Paul's Note - October 23rd, 2020

I maintain a list of links to city departments and community groups that you can find on my Ward 2 page. Sometimes I get requests from one group or another to put on that page.

I got one this week from Literacy Connects. Literacy Connects is going to be celebrating their tenth anniversary next year, but many of the groups that merged to form their organization had been doing fantastic work in our community for decades.

Their focus is, of course, on literacy. They offer individualized support to adults in reading writing, problem-solving skills, and GED (high school equivalency) prep in both Spanish and English through their Adult Basic Literacy program. Even though COVID-19 has curtailed in-person classes, they still offer them remotely. If you know anyone that needs these classes, call 520-882-8006 ext 218.

They also have an English Language Acquisition for Adults program. This program serves students from more than 70 countries and have educational levels that vary from college graduates to those who do not read and write in their native language.

In addition to those programs, Literacy Connects wants to create more of an interest in reading. They sponsor the Reading Seed Families program for parents and caregivers of children from kindergarten through fifth grade. The goal is to help those parents and caregivers foster a love of reading in their children. They also sponsor the Reach out and Read program, which works with local pediatricians to make books available to the kids they serve.

They also want to inspire more creativity among our city’s youth through both their Youth Center and the Stories that Soar program. Stories that Soar puts young writers in touch with our local theater community to bring their stories to life.

If you want to bring these programs to your neighborhood school, know someone that needs their help or want to volunteer, please visit their home page at literacyconnects.org.

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The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA) are teaming up to facilitate a new mural project at the Community Foundation Campus in midtown Tucson and are seeking artists. This new mural must represent the values of CFSA (Collaborative, Innovative, and Effective Leadership; Integrity; Stewardship and Service; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Fun) and the overall diverse and vibrant communities in Southern Arizona. Any artist can apply, however preference will be given to diverse artists and artist teams that represent our local community, and include local artists and Black, Indigenous, People of Color artists.

The application deadline is November 8. For more information, please visit https://artsfoundtucson.org/call-to-artist/cta-cfsa-campus-mural-project/

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Pima County CARES Act funding is still available for up to 400 more Pima County households negatively affected by COVID-19 and currently behind on their rent. Community Investment Corporation (CIC), a Tucson-based nonprofit, is administering $3.625 million of eviction prevention money provided by Pima County. Funding for the program is set to expire on Nov. 30. Both tenant and landlord/property owner must complete an application and submit the required documentation. The program allows landlords, property owners, or tenants to initiate the application process online at Pima County Eviction Prevention’s home page or by calling (831) 292-4308. The link also includes a list of program requirements.