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    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
    Ensuring that the people of Southern Arizona have access to the food and programs they need. The food bank is based in Pima County and also serves Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties. The Community Food Bank, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, relies on over 120 employees and hundreds of community volunteers.
    "To transform the lives and health of Southern Arizonans by feeding the hungry today and building a hunger-free tomorrow." Our vision is a healthy, hunger-free community.

    • The Community Food Bank provides enough food for more than 61,000 meals every day. • Every month, more than 225,000 people receive assistance through our programs. • More than 29 million pounds of food were distributed through the food bank’s programs last year.
    Cyclovia Tucson
    What is a Cyclovia?

    Cyc˙lo˙via (/ˌsiːklɵˈviː.ə/) n. A Spanish word signifying the temporary closure of a network of streets to cars so that they become “open” to people. During Cyclovia anyone can bike, walk, skate and participate in fun, free activities.

    One of the first and largest cyclovias in the world is held in Bogotá, Colombia. Every Sunday and holiday, every week of the year, the city closes down over 70 miles of roadways to cars to invite people to bike, walk, talk, exercise, picnic, sunbathe, etc. in the streets. People from all backgrounds come together in this beautiful community-inspiring event. Cyclovia in Tucson

    Why have a Cyclovia in Tucson? Because Tucson has a lot of streets and it’s not everyday that you can be in them car-free and care-free. Take your whole family out for this great opportunity to explore and experience Tucson’s roads without the presence of cars.

    Cyclovia gives people from the greater Tucson region the chance to enjoy great weather, see neighbors, friends and people from throughout the area, and get a little exercise – all on city streets that will be closed to car traffic and open to walkers, joggers, cyclists, skaters and all other forms of people-powered movement.

    Motor vehicles are detoured from the route allowing everyone the freedom to enjoy “open streets” safely and comfortably. Cyclovia isn’t a race, parade or competition. Instead, it’s a chance to enjoy Tucson from a new perspective (outside of the car). Walk your dog, roller skate, blow bubbles. Have fun because during Cyclovia, the streets are yours!
    Downtown Tucson Partnership
    This is a whole new Downtown. We still have the history that you can only find in Tucson, but there is a seamless blend with the modern. Downtown Tucson is a unique mix of chic, Western Nouveau, a hip art scene and down-to-earth family-centered fun.

    From the sophistication of Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Theatre Company at the Temple of Music and Art, to the eclectic music venues like The Rialto Theatre, Fox Theatre and Club Congress, Downtown Tucson is the center of cutting-edge entertainment.

    The heart of the city pulses with creative energy. This is the Arts District with a wide range of galleries and museums that show everything from traditional to contemporary. View screenings of award winning independent films or catch a classic movie under the stars. History buffs can travel back in time at half a dozen museums and countless historic sites.

    For an exceptional shopping experience, Downtown Tucson has it covered. Select from discerning clothiers with vintage lines and cutting edge fashions, to jewelery and curios, to funky re-sellers and a Japanese toy begoda.

    When it comes to delectable dining, the city center is Tucson’s new restaurant row with a variety of mouthwatering options to satisfy the most discriminating of palates and cater to budgets of every size.

    Year-round, Downtown Tucson is host to over 40 cultural and outdoor festivals and hundreds of smaller events. In addition to the monthly 2nd Saturdays, the city’s core also hosts the Parade of Lights, Dillinger Days, Carnaval and the Gem and Mineral Show during the temperate winter, the Folk Festival in the spring, and Tucson Meet Yourself, El Tour de Tucson and the All Souls Procession in the fall months.

    Downtown Tucson is thriving. But don’t take our word for it, come see it yourself!

    KXCI Community Radio
    KXCI is an award-winning, non-profit and independent, community-based radio station located in the historic Armory Park in downtown Tucson, Arizona. KXCI has been broadcasting local and independent music in a terrestrial radio format since 1983. Flagship shows include Your Morning Brew with Jim Blackwood weekdays from 7-10AM, and The Home Stretch with Cathy Rivers weekday from 3-6PM. Other long-running shows include Marty Kool’s Blues Review, Ruby’s Roadhouse, and Kidd Squidd’s Mystery Jukebox all on Saturdays, as well as Al Perry’s World Famous Clambake on Tuesdays. KXCI’s programming also provides the community with independent news media programs such as Democracy Now, A View from Slightly Off Center, Broad Perspectives, Counterspin, 30 Minutes, and Making Contact. Visit for a complete listing. Your Community Radio KXCI also offers a broadcast medium for local music, events and concerts, charities, and public service announcements.

    Connecting the communities of Tucson and Southern Arizona to each other and to the world with informative, engaging and creative community-based radio programming.Tune in at 91.3 KXCI Tucson, or listen on line at

    KXCI prides itself on being an inclusive organization and strives to accommodate everyone, but we are a small station with limited resources and limited staff. KXCI makes sure that the 24 hours of programming is accessible through terrestrial radio and through the internet. KXCI also strives to make sure the facilities are accessible as well. While the main studio is located on the second floor there is an equally equipped studio downstairs that can go “live” at anytime. The downstairs studio has a wider door to facilitate wheelchair access along with a lower console for easy reach. KXCI also maintains a downstairs restroom with a wider door and wall rail for needed assistance.
    KXCI is happy to receive visitors and conduct tours for individuals and organizations. Fill out a form on the website to help us best plan for your visit. In general, we are available for tours during regular business hours, Monday-Friday. It is possible to make other arrangements.
    The Mariposa Community Health Center was founded in 1980 in response to the tremendous unmet need in Santa Cruz County. Initially established as a clinical division of the Santa Cruz County Health Department, the vision was to establish a unique model of care that integrated primary medical care with traditional public health services. The Health Center was originally staffed by a pediatrician and nurse practitioner and was located in a small building near downtown Nogales.

    The Health Center was reorganized as a private, not for profit corporation in 1985. The new organization was based on a model public-private partnership, whereby the Health Center provided virtually all public health services by contract with the county health department. Lead by dedicated staff and a strong, supportive board of directors, we have grown along with the county and today, we have a main campus with state-of-the-art buildings and equipment in Nogales, plus satellite clinics in Patagonia, Rio Rico and Tubac. As a one-stop shopping model of care delivery, we provide comprehensive primary medical and dental care supported by lab, digital x-ray and mammography, ultrasound, telemedicine, a full-service pharmacy, an integrated behavioral health program, plus an extensive health promotion/disease prevention department.

    Over 250 dedicated staff members support Mariposa and our mission of service in the community.

    Our Purpose
    To improve the health of our patients and communities by providing a patient-centered health care home that ensures access to culturally appropriate, primary care and community-based education regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. We facilitate access to specialty care and provide services and programs that respond to community/patient needs and encourage individual responsibility for one’s health. Our Values & Guiding Principles

    Our commitment to those we serve includes:
    * Respect for their time, culture and individual needs
    * Empathy and compassion for individual life circumstances
    We demonstrate personal and organizational integrity
    We demonstrate a high degree of trust
    We are committed to individual professional development
    We are concerned for individual safety
    We are committed to maintaining confidentiality
    We value mutually beneficial community partnerships
    We are committed to the use of best practices and proven advancements
    We respect individual knowledge and contributions
    Mission Garden is a living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage fruit-trees, traditional local heirloom crops and edible native plants. We are a non-profit volunteer-based educational organization and our primary mission is to preserve, transmit and revive the region’s rich agricultural heritage by growing a series of garden plots that are representative of the more than 4000 years of continuous cultivation in the Tucson Basin.
    Native Seeds/SEARCH
    The mission of Native Seeds/SEARCH is to conserve and promote arid-adapted crop diversity to nourish a changing world. We work within the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico to strengthen regional food security.

    Our story began in 1983 when co-founders Gary Nabhan and Mahina Drees worked on a food security Meals for Millions project to assist the Tohono O’odham Nation in establishing gardens for their sustainable food needs. In discussions with tribal elders they were told “What we are really looking for are the seeds for the foods our grandparents used to grow.” This sage remark inspired the formation of Native Seeds/SEARCH as a collector and preserver of these endangered traditional seeds.

    Since its founding, Native Seeds/SEARCH has been dedicated to this calling to conserve the rich agro-biodiversity of the arid Southwest because of its genetic and cultural importance. What began as a humble operation with seeds stored in chest freezers has grown to a state-of-the art conservation facility, a host of innovative programs and educational initiatives, and an organization recognized as a leader in the heirloom seed movement. Preserved in our seed bank are nearly 2,000 varieties of aridlands-adapted seeds, many of them rare or endangered. We promote the use of these ancient crops and their wild relatives by distributing seeds to traditional communities and to gardeners worldwide. Currently we offer over 500 varieties from the NS/S collection (which we grow out at our Conservation Farm in Patagonia, Arizona) alongside native crafts, gifts, foods, and more. These one-of-a-kind seeds and items are available through our online store, annual seedlisting, and at our retail store in central Tucson.
    The weekly Nogales Mercado goes beyond food to support the local economy by hosting artisans, craftsmen and other producers of local products. Most importantly, everyone, including WIC, FMNP and SNAP beneficiaries, are able to buy locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

    The Nogales Mercado is a collaboration of community partners to connect local food producers with Nogales shoppers. The goal is to provide a downtown location for residents to purchase locally-grown, healthy foods as well as create a socially- vibrant, healthy environment where all can learn, share and enjoy the community. Key partners are Nogales Community Development and Mariposa Community Health Center.
    Located at the center of Washington and Court Streets in downtown Tucson. The Presidio San Agustín del Tucson has living history festivals where visitors can sample Spanish Colonial food, listen to stories of old Tucson, learn period crafts, see the cannon fired, and watch the soldiers drill! Admission is free. Metered parking is available during the week and parking on nearby streets is FREE on weekends.

    The Sonoran Institute inspires and enables community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America.


    The Sonoran Institute contributes to a vision of a West with:

    Healthy landscapes – including native plants and wildlife, diverse habitat, open spaces, clean air and water – from northern Mexico to western Canada.
    Vibrant communities where people embrace conservation to protect quality of life today and in the future.
    Resilient economies that support prosperous communities, diverse opportunities for residents, productive working landscapes, and stewardship of the natural world.

    A Collaborative, Community-based Approach

    The nonprofit Sonoran Institute, founded in 1990, works across the rapidly changing West to conserve and restore natural and cultural assets and to promote better management of growth and change. The Institute’s community-based approach emphasizes collaboration, civil dialogue, sound information, local knowledge, practical solutions and big-picture thinking.
    SAACA exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities. We believe the arts play a key role in building community, enhancing education, providing therapeutic benefits and innovating economic development.
    Tohono Chul Park
    Embrace the authentic beauty of the Sonoran Desert year-round at Tohono Chul, Tucson’s charming crossroads of nature, art and culture. Deemed “One of the World’s Ten Best Botanical Gardens” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Tohono Chul has been celebrated by Tucson as one of its “best kept secrets” for over a quarter of a century.

    Set on 49 acres of lush desert, the vibrant offerings at Tohono Chul awaken your senses. Locals and visitors alike delight in the experience of having nature at their fingertips. Stroll along winding paths past soaring Saguaros, through themed botanical gardens and marvel at a chance encounter with a resident hummingbird. Enjoy quiet retreat in the artfully designed relaxation spots sprinkled throughout the lush grounds. Various art and garden exhibits reveal the unique qualities of the Sonoran region and renew a deep appreciation for the treasures of the desert.

    Be inspired by the collection of artwork in the Exhibit Galleries and Gift Shops. From artisanal to avant-garde, the creations by local artists are influenced by the wonders of the region.

    Renowned for its spectacular view of the Santa Catalina mountains and regionally inspired fare, indulge in the fresh Southwestern flavors of the Bistro — treasured among locals as a favorite dining spot for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

    The Tohono Chul experience goes beyond one of relaxation to deliver an engaging learning experience. Discover the secrets of the desert and gain knowledge of the natural and cultural heritage of the region through a variety of lectures, guided tours, workshops, concerts, and special events year-round.

    Tohono Chul is a private non-profit 501©3 whose mission is to to enrich people’s lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature,art and culture in the Sonoran Desert region and inspiring wise stewardship of the natural world.
    We exemplify the independent spirit and the rich culinary heritage that is Tucson. Formed in 1999, the Tucson Originals have been the driving force and model for similar groups all across America who are working to preserve the culinary spirit of their communities. With the rapid rise of chain eateries, this alliance has helped many of Tucson’s signature restaurants survive and thrive.

    They are your neighbors and friends who contribute endlessly to the betterment of our community. You will find them represented at countless charitable events and outreach efforts throughout the year. They are the first to give when there is a need. We hope you will give them your support and enjoy their offerings in return.

    Our Mission Statement: To promote the value of Tucson’s independent restaurants and support Tucson’s culinary diversity.
    Watershed Management Group
    Our Mission

    Watershed Management Group (WMG) develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment. We provide people with the knowledge, skills, and resources for sustainable livelihoods.
    Our Vision

    Watershed Management Group envisions a world in which: everyone has the natural resources they need while ensuring adequate resources for future generations through wise and creative management; communities cooperatively and sustainably manage the natural resources within their watershed; communities develop in concert with their environment, and the success of development is measured by the health of ecological systems, the prosperity of people, and the strength of communities. WMG offers both free and fee-based educational services to work with community members on water harvesting, native and edible landscapes, green infrastructure, and river restoration. WMG's Living Lab & Learning Center is also open for special events on the weekend, including monthly 2nd Saturday tours. One of our most popular programs is the Green Living Co-op, which uses a barn-raising model to build affordable water harvesting features, native landscapes, and edible gardens at people’s homes. Check our website or call for the full class and event schedule.
    Our Mission: Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
    Our Vision: We are creating a community of change makers who are working to build a world without racism, where women are empowered and where everyone enjoys peace, justice, freedom and dignity.

    What is The Café @ the YW?

    The Cafe at the YW is a new social enterprise providing excellent hot, cold and specialty beverages, pastries and catering for events at the YW; The Café provides value-priced, socially progressive, wholesome dining, using the freshest local ingredients available all while supporting the mission of the YWCA Tucson. The Café offers a culinary program to provide job training to at-risk young women.

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