Community Volunteer Fair on Feb. 20


“THE HISTORIC Y is very pleased to announce that there will be over 60 organizations participating in our COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER FAIR on February 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 in the lobby and the courtyard of the Historic Y, 300 E. University Boulevard. No matter what your interest, we are certain that you will find something that resonates with you. We look forward to seeing you there.”

Participating Organizations:

AIDS Ribbon Tucson
The Alliance Fund
Amnesty International Tucson
Arizona Master Naturalist Program
Coalición de Derechos Humanos
Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection
Colibri Center for Human Rights
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva
Desert Harmony Hospice
Desert Pirates
Digna Theater
Do Happy Today
Edward Abbey Foundation
Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
GoodGuides Youth Mentoring
Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Indivisible Peter Howell “Mosquitoes”
Indivisible Southern Arizona
Jewish History Museum
Jewish Voice for Peace – Tucson
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
NAACP – Tucson Branch
National Lawyers Guild
Organizing for Action (OFA)
PN Tucson
Pima Area Labor Federation
Pima County Cooperative Extension
Pima County Democratic Party
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation
Prisoner Visitation & Support
Serve Tucson
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Sierra Club
Sister Jose Women’s Center
Sonoran Prevention Works
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF)
Southern Arizona BDS Network
Sustainable Tucson
Tucson Arts Brigade
Tucson Audubon Society
Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN)
Tucson Pride
Tucson Twist
Watershed Management Group
Youth on Their Own
YWCA of Southern Arizona

“This is an event:
– for social and environmental activists to connect and engage and learn about the great work that others are doing with whom they may not be so familiar
– for those with little or no experience in activism who are frustrated by the current political climate, and/or who feel inspired by President Obama’s call to action and are looking to get involved, help vulnerable populations and fight for social and environmental justice, equality and liberal progressive causes
– for people feeling disenfranchised looking to engage within a place of love and support
– for social, environmental and political organizations looking for volunteers

This is for those who are looking for ways to get involved, to learn about the many great organizations there are in Tucson and find causes which resonate with them so that they can, in the words of President Obama, ‘hitch their wagon to something bigger than themselves’, affect positive change, and make a difference. Groups will be able to set up tables where they can educate attendees about their missions, objectives, actions and projects and sign up volunteers to do the work that our democracy demands. We hope people find this a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, get inspired, and make meaningful connections. Beer, snacks, and music will add to the convivial atmosphere in our lovely historic lobby and urban courtyard.

More than 40 organizations are being invited to participate in the Fair. They are both social and political, with an emphasis on fighting for equality and social justice and protecting the environment and vulnerable populations and causes.

For more information about the event, please contact Shawn Burke, 415-218-0020, or via Facebook Messenger.

Following the Fair, there will be additional social time to encourage introductions, collaboration and idea exchange, from 6:30 to 7, as the setting turns from President’s Day to “Not My President’s Day” with the staged reading of “The Higher Education of Khalid Amir,” an award-winning play with Anti-Trump themes by Monica Bauer, beginning at 7:00 at ZUZI! Theater.”

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Lots of people checking out these organizations today at 6 p.m. when we arrived. Tables in front of Historic Y on 5th Avenue and University Blvd. and inside the courtyard and lobby as well. Recognized many activists from Tucson. We stayed for the college-themed play about Khalid Amir (terrorist or not?) afterwards. Very apropos for our times, with a woman College President, a Hispanic woman college professor, an African American professor, the Jewish Dept. Chair, and a brash Fox talk show host, all being watched by a Secret Agent.

    • Thanks, corrected text above. I knew you were getting more & more organizations since the printing of that flyer. Thanks for such hard work and good luck on Monday.

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