The $355 million Tucson Federal Credit Union in Arizona recently announced the selection of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson as recipient of its third annual $25,000 Community Partnership.
In addition, TFCU granted a $10,000 award each to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson and the El Rio Health Center Foundation, bringing this year’s total Community Partnership contribution to $45,000.
In order to be considered for the Community Partnership, the non-profits’ vision and goals must align with TFCU’s philosophy of supporting programs or events that directly benefit education, youth, or the Tucson community, the credit union said.
TFCU will present the $25,000 award to the Boys & Girls Clubs in June. As the largest youth-serving organization of its kind, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson has a current membership of more than 8,000 at-risk kids at their six local clubhouses.
The $25,000 Community Partnership will provide critical funding to the Roy Drachman, Jim and Vicki Click and Holmes Tuttle clubhouses, each of which has a membership of nearly 2,000 youth.
The donation will allow the organization to reintroduce their Arts and Crafts Program, which had been eliminated due to budget cuts.
“We could not be more excited to provide funding that will enable club members to participate in enriching arts programs,” said TFCU CEO Susan Stansberry. “Without the clubs, most members would not have access to affordable quality programming that enhance their self-esteem and develop character. Helping kids and helping the community is what Tucson Federal Credit Union is all about.”
First-time donation recipient Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson said it will use its $10,000 award to support its one-to-one adult to child mentoring program; the need for which has grown by 15% in the last year. The El Rio Health Center Foundation, recipient of a $10,000 award in 2013 and former recipient of the $25,000 award in 2011 and 2012, will use the donation to help complete its new Congress medical facility, including a named exam room in the diabetes clinic area; special sponsorship for its 12th Annual Gala; and support for an early childhood developmental program, “Reach Out and Read.”