The YWCA of Southern Arizona and the Tucson 2030 District (T2030D) today announced the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that joins these two community-focused organizations in a partnership of service to Tucson and South Tucson residents.
As part of the MOU, the Tucson 2030 District in August expanded its district boundaries to include the YWCA’s House of Neighborly Service (HNS) in South Tucson. The two organizations worked together last year on energy and water audits of HNS, a historic 75-year-old property restored by the YWCA to its original use as a neighborhood park and community center.
The YWCA is the first nonprofit organization in Southern Arizona to join the Tucson 2030 District, one of 23 Districts nationwide that seeks to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions through building audits and weatherization.
Weatherization and energy efficient upgrades result in cleaner, healthier working and living environments and reduce the cost of energy for occupants and owners.
Tucson District partners include the City of Tucson, Pima County and the University of Arizona.
The signing jumpstarts what both organizations hope to accomplish with a partnership that they describe as being “built on the foundation of sustainability.”
“We are not just talking about what needs to be done as champions of sustainability,” said Magdalena Verdugo, CEO of the YWCA of Southern Arizona. “We are actively moving forward
with plans to help mitigate the dangers that climate change represents, heat in particular. And we are also focused on building resilience to face the challenges to come.”
Added Karen Peterson, the new chair of T2030D, the partnership with the YWCA “fits beautifully with our District’s mission to engage with neighborhoods in our community that need our services the most.”
“We want to ensure that energy equity is built into everything the District does going forward,” said Peterson. “The solutions are there. It is our job to get the word out and do the work.”
Designate your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit to YWCA Southern Arizona: when you make a donation to YWCA, you can earn a dollar-for-dollar tax credit by taking advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit – up to $400 for single filers and $800 for joint filers. Donate online HERE or mail a check to YWCA Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson, AZ 85745. Qualifying Charitable Organization Code: 20570.
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