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There’s still time … register today for Thursday’s Gilbert Turkey Trot

Pop your bird in the oven and give thanks for a new holiday tradition at the 13th Annual Gilbert Turkey Trot this Thursday, Nov. 22 at SanTan Village in Gilbert.

Register today for the 5K (at 9 a.m.) or the mile-long Family Fun Run (at 8:30 a.m.), or cheer your friends and neighbors on as they make steady strides for a great cause.

All of the proceeds support local nonprofits AzBrainfood and Families Fighting Blindness, aimed at enriching the lives of children by providing the tools needed to confront different challenges.

Costumes – and preening of feathers – are optional.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Bridging the digital divide in Tucson

Since 1998, We Care Tucson has been removing barriers to education, information and wellness by collecting used technology, refurbishing what it can and recycling the rest – all in an effort to create a thriving, sustainable and interconnected community in Southern Arizona.

Want to get involved?

Donate your used desktop or laptop computer during “Recycle Saturdays” – held on the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – at 3029 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson.

Apply (in English or Spanish) for the nonprofit’s low-cost computer program aimed at helping to bridge the digital divide for families facing economic hardships.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Tucson nonprofit seeks to save the leopard from extinction

Despite infrequent spottings, the United States’ last remaining jaguar is thought to call the tall peaks of southern Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains home.

“Sombra” (Spanish for “shade”), as the male cat is known to wildlife researchers, wanders around hunting for food and searching for a mate – which, without the Northern Jaguar Project, might presently elude him.

The Tucson-based nonprofit remains mission-driven to preserve and recover the world’s northernmost population of the panthera onca (also called tigre americano) by restoring its natural habitats in hopes of more cats wandering north from Sonora, Mexico, where a small population of these endangered cats survives.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Make tracks to nonprofit tack sale in Tucson

No matter your level of experience, plan to trot on over to Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (8920 E. Woodland Road) for the nonprofit’s annual Tack and Saddle Sale on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Shop amazing deals, for you and your equine partner, in support of TROT’s equine assisted therapy programs – one of many ways in which the Tucson-based nonprofit strives to enrich the lives of individuals with special needs as a means of improving their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

All are welcome at the 18-acre property in the Santa Catalina Mountain foothills.


– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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6 decades of accomplishing “big” things in Tucson

Next month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona will celebrate 60 years of youth mentoring at their Diamond Jubilee, slated for Sept. 23 at the Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort.

In keeping with their mission – to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships aimed at igniting the power and promise of youth – the nonprofit is enrolling mentors for the 2023-24 school year.

Keen on helping a young person graduate on time with a plan for their future? Contact to learn about meaningful matches between adult volunteers and students at Tucson Magnet and Sunnyside High Schools and Apollo Middle School.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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‘Homeless to Wholeness’ in Tucson

Many hands make light work at Gospel Rescue Mission of Tucson – a powerful team on a mission to help others find hope and restoration.

Lend an ear to learn more about their newest project, “HOMELESS TO WHOLENESS,” a bi-weekly podcast built around inspiring stories of individuals like Mary who, in 2019, was living in a literal tunnel.

“I was angry and bitter … all the doors were slamming in my face, and I couldn’t get help from anyone,” she says of having overcome epic challenges and finding new life in the legacy of hope, shelter and transformation at Gospel Rescue Mission.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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Making an impact in Tucson and beyond

When it comes to improving lives and inspiring futures, IMPACT of Southern Arizona is leaving its mark on the region’s residents.

Since 2000, the nonprofit has been helping individuals and families in Pima County overcome obstacles, gain confidence and learn skills to be self-sufficient in myriad ways by providing food, nutrition education, clothing and household items as well as delivering youth programs and senior services. Additionally, they equip those in need with invaluable resources and referrals.

Donate now to help empower Southern Arizonans with the resources required to pursue a stabilized and enhanced quality of life, today and every day.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The 100 Companies

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Jessica Cox overcomes the impossible in “Right Footed” documentary

Jessica Cox believes in a future where people passionately pursue their dreams by employing resilience to overcome any challenge. PS: She’s speaking from experience.

After being born without arms, Cox became fascinated by the human body’s limitless ways of adapting – as evidenced by her own adaptive capabilities: using her feet in ways others utilize their hands.

After becoming the first armless pilot in aviation history (and earning a Guinness World Record medal to boot), Cox inspires others to achieve the seemingly impossible. She is a staunch advocate for and mentor to people with disabilities – in particular children and their families.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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The Ocean Cleanup benefits crucial conservation

National Endangered Species Day is on May 20th, and organizations like The Ocean Cleanup are having an important impact on conservation efforts.

After seeing plastic pollution during a scuba diving trip in Greece at the age of 16, Dutch inventor Boyan Slat knew something had to change. Slat’s passion for ocean conservation grew, and after giving a TedX talk, he became an important figure in the industry.

In 2013, Slat founded The Ocean Clean Up, which plans to reduce floating plastic by 90% by 2040. To date, the organization has removed a total of 1,274,948 kg of trash worldwide.

– Amanda Fox, The 100 Companies

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Tucson spotlight: LGBTQ activist and advocate Lavina Tomer

In 1993, a year after surviving an abusive relationship and recognizing that there was little understanding about or resources for domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships, Lavina Tomer started an LGBT Domestic Violence Project – now the SAAF Anti-Violence Project.

Since then, she has provided training on LGBTQ domestic violence and is a leading LGBTQ activist and advocate.

Lavina received the Arizona State Attorney General’s Office 2000 Distinguished Services Award and the 2000 Victim Witness Award. Currently, she serves as the volunteer Executive Director of Southern Arizona Senior Pride.

Follow Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse for more stories of influential women throughout March.

– Margaret Willard, The Arizona 100