Request Volunteers

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.

TEP's and UES' greatest assets are their employees. Enabling their time, expertise, and compassion to the nonprofit organizations that are personally important to them is one of the strongest ways our company can support Arizona. More than 70 percent of the companies' charitable giving is driven by employee volunteerism. There are several ways TEP's and UNS's employees assist the community:

  • Employees may serve on a nonprofit board or committee
  • Employees serving in a coaching/leadership role with a youth organization may apply for a volunteer youth grant (this includes Boy or Girl Scouts, youth little league teams, dance clubs, etc.)
  • Agencies or employees can request TEP or UNS volunteers to participate as a team or to help complete a service project ( i.e. painting, landscaping). The company may make 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.
  • Agencies or employees can request in-kind contributions for events including printing and binding services, golf cards, light plants or security.

The company's employee volunteer program 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. Our employees join their friends and family to contribute more than 50,000 hours annually to charitable efforts that benefit more than 600 nonprofit groups throughout Arizona.

Through the years, TEP and UNS 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.


Programs directly benefiting customers and communities in TEP or UES 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. When reviewing requests, we’ll consider:

  • Impact on the community and practicality of successful results.
  • If a TEP or UES employee is involved with the agency and willing to be a liason regarding 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 TEP or UES 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. Additionally, volunteers cannot lend their support to:

  • Religious, fraternal, social or recreational clubs
  • Political or partisan organizations or candidates
  • Assistance to Individuals
  • Individual schools offering instruction in grades K-12. However, all schools in TEP's or UES' service territories 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 now for TEP and UNS Volunteers, Funding or In-Kind Donations

Online submission will ensure that the Community Investment team can review your request in a timely fashion. However, if you cannot submit the online form, please email a completed application form to

Community Relations
UNS Energy Corporation
P.O. Box 711 – Mail Stop HQE503
Tucson, Arizona 85702
Phone: 520-884-3740
Fax: 520-884-3606

TEP and UES Steering Committee Chairs

Steering Committees Committee Chair
Coconino Flagstaff Paula Smith
Mohave Kingman Christina Logsdon
Santa Cruz Nogales Norma Lucero
Pima/Tucson Julie Gomez
Yavapai Prescott Jeff Brown
Yavapai Verde Valley Cottonwood Rhonda Martin
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.