Good News Network - September 2017

From Uniting to Thriving: The Story of Damaris

Damaris had a good job at a local nonprofit, and, along with her husband, she helped support her family of four. While there, Damaris heard about a program funded by United Way. The Parents as Teachers program offers in-home parenting education, empowering parents to promote their children's healthy growth and development, and get them prepared for kindergarten. That program proved to be more valuable than expected. A mother of three boys, Damaris was excited to learn she was pregnant with a girl.  She named her "Danitza." But Danitza was born with a debilitating disease, commonly known as "Brittle Bone Disease."  Even the slightest bump, slip or fall can turn into a hospital visit and extensive surgery. Taking care of Danitza became Damaris' full-time job. Their hospital bills started to add up. But Damaris didn't give up. Her Parent Educator, Veronica, helped Damaris and her husband to start setting goals, not only for their children, but for themselves. Damaris says they've reached every one of those goals! Most recently, they graduated from the Parents as Teachers program, and, because of that, little Danitza, no five years old, started kindergarten this year. Damaris says  she could not have done it without the help of the  Parents as Teachers program and United Way.

CAT Cruises for a Cause

Thank you to everyone who helped make Caterpillar's 5th Annual Cruising for United Way Car Show a success! Prizes were given out for a variety of categories, from People's Choice to Best Off-Road. But because all proceeds went to United Way, we all win.  United, we put 86,088 books into the hands of local children to help promote reading skills. United, we helped 24,132 families become more financially stable. And United, we'll continue to build a thriving community right here in Southern Arizona. Learn more about how your donations are changing lives by clicking here.
Sign up for Days of Caring!

Now is the time to show you care about the community and sign up for the 18th Annual United Way Days of Caring. It's the single-largest volunteer event in Southern Arizona, pairing local volunteers with nonprofits, schools, care facilities, community gardens and neighborhoods to improve our community one project at a time. Thousands sign up each and every year for this life-changing event. Round up your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors and be a part of an event you won't soon forget!  Sign up for a project here. 
IBM Invests in Tucson

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is honored to team up with IBM on an exciting new opportunity. United Way is a recipient of IBM's "Leading with Data" grant. The grant will enable us to better serve our community with advanced technology and innovative ideas to help meet our biggest challenges. We are so grateful for IBM and their continuous service to our community! 
The Education Connection

Education is one of the biggest issues we fight for here at United Way. That's why we joined hundreds at the First Things First (FTF) Early Childhood Summit in Phoenix last month. Workshops covered a wide variety of topics ranging from Community Awareness to Early Learning, Child Development and Early Literacy to Early Childhood Systems Building. Our very own Allison Titcomb (left) co-presented a session with FTF's Jaymie Jacobs (right) and Freeport McMoRan's Collette Brown (center), "Sparking the Connection Between Business and Early Childhood." The session   explored and highlighted effective strategies to build and strengthen partnerships between early childhood education and local businesses. Click here to learn more.
Help Your Neighbors Save!

You have a unique opportunity to help our local economy. Last year, our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) saved Southern Arizonans $26.1 million dollars. But this year, we want to save them even more! We need you to help us achieve that goal. Become a VITA volunteer and help local families thrive. Learn how by clicking  here.
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