United Way of Tucson has distributed
$395,100 to local agencies to-date
with more funds on the way!
United For Southern Arizona
COVID-19 Fund Updates:
As we pivot now from Response to Recovery, your United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is excited to share bi-weekly updates related to our United for Southern Arizona COVID-19 Fund . Funds raised are distributed to partner agencies and go directly to helping local individuals and families in our community as we work towards recovering and rebuilding our community from the COVID-19 crisis. It is only through your generosity that we are able to create a positive impact in the lives of others. Thank you for making this possible! Read on below for individual stories of impact, volunteer opportunities and other important updates.
Partner Agencies:
Community Stories
Thanks to the generous support of our funders and donors like you, United Way of Tucson has been able to help individuals and families start to recover and rebuild their lives in conjunction with our partner organizations. Below you will read the stories of these individuals and how they have been directly affected during this COVID-19 crisis.
Housing Assistance
Direct Center for Independence: “Veronica* is a disabled woman living with a disabled adult son and grandchild.  Both Veronica and her son lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Adding to their struggle, Veronica was in a severe car accident two weeks ago. The accident has left her paralyzed, and as of right now, she is still in the hospital. Because her son is disabled and she claims him on her taxes, he did not get his own stimulus check. The family has no income at the moment and, given the accident, Veronica now faces limited prospects for future earning until her benefits application is approved. Their landlord agreed not to take Veronica to court for an eviction, but he warned that unless the family catches up on bills soon, he will need them to leave. This support will help Veronica and her family meet rental payments as they wait for crucial benefits to process.”
Habitat for Humanity Tucson: “My name is Leeann*, and I am writing this letter to inform you of my current financial situation and to request housing assistance for my family. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my employer has significantly reduced my work hours, and I am often sent home early without warning. My partner works as an automotive technician, but he was recently let go from his job. He is currently staying home with our children, and I am looking into a second job as a Certified Nursing Assistant to compensate at least a bit of the lost wages. My partner has applied for unemployment and is waiting to hear back.
It is us adults and our two children living together here. We have made this home our safe place and cherish every nook and cranny. We are worried about losing our home due to this financial hardship. Up until now, we have been living paycheck to paycheck and have not been able to start a savings. In the future, we will find a way to make certain that our payments are done in a timely manner but really need help right now. This support will help us make a payment while we get back on our feet.”
Family Assistance
Emerge Center for Domestic Abuse: “Mary* is a refugee and mother of three. Because it takes much longer for refugees to get financially stabilized, Mary and her children have been staying in our emergency shelter for many months. Mary is now in the final stages of securing her own housing. However, because English is not her first language, she needs an interpreter and other resources to finalize her next steps. This support will help Mary access services for health, benefits, and self-sufficiency and start a life free from abuse.”
Volunteer Opportunities!
Feed the children
A drive-through, no-touch distribution of free non-perishable groceries and supplies in partnership with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

When: June 25th, 7am - 10am
Where: Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way

How to obtain Food: Please remain in your vehicle and drive through one of three marked distribution lanes. Volunteers will place the emergency boxes in your trunk. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home and send a healthy friend or relative instead.

How to Donate: Donate food to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
We need your help to keep
Southern Arizona United

We need your continued to support to help our community recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 Crisis. For nearly 100 years, your United Way of Southern Arizona has been fulfilling our mission of mobilizing the community to solve real-time problems. Your gift to this fund will quickly support a child, family, or older person with what they need most as our community heals. Together, we can help each other and our community emerge from this stronger than ever. With our non-profit partners, United Way will continue to help the recovery effort by providing services and resources for individuals and families recovering from health and financial hardship.  When we LIVE UNITED, we can achieve more than any single entity can alone. When you GIVE UNITED, you can change lives.