More than 120 Tucson Electric Power and community volunteers painted, pulled weeds, trimmed trees, leveled soil and installed a construction fence line on Saturday, Oct. 28 to support projects for Habitat for Humanity Tucson and Literacy Connects in Tucson’s Amphi neighborhood.
The Day of Service was part of TEP’s yearlong celebration of 125 years of service and giving to the community.
TEP volunteers helped clean and clear a vacant lot that will be the future site for Habitat’s Minton Court, a new development of nine affordable and energy efficient homes. Volunteers also gave the nearby Literacy Connects building a fresh coat of paint on several exterior walls.
The event began with a groundbreaking ceremony with comments from TEP President and CEO David G. Hutchens; Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild; Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson; and T VanHook, CEO of Habitat for Humanity.
The Tucson Fire Department had a fire engine on display and provided information about a new community resources program. A solar-powered sound system provided music for the volunteers, children’s activities and TEP 125th anniversary cupcakes and refreshments.