People Profile: Meet Deb Prince
United Way's Days of Caring
is all about volunteers-everyday people taking time out of their busy schedules to give back to their community. We want to introduce you to a local woman who not only takes time out of her own day to volunteer each year, but also inspires others to do the same. Deb Prince was born in Mt. Home, Idaho and raised in California before moving to Tucson in the late 1970s. She is now approaching her 9th year at the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona, where she works as the Lead Accreditation Specialist, vetting all the businesses invited to become accredited. Deb has two children, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Here's more about Deb and her experience with United Way's Days of Caring.
Tell me about your involvement with United Way's Days of Caring.
I have been putting together a team for the last nine years. I received an email from someone back in 2009 asking if I wanted to participate and I thought, "What a great thing to do!" Then I talked with a few of my co-workers, and before I knew it, we had a team of 15 people. I remember thinking that there is so much that we as a community could do to help these organizations that help the people in our community. There was a time that I needed assistance and what a great way for me to pay it back and forward. I feel it is very important that we all contribute to our community and what a great job that United Way does to make that happen every year. So I keep coming back to the Days of Caring.
What kinds of projects have you done?
The team and I have helped out at the Community Food Bank making up food boxes. We have painted the interior of a daycare and Tu Nidito and we have addressed envelopes for Tu Nidito. We have painted for Ben's Bells and we have walked the dogs for Pima Animal Care Center to name a few of the projects we have helped with.
Do you have a favorite project that you've worked on?
We will be back to walk the dogs again this year. This is the team's favorite. I remind them that if they decide to bring a dog home though, they can't blame me for it! LOL!
Any advice for those who want to volunteer?
Advice, no, but if you want something to do and feel good about what you're doing, this is the event for you! There are so many projects to pick from. There is something that everyone can do and give back to our great community.
What do you love most about Tucson?
I think it is the fact that we may be a big city but we still have that small town feel about us and we care about each other. No matter where you go or what you do you will run into someone you know. It is like 6 degrees of separation. I love it here!
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