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Friday, December 20, 2019

Retired UA Professor in Need of Help After Stroke

Posted By on Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 12:44 PM

  • Photo from GoFundMe campaign
A retired University of Arizona professor is in need of support as he recovers from a stroke.

Edward (Ted) Pope and his wife, Claudia, were traveling in Mexico last week when he suffered a "massive" stroke and needed to receive emergency treatment, including two surgeries.

Pope is currently in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and his wife hopes to fly him back to the VA hospital in Tucson in a few days.

Because the stroke and treatment occurred outside the United States, he is not receiving assistance from Medicare or Veterans Affairs.

Family have created a GoFundMe campaign for Pope to help cover some of his medical expenses. 

So far, they have raised $5,385 towards their $40,000 goal.

To contribute to the Edward Pope Recovery Fund, visit

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Help homeless pets at PACC this holiday season!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 2:34 PM

In the words of Charles Dickens... "What greater gift than the love of a cat?" And in our opinion, dogs, too!

Join Pima County Public Library in helping homeless pets at Pima Animal Care Center, our community's only open-admission shelter. Between December 16 and January 6, drop off pet supplies at any *Pima County Public Library.

Want to know what's most needed? Check out this holiday wish list:

Most Needed
  • Nylabones & Kong Toys
  • Collars, leashes, and harnesses
  • American-sourced treats, food, toys, and bones
  • Kuranda Beds
  • Gently-used or new pet beds
  • Large towels & small fleece blankets
  • Variety of canned cat food
  • ThunderEase Multi-Cat Calming Diffuser
  • Feliway Multi-Cat Calming Diffuser
  • Gerber baby food (meat flavors)
  • BeechNut Chicken and Chicken
  • Broth baby food
  • PartyMix Cat Treats
  • Canned Cat Food (all types and flavors)
  • Cat heating pads/blankets
  • Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Adaptil Calming Collars
  • Crates & Kennels (all sizes)
  • Slow feed dog bowls
  • Dog training clickers
  • 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin

* Joyner-Green Valley Library and Salazar-Ajo Libraries are not drop off sites.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Local Nonprofit Hosting Fundraiser at Boxyard Friday Night

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 2:45 PM

  • Courtesy photo
A Tucson nonprofit providing character development for children through outdoor and group activities is hosting a benefit party on Fourth Avenue this Friday, and the whole town’s invited.

The Engage Foundation, which teaches youth how to “engage in life” through free events designed to build character, teamwork and sportsmanship, is throwing a fundraiser Sept. 13 at The Boxyard. The venue, located at 238 N. Fourth Ave., hosts four on-site food vendors and will offer $1 Firestone 805 beers for the event.

Other activities include a raffle, jersey grab, music and a poker tournament. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m.

The foundation provides several programs, primarily its yearly youth co-ed touch rugby team for anyone ages 6 to 18. Participants receive coaching, participate in league matches and receive rugby gear and a jersey all at no cost to the families.

The youth rugby league launches Sept. 29 at Rillito Regional Park, 4502 N. First Ave., and takes place Sunday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. Register for the league and RSVP online at by Sept. 20.

While much of the year is spent having fun on the field and donating balls to groups like the Boys and Girls Club, Engage Foundation Board Member Matt Stamp said this Friday’s fundraiser is integral to the success of the group’s mission.

“Our goal is to give as many children as possible the opportunity to participate in fun activities that they might not have the chance to otherwise,” Stamp said. “We are grateful for the community support and look forward to a great event and impactful season ahead.”

A $20 ticket to the event comes with a dinner, custom pint glass and $1 beers. A $40 ticket includes a seat at the speed poker tournament—where the best prizes are up for grabs. All proceeds from the events go directly to Engage. Buy tickets online here.

Those who can’t attend the event but would like to contribute to Engage’s mission may do so online here.

Engage is officially recognized and supported by USA Rugby, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson and the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

City High Student Raises $1,600 for Local Charity

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2019 at 4:08 PM

Isabella Parisi and her mother Rebecca - COURTESY PHOTO
  • Courtesy Photo
  • Isabella Parisi and her mother Rebecca

For her 16th birthday, Tucson City High School student Isabella Parisi did not ask for presents. Instead, she said any money that would be spent on her should instead be given to children in need.

Parisi and her family worked with Pay It Forward Tucson, a local nonprofit, to host an event to benefit children in need. In total, the May 18 event raised $1675.81 for Raising Special Kids, an Arizona nonprofit dedicated to helping children with disabilities. The fundraiser included an art show from multiple local painters, performances by folk musician Peter Dalton Ronstadt, and more.

“Since she was young she has given back to the community, however, this year was one of the most special events,” said Isabella’s mother Rebecca.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Give the Gift of Food and Lower Your Library Fines

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 4:03 PM


Give the gift of food and lower your library fines! From April 15 to April 30, library customers can pay overdue fines and help support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. During Food for Fines, one dollar in overdue fines will be waived for each non-perishable food item donated at any library.

What fines can be waived?

  • Only overdue fines will be waived. No lost material, damaged fees, collection agency fees, or other fees will be waived during this event.
What can I donate?

  • Nonperishable items such as canned vegetables, peanut butter, cans of tuna and cereal are all welcome.
What is not accepted:
  • Perishable food
  • Expired food
  • Opened, dented, or damaged food
  • Homemade food
  • Food in glass containers
What happens with my donation?
  • All donations are sent to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, so your donation goes directly to your community.
What if I don't have any fines on my account?
  • You can still participate!!! Your donations will be sent along with the rest of the food.


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Monday, April 8, 2019

Local Nonprofit Collecting Medical Supplies at Donation Drive

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 12:23 PM

  • Courtesy World Care
Help those in need by donating your extra health and medical supplies. World Care, a local nonprofit that works to provide basic necessities to those in need, is hosting a Medical Equipment and Supplies Donation Drive this weekend.

Since its founding in 1993, World Care has expanded its programing to include Tools for Education, Tools for Health, Tools for the Environment, Tools for Technology and Tools for Emergency Relief.

World Care works to create sustainable communities by refurbishing, reusing, recycling and redistributing goods and putting them to work helping people rather than ending up in a landfill.
  • Courtesy World Care

In Tucson, World Care has just moved to a new location and is collecting supplies for their Medical Equipment Bank. At the bank, Tucsonans can loan out wheelchairs, walkers, commodes and other medical necessities for free as well as collecting free hygiene supplies.

To continue providing medical supplies to Tucsonans at no cost, World Care is calling for donations.

The Medical Equipment/Supplies Donation Drive will be held April 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 3029 N Stone Avenue.

World Care is asking for donations of adult diapers, hygiene supplies, wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes, toilet raisers, toilet extensions, shower stairs, tub transfer benches, knee scooters and more.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Girl Scouts: Here's a Sure Sale for Your Cookies!

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 4:23 PM


One Tucson company is celebrating the 2019 Girl Scouts cookie season with a big promise: They will buy cookies from every girl who visits them this Thursday, Feb. 7.

For the fourth year in a row, Trusting Connections nanny agency and sitter service co-founders Rosalind Prather and Caroline Wesnitzer are vowing to purchase cookies from every scout that visits between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. while they set up shop at the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona headquarters (4300 E. Broadway Blvd.)

The cookie sales don't just help fund Girl Scout programming. Young women also learn entrepreneurial skills and self confidence.

From the Girl Scouts website: “It's about the experience of running her very own cookie sale, working with others, and building a lifetime of confidence as she learns five skills (goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics) essential to leadership, success, and life.”

In the spirit of the programs’ educational goals, girls will be asked to give either individual or group sales pitches to Prather and Wesnitzer. The scouts will then draw from a jar with notes indicating how many boxes the company will purchase—between one and 25.

Signs, posters and other sales props are welcomed.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Furlough Freebies Extend Beyond Food

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 12:43 PM

  • Unscrewed Theater Facebook
Local restaurants have been providing free meals to government workers affected by the shutdown, but now other local business are stepping in to help out.

Tucson's Unscrewed Theater announced a program called "Furlough Freebies, Taking the Money Out of Funny." Starting Jan. 18 all federal employees with federal ID's can see any show for free.

Unscrewed Theater's executive director Chris Seidman said that the free shows were inspired by a member of Unscrewed Theater, making the government shutdown hit home.

“Unscrewed Theater’s very own volunteer Gayla Gongwer is a federal employee who has been hit by this unfortunate shutdown" Seidman said in a release.

The theater is working to alleviate some of the stress on federal workers through comedy. The non-profit improv theater released a statement:

“Unscrewed Theater” wants to remind all of the federal workers in our community that they are not facing this very difficult time alone. 
Another local business is getting in on the giving with a promotion on alignment. KS Mission Automotive is giving away free alignments for government employees during the shutdown. For more information visit

Some restaurants around town that are offering free food specials are breakfast at Hotel McCoy, burgers and mac and cheese at Pastiche and a buffet at Saffron Indian Bistro. 

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