Best Of Tucson®

Best Local Activist/Advocacy Group


Wingspan, in its brand-spanking-new location just east of Fourth Avenue, has come a long way from its humble beginnings more than 25 years ago. Originally a nameless, itinerant weekly youth support group, Wingspan found its name and its first real home in the late 1980s. Since then, the nonprofit organization has broadened its role to include health-advocacy programs, services for seniors, social events and an annual film festival, for starters. Wingspan's Anti-Violence Project received a Distinguished Service Award from the state, and the center was recently involved in a groundbreaking (pun intended) project, "Rainbow Build," in which members of the LGBT community worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a local family. The center's youth programs have expanded to include tutoring and a computer center, while the original weekly support group from which the organization blossomed remains.

Runners up:

2. Center for Biological Diversity, 623-5252
3. Humane Borders, First Christian Church, 740 E. Speedway Blvd., 628-7753

Vote of note: "College Republicans"

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