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  • ECAP campaign hitting home stretch

    The Employees Care About Pima County campaign is in its final few weeks and the 50th anniversary goal is to raise $350,000. If you’ve not yet donated, there is a new, more secure system the County is using in partnership with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

    With the new process, you will be able to make one-time or bi-weekly donations via payroll deduction or put a donation on a credit card. Check and cash donations should still be handled through your department coordinators or solicitors via paper pledge forms.

    You may have already seen personalized emails from United Way in your inbox. If you can’t find it, look for another email from them Dec. 3 and each Tuesday thereafter until the campaign ends. Here’s the new process:
    • Start by clicking the 'Setup Password' link using the Sign In, User Name created for you;
    • With user name and password in hand, continue to the Pima ECAP Site;
    • Click on the blue "Click to Give Now" button below the Courthouse picture;
    • If your account is set up, simply sign in;
    • If you are a New Employee or never received the United Way email, click the "Register" link and create an account;
    • Once in, you can make a pledge(s) or opt out
    If you don’t recall receiving a United Way email, it’s likely because you already made your pledge or you chose to opt out. Once you do that, you will no longer receive emails.

    If you don’t remember how much you pledged, the Pima ECAP site has links where you can check your donation history, find more campaign and United Way Information and other informational links. 

    Departments get creative with ECAP fundraisers

    Procurement pupPuppies. Cornhole. Turkeys. They’re all part of this year’s annual ECAP campaign, thanks to County employees’ creativity.

    Procure a pup

    When Procurement wanted to raise awareness about what Pima Animal Care Center does, they called in the experts: a puppy and kitten. 

    Actually, it was Friends of PACC – the nonprofit arm of Pima Animal Care – that came for an office visit to the third floor of Admin East to educate staff on the many services PACC provides to the community.

    “They let us hold, pet, play with the animals and explained their specific needs and what has been done for them,” Procurement’s Judy Cooper explained. 

    As a result, several staff members donated to PACC via ECAP for the first time.

    “Our goal was to help staff understand how their money is used and why it’s in important,” said Cooper, who would have taken a puppy home if she didn’t already have two dogs. 

    Procurement also is planning some other activities that will put the fun in fundraising. Staff will start decorating their doors and offices for the holidays, then buy raffle tickets to enter a contest to win donated prizes, courtesy of Procurement Director Mary Jo Furphy. They’ll also hold a salsa contest similar to the one Community Services, Employment and Training is staging on Dec. 6.

    Cornhole showdown

    Information Technology’s Taylor Green and some of his colleagues can throw a mean beanbag. So why not do it for a good cause?

    Members of the Information Technology team took on fellow Admin West employees from Human Resources and Facilities Management in a cornhole tournament to raise funds and awareness for ECAP. Green organized the tournament and wore his Gilligan (like the Island) hat, signifying the name under which he competes in area cornhole tournaments. He drew up the brackets, ala NCAA Tournament style, and timed the competitors so they could get the match in within their Nov. 19 lunch hour. 

    The big winners were  IT’s Suzette Castro and Grant Murray. They won tickets to a Roadrunners hockey game, donated by IT leadership, as well as a desktop cornhole trophy. Players borrowed the cornhole boards from Kino Sports Complex.

    “We had quite a crowd who attended to cheer on their departments at this fun and competitive event,” Linda Volkerink, applications analyst with IT, said. “The other big winners were the ECAP charities. The 18 players each pledged up to $10 in order to compete. That’s up to $180 going toward the needs of our community!” 

    Volkerink also recognized the teams, spectators and leadership who supported this event and especially Taylor Green and Marchelle Pappas who initiated the idea. “We hope the tradition of this friendly competition continues!”
    Pima County Cornhole Match Up

    Last year, Human Resources joined in when IT staff put up cornhole boards to encourage ECAP participation. This year, HR joined in by challenging the other departments to a full-on tournament.

    “This is the first of (hopefully) many future years of friendly competition between departments that fosters a win for the community and ECAP,” Volkerink said.

    Raffles galore

    Fleet Services and the Health Department were among several departments planning raffles and other events to raise money for ECAP. 

    The Health Department has been holding a number of raffles weekly for employees who have completed their ECAP forms. Raffle items have been donations given by random employees who want to encourage participation.  

    “So far we have raffled two Grandma’s Old Fashioned peanut brittle containers (homemade by one of our employees) and a 20 pound turkey,” said the department’s Andrea Altamirano. “The turkey raffle increased our numbers by 16 pledges/or opt outs.”

    The Health Department also created their own ECAP pins, a combo featuring a Health Department and ECAP logo. The first 175 employees who donate or opt out receive one.

    Over in Fleet Services, members of the management team donated turkey, cake and pie that employees who purchase raffle tickets could win. Several other departments are planning similar efforts.

    “It’s great to see departments getting into the spirit of ECAP and having fun at the same time,” Ray Velez, ECAP chair, said. “We appreciate their creativity and generosity.”
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