Good News Network September 2019

Get ready to roll up your sleeves for the biggest volunteer event in Southern Arizona! Registration is now open for United Way's 20th Annual Days of Caring Event. On October 25th and 26th , thousands will gather to help Tucson thrive, one project at a time. It's a fun event that will leave you feeling inspired! Watch the video above for more information then sign up as an individual or grab your friends, co-workers, neighbors or family members and sign up for a group project by clicking here.
Southern Arizona's largest volunteer event is just a little more than a month away. While United Way's Days of Caring is a volunteer event, it could not make the tremendous impact it does without our generous sponsors. We want to thank all the United Way Days of Caring sponsors, including our Platinum Sponsor, Wells Fargo ; our Founding Sponsor, IBM and our Gold Sponsors, Freeport-McMoRan , GEICO and Texas Instruments . Along with their financial support, each business encourages its employees to volunteer for projects throughout the community. We are so incredibly grateful for their support. Click here to learn more about Days of Caring.
The volunteering doesn't have to stop once Days of Caring is over. Join our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) team and help Southern Arizona families thrive. Last year, United Way's VITA program filed taxes for 16,200 individuals and families for free, bringing $24.4 million back to Arizona , for the households who need it most. VITA volunteers train in January and volunteer a weekly shift of 4-6 hours at one of our various VITA sites in the community, making a $500 impact with every hour they volunteer! No experience with taxes? No problem! We train all volunteers to become IRS-certified in whatever role they choose. R egister for an orientation today by clicking here .
United Way of Tucson is excited to be teaming up with The University of Arizona and UA Cares for a joint community kickoff! This fun-filled event sets the stage for a successful year of raising funds for Tucson’s children, families and seniors. In addition to the incredible UA Cares team, several of our corporate partners with workplace campaigns will be in attendance to help us celebrate. This year's campaign kickoff will take place on the UA Mall complete with Wilbur, Wilma, raffle prizes and an engaging leadership presentation. It's a great time to gather with our corporate and community partners to build excitement and get everyone geared up to invest in our community. We want to thank the University of Arizona and UA Cares for their commitment to helping Southern Arizona thrive and to all our corporate partners for their continued support.  Click here  to learn more about our workplace campaigns. 
United Way would like to thank all the inspirational women who attended the annual Women United retreat last month. The day was filled with great conversations on the future and the successes we celebrated over the last fiscal year. Some of those successes include: growth of the Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast, more than 200,000 books given to local children to promote literacy, the growth of the My Summer Library program, and all the new Women United members.

The group also honored several women celebrating milestones with Women United including:
LaVonne Douville  - 10 years
Lori Cotten  - 10 years
Lynne Wood Dusenberry  - 10 years
Daisy Jenkins  - 9 years
Linda Morales  - 7 years
Ellen Howlett  - 6 years
Allison Titcomb  - 6 years

Want to join this incredible organization? Click here for more information.
We want to introduce you to one of the leaders of Women United. Heidi Elizondo is a Development Officer for United Way of Tucson. She was born in Tucson and grew up in Nogales, AZ. Her parents are from Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico and moved to the United States after they got married so Heidi grew up in a bi-cultural environment. Heidi moved to Tucson in 2009 and attended the University of Arizona where she studied Public Management & Policy and Public Administration in grad school. In her free time she enjoys spinning, gardening, photography and food blogging. Here's a little more about Heidi:
Describe your work with United Way:
Very early in my career I found a passion for supporting and strengthening my community. Over the past six years at United Way I have been lucky to have been a part of a number of projects. My first year I was a Student Intern with the Manager of Events so I was able to work with all departments. The next four years after that I worked on the Great Expectations grant which focuses on supporting early educators in their professional development. In this role I focused on grant management as well as contract and budget management. Finally, for the last two years I have been a part of our Resource Development team, managing workplace campaigns, engaging our corporate partners and cultivating current and new donors.
What do you love most about your work?
What I love most is being able to connect with my community, telling the United Way story and making a difference in the lives of children, families and seniors.
Why did you choose to get involved with Women United?
After serving on Young Leaders United’s Executive Committee for five years, I felt it was time for the next step in my philanthropic endeavors. I’ve always had a passion for early literacy and have been an advocate for high quality education for all children so it seemed like a perfect match.
Why should others consider joining WU?
Women United is a group of amazing, philanthropic women leaders in our community and I think anyone who is interested in giving back to their community and impacting the lives of children should join. Not only are you able to volunteer your time and support and great cause, you get to meet other women leaders in Tucson and build long-lasting relationships.
What do you love most about Tucson?
What I love most about Tucson is that the people of Tucson are obsessed with Tucson! People love eating at local restaurants, supporting local small businesses and creating community. 
We want to thank our many corporate partners who ran school supply drives over the summer to make sure local students had what they needed to succeed as they headed back to school. Because of those corporate partners, United Way was able to drop off more than 250 school supplies to Utterback Middle School last month. Everything from backpacks and notebooks to markers and pens were given to the students there. We also want to thank the Educational Enrichment Foundation for connecting us to Utterback. It's our partnerships and convening that allow us to give back to our community in a truly impactful way. Click here to learn about what our partnerships enable us to do.
A big THANK YOU goes out to Caterpillar, Inc. for hosting their 7th Annual Car Show last month. Hundreds showed up to check out the classic cars, trucks and heavy machinery. Besides being a fun and family-friendly event, more than $10,000 was raised for United Way of Southern Arizona! It's businesses like Caterpillar, Inc. that help us put books into children's hands, supply free tax filing for the community and keep seniors in their homes. Click here to see more photos from the event.
While we kick off giving campaigns with businesses across Southern Arizona, we want you to know that we wouldn't ask our corporate partners to do something we wouldn't do ourselves. So before we go out into the community to    raise funds for Southern Arizona, we start at home. We at United Way kicked off our internal workplace campaign last month. Our kickoff week included fun activities like games, a silent auction, bake sale and a poker run. This year's theme was "I heart Tucson," and employees proved that to be true. Once again, 100% of our employees joined the workplace campaign, investing in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Click here  to see more photos from our internal workplace campaign kickoff. 
Night Out with Nonprofits Thursday, September 26th
Come check out our Young Leaders United table and find out how best to serve your community as you network and learn about nonprofit organizations and what they do in our area. Click here for details and tickets.
2019 Campaign Kickoff Tuesday, October 8th
United Way joins forces with the University of Arizona to kick off the fundraising season with corporate and community partners. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
15th Annual Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast Thursday, February 20, 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.