The city of Tucson recently hired a big-name consulting firm at a cost of $400,000 to craft its Climate Action Plan, a strategy to make the city more environmentally friendly that includes goals such as reaching carbon neutrality by 2030 and becoming “zero waste” by 2050. The United Kingdom-based firm, called Buro Happold, has done similar work in major cities like New York and is expected to craft a detailed action plan for Tucson in nine months. The council vowed in 2020 to create the action plan two years ago after declaring a climate emergency and setting aside about $250,000 to fund its development. - Tucson.com
A Hendricks Elementary School teacher was surprised with Chicanos por la Causa’s 2022 Esperanza Latino Teacher Award for her success in achieving high student scores and connecting with Spanish-speaking families during the pandemic. Saraí Martinez, a 25-year-old Tucson native and fifth-grade teacher at the school, received a $5,000 check during the surprise ceremony in her classroom on Tuesday. The school, at 3400 W. Orange Grove Road in the Flowing Wells Unified School District, will also receive an additional $2,500 as part of the award. - Tucson.com
The Institute for Better Education is an Arizona Certified School Tuition Organization committed to removing any financial obstacles that stand in a family’s way of providing K-12 education for their children and their unique needs. IBE accomplishes this through the Arizona private school tax credit program. It provides scholarships to families if the right school to fit a child’s needs is not within their parents’ financial reach. In the 2020-2021 academic year, it awarded close to $21 million in scholarships.
The CFBSA’s mission is to change lives in the communities it serves by feeding the hungry today and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow. It is a member of Feeding America, a nation-wide network of food banks and hunger relief organizations. Programs include community hunger relief, a farm cooperative, after school meals, culinary training and government application assistance.
Make Way for Books is an early literacy nonprofit that provides proven programs, services, and resources to more than 18,000 young children, parents, and educators throughout southern Arizona each year. Our mission is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. We provide proven programs to ensure our youngest children discover the joy of books, develop critical emergent literacy and language skills, and start school ready. We reach young children in the critical birth to 5 years to build a foundation for all future learning. Our theory of change is that we get to every caregiver in a child’s life and ensure that, that adult understands their incredible power to impact their child’s literacy, love of learning, and success.
At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
The Sonoran Institute mission is to connect people and communities with the natural resources that nourish and sustain them. Drop by drop, we restore flowing rivers and healthy landscapes to enable all people and nature to thrive.
The Haven is a substance use recovery center available specifically for women and their children. Research shows that relationships, especially with family and children, play an important role in women’s substance use, treatment, and relapse. The Haven’s programs include both resident and outpatient treatment.
The Florence Project is a nonprofit legal service organization that provides free legal and social services to adults and unaccompanied children in immigration custody in Arizona. The government does not provide attorneys for people in immigration removal proceedings and as a result, an estimated 86 percent of detained people go unrepresented due to poverty. The Florence Project strives to address this inequity both locally and nationally through direct service, partnerships with the community, and advocacy and outreach efforts.
Angel Heart Pajama Project’s mission is “to provide new pajamas and books and to foster literacy development in children who are abandoned, abused, removed from homes and placed in foster care or living in homeless shelters in the City of Tucson, South Tucson, and surrounding counties in Southern Arizona including Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz."
The reality of life on the borderlands is much more complex and unjust than most people realize. BorderLinks offers experiential learning opportunities that explore the difficulties of migration and life along the U.S./Mexico border. We aim to educate individuals through interactive experiences. Find out how you can be a part of BorderLinks.
The Tucson Youth Development mission is to equip Pima County youth to gain employment, achieve self-sufficiency and reach career potential through education and training. Since 1965 Tucson Youth Development, Inc. (TYD) has been serving Pima County's vulnerable youth and young adults, 14 - 24 years of age whether they are in-school or out-of-school. As a nonprofit organization, TYD needs the support of the greater Pima County community to achieve its important mission.
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