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  • Employees Care About Pima County (ECAP)

    ECAP campaign raises $271,000 for those in need

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    Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry addresses the crowd at the 2021
    ECAP kickoff event at the Kino Event Center.
    The 52nd annual ECAP campaign raised nearly $271,000, falling short of its $300,000 goal but still demonstrating that County employees are very willing to help people and animals in need through a multitude of organizations.

    The final tally for the 2021 campaign was $270,634, which was about $12,000 less than the 2020 total of $282,244. It should be noted, however, that the 2020 campaign was about two weeks longer.

    “The campaign was a great success considering the struggles that employees still face with the pandemic, inflation, etc.,” said campaign Chair Judy Cooper. “We also had about 450 fewer employees throughout the campaign this year than previously.

    “About 61% of County employees participated in the campaign and 22% pledged this year, both five-year highs. The average gift was also $232, a three-year high,” Cooper continued. “I want to give an extra big thank you to all of the Coordinators and Solicitors who put in the extra work to help make this campaign a success. Without them, this would not have been possible.”

    Standout departments, in terms of dollars raised, were the Sheriff’s Department and the Pima County Public Library, which raised $29,107 and $27,251, respectively.

    Departments of more than 20 employees that had a 50% or better pledge rate were Community & Workforce Development, Fleet Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Kino Sports Complex and Procurement.

    An awards ceremony honoring top departments and coordinators will be held in April or May, Cooper said.

    As the ECAP committee begins planning for the 2022 campaign, Cooper added, “The gracious support of our community, especially during tough times and year after year, is heartwarming and touching!”

    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

    Kate Harrison
    Sylvia Molina
    Behavioral Health

    Emily Bressler
    Justice Services
    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.
    Fifth Floor
    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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