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  • Employees Combined Appeal Program (ECAP)

    2018-2019 Campaign

    Pima County makes it easy for its employees to support the charitable organizations that have made a difference in their lives and the lives of others in our community.

    Your donation to any of more than 200 organizations through the Employee Combined Appeal Program (ECAP) shows how much Pima County employees are creating a brighter tomorrow for those in our community.

    The 2018-19 ECAP campaign kicks off later this Summer with an agency fair at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Please be generous. Last year’s campaign raised more than $296,000! ECAP

    Going Green

    In an attempt to cut down on paper, this year’s ECAP is going green! You can support ECAP and help the environment by making your donation online. We’ll even send you your receipt online. Employees who don’t have access to a computer and can’t give online can obtain a pledge card through their departmental coordinator or solicitor.

    Ending Poverty Now

    The County and United Way are partnering with other community organizations and businesses to help break the cycle of poverty in our community. The initiative helps ensure people are not just “getting by” through "Getting Ahead" - an intensive 50-hour class designed for people in or near poverty. The class provides a safe learning environment to explore the impact of poverty on themselves, their families, and their communities.

    Participants assess their own resources and make plans for their own future. They offer ideas for building a prosperous community and choose a team to help fulfill their dreams.

    Getting Ahead is being used by a wide network of agencies. 

    Pima County’s local partner organizations

    This year’s Ending Poverty Now funds will be used to support these Getting Ahead partners, expand and strengthen the Getting Ahead network, and provide follow up to graduates as they move ahead.

    And by giving to the EPN Fund, you may receive a tax credit from the state of Arizona of up to $800 (for married couples.) Contact a qualified tax professional for advice.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is ECAP?

    ECAP is the acronym for the Employees Combined Appeal Program, an annual worksite fund raiser which allows Pima County employees to contribute to their favorite charity through payroll deduction or a one time donation.

    How much should I donate?

    You decide. No amount is too small because every little bit helps.

    How much of my donation goes towards administrative costs?

    NONE! One hundred percent (100%) of your pledge will go directly to the agency you designate.

    Why should I donate through ECAP?

    100% of your ECAP donation goes to the charitable agency(ies) that you select. Also, ECAP donations are tax deductible. By contributing through ECAP you can establish a yearly contribution allocation, make bi-monthly contributions and have your total contribution reported on your paycheck stub.

    I don't have access to a computer. Where can I obtain a paper pledge form?

    Employees who don’t have access to a computer and can’t give online can obtain a pledge card through their departmental solicitor or coordinator or through the ECAP committee using this form.

    What if people choose not to give?

    That's their prerogative. If they choose not to participate, nothing more needs to be done.

    How do I find out who my department coordinator and/or solicitor are?

    Search the Solicitor page or contact Committee Chairs Ray Velez and Margo Chavezeither by phone, 520-724-4489 or 520-724-9169 or email - Ray.Velez@Pima.gov or Margo.Chavez@Pima.gov. They maintain a list of all department solicitors and coordinators.

    What if I don't understand how to fill out the pledge form and/or the report envelope?

    Contact a steering committee member, your coordinator, or your solicitor and they will be happy to assist you.

    I lost my copy of last year's pledge form, and don't remember what agency received my donation. How can I get that information?

    You will have to contact the United Way at 520.903.9000. They keep a copy for us.

    Can I take time off from work to attend an ECAP event?

    Mr. Huckelberry, County Administrator, is an avid supporter of ECAP. All department directors managers and supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to participate in any ECAP event that may be conducted by the coordinator or solicitor for their respective department.

    Where do ECAP contributions go?

    100% of the employee's donation goes to the charity designated by the employee. With over 270 agencies to choose from, the employee decides where their contributions will go. If no agency is designated, their donation will be placed in a community fund that disburses funding to less recognized local agencies in need of funding.

    Can a one-time donation be made through payroll deduction?

    Yes. That option was made available beginning with the 2005-2006 campaign.

    Can an employee still contribute if he plans to retire next year?

    Yes. However, the donation will stop when the employee retires, which means the full amount of the donation may not be reached. A one-time donation would be the best choice.

    Can a temporary or intermittent employee donate to ECAP?

    Yes, but depending on the actual hours worked, the agency may not receive the full amount of the donation.

    What if the agency I want to receive my donation isn't in the ECAP member agency directory?

    With the donor choice option, you may write in your favorite agency name, provided it is a non-profit 501 (C) 3 agency. If it isn't you will be contacted to redirect your donation.

    How does an agency become an ECAP beneficiary?

    Contact Ray Velez by phone, 520-724-4489 or email or Margo Chavez by phone, 520-724-9169 or email.
    Ray Velez, Co-Chair
    Finance and Risk Management
    Phone: 520-724-4489
    Email: Ray.Velez@Pima.Gov 
                                                                          Ray Velez

    Margo Chavez                                                                   Margo Chavez, Co-Chair
     Public Defense Services
     Phone: 520-724-9169
     Email: Margo.Chavez@Pima.Gov 

    Judy Moses
    Public Library
                                                                                          Judy Moses

                                           Bonnie Bazata
     Bonnie Bazata
     Community Services, Employment and Training

    Barbara Denny
    Environmental Quality
                                                                                         Barbara Denny

    Joanna Dinan                                                    Joanna Dinan
     Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation 

    Charlotte Watts
    Kino Sports Complex
                                                                                                    Charlotte Watts

    Other Committee Members:

    • Andrea Altamirano, Health
    • Brenda Garcia, Transportation
    • Melissa McClendon, Health
    • Monica Robinson, Health

    Community Impact

    United Way Donations Helped Seniors Remain Healthy and Active

    • Enabled 8,273 vulnerable seniors to remain at home with supportive services
    • Supported seniors and families through 155,997 hours of needed service from  4,725 active senior volunteers
    • Mobilized four communities to engage more than 3,360 seniors to solve local community problems and affect policy and program changes
    Donations Plus Leveraged Dollars = $3,250,234
    Every $1 Donated = $4.37 in additional support for seniors 

    United Way Donations Helped Young Children Prepare for School and Life

    • Promoted learning for 9,986 children in child care settings striving to improve quality and increase school readiness
    • Gave 76,704 books to 43,450 families with tips for reading to their child at home to promote early literacy skills
    • Guided 4,924 high risk families in the community or at home to increase positive parenting skills and prevent child abuse
    • Educated 5,064 early childhood teachers on best practice early education to increase child readiness for school and life
    Donations Plus Leveraged Dollars = $8,730,376
    Every $1 Donated = $12.04 in other Early Education Support

    United Way Donations Helped Youth Prepare for College, Work and Life 

    • Engaged 10,913 youth in quality after-school programs
    • Developed new skills and competencies of 3,314 youth to better prepare for college, work or life
    • Increased nutrition awareness and physical activity for 1,892 children and youth
    Donations Plus Leveraged Dollars = $1,195,928
    Every $1 Donated = $1.65 in additional support for Youth

    United Way Donations Helped Families be Financially Stable 

    • Prepared 14,551 income tax returns for families with 457 volunteers in 10 Arizona counties
    • Brought in $21.7 million in tax refunds to help family finances and fuel the local economy
    • Helped 5,635 families become more financially stable and meet their basic needs
    Donations Plus Leveraged Dollars = $1,452,256
    Every $1 Donated = $2.00 in other Family Financial Stability support

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    Employees Combined Appeal Program (ECAP)

    130 W. Congress St.
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    Ray Velez - Chair
    Phone: 520-724-4489

    Margo Chavez - Vice Chair
    Phone: 520-724-9169

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