My goals as a AmeriCorps VISTA and more specifically as a Resource Developer at the Tucson Mayor’s Office are to create funding and internship opportunities. My project right now is to create a development plan that incorporates such goals and hopefully accumulates the necessary funds to both extend and improve the Tucson Community Schools Initiative. Once my development plan is finalized (which it will be by the end of this month ), I plan to reach out to one accessible philanthropic counsel in hopes that it will provide some sort of guidance in “how to” reach out to foundations and perhaps help us gather contacts who might be interested in funding the Tucson Community Schools Initiative.
One major need that my project is addressing is lack of funding, which if addressed would expand the life of the Tucson Community Schools Initiative and its mission to our community and our youth. Despite this challenge, we are still very fortunate in that we have the enthusiastic support of Mayor Jonathan Rothschild as it allows us access to city resources that give the Tucson Community Schools Initiative the ability to cater to the needs of our students. For example, I have been reaching out to various local markets for in-kind donations and with the city’s support we have gotten a pretty good turnout.
Before my term is complete, I plan to create more connections or at the very least a well-planned draft that will guide the next AmeriCorps VISTA at the Tucson Mayor’s Office to create a fundraising event with the goal of raising a certain amount of money (this amount depends on the next year’s needs) for the Tucson Community Schools Initiative, which will allow the Initiative to help out even more of Tucson’s students.