Food bank named among best nonprofits to work for

The Community Food Bank in Tucson has been selected as one of the 2011 Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For by The NonProfit Times.

The local organization will be included in a special section profiling the 50 organizations selected as the Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For in the publication’s March 2011 issue.

Founded in 1976, the Community Food Bank provides education, advocacy, and food for people throughout Southern Arizona including Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties. The Community Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.

Thousands of employees at nonprofits across the country were asked to nominate their place of business as the best place to work. Employees were then asked to complete a 72-question internal employee engagement and satisfaction survey. The NonProfit Times partnered with The Best Companies Group to handle the survey. 

“The Community Food Bank is proud to be recognized by the NonProfit Times as one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in the U.S,” said Bill Carnegie, president/CEO. “We work hard to make sure our employees and volunteers feel empowered in the fight against hunger.”

The NonProfit Times publishes 22 times a year and is a source for business information for the nonprofit industry.

Ultimate Electronics closing nationwide

Ultimate Electronics is closing the doors of all its 46 locations nationwide. The going-out-of-business sales began on Feb. 12 and will continue until all merchandise and store fixtures have been sold.

“Our commitment to our customers continues as we enter the liquidation process,” said Bruce Giesbrecht, chief executive officer of Ultimate Electronics.

All stores will honor gift cards throughout the duration of the sale. Returns will be accepted on purchases made before Feb. 11 with a receipt and in compliance with the pre-existing Ultimate Electronics return policy. All sales made on or after Feb. 11 are final. Manufacturers’ warranties remain in effect on all merchandise.

Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Merchant Resources are collectively running the going-out-of-business sales on Ultimate Electronics’ behalf.

The first Ultimate Electronics store opened in 1968 in Arvada, Colo.

Woman honored for community service

Sigma Alpha Lambda has announced that Ericka Davila of Tucson was recently recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at Northern Arizona University.

Davila is the administrative assistant with Central Implement, Inc. of Tucson, the John Deere distributor. She graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in public management.

Sigma Alpha Lambda is dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

Nicholl elected to Marana food bank advisory board

Businessman Gary Nicholl is the newest member of the Marana Community Food Bank advisory board. A Tucson resident since 1996, Nicholl was elected at the Feb. 9 advisory board meeting.

Nicholl has served on the boards of several civic organizations, including the Marana Chamber of Commerce and Marana Police Advisory Commission. In 2009, he received the Marana Chamber Community and Business Builder of the Year Award. Nicholl has been with State Farm Insurance for 20 years.

“He has been such an asset to our community, and we are pleased to have him on our board,” said Carol McGorray, Marana Food Bank Board chair.

The nine-member Marana Community Food Bank advisory board assists the executive director in fundraising, community relations, solicitation of volunteers and other duties. The food bank provides food assistance to more than 1,700 families each month from the areas of Marana, Oro Valley, Avra Valley, Picture Rocks and Northwest Tucson.

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NW Urgent Care opens on Orange Grove

Northwest Medical Center has moved its Ina Urgent Care to a new location. The Northwest Urgent Care at Orange Grove opened on Feb. 16 at 3870 W. River Road, Suite 126 in the Sunflower Farmers Market shopping center. The urgent care faces Orange Grove Road.

Northwest Urgent Care at Orange Grove has easier access and parking in a patient-friendly setting. The physicians and medical staff from the former Ina location will treat patients at this new site.

Northwest Urgent Care at Orange Grove is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.  A pediatrician is on site Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The facility also offers X-ray and lab services.

“We have taken care of patients at the Ina Urgent Care for more than 10 years, and we’re looking forward to providing that same level of quality care in a brand new facility,” said NMC Urgent Care Medical Director Dr. Misty Colvin.

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Click teams donate to United Way

The Jim Click and Holmes Tuttle automotive teams have raised $162,000 to benefit United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona during the 2010-11 campaign year. 

“My employees and I share a common purpose with United Way to build stronger communities in Southern Arizona. I am extremely proud of my employees who year after year donate their money and volunteer their time to improve the lives of others. We are a proud United Way partner and support its ongoing efforts,” Click said.

In addition to pledging money, Click provides a “loaned executive” each year who, along with full-time United Way staff member, conducts workplace employee campaigns throughout the community.

“We are grateful to Jim Click for his continued leadership and commitment to our community,” said Tony Penn, president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. “It is caring partners like the Click family of companies that enable us to achieve lasting changes in Southern Arizona that ensure higher graduation rates, better income stability and healthier lifestyles for all.”

Penn, who presented Click with a plaque of appreciation on Feb. 17, also noted that the contributions by the company and its employees marked an increase in giving over last year.

“In these tough economic times, Jim Click and his employees should be commended for their commitment to strengthening communities in Southern Arizona,” Penn noted.

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