As Thanksgiving and the holidays approach, TEP is getting into the spirit of giving.

At one of our biggest volunteer events of the year, TEP employees will help collect monetary and food donations at the annual Holiday Harvest Food Drive in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Nov. 16 drive at Sam’s Club, 4701 N. Stone Ave., benefits the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona – a longtime community partner.

TEP will provide a $25,000 matching donation for monetary contributions collected at the drive, scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, TEP customers can pick up free smart thermostats at the food drive.

Also in November, a TEP team will help assemble food bags for Community Food Bank clients.

Here are some of the other volunteer activities in November:

Nov. 4: Tucson Zero Waste collection

Nov. 5: Bikes for Change with El Tour de Tucson – TEP volunteers will help build bikes to donate to those in need.

Nov. 12: Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona Over the Edge – TEP volunteers will rappel down a 17-story building for the fundraiser.

Nov. 18: Amado Chili Cookoff to benefit the Amado Youth Center

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2: Tucson Botanical Gardens – Volunteers will assist at the holiday Lights Up event on Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Here’s where TEP customers can get free smart thermostats:

Nov. 3 – Tucson Roadrunners hockey game at the Tucson Convention Center

Nov. 3 – Sahuaro High School homecoming football game

Nov. 4 – Love of Literacy event at the Children’s Museum Tucson

Nov. 11 – Cars and Coffee car show at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 4075 W. Ina Road.

Nov. 18 – University of Arizona football game tailgate party

Nov. 18 – El Tour de Tucson Expo and Fiesta at the Tucson Convention Center

TEP customers also can order free smart thermostats online.

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