Good News Network June 2019

There is so much to love about our great city, especially those who are working to make Tucson thrive even more! That's why we chose the theme, "I Heart Tucson," for our Circle of Excellence Luncheon last month at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort. The annual event gives us the opportunity to celebrate and honor our local champions going above and beyond to make a difference in our community. Below is a list of some of our winners but we want to thank everyone involved for helping to serve more than 120,000 people here in Southern Arizona each year. UNITED WE ALL WIN!

Best of the Best ECL of the Year: Karla Morales
LIVE UNITED Award: The David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Building a Better Community Award: Jim Click Automotive Team
Cornerstone Award: AGM Container Controls, Inc.
Young Leaders Society Company of the Year: The University of Arizona
Champions of Caring Award: Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.
Partnership Award: Tucson Electric Power & IBEW #1116
All American Award: Linda Drake
Best Small Company: W.E. O'Neil Construction, Co. of Arizona
Best Medium Company: Enterprise Holdings
Best Large Company: GEICO

Click here to see the entire list of winners. Click here to see more photos from the event.
United Way is happy to announce that Edmund Marquez is taking over as Board Chair! Edmund is a familiar face around here as he's played an active role on our board, serving two terms as Campaign Chair and most recently, serving as Vice Chair. Edmund is also a familiar face around Tucson. He was born and raised here and graduated from Sabino High School in 1991. He went to Pima Community College and then got a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the University of Arizona. Edmund comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and had a childhood full of sports, traveling, and theater.   He now owns his own insurance company and enjoys traveling with his wife and two children and riding his bike around town. Here's a little more about Edmund:
When and why did you choose to get involved with United Way? 
I was asked to be Campaign Chair several years ago. During that time I learned what an amazing impact United Way has on our community, and how efficiently it invests each dollar it receives.  

What do you wish others knew about United Way?
I wish more people knew how amazing our local United Way is, even compared with the others around the world. We hold local nonprofits accountable to deliver top services to our local families. With over 3,900 nonprofits in Tucson, we partner with the best of the best.  
What's your favorite United Way event?
I love Days of Caring. We activate over 4,000 local folks who go into our community to help nonprofits, seniors, schools, etc. with projects they need done. Last year my family helped a school PE teacher clean and organize their equipment shed. The PE teacher is in a wheelchair, and can't access the equipment room. It was awesome to have my kids roll up their sleeves to help out.  
  What do you love most about Tucson?
Tucson is one big high school hallway!  We are a town of 1,000,000 people, but it feels like Mayberry. Tucsonans are friendly, and love their city!
Anything else you want to add?
I hope that more people in our community get involved with United Way, helping us make Tucson the best place to live in the world.  

Want to know more about Edmund? Check out the video to the right, produced when he signed on to be Campaign Chair the second time.

Southern Arizona's largest volunteer event is hitting a big milestone. The 20th Annual United Way Days of Caring is taking place October 25th and 26th. Over the last two decades, 52,364 volunteers have rolled up their sleeves to complete 3,263 community improvement projects. Each of those volunteers and projects helped to leave Tucson a little better than before. “Something monumental began 20 years ago here in Southern Arizona,” said Tony Penn, president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. “Days of Caring was born, the single largest volunteer event in our region, and thousands of caring volunteers come together each year to positively impact hundreds of agencies that make our community a better place to live and work.” We hope you'll join us in making this year extra special. Click here to learn more about United Way's Days of Caring or see story below for project submission details.
Project submission is now open for the 20th Annual United Way Days of Caring. If you've got weeds to pull, food to pack, trash to pick up, buildings to paint or just about anything else, now is the time to let us know. We'll link you up with volunteers ready to roll up their sleeves to take on your project. United Way's Days of Caring is happening October 25th & 26th. Click here to submit your project.

Now is also the time to show Tucson you care by becoming a Days of Caring sponsor! Sponsors receive early access to volunteer registration along with many other perks. Click here for details.

Project Submission Key Dates:
May 28 –  Project submission opens 
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
We here at United Way have known it for years, but now, our very own Chief Impact Officer, LaVonne Douville, is getting recognized as an inspirational mother and grandmother by the Arizona Daily Star. LaVonne has been a part of the United Way family for 16 years and we couldn't be prouder of her accomplishments helping local families thrive. Click here to read the article.
Did you know that United Way of Tucson supports a program aimed at helping local parents raise healthy children? The Southern Arizona Family Support Alliance provides free parenting resources to local families to help raise healthy and engaged children. Click here to learn more.
United Way of Tucson is working to ward off summer learning loss. With the support of Women United, My Summer Library served 14 schools in 7 different school districts. Ninety-eight volunteers helped to distribute 22,224 free books to 1,852 students this summer alone! Thank you to everyone who helps make this program such a success and for getting children excited about reading.
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Want to meet other like-minded young professionals making a difference in Tucson? United Way's Young Leaders Society (YLS) may be just what you're looking for! Join us for the YLS Member Recruitment Event Thursday, June 13th, at Gentle Ben's from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Young Leaders Society is United Way's affinity group for professionals who invest in the community and are actively seeking ways to Connect, Serve & Lead to make a positive and lasting impact throughout Southern Arizona. Click here to RSVP or click here for more information on YLS.
United Way’s Great Expectations team hosted the STEMazing showcase highlighting the community of practice focused on STEM education. This community of practice provides professional development to early childhood educators to incorporate more Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math into the classroom. Great Expectations is providing high-quality professional development to educators to engage and empower children with authentic, relevant, and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities.  Click here  to learn more.
YLS Recruitment Mixer Thursday, June 13th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Learn about opportunities with United Way's Young Leaders Society at Gentle Ben's. See story above or click here for more information.
Annual Board of Directors Meeting Wednesday, June 26th
United Way of Tucson Board Members meet for the final time for the fiscal year to elect new officers.
YLS Dive Bar Bus Tour Saturday, July 20th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
United Way's Young Leaders Society'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. 
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.