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Nov 5 2015 03:00:00:000PM
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TEP Volunteers Help Build Home in Memory of Habitat For Humanity Supporter

Tucson, Ariz. — A longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity Tucson will be remembered by employees of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and sister company Southwest Energy Solutions (SES) during a memorial home-building event on Friday.

Habitat Tucson is building a home in memory of Leland H. Yarbrough, a Tucson homebuilder who worked with the organization for more than 30 years. TEP is sponsor of the building project. Yarbrough, who died in April, is affectionately referred to as Habitat Tucson’s “first volunteer” and was instrumental in growing the organization.

A memorial and wall-raising event will be held at the “Leland Memorial House,” 5717 S. Jeanette Blvd., on Friday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A ceremony to remember Yarbrough will be held at 9 a.m. A group of TEP employee volunteers donating time to help build the home will include members of Yarbrough’s family.

TEP, a longtime supporter of Habitat Tucson, was a sponsor of Building Freedom Day on Sept. 11, when several TEP employees donated their time at Habitat Tucson building sites. Sponsorship of both events is part of TEP’s award-winning community service efforts, which include direct contributions, in-kind services and volunteer support for local nonprofit groups.

In 2014, TEP contributed more than $1 million to charitable causes, while employees joined their friends and family in contributing 25,000 volunteer hours to more than 260 nonprofit groups. All grants and contributions are funded from corporate resources, not customers’ rates.

Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable electric service to approximately 417,000 customers in southern Arizona. For more information about TEP’s community involvement and contributions, visit

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