Trico has given close to $400,000 in COVID grants
Through the COVID-19 Assistance Program, Trico has now committed or awarded almost $400,000 in COVID-19 related grants and member bill assistance.
At the July Board Meeting, the Board approved a $10,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson and $2,000 to the Casas Adobes American Legion Auxiliary.
The Boys & Girls Club are using the funds for cleaning/disinfecting costs; increased staffing costs; and more program supplies to be distributed directly to youth in need. Funds will be evenly split between two Clubhouses in Trico’s service area: Pascua Yaqui Clubhouse and Steve Daru Clubhouse.
The American Legion is going to provide brown bag lunches and food box items for homeless veterans.
Wildfire, formerly known as the Arizona Community Action Association, received a grant to assist Trico Members with their non-Trico bills and mortgages. United Way of Tucson, Interfaith Community Services, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Marana Health Care, the Salvation Army, VFW Post 5990, Helmet Peak Volunteer Fire Department, Arivaca Coordinating Council, Arivaca Helping Hearts, Sahuarita Food Bank and Green Valley Assistance Services are some of the other Trico COVID grant recipients.
Helping youth in our community
Twice a year, the Trico Electric Charitable Trust, which is funded through Operation Round Up, awards POWER Grants to non-profit organizations providing critical services in southern Arizona.
In May 2019, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT) received $4,000 to provide after‑school snacks to at-risk youth ages 7-17 at the Pascua Yaqui and Steve Daru Clubhouses.
“On behalf of our staff, our board, and most importantly our youth, thank you so much for your ongoing support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson,” CEO Debbie Wagner said. “Because of your generosity, we were able to continue offering many of our low-income Club youth access to healthy snacks after school and on the weekends in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020.”
With a $5,000 POWER Grant, Mentally Ill Kids In Distress (MIKID) was able to expand its Peer Support Program to provide support to transitional age youth who are at risk of not being able to successfully transition to independent adulthood due to barriers to services, the complexity of their needs and the many challenges they face. From June 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020, MIKID served 293 youth and their families in Marana, Sahuarita, San Manuel and Tucson.
Since the start of the year, Make Way for Books has used funds from a $5,000 POWER Grant to provide more than 25 workshops for early childhood educators. One educator said, “Make Way for Books workshops has been giving me tools, ideas and materials that I can use in my classroom with my students to implement, develop and model language, reading and writing skills.”
Over the course of the year, more than 3,500 books were provided to classrooms and lending libraries, and more than 3,000 books were provided for children to keep. In response to the support educators received, more than 90% of educators reported feeling more confident in their ability to use books as tools to foster language-rich interactions.
Make Way for Books continues to adapt and innovate to meet the needs of the educators. Currently, Make Way for Books is developing virtual content to support educators remotely.
You can help youth programs and other non‑profits by joining Operation Round Up. Click here to learn more.