Here’s one charity fundraiser that provides plenty of social distance – and TEP will match your donation.

Even before the pandemic was declared, Our Family Services this year decided to hold an unconventional fundraiser timed to Leap Year. Called the Leap Over the Luncheon, the idea was to allow donors to skip an event and just donate directly to the organization that supports the end of homelessness starting Feb. 28.

“This Leap Year, Our Family Services is giving you the gift of extra time! Instead of attending our luncheon, you can be a part of this non-event ANY DAY, ANY TIME,” states the organization’s website.

As a bonus, TEP is matching up to $7,000 in donations through April 1.

Originally, the organization hoped to hold an after-party to thank donors. But that party, like many other events, has been indefinitely postponed.

“All of us at Our Family Services are deeply grateful for Tucson Electric Power’s ongoing support,” said Beth Morrison, the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. “TEP’s $7,000 match contribution will turn into $14,000, which will allow us to cover two months of utilities for 35 vulnerable families right here in Tucson.”

The organization, like many in our region, has urgent needs to support their clients during the coronavirus pandemic. Our Family Services is requesting especially donations for youth in their shelter while school is out, as well as other support for the homeless community. Learn more about Our Family Services needs.

This story is part of our ongoing series highlighting one of TEP’s philanthropic focus areas – community assistance. TEP works with non-profit partners to develop invitation-based donation requests for education efforts from January-March. Funds come from corporate resources, not customers’ rates. Learn more about donations.

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