Good News Network October 2019

United Way of Tucson has officially kicked off the giving season. Earlier this week, we joined forces with the University of Arizona and UA Cares to kick off the 2019-2020 campaign year. The festivities included a lovely fall morning on the Old Main lawn, inspirational speeches from Dr. Robbins, Tony Penn and our Board Chair, Edmund Marquez, and the crowd favorite: cowbells! Last year’s campaign saw 223 local businesses and more than 11,000 of their collective employees give to United Way of Tucson through their workplace campaigns. These generous employees, together with our leadership givers and partners, enabled us to serve 155,400 individuals last year. Each year, we strive to serve more children, families and seniors right here in Southern Arizona. Our president & CEO Tony Penn said of the event, “This year’s Campaign Kickoff is a special one for us as we head into 2020 and the continuing countdown to our 100 th anniversary of service here in Southern Arizona in 2022. Our mantra of UNITED WE ALL WIN is United Way’s clarion call to individuals, businesses, and others to give generously to this year’s campaign so we can be effectively equipped to fight for quality education, financial stability, and healthy communities for every person in our community.”
We want to introduce you to someone instrumental in United Way's connection with the University of Arizona and UA Cares. Karla Bernal Morales is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Advancement in the Division of Equity, Inclusion & Title IX at the UA. She is also United Way of Tucson's reigning Employee Campaign Leader of the Year. Karla was born in Nogales, Mexico and moved to Arizona as a child. During high school at Tucson High, Karla started working as a disc jockey for her family business where she worked for over 15 years. After high school, Karla went to Pima Community College and transferred to the UA after receiving 2 Associate Degrees. She became pregnant during her first semester at the UA and put her education on hold to focus on her son who was born with a disability. Karla later started working for the State of Arizona as a Program Service Evaluator. She worked there for more than a decade and had her second son in 2000. As a single mom, she worked two jobs and went to school in the evening to finish her degree at the UA. She joined our team at United Way of Tucson. Karla got married in 2011 and decided to take a professional break when her daughter was born in 2012. Once her oldest started college and her youngest started preschool, Karla decided to go back to work. She joined the University of Arizona in 2016. Here's a little more about Karla Bernal Morales:
When and why did you choose to get involved with United Way?
While working with the Department of Economic Security, from 2007-2010, I ran the State of Arizona Employee Charitable Campaign and collaborated with United Way in our fundraising efforts. In 2010 I was presented with the opportunity and pivoted my philanthropy and fundraising efforts and accepted a position as a Resource Development Director.
What makes United Way such a special organization?
United Way is wholeheartedly invested in elevating our community. They collaborate with so many corporate, and community partners to provide Tucson with resources and opportunities to progress. I am a fan of the mission of focusing on the building blocks; Education, Income, and Health.   
What do you love most about Tucson?
I love our people, the diversity of our community. I love our beautiful mountain views, our amazing weather, and our sunsets are breathtaking!
Anything else you'd like to add?
I have been very fortunate in my personal and professional career to have the support of my parents, my siblings, and my husband. They have believed in me, many times, more than I believed in myself. They are the perfect support system. I also have the support of my community; my “comadres” a group of professional women in leadership that are like-minded and have done everything to elevate and remind me what I can do. I feel exceedingly fortunate!   
A new campaign year means some new faces that embody what it means to LIVE UNITED. Everyone you see in our new campaign video is connected to United Way of Tucson through a program, volunteer opportunity or partnership. Each week we will share one of their stories through our social media sites. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for their inspirational stories.
Join the Virtual Campaign Kickoff
You can help us celebrate the start of the campaign season today at noon . Just post a campaign-themed message to any of your personal and/or business social media accounts to help us spread the news!  You can post a photo of you and/or your team in LIVE UNITED shirts if you have one or you can choose one of the images you see here. Here are some sample messages to post:

When we LIVE UNITED we can achieve more than any single entity can alone. #CampaignKickoff #UnitedWeAllWin

Happy Campaign Kickoff, United Way of Tucson! We're/I'm ready to unite for an educated, healthy and thriving community!
#CampaignKickoff #UnitedWeAllWin

I LIVE UNITED for a community where every child receives a high-quality education, every adult has the opportunity to thrive and every older person can age with dignity.
#CampaignKickoff #UnitedWeAllWin

#CampaignKickoff #UnitedWeAllWin #UnitedWayTucson
In 1999, IBM helped launch the first United Way's Days of Caring here in Tucson. Their vision of connecting their employees to the needs of the community twenty years ago has grown into the single largest volunteer event in Southern Arizona. Days of Caring has gone from one company of volunteers supporting a handful of local projects, to more than 4,000 volunteers completing over 100 projects that improve our local community. In the twenty years this event has taken place, it has resulted in 52,364 volunteers completing 3,263 local projects to improve the Tucson community! Bravo to our friends and partners at IBM for their incredible vision and commitment to Tucson and their employees. To commemorate this milestone, local impact, and our Founding Sponsor, IBM, we've created a video to highlight this momentous occasion. Please enjoy the video and help us thank our Founding Sponsor. The big event is just around the corner and we hope to make it the most impactful one yet. We hope you'll all join us! If you haven't registered to volunteer yet, be sure to sign up by October 21st by clicking here.
After Days of Caring is over, you have another chance to change lives here in Tucson. United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps thousands of families each year by filing their tax returns for free and getting the best refunds possible. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to keep this program thriving, doing everything from greeting clients to managing VITA tax preparation sites. Click here or attend one of the upcoming orientations listed below at United Way's office.
Thursday, October 24
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Wednesday, November 6
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 16
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Monday, November 25
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 12
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
United Way of Tucson is excited to once again team up with TENWEST, a ten-day festival that celebrates arts and innovation in Tucson. United Way and TENWEST share a vision of building a thriving community by uniting people, ideas and resources as well as attracting and keeping talent right here in Southern Arizona. Fostering and investing in social innovation is critical to building a thriving community. We're proud to have been a part of TENWEST for the past three years and be the founding sponsor of the Social Impact Award for the IdeaFunding pitch competition. Join us on Thursday, October 17th for the Shark Tank-style pitch competition and help us cheer on all of our local entrepreneurs who are working hard to build a thriving Tucson. TENWEST kicks off today in downtown Tucson. Click here for more information.
Have you been wanting to get involved with the community, meet new, like-minded people and have a great time, all while helping out people right here in Tucson? We have just the club for you! Young Leaders United (YLU) is a group of young professionals looking to make a difference in our community. Through United Way of Tucson, YLU raises money for local youth. The group enjoys year-round events, networking opportunities and professional development. Join YLU for their next event, a fall recruitment mixer on October 15th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Frog n' Firkin. Click here to RSVP. Click here for more information on YLU.
TENWEST Impact Festival Friday, October 11th-Sunday, October 20th
We're proud to once again partner with TENWEST as 15,000 local, regional, and national attendees come together to focus on solutions for creating social, environmental, and economic impact. Click here for details and tickets.
YLU Recruitment Mixer Tuesday, October 15th
Learn more about our Young Leaders United young Professionals group! Join us at Frog n' Firkin from 5 to 7pm.
Fall Tocqueville Event Wednesday, 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.
Social Hour with a Cause: Cornhole Tournament Thursday, November 7th | 5pm - 7pm at Brother Johns BBQ
Join us for an evening of food, fun and cornhole! Organized by Texas Instruments, Caterpillar and Raytheon and benefiting United Way of Tucson! Click here to register your cornhole team!
15th Annual Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast Thursday, February 20th, 2020
Hosted by United Way’s Women United, the Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast brings together hundreds of business leaders and educators to raise awareness and funds for early childhood education. Click here for details.