Community Volunteer Fair

    February 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
    Historic Y
    738 N 5th Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85705



    Join social and environmental activists, curious Tucsonans looking to make connections with other members of their community and others frustrated by the current political climate who are looking for ways to get involved and make a difference. Find out about the many organizations that are fighting for social and environmental justice, equality and liberal progressive causes that are seeking volunteers. Enjoy beer, snacks, music and camaraderie in the lovely lobby and courtyard of The Historic Y.

    Similar to our first Fair on Presidents’ Day 2017, participating organizations will be both social and political, with an emphasis on fighting for equality and social justice and protecting the environment and vulnerable populations and causes. At least 22 organizations have confirmed so far – including Coalición de Derechos Humanos, Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection, Community Food Bank, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, OFA – Organizing for Action, Sierra Club – Rincon Group, Sky Island Alliance, Sustainable Tucson, Tucson Audubon Society, Tucson Citizenship Campaign, Tucson NOW (Organization for Women) and YWCA Southern Arizona. Last year there were a total of 65 organizations represented. We expect the same this year.

    If you haven’t done so already and wish for your organization to participate, and/or wish to help in the planning or give feedback about last year’s event, please register at Additional questions can be submitted during registration or directed to Shawn Burke, 415-218-0020, Registrations will be accepted until capacity is reached.

    Following the Fair, there will be additional social time to encourage introductions, collaboration and idea exchange. And at 7, there will be a staged reading of Monica Bauer’s political play, “The Real Machiavelli” in the Scoundrel and Scamp Theater, free and open to all.”

    Previous articleConfront Confederate Clodfelter
    Next articleTucson Volunteer Kick Off! Fryer for Arizona
    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. What a lot of activity today at the Historic Y for this volunteer fair. Checked out most of the 75 tables, ran into Mayor Rothschild, listened to the Raging Grannies in the courtyard, then attended workshop on LTE (letter writing to the Editor) with about 10 people by presenter Mary Darling, OFA (Organizing for Action). She emphasized that letters to the Editor were to shape others’ opinions, include relevant/pertinent info, & call to action but to end on a positive note. Then 16 people at Fake News workshop by Dr. Monica Bauer, former pol science prof. She recommended which has lists of fake sites, said to look for exaggeration in news, esp. on assertions (no evidence?). Evidence is the gold standard of truth, and that there is “no shared value of truth now in U.S.”. She trusts 4 sites: NY Times, CNN, AP, Washington Post in case she encounters apparently fake news, and needs to check info.

    2. Update — now 75 organizations will be participating in this community volunteer fair, via their FB page.

      “We are excited to announce our complete schedule.
      3:30 Welcome Remarks by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
      3:30-6:00 Visit and learn about 70 organizations around the grounds of The Historic Y as well as food by Nations Creations Food Truck and Syrian Sweets, beer from Dragoon, Coffee from Epic Cafe, music by Phantom Entertainment Group and Tucson Raging Grannies, political cartoon prints and books by Chris Britt
      15-20 minute mini-workshop schedule:
      3:30 Best Practices in Registering a Voter, the OFA Way
      4:00 Letters to Editors – Join Us and Learn How
      4:30 Fake News or Real News: How to Tell the Difference
      5:00 Using the Arizona Legislature’s Request to Speak Program (RTS)
      5:30 Islamophobia and Its Effects on Muslim Children
      7:00 Staged reading of the new political play, “The Real Machiavelli,” by playwright Monica Bauer”

    Leave a Reply