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  • Employees Care About Pima County (ECAP)

    Top departments honored for charitable giving at annual awards ceremony

     ECAP awards
    County Administrator Jan Lesher, right, presents a ceremonial check to Jeffrey
    Petrovic, chief development officer for the United Way of Tucson and Southern
    Arizona, at the ECAP awards ceremony.
    Pima County’s Administration Office, the Pima County Public Library and the Regional Flood Control District were named the top three departments at the 2021-22 Employees Care About Pima County awards ceremony.

    The ceremony for ECAP, the County’s annual charitable fundraising campaign, was held May 5 at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center. About 75 people attended the lunchtime event, which also honored the scores of coordinators and solicitors from all departments.

    “Given the challenges county employees faced during the past year, with the pandemic and the struggling economy, we had a very successful campaign, raising $270,634,” said Judy Cooper, chair of the ECAP Steering Committee.

    Cooper singled out two departments — Fleet Services and Information Technology — for having a 100% pledge rate by their employees.

    County Administrator Jan Lesher thanked all the coordinators, solicitors and the ECAP committee for their efforts.

    “Our job is to serve the public and we are only as good as our employees,” Lesher said. “We thank you for doing your jobs every day, but the fact that you then go that extra mile and work on the ECAP campaign, that is extraordinary to me.

    “I know it’s tough to find the hours in a normal day, and then with all of the challenges we’ve had with COVID and so many other problems … this group has just been plugging away and we can’t thank you enough.”

    Three factors went into calculating the top departments — percentage of employees who pledged to ECAP, which counted for 40% of a department’s score; average gift per pledge (35%); and total amount pledged by the department (25%).

    Based on those criteria, the County Administrator’s Office and its 18 employees took the top spot among the top-rated “Gold” departments and raised a total of $26,490.

    However, among departments with more than 20 employees, the clear standout was the Public Library, whose 225 employees pledged at a rate of 31% and raised $27,251. That total was bested only by the Sheriff’s Department, which is almost six times as large as the library. The Sheriff’s Department raised a County-best $29,107 and earned a “Silver” designation for its efforts.

    The top three coordinators were, in order, Monica Perez from County Administration, Judy Moses from the Public Library and Martha Guzman from the Regional Flood Control District.

    Besides County Administration and the Public Library, the other departments that earned a “Gold” designation were: Regional Flood Control District; Procurement; Community & Workforce Development; Information Technology/PCSD IT Services; Elections; Grants Management & Innovation; Development Services; Finance & Risk Management; and Health.

    After the Sheriff’s Department, the Public Library and County Administration, the departments that raised the most were Health ($15,825), Regional Wastewater Reclamation ($15,736), Information Technology ($15,003), Public Defense Services ($13,774), Community & Workforce Development ($12,574), Regional Flood Control District ($10,778), Finance & Risk Management ($10,327) and Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation ($10,014).

    Jeffrey Petrovic, chief development officer for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, which helps run the ECAP campaign and is one of its main beneficiaries, said the annual campaign makes Pima County a better place to live.

    “We at the United Way want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Petrovic said. “Our goal this year is to serve 280,000 individuals in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Your funds are helping us to achieve our mission of education, financial wellness and healthy communities. Because of you, we are able to do that work every day.”

    ECAP earns Circle of Excellence Award from United Way

    In May 2022, ECAP earned the Circle of Excellence Award from the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

    ECAP was one of 25 local agencies or organizations honored with the award and was presented with a glass trophy at a United Way awards banquet.

    “This award means a lot to ECAP because it reaffirms the generosity and warmth of Pima County employees and their desire to help the less fortunate, children, seniors and animals,” Cooper said. “This award recognizes the hard work the ECAP committee puts in year-round and especially during the campaign season.”

    The Circle of Excellence Award is given to agencies and organizations whose employees excelled in raising funds for the community’s needs.

    “I am very proud of the committee and applaud their continuing efforts and support of this very important program,” Cooper said. “Without the hard work the ECAP committee puts in and the strong employee engagement throughout the three-month campaign, this effort would not be a success.”

    Learn more about charitable organizations

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

    Tony Penn

    How to donate

    Are you a new employee or did you miss the annual campaign? Simply complete a pledge form and email it to ECAP@pima.gov.

    Giving is completely voluntary. Your pledge can be either a one-time gift or made through payroll deductions.

    Ending Poverty Now

    Another bright spot in the 2021 ECAP campaign was the amount pledged to the County’s Ending Poverty Now program, which increased from $20,859 in 2020 to $40,940 in 2021.

    The Ending Poverty Now fund goes to support organizations in the community that are using a curriculum called “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World” to help break the cycle of poverty.

    More information about the program can be found by clicking on the Ending Poverty Now tab below.

    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

    Joanna Dinan, Vice Chair
    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
    Phone: 520-977-0816

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

    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
    Ray Velez

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


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

    Martin Rosales
    Sylvia Molina
    Behavioral Health

    Dedra Clark-McGee
    Arika Wells
    Pima County Attorney's Office


    ECAP Photos

     Huckelberry  Flood control
    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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    150 W. Congress St.
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    Tucson, AZ 85701
    Email: ECAP@pima.gov

    Judy Cooper, Chair
    Phone: 520-724-3727

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

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