The fall brings a new season, lots of change, and for the University of Arizona’s CIO Division, more opportunity for community involvement and ways for staff to give back to create more positive opportunities for those less fortunate. Last year, we leaned into the change of the season by gathering hundreds of volunteers for the United Way Days of Caring campaign, giving staff the chance to connect with their colleagues outside of work for fun and impact.
The success of the last year’s event was clear, proving that this needed to become an annual marking of the fall for the CIO Division. This year’s annual Days of Caring campaign, October 20-21, will offer volunteer events to give the CIO division teams an opportunity to serve the greater Tucson community on behalf of the university, and we want to make this years’ community service even more impactful than the last.
“The Division of the CIO can become a leader and set direction in our commitment to community service and social responsibility”, stated Nelly Zapata, UA Cares ambassador. “This year, UA Cares Days of Caring provides options for us to make a difference in our community. As members of the wildcat family and proud “UITS’ers,” each of us can live that commitment by volunteering in service projects”.
Tim Schwab, Executive Director, shared a similar sentiment on the importance of this initiative. “A lot can be accomplished if we join hands and give a little bit of our time and I personally feel it is our civic responsibility to give back to a community or to this wonderful world as a whole.”
This year, a variety of events have been added to fit an array of interests and skills to fit all volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are in areas such as animal welfare, education, and climate. These initiatives will allow teams to be a part of some truly meaningful community service projects that align with our values and commitment to social responsibility.
Gather your team to participate together or jump in as an individual and register today!
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Clean up campus
- Create enrichment items
- Sally Port clean up
- Yappy Hour
- Gardening work at Drachman Magnet School
- Gardening work at Tucson High Magnet School
- Animal Shelter facelift
- Clean up APS Yard
- Clean up park area
- Rake play yards
- Mansfield Middle School – Bulldog Saturday
- Emergency Food Box & Bag Production (Foodbank)
Staff working remotely are unable to participate in the in-person volunteer opportunities listed above, but the impact and difference they can make is just as strong. All staff are invited to bear down and step up with donating to the UA Cares Workplace Giving Campaign, which gives employees the opportunity to support charities of their choice via payroll deduction by accessing the UA Cares tile in UAccess.