April 19, 2014

Mayor’s Update – April 19, 2014

Mayor’s Update
Tucson, Arizona April 19, 2014
Ways You Can Help Tucson

There are many ways Tucsonans can help our city! Here are a few.

Mayor’s 10,000 Trees Campaign

Trees clean the air and help keep homes and neighborhoods cool. My office is leading a campaign to plant 10,000 trees at Tucson homes, businesses and public places by the end of this year. Customers of Tucson Electric Power and Trico can get trees for as little as $8 to shade their homes. To learn more, visit mayorrothschild.com/trees.

Planting a tree in Armory Park. Earth Day Event
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
University of Arizona
Modern Languages Courtyard
Planting a tree in Armory Park

Learn about the Mayor’s 10,000 Trees Campaign, as well as how to select and care for trees. Request $8 trees for your home from Trees for Tucson (bring a current TEP or Trico statement). Tour the UA Arboretum.

Adopt a Street, Park or Public Area

Join Tucson Clean & Beautiful and more than 200 community groups to keep Tucson’s streets, parks and neighborhoods clean and graffiti-free. Find out how you or your organization can get involved by emailing adoptapark@tucsonaz.gov or calling Tucson Clean & Beautiful at (520) 791-3109.

At the Ward 3 graffiti event in 2012. Tucson Takes on Graffiti
Saturday, May 10, 2014
8:00 a.m.
Ramada at Amphi Neighborhood Park

(near Ft. Lowell and 1st Ave.)
At the Ward 3 graffiti event in 2012

Join Mayor Rothschild and Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich to help clean up graffiti. Breakfast and lunch provided as well as water, sunscreen and T-shirts (register a volunteer group by April 27 to have your logo included). Learn graffiti cleaning techniques from Graffiti Protective Coatings. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. To sign up to volunteer, contact ward3@tucsonaz.gov.

Literacy Volunteers

Help a struggling reader in grades K-3 master the basics and learn to love reading. Become a volunteer reading coach in Literacy Connect’s Reading Seed program. Minimum commitment is one hour a week during the school year. Visit literacyconnects.org/readingseed or call Literacy Connects at (520) 882-8006 for more information.

Mayor’s Reading Challenge

After reading to an assembly at Carrillo K-5 Magnet School.
After reading to an assembly at Carrillo K-5 Magnet School

Teachers, parents and anyone who reads with kids — even kids themselves — can join the Mayor’s Reading Challenge.

This online tool helps keep track of time spent reading so you can recognize individual and classroom accomplishments.

Sign up at mayorrothschild.com/read.

GED/Certification Testing Fund

Help ease the financial burden of paying for GED and employment certification tests by donating to the Pima Community College Foundation or the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson and earmarking your gift “GED/Certification Testing Fund.” To give to the PCC Foundation, visit pima.edu/give-to-pima. To give to the Catholic Foundation, call (520) 838-2505.

Tucson Moves a Million Miles

The TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K, 2013.
The TMC Meet Me Downtown 5K, 2013

Inspire fellow Tucsonans and track your 2014 fitness goals by signing up for Tucson Moves a Million Miles.

This web-based program helps walkers, runners and cyclists track progress toward their goals. Help Tucson become a healthier, more active community.

Sign up at mayorrothschild.com/move.

Ending Veteran Homelessness

Help Tucson end veteran homelessness by December 31, 2015 and give to 51 Homes, a program that helps homeless vets transition successfully into permanent housing. In addition to cash donations, 51 Homes needs new and gently-used furniture and household items. To learn more, visit 51homes.net or email karla.avalos-soto@tucsonaz.gov.

Connecting Seniors

Help your senior neighbors by joining the Neighbors Care Alliance, a neighborhood-based program designed to help seniors stay in their homes longer. Call the Pima Council on Aging helpline at (520) 790-7262 for more information.

Visit the Mayor’s website and follow him on Facebook or Twitter.