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CAT (Community Action Team)

Employees volunteer their time to special causes.

One Community Action Team (CAT) volunteer might choose to pound nails for Habitat for Humanity, another might opt to serve on the parent committee for their school. We all work towards making a difference in the communities we serve.

UNS Energy Corporation’s greatest assets are our employees. Enabling their time, expertise, and compassion to the nonprofits on causes or issues important to them is one of the strongest ways our Company can support Arizona. Why more than 70% of UNS’ charitable giving is driven by employee volunteerism. Why knowing what you care about and where you are volunteering is important to the nonprofit, school, church, civic group or issue area.

Employees serving on a nonprofit board or committee, coaching/leadership role with a youth organization may apply for a volunteer leadership grant.

Agencies requesting CAT volunteers to participate as a team or do a service project ( i.e. painting, landscaping) are encouraged to apply online. Volunteerism is encouraged, and to that end the Company makes a charitable contribution to the agency to cover the event sign-up fee or supplies (i.e. paint, trees) as approved by the CAT Steering Committee of the region.

The UNS Employee Volunteer Program (EVP), the Community Action Team (CAT), is recognized as one of the most effective programs of its kind in the country. Our employee-driven community service efforts have produced remarkable results. In 2012, employees joined their friends and family in contributing more than 50,000 hours to charitable efforts that benefited approximately 620 nonprofit groups in our service territories.

Additionally, a celebration of twenty years for CAT was held in Tucson, very near UNS Headquarters at the Reid Park Zoo, to commemorate all the valuable employees, their family, and friends have accomplished in the communities where we work and live.

Through the years, CAT volunteers built the first energy efficiency homes for Habitat for Humanity, revamped animal habitats at Reid Park Zoo, built a playground and community gardens for the Community Food Bank, and ramped up efforts to educate young people about the dangers of drinking and driving. And that’s just scratching the surface. Plenty more has been done—and there is still plenty more to do. Visit our Gallery to see about CATs in the Community.


Programs directly benefiting customers and communities in UNS service territory or where company facilities are located, are eligible for consideration.

Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code, educational or government. Churches providing nonsectarian public charity, i.e. food bank or shelter for homeless, will be considered.

Significant Factors in Evaluating Requests

We strive to engage our volunteers to provide meaningful results for the agency and our community. To that end we look at all requests to see the:

  • Impact on the community and practicality of successful results.
  • That a UNS employee is involved with the agency and willing to be a liason on the volunteer assistance.
  • That the scope of the project and needed resources are in alignment with resource availability (varies by region, time of year and budgets)
  • Number of people served; keeping in mind that the goal is for broad-based community impact.
  • Programmatic strength of the organization.
  • Opportunity for UNS to be recognized and valued as a community partner.


In general the company is not able to engage in volunteer projects where organizations are outside of service territories or company facility locations:

  • Religious, fraternal, social or recreational clubs
  • Political or partisan organizations or candidates
  • Assistance to Individuals
  • Individual schools K-12 (all schools in UNS service area are offered free safety, environmental and science related curricula and supplemental resources.)

Required Information

Please be prepared to include a concise description of the project or event for which you are requesting CAT volunteers, funds or materials needed, project purpose and expected impact, and a project timetable. It is recommended that you request support at least two months in advance of your event.

Apply online here »

You can also download a printed application form although it is preferred that you apply online.

Community Relations

Mel Dulaney
UNS Energy Corporation
P.O. Box 711 – Mail Stop HQE503
Tucson, Arizona 85702
Phone: 520-884-3741
Fax: 520-545-1566

UES Steering Committee Chair

UES CAT Steering Committees Committee Chair
Coconino Flagstaff Phil Byrum
Mohave Kingman Missy Grasser
Santa Cruz Nogales Norma Lucero
Yavapai Prescott Leslie Ward
Yavapai Verde Valley Cottonwood Monette Fanning
Navajo Show Low Rebecca Quintana

Employees Serving on a Nonprofit Board

TEP's most valuable resource is our employees. The company encourages employees to participate in community leadership by serving on the board or a committee of a nonprofit organization.

Employees serving in governance positions should contact the Director of Community Relations to explore resources that may be available to their agency. In general, the company will give some level of contribution in support of volunteer leadership, grant higher priority for donation of in-kind services (such as printing and salvage equipment) and seek employee input on agency grant or volunteer requests.