TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Earlier this week Tucson Electric Power awarded $125,000 in grants to eight local nonprofit groups that provide educational opportunities for kids, care for the environment, and provide assistance to those in need.
"We award Community Impact Grants to support the work of incredible nonprofit groups that make Southern Arizona a better place to live," said David G. Hutchens, TEP's President and CEO in a release. "What better way to commemorate TEP's 125th anniversary than investing in the success of efforts that will improve our customers' quality of life for many years to come."
The 2017 TEP Community Impact Grants honorees:
- Our Family Services to provide temporary housing, food, clothing, furnishings and household goods to hundreds of homeless children, youth and families through the organization’s New Beginnings Shelter & Housing programs. ($30,000)
- Youth on Their Own for its Student Living Expense Program, which provides financial assistance and other support to help more than 100 homeless youth become self-sufficient, complete high school and pursue other successes. ($16,500)
- St. Elizabeth’s Health Center for its Emergency Dental Services for Low Income People program. Grant funds will pay for filings, extractions, root canals and other oral surgeries to more than 100 people. ($15,000)
- Sunnyside School District Foundation Inc. for its Future City science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program. Grant funds will pay the costs of educational experiences for students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in science, technology and engineering careers. ($22,000)
- Act One’s field trip program, which sends students from schools serving limited-income families on field trips to art museums, theater performances, concerts and other artistic venues. Grant funds will cover the cost of tickets, transportation and educational materials for more than 1,100 students. ($10,000)
- JobPath for its Ensure Success program, which provides financial support to unemployed or underemployed Pima County residents enrolled in college-level education and job-training programs for careers in the electric, nursing, engineering and aviation industries. ($10,000)
- Make Way for Books’ Story Project, a program that provides books and literary experiences to more than 5,000 children annually in Pima County. ($10,000)
Environmental Protection and Sustainability
- Tucson Wildlife Center for its Injured Raptor Rescue Program, which provides veterinary and rehabilitation care to injured and orphaned Coopers hawks, owls and other birds of prey. ($11,500)
TEP employee volunteers and other stakeholders selected this year's Community Impact Grant recipients through a competitive process that attracted 85 applications from local nonprofit groups. Winners were chosen based on program effectiveness and sustainability, applicants' organizational capabilities and other criteria. TEP also will award an additional $10,000 to nonprofit organizations in the White Mountains communities near TEP's Springerville Generating Station.
TEP Community Impact Grants are available to organizations in TEP's service territory and in eastern Arizona communities near TEP's Springerville Generating Station. TEP Community Impact Grants, like other community investments, are funded from corporate resources, not customers' rates.