Good News Network January 2018

United Way & Wells Fargo Fight Hunger 

This holiday season, you can make a difference in someone's life by cleaning out your cupboards. Join United Way and Wells Fargo in brightening the holidays for those in need. Please take your non-perishable food items to any Wells Fargo branch now through December 30th. Your donation will go to help feed families right here in Southern Arizona. Click here to learn more. 
OPERATION UNITED Provides Funds for Thanksgiving Meals

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona gave $1,000 to the  Gospel Rescue Mission   through the OPERATION UNITED program . OPERATION UNITED is a United Way program focused on serving the local men and women who served our country.  Gospel Rescue Mission's annual Thanksgiving dinner feeds nearly 3,000 people each year, including many local veterans. "Thank you for your generous donation," said Kim Ward-Morelos, Community Outreach Director, Gospel Rescue Mission Tucson. "It is so kind to think of our veterans that might not have anyone to spend their holidays with. We're thankful to United Way and the compassionate members of our community."  Click here to learn how you can help Southern Arizonans in need. 
Give Now, Receive Later

This giving season, you can give and receive.  United Way qualifies as an umbrella organization for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. That means, when you target your support to Helping the Working Pooryou qualify for a dollar-for-dollar  tax credit  on your Arizona state income tax return, up to $400 for an individual and $800 if filing jointly. We've made it quick and easy for you to make a difference and get the tax credit. Click here to learn more.
Young Leaders Pay it Forward

United Way's Young Leaders Society (YLS) is giving the gift of knowledge to the next generation. YLS is hosting a holiday meal followed by a job workshop for opportunity youth at The Re-Engagement Center (REC).  REC enrollees and YLS members will engage in interactive discussions around job success, including mock interviews, application assistance, social media etiquette and more. Click here to RSVP to the event.  YLS is United Way's affinity group for young professionals who invest in the community and are actively seeking ways to Connect, Serve & Lead to make a positive and lasting impact.  Click here to learn more about YLS and other events they're hosting.
People Profile: Meet Mike Birrer

The giving season never ends for Mike Birrer.  The  founder  of Serve Tucson,  Mike  gives his time and organizes volunteers to beautify Tucson all year long. His projects range from pulling weeds and picking up trash along the street to cleaning up local schools. Mike also volunteers his time each year to United Way's Days of Caring, helping us manage projects around the city. His vision clearly aligns with ours. Mike tells us, "I believe in helping people find their stories, see how their stories connect to something bigger and then connect those individuals with others who are doing the same." Click here to learn more about Mike's incredible work in Tucson. To learn how you can make a difference in our community, click here.  
50,000 Reasons to Volunteer for VITA

Did you know you have the power to give tens of thousands of dollars to local individuals and families without opening your wallet? Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparers who volunteer one shift a week throughout the course of the season bring, on average, $50,000 back to Arizonans. To learn just how simple it is, click here. Watch the video to the left to see what VITA meant to a mother of two and how she's paying it forward. 

Living and Dying with Dignity

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona focuses on every stage of life, including a topic few are comfortable speaking about: dying. Through our End of Life Care Partnership, we work to ensure that every person in Southern Arizona is able to live the life they want, and retire and die with dignity. The most important tool you can have to guarantee this within your own family is a plan.  Click here to take a quick survey that could, in fact, change your life. 
Business Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Year

Right now, more than half of third graders in Pima County are not reading at grade level. But, you can help us close the gap and improve literacy here in Southern Arizona by sitting down with us for breakfast. We hope you'll join us for the   13th Annual Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast hosted by Women United.  It's happening Tuesday, February 27th at 7 a.m. at the Tucson Convention Center. Table sponsorships are now open. Click here for more information and to take  part  in  this  incredible event. W e'll also be giving out the Literacy Champion Award. It will be presented to an educator who goes above and beyond to teach children to read. If you know someone who you think fits the bill, click here to nominate them. Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 12th. Click here to learn more about Women United and their invaluable work in Tucson.
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