Empowering people to overcome hardship and create a community where all people reach their full potential.
Providing relief and resources to those in need in the greater Tucson area by maximizing our financial strength and community partnerships.
I worked for over thirty years in the public schools in the Tucson area because I wanted to help kids reach their full potential in my subject area. Regrettably, my experience showed me that not all students had the resources they needed for that to happen, no matter how hard they tried. I am excited to be part of an organization that wants to provide relief and resources to families who need help.
My family has been in Arizona for several generations, and as a previous educator I want to use my strengths and expertise to support and strengthen my community.
Vice President / Branch Manager Nova Home Loans
I joined CEP to help give back to the same community that raised me. I believe the responsibility of a thriving community falls on the hands of us all.
Retired: Vocational Agriculture Teacher, School Administrator
Having worked with Community Extension Programs I have been aware of the outstanding benefits they made for many students in the Amphitheater School District. The positive history and reputation of the program enticed me to want to join the board and help our community.
Secondary School Administrator and Athletic Director
The issues facing The Greater Tucson Area are many, and I would like to be part of a team that brings solutions to those issues.
Teacher, Amphitheater Public Schools
I am committed to giving back to a community I have lived in and worked in for the past 40 years.
I am a local business owner and an avid volunteer at my children's school.
As a native Tucsonan, I believe in helping those in need through opportunity and resources to ensure a resilient and better future for our community.
Teacher, Real Estate Agent
As a child I was fortunate enough to be a beneficiary of CEP. Having seen their impact first hand, it has become a priority for me to pay it forward. I’d like to help continue to grow the CEP outreach and assist those in need.
Community Extension Programs, Inc., (CEP) has enjoyed a 50-year tradition of serving the needs of Tucson’s youth and their families. Our community-wide programs have included: a well-established before and after-school childcare program called Purposeful Afterschool Learning (P.A.L), High School Summer and Distance Learning Programs, Summers are Fun and Educational (S.A.F.E.) Summer Program, Middle School Remediation Classes, Behind the Wheel Drivers Education Courses, Adult Community Education Classes, and Grades 1-6 STEM Program. These essential programs have sustained and enriched the lives of over 35,000 local families throughout our long history.
By early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit and CEP’s work and mission transformed dramatically. With schools closing and facing uncertain futures, CEP has reinvented itself from a primary focus on childcare programs to a philanthropic organization. In our post-pandemic reality, we believe the need for assistance and support for our community’s impoverished, disadvantaged and under-served people is greater than ever. With the help of our generous donors and community partners, our newly incorporated vision will focus on providing targeted assistance to families, individuals and children in dire financial need; bill assistance programs; programs for victims of sexual and domestic abuse; and, our ever-increasing homeless individuals and families in Tucson.
Today, Community Extension Programs is proud of our rich history and we are motivated and dedicated to shifting our focus to reaching a larger sector of those in need. To meet that end, our funding of established programs within our family of non-profit partners has begun.
Our most recent donations to two of our community partners, Assistance League of Tucson and Your On Their Own (YOTO) demonstrate a strong start to our new role in the community. This spring our Board of Directors approved donations of $15,000 to the Assistance League for their Assault Survivor Kits, Operation School Bell and Starting Over Supplies Programs; and, $10,000 to Youth On Their Own for support of their Alumni Program that provides scholarships, monthly stipend financial assistance, the purchase of basic need in the Mini Mall and transportation and bill assistance.
Anyone interested in supporting CEP’s efforts with donations or volunteering opportunities can find out more information by emailing Victoria Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Walther, email@example.com or calling Lindie Hunter at our main office phone, 520-965-8298.