FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 18 2010 12:00:00:000AM
News Media Contact: Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725

UES Awards $49,000 In Grants To Assist At-Risk Youth, Families Across Arizona

Kingman, Ariz. " UniSource Energy Services (UES) has awarded a total of $49,000 to 18 nonprofit organizations that improve the health and well-being of at-risk children, teens and families.

The awards have been distributed over the past three months through UES' Grants That Make a Difference program, which offers financial support to nonprofit groups that help improve the lives of others.

"Our Grants that Make a Difference program is designed to support well-designed programs that target some of our communities' greatest needs," said Paul J. Bonavia, Chairman, President and CEO of UES' parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS). "These awards represent a sound investment in the future of the communities that we serve."

Grant recipients were selected by a group of employee volunteers who looked for programs with measureable and reasonable expectations, offered by organizations that have demonstrated the financial and organizational stability to sustain their efforts. In many cases, grant recipients have collaborated with other agencies to make the most of limited resources.

The 2010 Grants that Make a Difference recipients include:

    Coconino and Navajo Counties
  • $2,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter for its Family & Children's Relief Fund for Coconino County.
  • $1,500 to First Baptist Church in Show Low for its Feeding the Hungry meal program.
  • $2,500 to Flagstaff Shelter Services for emergency shelter assistance.
  • $2,500 to Open Inn in Flagstaff for its Project Safe Place homeless teen program. These funds will be used to match a federal grant.
  • $2,000 to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance in Flagstaff for food to be distributed by Coconino County food banks and nonprofit organizations.
  • $2,500 to Victim/Witness Services in Coconino County to aid domestic violence support groups.
    Mohave County
  • $2,200 to the Advice and Aid Problem Pregnancy Center for its Healthy Mother, Infant and Family program.
  • $2,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter's Family and Children Relief Fund for Mohave County.
  • $1,800 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kingman for the Elementary Age Literacy Program.
  • $2,000 to Junior Achievement of Arizona for the JA BizTown Life Skills Education program for students in Lake Havasu City.
  • $5,000 to support the financial assistance program offered by the Kingman Regional Medical Center's Cancer Care Unit.
  • $2,000 to the Kingman Mohave Lions Club's Eyeglass and Vision Assistance Program for low income students and seniors.
  • $2,500 to Sarah's House Foundation for its Good Touch/Bad Touch child abuse prevention program.
  • $2,500 to the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance for its supplemental food program.
    Santa Cruz County
  • $2,000 to the Nogales Community Development Corporation's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, a partnership with the United Way of Santa Cruz County and Santa Cruz County Community Services that makes tax preparation services and public assistance screening available to low income families in Nogales.
  • 1,000 to Patrons of the Arts for its family arts program.
  • $2,000 to the Sahuaro Girl Scouts for volunteer development to recruit troop leaders in the Nogales area.
  • $1,000 to Santa Cruz Young Audiences for its "Fundamental Learning with a Heart = ART!" program in local schools.
    Yavapai County
  • $2,500 to the Arizona's Children's Association's Independent Living Program, which helps foster care children transition into adulthood.
  • $1,500 to the Chino Valley Food Bank's Feed the Hungry program, which provides emergency food boxes.
  • $1,000 to the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter's Family & Children's Relief Fund for Yavapai County.
  • $1,000 to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance for supplemental food distribution through food banks and nonprofit organizations serving Yavapai County.
  • $4,000 to Open Inn to assist the Turning Point Youth Shelter for homeless teens.

Grants that Make a Difference is part of UES' award-winning community service program, which provides philanthropic gifts, in-kind services and volunteer service to nonprofit organizations. Last year, employees of UES and its sister companies, Tucson Electric Power and Southwest Energy Solutions, joined their friends and family to contribute more than 45,000 volunteer hours to organizations across Arizona.

Applications for the 2011 Grants That Make a Difference program will be available online at uesaz.com on March 14, 2011.

UniSource Energy Services provides gas service to more than 146,000 customers in Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Santa Cruz Counties. UES also provides electric service to more than 90,000 customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz Counties. To learn more, visit uesaz.com. For more information about its parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation, visit uns.com.