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Giving Tuesday

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Thanks To Community Donations Like Yours, United Way Of Tucson Helped Support More Than 257,000 People In Southern Arizona Last Year.

Thanks to community donations like yours, United Way of Tucson helped support more than 257,000 people in Southern Arizona last year. That’s 1 in 4 members of our community given a hand up. Donate this Giving Tuesday to help us continue providing life-changing support to kids, families and seniors in Southern Arizona.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a focused day of giving that takes place annually in the United States on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. The day is described as “a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity.”


This Giving Tuesday, the fight for quality education is more critical than ever. We know quality early education is one of the best investments for the future economic health of our community. Every dollar invested in Early Education yields a $12 economic impact. High-quality early learning is often underfunded and out of reach for many families. Please help us reach our educational fundraising goal and GIVE UNITED TODAY!

Your United Way of Tucson is working hard with schools, teachers, families, partners, and local government to improve educational and life outcomes for children, youth, and young adults. Last year, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona and our partner programs distributed 188,884 books to children. Now more than ever we must work to improve educational and life outcomes for children, youth, and young adults by advancing equity and excellence in education in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Learn more about our education initiatives here.

Together we are #StrongerUnited

This year we’d like to share a story from the Leon Family, who was directly impacted by the generosity of our donors through the Healthy Families Program supported by United Way of Tucson.

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Cecele Leon and her family entered the Healthy Families program almost two years ago in hopes to turn things around for her and her family of four children. Healthy Families provides free, in-home services for new and expecting parents to help navigate the waters of parenthood. Cecele wanted a better future for her family and reached out for guidance and support from the program. Her whole family has been open and receptive at each of their scheduled home visits, applying the child development curriculum and doing their own research to help all the children succeed. Their home visitor said, “every time I visit them, I am constantly praising their impactful efforts in teaching their children empathy and showing limits with love.”
While there is much positivity within the Leon Household, things have not been easy. The Leon family went without a vehicle or reliable transportation for over a year causing major stress to the whole family. They tried for months to fix their broken-down car, spending money they couldn’t afford to spend and causing financial hardships and cutbacks on basic necessities like food, rent and back-to-school supplies. This is when United Way of Tucson stepped in to help find a solution.
Each year, United Way of Tucson’s community partner, GEICO, gifts a free car to a deserving family in need through their Recycled Rides Program. United Way of Tucson connected them with the Leon Family and shared their story with the representatives there. The people at GEICO were truly moved by their story of resilience and in February they were selected to receive a free car to help them navigate to a better life.
Now the Leon Family has a reliable car they can take their children to school in every day. Cecele and her family are also still enrolled in the Healthy Families program, supported by United Way of Tucson, that helps uplift them and connect them to their best possible future.
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