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“Our United Way is in the top 2 percent of all United Ways in the country for our community impact. We’re touching the lives of 1 in 10 Southern Arizonans 100,000 people,” Tony Penn, president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, said.

Nonprofits that receive United Way funds are chosen by work groups of local volunteers. In e ugg xchange for the funds, nonprofits must demonstrate how the money will be used to improve their area of service, be it programs for children ugg , families or the elderly.

“That’s why a strong United Way is so important in a community like ours,” Penn said. Pima County is home to 3,900 registered nonprofits. “How does a person who makes a gift donation be assured it’s really making a difference?

“That’s what a strong United Way can do. We require our partners to show us how they’re making that impact and then we share that information back with the community, so people know they’re getting a real return on their investment when they make a contribution to United Way.”

Individuals, businesses and service organizations all contribute to the campaign. Nearly half of the campaign pledges come from employee giving campaigns via payroll deductions, said Catherine Sebold, director of marketing and communication for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

The fundraising campaign continues through March. Last year the local United Way raised $9.5 million.

This year the goal is 5 percent higher, Penn said, as part of the United Way’s strategic plan to increase donations by 5 percent annually for the next five years, “to address the increasing needs in our community and Southern Arizona.”

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United Way Backpack Giveaway wades Irene’s waters

Despite the imminent threat of Hurricane Irene this past Saturday morning more than 120 volunteers at four sites in Jersey City distributed 4,000 book bags with school supplies to parents and children. at the same four locations.

“We are quite happy with the number of volunteers and families who participated this past Saturday,” stated event co chair Bill O’Dea, “Though the rain came in earlier than expected many families still found their wa ugg y to the sites.” There is still work to be done: “Now we want to give another opportunity to those families who either had evacuated the City early or were dealing with ugg preperations for the storm.” stated Ben Dineen of the United Way.

Free book bags and refreshments were provided to all those who attended. O’Dea also wanted to thank the county and city workers who lent a hand. “We made the best of a tough situation but we want to make sure that other families in need can be helped too.” The audubon Park site was moved to a nearby charter high school on West Side Avenue due to the inclement weather.

The community leadership committee i ugg ncludes in addition to O’Dea, Freeholders Dublin and Romano, Councilmembers Steve Fulop and Dave Donnelly and community activists Andre ugg Richardson and Rolando Lavvaro.

Any book bags remaining after Thursday will be distributed directly to schools in low/moderate income areas of Jersey City and through groups like JCHA and local churches. anyone interested in volunteering this Thursday can also call the United Way.