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  • Employees Care About Pima County (ECAP)

    ECAP campaign is extended through Dec. 29

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    Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry addresses the crowd at the 2021
    ECAP kickoff event at the Kino Event Center.
    The 52nd annual ECAP campaign has been extended through Dec. 29, 2021. As of Dec. 1, Pima County employees had graciously and generously donated more than $229,000 so far this year. Let’s keep the momentum going and reach our goal of $300,000!

    From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting our community.

    The campaign kickoff on Sept. 15 was a great success, with 44 agencies and 197 Pima County employees in attendance. Several agencies commented that County employees were very respectful and kind.

    County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, one of the keynote speakers, said, "The message here today is to think of other people. It’s been a difficult year for everyone — and for those who have less, it’s been even more difficult. So, we need to think generously when it comes to ECAP."

    Allison Titcomb, chief impact officer and senior vice president for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, urged County employees to continue their generosity.

    “In the last several years, Pima County employees have been able to raise over $300,000 for this community and it has truly made a difference,” Titcomb said. "Thank you again for all that you do. It's made a big difference and you can do it again."

    Patty Short, of the County's Ending Poverty Now program, rounded out the speakers by reminding attendees that employee contributions can help provide "a future where children can wake up in a stable home, have a nutritious breakfast and go to a good school. A future where they don't have to worry about going hungry, being evicted or having parents who are out of work.

    "If we want our youth to do the best they can, then we need to do the best we can for them now."

    All agencies are hoping that Pima County employees continue to open their hearts with their support. An agency guide, agency videos and pledge forms will be available throughout the campaign on the ECAP website.

    Every County department has coordinators and solicitors who are your points of contact throughout the campaign. They will have a training manual available to them, so they can assist you with questions, concerns or issues. They will also help you complete your pledge form electronically or on paper — or if you want to opt out.
    Tony Penn

    How to donate

    The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona will send all County employees an email with an electronic link on Sept. 16, 2021.
    • If you registered last year, you can sign in with your username and password.
    • If you forgot your password, click on the Forgot Password link to reset it. The directions for a reset will arrive via email.
    • If you did not register last year or are a new employee, you must register at the United Way/Pima County ECAP site.
    • Employees will follow that link to register for this year’s campaign.
    • Add a username; business or work email; a password; and confirm password; work email must be used as business email when registering.
    • A confirmation email will be sent from StratusLive to your work email with the subject “Confirm your email address”
    • Click the “Confirm my email address” button; this will take you to your account
    • Click save and return to the United Way/Pima County ECAP site
    • Once you return to the Pima County Giving page, click “GIVE NOW.”
    • Start your pledge with your contact information. (Please provide your address if it has changed and/or if you would like a physical acknowledgment from the United Way).
    Questions? See Page 13 of the ECAP training manual.

    Giving is completely voluntary. Your pledge can be either a one-time gift or made through payroll deductions. Last year, ECAP raised more than $282,000 for our local community. This year’s goal is to raise at least $300,000, so let's show our support for the community.

    Ending Poverty Now

    The 2020 ECAP campaign raised $20,859 for a program near and dear to a lot of folks: Ending Poverty Now. The Ending Poverty Now fund goes to support organizations in our community that are using an effective curriculum called Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World to help break the cycle of poverty. Read more by clicking on the Ending Poverty Now tab, below.

    With thanks

    The ECAP campaign wouldn't be possible without the generosity of County employees. Many of you not only made donations, but you also hosted fundraisers, contests and found other creative ways to generate interest and funds for the most needy in our community. Thank you!

    ECAP Information

    A Thank You from the United Way

    Tony Penn

    County Administrator's Video Message

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    ECAP Video

    ECAP Steering Committee

    The organizing body of the Employees Care About Pima County (ECAP) program sets the direction of the appeal program, promotes its activities and administers and manages the annual employee participation drive in coordination with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Members come from nearly a dozen County departments large and small. ECAP is the largest and most generous program of its kind in Southern Arizona.
    Judy Cooper
    Judy Cooper, Chair
    Phone: 520-724-3727

    Daniel Davis, Co-Vice Chair
    Clerk of the Board
    Phone: 520-351-8455
    Daniel Davis

    Joanna Dinan
    Joanna Dinan, Co-Vice Chair
    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
    Phone: 520-977-0816
    Email: Joanna.Dinan@Pima.Gov

    Linda Volkerink, Secretary
    Information Technology
    Phone: 520-724-7984
     Linda Volkerink

    Andrea Altamirano
    Andrea Altamirano
    Phone: 520-724-7926

    Judy Moses
    Public Library
    Phone: 520-594-5602
    Judy Moses

    Evelyn Gonzales
    Evelyn Gonzales
    Fleet Services
    Phone: 520-724-2618

    Magda Murtey
    Phone: 520-724-6366
    Magda Murtey

    Monica Robinson
    Monica Robinson
    Phone: 520-724-2854

    Ray Velez
    Facilities Management
    Phone: 520-724-4489
    Email: Ray.Velez@Pima.Gov
    Ray Velez

     Bonnie Bazata Bonnie Bazata
    Community & Workforce Development
    Phone: 520-724-3704


    Dalila Perez
    Community & Workforce Development
    Patty Short
    Community & Workforce Development

    Kate Harrison
    Sylvia Molina
    Behavioral Health

    Carlton Miller
    United Way, Associate Development Officer


    ECAP Photos

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    County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, with ECAP's Daniel Davis, accepts the first-place trophy for the 2020 ECAP campaign on behalf of the Administration Department. Regional Flood Control District Director Suzanne Shields accepts the 2020 second-place trophy from ECAP Steering Committee member Daniel Davis. 
    Chuck Huckelberry
    Pima County Public Library Director Amber Mathewson, right, accepts the third-place award from ECAP's Judy Moses, left, and Daniel Davis. County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry speaks at the 2020 campaign kickoff.
    Agencies Epilepsy rep
    Lots of agencies represented at the ECAP kick-off. Find nonprofits you support at the Kickoff.
    Ending Poverty Now check presentation Big check presentation
    More than $48,000 raised to end poverty. Presenting the "Big Check" at the awards luncheon.
    Jan Lesher and Magda Murtey ECAP committee
    DCA Jan Lesher with ECAP committee member Magda Murtey. Committee members got in the spirit at the awards luncheon.

    Ending Poverty Now

    Interfaith Community Services (ICS) is a lead partner with Ending Poverty Now and receives funds from the generous contributions of Pima County employees through ECAP. EPN partners with ICS on three of those programs:

    • Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World is a 50 hour curriculum that supports people experiencing poverty to take an in-depth look at what causes poverty in their own life and in the community, and then develop a new future story themselves.  
    • RESET provides much longer-term wrap-around supports like classes, financial support, individual coaching EPN classesand more. RESET drew from ICS’ own programming as well as Pima County’s MAMA (Mother’s in Arizona Moving Ahead) program. 
    • The Bridges Financial Management Class is a 20-hour financial management class written by and for people who experience “the end of the money coming before the end of the month.” It’s an interactive, judgment free space where people can get tools to gain control of their finances and connect with financial mentors who are there to coach and share expertise.
    “When people are chronically under-resourced for a long time, it often takes more than just some job leads and a resume to help someone get a job,” said Tina Bommarito, ICS’s Workforce Development Coordinator. “EPN has given us new tools we can use.” 

    When the pandemic hit, ICS responded quickly to the dramatic increase in basic needs, like food boxes.  But they also maintained their programs focused on supporting families to get ahead and achieve self-sufficiency. To make this possible, they transformed their in-person programs to a virtual format. 

    “I was so impressed at ICS’s commitment to continue serving people through the pandemic,” said Bonnie Bazata, EPN program manager. “Making the shift to a virtual format is not easy – as most of us know – but ICS used it as a way to widen their reach and connect with even more people. It’s exciting to see the difference they are making.” 

    “Our goal is to help families move ahead with sustained support -- and these three programs are key to achieving that,” said Lauryn Valladarez, ICS’s Director of Self-Sufficiency Programs. “The EPN program supports us not just with dollars, but with trainings, curriculum support and advice.  We are so grateful for this partnership and for the caring and generous Pima County employees.”


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    130 W. Congress St.
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Judy Cooper - Chair
    Phone: 520-724-3727

    Daniel Davis - Co-Vice Chair
    Phone: 520-351-8455

    Joanna Dinan - Co-Vice Chair
    Phone: 520-724-5363
    Email: Joanna.Dinan@Pima.Gov

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