3535 E. Hawser St.
Tucson, AZ 85739
M-F 8AM - 4:30 PM


13190 E. Colossal Cave Rd. #130

Old Vail Station
(2 doors down from the Vail P.O.)

Vail, AZ 85641


M-W 8AM - 4:30 PM

Th, F 9AM - 6:00 PM

To make a positive IMPACT by improving lives and inspiring futures in our underserved Southern Arizona communities.
    - Catalina
    - Oro Valley
    - SaddleBrooke
    - Northwest Tucson
    - Southeastern Pinal Co. 
    - Greater Vail 
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Summer Program 
for Client Families 
June-July, 2015
We have lots of activities planned this summer! Pima County's Mad Science program is coming, along with Tucson Reptile Rescue. Kids will have the opportunity to create an ecosystem, go on a nature walk, build a bird feeder, participate in Teens Sew Cool making a memory quilt, and Zumba. And that's just in June! For kids 5-16. Activities take place in the morning and early afternoon. Hours vary. Please call 825-0009 for more information. 

The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona provides IMPACT of Southern Arizona with baby diapers and incontinence supplies for our clients. 

To learn more about our community partner, CLICK HERE

Proceeds from the Golden Goose Thrift Shop benefit IMPACT SoAZ and SaddleBrooke Community Outreach. Click here to get your Goose coupon!
Girls & Science Go Together!

Today Google honors Sally Ride, who on June 18, 1983 became the first American woman to travel into space. The five GIFs on Google's homepage celebrate various events in her life. Click on the link below for a brief look at the five pictures and thoughts by the Doodle artist! We're encouraging girls to explore careers in science through our summer program in June/July. Topics include ecosystems, electricity and air with Pima County's Mad Science program, a visit from Tucson Reptile Rescue, and a trip to the AZ Museum of Natural History in Mesa. You go girls!

Your Food Donations REALLY Stack Up! On Behalf of Our Families & Seniors -- Thank You!

Martha and Charlie Brown from Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley recently stopped by with two vehicles loaded with food for our food bank -- 90 bags!= 1252 lbs. Items included: peanut butter, cereal, canned meats (such as tuna & chicken), pasta, stuffing, and gravy mixes. The church holds a Spring Food Drive every year. Perfect timing for us, when food donations slow down in the spring and summer; however, the need is still there year-round. 

A big thank you to the employees at OptumRX! They just wrapped up a food drive for IMPACT SoAZ, collecting always-needed items of pasta, rice, cereal & peanut butter! Grand total was 7,396 lbs!

Every year the Pima County Fair holds a food drive for us on the last day of the fair. The last day was Sun. Apr. 26. When family members brought 2 cans of food during the first two hours the fair was open, they received free admission! This year was awesome. Fair-goers brought 12,557 lbs. of food! 

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 recently received a grant from the Grand Lodge for $2,000. Members went shopping so that each of our client families in May receive a bag containing food for a dinner meal. About 12 members delivered and unloaded 400 pre-sorted bags! Last year Elks Lodge #2815 provided breakfast items. 

At nearby Coronado K-8 school the Kids Helping Kids Club is awesome. This week they dropped off 335 lbs. of food & toiletries from their recent drive!

Our ESL/Citizenship Classes Offer Many the Opportunity to Change Their Futures

Niles Vernon

We have 13 English as a Second Language volunteers, many of them from SaddleBrooke. Each week from October 1 through May 22, they teach and mentor adult students on Wednesday mornings from 9am-10am at Mt. Shadows Presbyterian Church and at the IMPACT SoAZ office at 3535 E. Hawser Street Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The ESL Program began last fall with twenty-two students attending, five at Mt. Shadows Presbyterian Church and seventeen at the IMPACT SoAZ office. This year they added a conversation class, as well as new books and materials. The goals of the students include improving their English skills or to prepare to become U.S. citizens. The program provides assessment of students' skill levels to help insure success as they are led by the volunteer instructors. 

Before beginning this year’s classes, three of the volunteers, Mark Goodrich, Diana Magness, and Peggy Lombard spent time at Literacy Connects training on proven techniques for teaching non-English speakers. They then shared their new skills with our other ESL volunteers Cindy Bieger, Dennis Hester, Pat Leveque, Karen Lingelbach, Shirley Morris, Carol Osgood, Kathie Schroeder, John Turner, Nile Vernon, and Joanne Winner. Dennis Hester, who moved from Montana and now lives in Sun City, has taught ESL students for the past ten years. He first began with America Reads and has been learning Spanish nearly his entire life. Dennis declares, "The best thing about teaching is the students. They are motivated, friendly and so appreciative." This is Dennis' first year teaching citizenship at IMPACT SoAZ, but taught students for seven years in Montana. 

Sun City resident Peggy Lombard is also from Montana, having moved here a little over three years ago. She has been teaching ESL students for the past two years, currently as an intermediate English instructor.  Peggy really enjoys interacting with her students, who she says are really enthusiastic committed to learning.

When adult learner Teresa first attended classes three years ago, she knew no English at all. This year she is working independently using the language-learning software program, Rosetta Stone. Teresa says she needed more practice with word pronunciation and the program really helps with this. When asked what she felt was her biggest accomplishment so far, she responded with a shy smile, "Speaking English and having other people understand me." 

All the adult learners come to the classes offered by IMPACT of Southern Arizona for various reasons, but they do have several things in common: they have come to improve their English, work diligently to accomplish their goals, and really love working with their mentors and other students. 

You Can Help Our Seniors!

On the menu at the Senior Center today is ham, scalloped potatoes and green beans. You can always check out our monthly menu of nutritional, delicious meals here on our website under "Our Services - Senior Program & Meals.

The demand for senior meals has gone up during the past few months. We now serve between 15-20 persons in our dining room three times a week as well as and deliver to 80 homebound seniors. We provide this program at no charge. Would you consider making a donation to our program? Our seniors love our services and we love being there for them! Just go click on the Donate button in the upper left-hand corner. 

IMPACT of Southern Arizona is a member of the SaddleBrooke Triad, Better Business Bureau, Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Vail Chamber of Commerce, The Alliance of Arizona Non-Profits, and an agency of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and Pima Council On Aging. The State of Arizona recognizes IMPACT of Southern Arizona as an organization that helps the working poor, allowing donors to use their contributions as a tax credit. In 2012 we were named Non-Profit of the Year by the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce and nominated again in 2014.