UA Cats in the Community Day 2012: UA Volunteers `Make Over’ World Care

Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
The University of Arizona has selected World Care Civilian Emergency Relief Center of Tucson, a humanitarian aid organization, as the beneficiary of its 2012 UA Cats in the Community Day, Saturday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On that day, 350 to 400 UA faculty, staff and student volunteers will descend upon World Care, which is headquartered in the former Julia Keen Elementary School, 3538. E. Ellington Place, near South Alvernon Way and East 32nd Street.  Among other activities, volunteers will redesign a courtyard to provide space for community events (including creation of a Ben’s Bells mural), modernize World Care’s emergency response center, create educational signage, improve storage capacity, paint, clean and complete a number of other projects.

World Care is known for its disaster relief efforts throughout Arizona and beyond. Its humanitarian aid programs include “Tools for Schools,” “Tools for Health” and “Recycling for Humanity.” Although World Care’s reach is global, 87 percent of its resources are used in Southern Arizona. World Care operates from a former TUSD school – a 40,000-square-foot warehouse on 9.7 acres, with only eight paid staff members (assisted by volunteers) responsible for carrying out day-to-day programs and continually responding to disasters.

Past recipients of UA Cats in the Community Day include Sewell Elementary School, the Wildcat School, Project YES and the Primavera Foundation, among others.  Cats Day provides a chance for the UA community to give back to the Greater Tucson community while educating volunteers about pressing needs, building team spirit and leaving a positive impact on the surrounding area.

World Care’s proposal was selected from among eight submissions by local nonprofit organizations as part of an annual process, said Holly Altman, director of outreach and community partnerships for the UA Office of Community Relations. UA Cats in the Community Day works to connect its partners with resources that help them beyond the single day of UA volunteer efforts, Altman explained.

Contact: Holly Altman, UA Office of Community Relations, (520) 626-4671