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  • ECAP kickoff set for Sept. 18

    ECAP 2019 Kickoff InvitationEven with triple-digit temperatures still dominating weather forecasts, Pima County employees can enjoy a taste of winter weather and get a jump on their holiday giving Sept. 18 at the ECAP Campaign Kickoff Celebration scheduled in the air-conditioned comfort of the Kino Sports Complex Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way.

    In past years, the festivities took place in the friendly, but hot, confines of Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. But the County's acquisition of the former Mulcahy YMCA will allow more than 50 nonprofit groups to set up in the facility’s main hall, entry and other spots. Doors open at 10 a.m. The ECAP Committee will provide food and beverages.

    "With the sun and the heat taken out of the equation we hope employees will feel less rushed and will take more time to speak with the multitude of non-profits who participate in ECAP and assist everyone throughout the community," ECAP Chair Ray Velez said.

    The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona ensures 100 percent of all ECAP gifts go to each employee’s designated agency or agencies.

    ECAP organizers want to see a particularly successful campaign with 2019-2020 being the program's 50th anniversary. Last year's effort raised nearly $320,000 – an almost 10 percent increase from the year before. To mark the milestone, ECAP took a new moniker that better reflects its mission, changing from the Employees Combined Appeal Program to Employees Care About Pima County.

    "We also changed how people can give. This year a new policy requires a minimum one-dollar donation per charity, regardless whether the gift comes via biweekly payroll deduction or one-time contribution," Velez said. "Before the United Way had to print and mail out checks to each recipient agency. It used valuable resources the agencies could put to better use."

    Once again, ECAP encourages donations to the “Ending Poverty Now” program, which partners with organizations and businesses dedicated to helping break the cycle of poverty in our community. 

    The kickoff also serves as a training opportunity for departmental coordinators and solicitors. Potential participants should contact ECAP Co-Vice Chair Joanna Dinan by phone, 520-724-5363, or email.

    For more information about ECAP, contact Ray Velez by phone, 520-724-5363, or email and check out the ECAP page on the County’s Intranet system.
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