Tucson Metro Chamber

News Release: 2/21/2017

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February 21, 2017
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona achieves
certification by Points of Light

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona has been certified as a Service Enterprise by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.
A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver on its social mission.
“United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona completed an extensive assessment, over 20 hours of training and consulting and extensive internal planning and change to better integrate volunteers in our-day to-day operations,” said President and CEO Tony Penn. “By achieving this level of excellence and certification, we are now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers and better meet our mission.”
President George H.W. Bush founded Points of Light 25 years ago, calling our nation’s volunteers “a thousand points of light.”
“With this certification, your organization joins a prestigious group of nonprofits committed to effectively delivering on their missions by strategically engaging volunteer time and talent,” Points of Light CEO Tracy Hoover said in a congratulatory letter. “Without organizations like yours – dedicated to engaging volunteers to drive change – so many local needs would go unmet. With dedication like yours, so many lives are improved and your community is stronger.”
Less than 15 percent of organizations nationwide can be characterized as Service Enterprises. The average SE-certified organization experiences a 23 percent increase in volunteerism annually. Thanks to the initiative of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, Arizona has joined the movement, and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is pleased to help recruit more organizations to become Service Enterprises.
For more information regarding volunteer opportunities with our organization, please visit www.unitedwaytucson.org/volunteer.
About United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is working to advance the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of Education, Income and Health. United Way is dedicated to creating long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant issues. To live united is to bring TOGETHER the collective power of people to achieve great change. If a difference is to be made, we will make it as one. For more information about United Way, please visit unitedwaytucson.org and www.facebook.com/unitedwaytucson.