Good News Network July 2019

Thanks to our dedicated partners, generous donors and volunteers for making this fiscal year a record-breaking one! Together with our partners we served more than 155,000 people here in Southern Arizona this past fiscal year alone. That is the most we've ever reached! With your help we also distributed 200,000 books to local children, helped 9,651 seniors stay in their homes, helped reconnect 430 opportunity youth  back to education pathways and brought in $24.4 million in tax returns to working families through our VITA program. Check out the video above for more highlights from this year. Thank you to everyone who is helping us make Southern Arizona thrive! We are ready to break more records this year! Click here to read President and CEO, Tony Penn's take on these accomplishments in Inside Tucson Business. Click here to learn how you can get involved.
As we kick off a new campaign year, we are excited to announce the new officers on our Board of Directors. Late last month, U nited Way of Tucson elected Edmund Marquez as Chair of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Michelle Trindade of GEICO has been appointed the Campaign Chair. Adriana Kong Romero was elected as vice chair, Addie Liening as treasurer, and Linda Drake as secretary. Click here to read more about the new board.
We are beginning this campaign year with even more motivation to make it the most impactful one yet! United Way of Tucson's President and CEO, Tony Penn announced he will retire in June of 2020. Tony has led United Way of Tucson for nearly a decade, inspiring us all to invest in our community, create lasting impact and help Southern Arizona thrive! During Tony's tenure, United Way has raised and invested back into the community more than $150 million, totally eliminated its debt, increased its net assets to more than $20 million, and expanded its collective impact to cover the entire life cycle. Tony's leadership has solidified United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona as an enduring and crucial organization to the community. Board Member and past Board Chair, Joel Rohlik, will lead a special committee to engage a national search for Tony's replacement. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we congratulate Tony on his upcoming retirement, as well as on his accomplishments during his time at United Way,” said Edmund Marquez, Board Chair for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. On behalf of the entire United Way staff, “Thank you, Tony! We’re so happy to have another year to create a lasting impact with you.”
We're getting a new snapshot of education in Southern Arizona. Cradle to Career (C2C) has just released its community impact report. Chapter 3 in their series of Advancing Equity and Excellence in Education shares the metrics agreed upon to measure and reflect where as a community we have made progress and where we have not. It also provides insights into the innovation happening with teams--representing multiple sectors and organizations--across Pima County to ensure we improve the educational outcomes of our children, youth and young adults, and in turn the prosperity of this community. Click the link to the right to read the report or click here for more information on C2C.
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Over the last three years, there has been a lot of buzz about the Cradle to Career Partnership and its impact on education in Southern Arizona. We'd like to introduce you to the person at the helm of C2C, Senior Director, Amanda Brockman. Amanda was born in Willoughby, Ohio just outside of Cleveland, the oldest of three children. She moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan when she was five years old. Amanda went to Grand Valley State University where she got a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and later went to The University of Arizona for a Masters in Public Administration. Amanda started at United Way back in September of 2006, working part-time as a graduate student intern in our Strengthening Families area which is now our Financial Stability area. In 2008, she was hired full-time as the Youth Development Director and managed the Youth Development Coalition until 2015 when we launched the Cradle to Career Partnership. Fours years ago, she was a staff of one for the Partnership and now she has a team of 7! Amanda met her husband, David, five years ago at a personal growth and development course in Denver. The two stayed in touch and after 2 years he invited himself down to Tucson for a visit. The two just celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary. They love to hike and travel whenever they can. Here's a little more about Amanda.
What do you love most about your work?
I have the privilege of being so connected to so many great people and organizations who are doing amazing things for children and families. I get to be a part of conversations for solving some of our toughest community issues with some extraordinary leaders.

What makes United Way such a special organization? 
 United Way is able to bring together such diverse groups together to tackle seemingly intractable problems and we get to "set the container" for solutions to arise. We provide expert data analysis, data visualization, and effective meeting facilitation for action. The solutions exist in this community and we have a process to get them to surface and be made known.
What do you love most about Tucson?
The beauty of its diverse people and desert landscape.

Anything else you'd like to add?
That I'm incredibly thankful United Way has given me so many opportunities for growth over these now (almost) 13 years. I am definitely not the same young professional who started back in 2006 and I would not be where I am today without the tremendous support and challenge of leadership here.
We're kicking off the new campaign year with some fresh new faces to deliver United Way's message across Tucson. Here's a sneak peek at some of the photos from our our recent campaign photoshoot, taken by local photographer, Neal Kreuser. Each of these incredible subjects is a partner, volunteer, beneficiary or program participant. We hope that along with their smiling faces, and Tucson's beautiful backdrops we'll help drive home the message that United Way serves the people of Southern Arizona from birth to retirement and beyond.
Now is your last chance to submit your Days of Caring projects for our Early Bird drawing. Today, July 12th is the last day to get your project submissions in to be entered for a chance to win a $500 stipend to help offset project costs. Regular project submission ends August 9th. The 20th Annual United Way Days of Caring is happening October 25th and 26th. That's when hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to help with anything from packing food and reading to children to picking up trash and walking dogs. Click here to submit your project.

Project Submission Key Dates:
July 12 Early Bird Project submission deadline 
  *Early Bird Registrants will be entered for a chance to win a $500 stipend to help offset project costs
August 9 –  Project submission closes 

Volunteer Registration Key Dates:
August 20 –  Volunteer registration for sponsors opens
August 28 –  Volunteer registration opens to the public
October 21 –  Volunteer Registration closes
Attention all area businesses, both large and small: Now is your chance to show Tucson you care by becoming a Days of Caring sponsor! Each year the largest volunteer event in Southern Arizona pairs local needs with generous people willing to roll up their sleeves to help our community thrive. There are several levels of sponsorship available to meet your company's needs. Watch the video to the left and click here for more details.
If you want to meet like-minded people, have fun and help out a great cause, get on the bus! United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Young Leaders United (YLU) is hosting their bi-annual Dive Bar Bus Tour on Saturday, July 20th from 6-10 p.m. The Dive Bar Bus Tour is open to anyone, not just current YLU members, and is one of the group's most popular events. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. All proceeds benefit Youth on the Rise (youth ages 16-24 who are on a path to re-engaging with their education and career). Click here to reserve your spot on the bus or learn more about YLS.
YLU Dive Bar Bus Tour Saturday, July 20th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
United Way's Young Leaders United's most popular fundraising event. Hop on the bus and enjoy some of Tucson's dive bars while giving back to the community. Click here for more information and to RSVP. 
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.