consecutive United Way Workplace Campaign. Jim Click has run a campaign with United Way every year since he opened his business. They kicked off their campaign as they do each year with a leadership breakfast hosted by Mr. Click himself. The dedicated team at Jim Click maintains their momentum throughout their campaign by scheduling United Way presentations with every department at every Jim Click and Holmes-Tuttle location. This ensures 100% of their team members have the opportunity to make an educated philanthropic choice in support of their United Way campaign. This year they ramped up their campaign even more by offering amazing incentive prizes at every presentation - everything from UA athletics tickets to gift cards to local businesses. The tremendous members of the Jim Click Automotive Team truly help us realize our mission of Building a Thriving Community by Uniting People, Ideas and Resources. Learn more about our workplace campaigns by  clicking here. 
Workplace Campaigns are the backbone of what enables United Way to truly make a difference in the community we serve. This year, we have a new face leading our Workplace Campaigns. Steven Dasch joined United Way of Tucson's Board of Directors earlier this year and took the reigns as Campaign Chair. Steven was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland before moving to Burlington, Kentucky. Last year, he became a proud Tucsonan, joining the Citi team here as Head of Citi Branded & Costco Collections/Site President. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters; Melanie and Allison, and a son; Matthew. Steven loves golfing and watching his kids play sports. Here's more about Steven. 

Tell me about your involvement with United Way.  
I am a proud Board Member and this year's Campaign Chair. I was excited to get involved when I moved to Tucson. Citi has a national relationship with United Way and I've seen that United Way makes one of the biggest positive impacts on the communities it serves. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona has an especially strong reputation, which made my decision to serve on the Board that much easier.
Tell me about your role as Campaign Chair? What do you love most about it?  
I get the opportunity to meet several leaders in the community and share about the quality of people and programs that United Way has to offer. Gaining access to a variety of employees and companies allows United Way's message and engagement opportunities to get out to a broader audience.
Why should Southern Arizonans give to United Way?   
United Way of Tucson served more than 124,000 people last year. That is a huge impact. In addition to that, United Way's network and partnerships enable every $1 donated to return $5.14 back to the community. 
What do you love most about Tucson?  
The great weather and caring people.
Anything else you'd like to add?   
The staff at United Way led by Tony Penn is an amazing group of energetic, smart and dedicated individuals. I have enjoyed working with the team and getting to know them over this past year.
When we LIVE UNITED , the problems and challenges that seem too big to tackle are suddenly within reach and when you GIVE UNITED , you change lives.

This holiday season, please consider making your donation to United Way of Tucson and feel good knowing that every dollar stays here in Southern Arizona and has the ability to change lives.

If you are looking for a unique way to give back this Holiday season, join us as we host a Holiday meal and Narrative Workshop with youth enrolled in Goodwill Metro! Metro enrollees will choose between three different stations; acquiring housing through various agencies, telling your story with creative writing, or telling your story through art. All workshops will be led by youth. YLS attendees will participate in the workshops and support the youth leading the stations. After the workshops, we will walk to Caruso's and share a meal with the participating youth.  
Wednesday, December 12 
5-7pm (workshop 5-6pm, meal 6-7pm)
Workshop will take place at Goodwill Metro (300 N 4th Ave) and the meal will be at Caruso's (434 N 4th Ave).  
To volunteer to help at the event,  click here .

Yesterday our Community Engagement Manager, Meredith Bode was honored at the Eller College Women's Tea, "Ordinary Women doing Extraordinary things". This annual event celebrates women in a variety of professional fields who have excelled in their careers. Meredith received the award in the nonprofit category for her decade-long career in nonprofits and specifically her growth and execution of United Way's Days of Caring.

The event provides a motivational and networking opportunity for rising star, female Eller students. In Meredith's acceptance speech she said "It has become essential to me that my job has meaning. It not only gives me the opportunity to help my community on a daily basis, but I get to demonstrate to my two children the importance of being involved in the community, and taking ownership for helping to make it better. My daughter, Reese, is almost 5, and she is now old enough to understand what I do. I get to set the example for her and my son, just as my parents did for me".

 Meredith's daughter, Reese was in attendance, watching proudly as her Mom accepted her award. Congratulations Meredith! We're very proud to have you as part of the United Way family.


Did you know you don't have to pay to file your income taxes? If you earn up to $66,000 a year, United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will file your taxes for FREE ! There are three ways to use United Way's VITA Service.

1) Use free do-it-yourself software anyplace, at any time, by visiting
2) Use Valet VITA to have documents scanned, and then choose to pick up completed return or have it emailed.
3) Meet with an IRS-certified preparer in person at listed sites for same-day tax prep .

Every child  receives a high-quality education from cradle to career,  every adult  has the opportunity to thrive financially and in the workplace and  every older person  can retire and age with dignity and independence. You can make this a reality and shape the future of Tucson and Southern Arizona. As United Way approaches its 100th anniversary in 2022 the  Centennial Endowment Fund  has been established, with the goal of reaching a $25 million endowment by our centennial celebration to sustain United Way’s collective impact fund through the next 100 years.

Now is the time to claim your spot at the table for the  14th Annual Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast . United Way's Women United hosts the event each year to raise money for early childhood literacy. Last year, more than 700 influential business and community leaders attended the breakfast, raising more than $67,000! We're looking to do even better this year. The reason it's so important? Studies show children who read proficiently by the end of third grade are more likely to succeed academically and graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. But 1 in 4 children here in Pima County are not reaching that crucial benchmark. So mark your calendars and plan to join us Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Tucson Convention Center. Registration and breakfast begins at 7 a.m.  Click here  to get your tickets or sponsor a table.