Hug-A-Bears 2019 Wrap Up
Lap Robes Holiday Delivery
WOW look at all the bags of lap robes So AZ Combined Club delivered to Sapphire of Tucson Nursing and Rehab.
Mobile Meals Christmas Stockings
This morning, the Southern AZ Combined Club delivered 84 filled Christmas stockings to Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona. They will send them out with prepared meals for their clients this week, spreading cheer and caring to home bound individuals. Our Pioneers, retired and still working, love this project. Each stocking is filled with love as well as goodies. Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona serves Tucson, Sahuarita and Green Valley.
Holiday Extravaganza Raffle – 2019
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Holiday Extravaganza Raffle! We had so many wonderful donations and were able to raise a large sum for our club. Click on the first photo and you can scroll thru our gallery of images and see all the smiling faces of our winners! Happy Holidays!
School Supply Delivery – San Xavier Mission School
Mary & Mike Rhodes, Mary See & Adella Mason made a school supplies delivery in October to the San Xavier Mission school. Supplies included 2 cases of copy paper, 3 ring notebooks, hi- liters, sharpies, folders, calculators, calendar notepads, etc.
School Supplied – Pueblo Gardens & Nash Elementary
The last of our school supplies were donated to Pueblo Gardens & Nash Elementary schools. Thank you to Jan Pitts, Patti Pace and Mo Ryan for helping with the delivery.
Day Of Caring – Oct 2019
Friday for Day of Caring, our Southern AZ Combined Club decorated two meeting rooms for DCS (Department of Child Safety). These are rooms for family to meet for supervised visits, and they needed some cheer. We put up lots of pictures, added throws, books and games, and stuffed animals. One Pioneer went out and bought new stuffed toys to provide in the room. These two rooms took on a new look, and we are hoping they provide a warm and reassuring ambiance for the clients who use them. The volunteers were happy with the results, and hope to do more rooms in the future. Thanks to all who donated, worked on the project, and gathered for a cooperative and fun time. Thank you to our volunteers: Adella Mason, Cathy Greer, Sherry Daughtry, Mo Ryan, Priscilla Lujan, Jan Pitts, and Patti Pace.
Holiday Raffle Wrapping Event
Every year, volunteers gather to organize and wrap all the donations for our holiday extravaganza. This year our hostess Priscilla Lujan did an amazing job by opening her home and providing the supplies we needed to get the job done in one day. Thank you to Bonnie Stahl Bush, Anna Patton, Kathy Kisro and Patti Pace for helping. This years donations and prizes are the best ever! Please check out our upcoming events page or our Facebook page for all the details!
Totes for Good
Today was the first of our Totes for Good Project. We delivered over 100 new totes to the Emerge! Center for Domestic Abuse in Tucson, AZ. This new project by SACC collects both new and gently used totes and donates them to different local organizations who will put them to good use based on their needs. If you would like to help, please contact Anna Patton (520) 444-1874 or email her at AZ66media@gmail.com.
Ronald McDonald House – Chef for a Day
Thank you to all our So AZ Combined Club members for helping with this event.
Phoenix Thunderbirds Luncheon
School Supply Delivery
On May 13th the SACC delivered school supplies to Nash Elementary School and Drachman Montessori School. Each school got approximately 1700 items. We will be collecting school supplies during the summer to hand out before school starts to other schools in need.
Power Pack Program – Marana Unified School District
On Monday May 13th, 2019 SACC presented a check to the Marana Unified School District to sponsor one Power Pack. A Power Pack offers ready-to-eat, nutritious snacks to students who are identified as chronically hungry within Marana district schools. Power Packs ensure children have access to food during weekends and school breaks; resulting in fewer stomach aches and greater ability to learn. Our donation provides a weekly Power Pack for an ENTIRE school year! For more information or to participate in this program, please visit https://www.maranausd.org/Page/307 for all the details.
Marshall Home for Men
Learn to Crochet Class – April 2019
Our 1st LEARN TO CROCHET CLASS sponsored by the So AZ Combined Club members, Melani Chavez, Sherry Daughtry & Adella Dzik.. Here comes more lap robes..
Beeping Egg Hunt – 2019
On April 18th, we volunteers met at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) campus for the Beeping Egg Hunt. Pre-school and elementary school age children came streaming out to gather eggs, beeping or not, and turn them in for a basket. The Tucson Fire Department came and handed out toys and let the kids experience looking, climbing and sitting in the fire truck. The Easter Bunny was on hand to give bendy toys to all the kids. This is such a fun event, and the kids at ASDB feel very special and valued by this attention. Our volunteers all go home with a sense of a job well done! Thanks to all!
Basket Making 2019
On April 17, 20 plus volunteers showed up to help create and fill Easter bucket baskets for the 120 children at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. We set up assembly line style, and had them filled, sacked and ready very quickly! Because we had so many children to serve this year, a lot of volunteers were recruited, and all were asked to bring some food to share for a pot luck. We met at the Northminster Presbyterian Church where we normally do Hug a Bears, and after stopping for a food break, we finished up the baskets with gaily decorated ribbons. John Seagle offered to take all 120 baskets in his covered pick up truck to the school for the hunt. Thanks John!!
Beads of Courage – Day of Service 2019
SATPC has again chosen Beads of Courage for their Day of Service for 2019. Beads of Courage was founded here in Arizona in 2003 by Jean Baruch. Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to helping children with serious illness record, tell and own their stories of survival. They work diligently to transform the treatment experience for children coping with chronic, life threatening illness through their arts-in-medicine programs. In the 12 years since their inception, the organization has established the programs in over 240 children’s hospitals in the United States, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. Their growth is evidence of the need for the type of support Beads of Courage provides for children coping with serious illness.
SATPC April Luncheon/Picnic
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for this years indoor “picnic”. A special thank you to Cathy Greer for her hard work and dedication.
Sister Jose Women’s Shelter
Adella Mason (not pictured) and Jan Pitts delivered hygiene and clothing items to Sister Jose.
AND THE WINNER OF THE SAFE IS………….Tom Ketchum! Thank you and congratulations!
Meanwhile, in Arizona, teamwork is rewarded with smiles
Teamwork pays dividends when it comes to helping others. The Southern Arizona Telecom Pioneers Chapter (SATPC) recently partnered with the South Tucson Cyber Lions Club to host a shoe shopping party for some local students in need. The chapter was able to donate $600, and the services of 23 volunteers, to provide these children with new shoes.
In November 2018, Pioneers showed up in force at a local Payless Shoe Store to play personal shopper to 24 children from a local elementary school. The store even opened early to accommodate all the volunteers, teachers and students who attended.
“Everyone involved had so much fun shopping and, at the end of the day, each child went home with two pairs of shoes and a bag of socks!” noted Cathy Greer, a Pioneer at the event. “Working together with the Lions Club, we accomplished so much more than we could on our own.”
In addition to hosting the shoe party, the chapter also works with the Lions to help provide vision screening to children across Tucson. Just last year, over 22,000 students in 65 schools were the beneficiaries of the strong partnership between the two organizations.
Across the country, these Pioneers (and many other volunteers) were thrilled to be paid only in grateful smiles for making sure all these children found shoes that fit them just right. And, of course, who doesn’t like to shop for shoes?
Readers for Life – Drachman Montessori
We were at Drachman Montessori yesterday giving books to over 200 children, 2nd and 3rd graders. Rocky had a ball!
Pictured Left to Right:
Back row Linda Acosta, Larry Mingo, Jan Pitts, Bonnie Petee, Mike Rhodes
Front row Mary Rhodes, Mo Ryan, Rocky, Tina Herrmann
Readers for Life – Keeling Elementary School
Thank you messages from Rivera school students for Readers for Life.
Southern Arizona Telecom Pioneers, Legacy West Hug-a-Bears donated to St. Mary’s Hospital ER then to Pima County Victim Services.. Sherry Daughtry is our head lady of the HUG-A-BEARS..
Wreaths Across America – December 2018
Saturday December 15th, Southern Arizona Pioneer volunteers headed out to East Lawn, Evergreen, and Holy Hope Cemeteries, to take part in the of the honor of laying Christmas wreaths on fallen Veterans graves. With a grant from Pioneers, 25 wreaths were sponsored at each of the 3 cemeteries. Holy Hope ceremonies included Honor Guard ROTC from Cholla High School, Honor Choir from Tucson High School, and taps played before the speakers from Tucson Gold Star mothers.
It was truly a wonderful experience for us to be able to take a small part to “Honor the Fallen”.
MOBILE MEALS—STOCKING DELIVERY – December 2018
Delivering Holiday Stockings along with active CenturyLink employees to Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona. Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona is committed to helping housebound seniors and adults with disabilities thrive physically and emotionally in their own homes. With each medically-tailored meal delivery, our volunteers also bring essential human compassion and connection.
We are hoping these stockings bring a smile to everyone’s face this holiday season. Please contact Mo Ryan for more information about this holiday project. Can’t wait for next year.
Thank you to all our volunteers! Jan Pitts, Mo Ryan, Sherry Daughtry, Patti Pace & Janine Quinn, David McCarty, Patrick McCarthy, Rene Cruz, Frank Pierson, and Donnie Archuleta
Wreaths for Mobile Meals – December 2018
Delivering Christmas wreaths to Mobile Meals of Southern AZ
Rivera Shoe Party – December 2018
SATPC partnering with South Tucson & Cyber Lions Clubs
Today the So AZ Telecom Pioneers Club partnered with South Tucson & Cyber Lions Clubs to provide new school shoes and socks to 20+ children from Rivera Elementary. Payless shoes opened early to accommodate volunteers and teachers who assisted children in selecting shoes and socks in the correct sizes. As you can see from the video, we all had fun!
Diaper Bank – Oct 2018
SATPC Donation to the Diaper Bank. Ian Arthur presented with $500.00. — with Cathy Greer.
Beads of Courage – Day of Service 2018
SATPC has chosen Beads of Courage for their Day of Service for 2018. Beads of Courage was founded here in Arizona in 2003 by Jean Baruch. Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to helping children with serious illness record, tell and own their stories of survival. They work diligently to transform the treatment experience for children coping with chronic, life threatening illness through their arts-in-medicine programs. In the 11 years since their inception, the organization has established the programs in over 240 children’s hospitals in the United States, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. Their growth is evidence of the need for the type of support Beads of Courage provides for children coping with serious illness.
Note from Beads of Courage:
I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how much I enjoyed teaching your group. You all were so much fun to have around and, of course, all the beads we got from you guys went out almost immediately.
Please say hello to everyone for me and on behalf of Beads of Courage, Thank you.
South Tucson Lions Club Vision Screening & Shoe Party
Cathy Greer and Richard Stevenson – S Tucson Lions Club – October SATPC Luncheon
Since August of this year, the South Tucson Lions club has vision screened at 50 events and expended more than 500 hours of volunteer service which has produced 11,261 children vision screened and 770 color screened. Pioneers Cathy Greer, Gogi Gasper and Adella Mason have volunteered at some of the events. Lions club will assist any child not able to obtain glasses with assistance. After hearing about a need at the Ocotillo Early Learning Center Library for 20 earphones, they were purchased and delivered. In November the club will have a “shoe party”, where 20 kids are taken to a shoe store for a gift of a pair of shoes and socks. Your Pioneer club will sponsor 20 more children and volunteer assistance for this party. Come join us if you want to go shopping.
Patti Pace and Mo Ryan at an outreach event
Pioneers have a long history of volunteering with the Talking Books Libraries in the U.S. There is a library in every state. For over 50 years Pioneers have worked repairing the machines and still do, but now the machines are digital, there are fewer moving parts and the repair issues are way down. These Pioneers are at an outreach event, talking to potential clients and explaining how the program works, showing off the player and sharing information so more people can benefit from the free program.
Thank You Letters – 2018
Marana Teachers Appreciation brunch
May 2018, Pioneers funded 20 teachers memberships to Treasures 4 Teachers of Tucson
2018 BACKPACKS FOR KIDS!!
This is a new project starting in January 2018. Take a backpack and a list of needed items, fill it and bring it back to the luncheon in February. We are going to try and get groups of backpacks (about 20 to 25 per school) to donate to public elementary schools located in low-income communities. We have contacted two of those schools in TUSD so far, and they are both excited to have us support their students. Many students who need a back pack, have limited or no supplies from home. The beginning of school is not the only time there is a need. The school counselors will distribute the backpacks on an as needed basis. Pick up your empty backpack at the January luncheon, or contact Jan Pitts 403 1299 or Patti Pace 241 6849 to get one.
2018 Readers 4 Life Event – Summit View Elementary
Feb 26, 2018: Today we donated 61 filled backpacks and additional office supplies for the teachers to two elementary schools in our community. We met with the counselor or community liaison at Drachman Montessori Elementary and Pueblo Gardens Elementary. They were so excited to receive the backpacks, as both schools have many low income students and many students who are children of refugees. Our goal was to get completely stocked backpacks to the school to give out on an as needed basis. The beginning of the school year is not the only time there is a need.
We worked with the counselor to develop the list of items for the packs. Many backpacks were taken home by our volunteers in Tucson and filled at the volunteers’ expense. More supplies in bulk were purchased to fill additional packs, and we plan to continue this program throughout the year. We received a grant from the Telecom Pioneers Charitable Foundation to supplement this project. Today we had 11 volunteers on hand to carry in the packs and present them to the schools.
UPDATE: In June we held a backpack stuffing event and completed 78 backpacks. These will be distributed to 3 elementary schools prior to the start of the school year. Contact Jan Pitts for more information:
August 1, 2018: We visited three schools today and handed out 77 backpacks and miscellaneous extra school supplies. We visited Walter Douglas Elementary School, Manzo Elementary and E C Nash School. We also handed our school supplies to Gospel Rescue Mission, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Youth On Their Own.
2018 Readers For Life!
In Tucson, we’re doing the Readers for life projects. Here’s a Reader’s for life event picture of our volunteers when they go to visit the children and give them a book to take home.
Rocky Raccoon is a favorite; however, when Patti is in costume, she can’t see anything so it takes a couple of volunteers to help her to navigate. Rocky also hands out masks so the kids will be like him and bookmark with our information on it.
Larry Mingo, Jan Pitts, Patti Pace as Rocky, Linda Acosta, Mo Ryan
2018 Easter Egg Hunt for the AZ School for the Deaf and Blind
The annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt was held at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind last Wednesday, March 28 in Tucson. A group of 24 volunteers worked the previous week to make up the baskets for the 91 children who participated. There were baskets of treats with plush animals for the preschool age and with playground balls for the elementary age kids. The Tucson Fire department was there with a ladder truck, the kids always enjoy visiting with them. We provided bubbles for the firemen to hand out to the kids. The bucket truck from CenturyLink was there with Anthony Gabrielson throwing out packages of gummy candy to the kids below. Anthony is fluent in American sign, and the kids love catching the candy from him and interacting via sign language. The Easter Bunny (Mary Rhodes) was there handing out bendy monster toys. 25 volunteers were on hand to spread out the beeping and large eggs. They were turned on at the same time, and the kids came flooding out to find an egg and line up to exchange an egg for their basket. The children at this school look forward to the Pioneers coming for Easter every year. This year it was a beautiful day, sunny with light breezes. From the looks on everyone’s faces you can tell a good time was had by all.
2018 Sister Jose Women’s Center
A gift of 13 shopping carts for carrying the personal belongings of homeless women in Tucson.
SISTER JOSE WOMEN’S CENTER
Time to go shopping! Drop off donations at 1050 S. Park Ave. Tucson, AZ
Sister Jose’s desperately needs:
- body wash
- combs and brushes
- hair ties and sun hats
2017 Gospel Rescue Mission – Wreath Creations