“Grants That Make a Difference” Presentation
November 30, 2012
El Rio Community Health Center
839 W. Congress
Tucson- Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is one of 17 nonprofits to be awarded funding in the 2012 Tucson Electric Power (TEP)’s Grants That Make a Difference grant cycle. The grants offer financial support to nonprofit groups that help improve the lives of others. On Friday, TEP will present over $100,000 to the selected agencies for their work in providing and expanding services for our community.
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona (GSSoAz) will receive $10,000 for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment programs. The award will greatly enhance the Council’s robust STEM programming. In 2011, GSSoAz was selected to be part of the inaugural class of STEM Advocacy Champions by Girl Scouts of the USA’s Public Policy Office and was named the Convening Organization for STEM Collaboratives in the region by the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). The award will also allow the STEM team to bring its programming to additional Tucson schools and outlying areas of its jurisdiction, such as Yuma and Nogales. Currently, GSSoAz’s programming includes Science Family Nights, Imagine Engineering, Raytheon Scout Day, SciGirls, Marine Discovery, NASA Camp, and Adult Astronomy.
Debbie Rich, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s Chief Executive Officer, couldn’t be more excited by the news, “We are extremely grateful to the TEP committee for recognizing the value of our STEM programming. At Girl Scouts we are committed to ensuring every girl- not just Girl Scouts- has the opportunity to explore and build an interest in STEM fields. With this funding we can continue to expand our efforts in solar power, aerospace, and green technology to bring the magic of STEM to the individual girl, to classrooms, to families, and beyond.
TEP employee volunteers evaluated nearly 125 applications before selecting recipients for the 2012 Grants that Make a Difference cycle. Committee members look for programs with measurable and reasonable expectations that have demonstrated financial and organizational stability.
Other recipients this year include Gabriel’s Angels, the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, El Rio Health Center Foundation, Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center, Our Family Services, Ballet Arts Foundation, SCIENTEK-12, Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona, Interfaith Community Services, American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter, Old Pueblo Community Services, Primavera Foundation, Inc., Young Women’s Christian Association of Tucson, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, TOP DOG, INC., and Tucson Alliance for Autism Inc.
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development organization dedicated to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSSoAz serves over 14,000 girls in Southern Arizona and includes over 3,000 adult volunteers. Our goals are to provide a wide range of contemporary programs that reflect the unique needs and interests of all girls living in Southern Arizona and to empower girls to reach their full potential.