Mission Statements

| June 8, 2011

I like Mission Statements. Mission Statements capture the essence of an organization’s purpose and reason for existence. It  reflects the most altruistic wishes and goals. Many nonprofits were started because of a founder’s deep personal tragic circumstance, or of someone’s appreciation of the healing and cultural value of the arts, or sometimes in just seeing a need and being energetic enough to make a difference. Here are some of my favorite mission statements (although by no means all!) of Tucson area nonprofits.

  • The mission of the Tucson Girls Chorus is to prepare a diverse group of young women to be confident leaders through participation in a well-constructed educational program that emphasizes music, performance, leadership training and community service.
  • The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is to provide building-centered programs, professional staff, and a safe environment to assist youth in developing self-esteem, values, and skills.
  • The Hearth Foundation provides safe housing and facilities for homeless women with children.
  • The Tucson Jazz Society is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting and preserving America’s original music – jazz.
  • Tucson Village Farm is a working urban farm built by and for the youth of our community.  TVF is a seed-to-table program designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices.
  • The YWCA Tucson is dedicated to eliminating racism,empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
  • The Mission of the Community Food Bank: “Through education, advocacy, and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food, we will anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry in our community.”
  • Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona strengthens families, supports communities, provides compassionate services, and strives for excellence.
  • OUR MISSION At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
  • DIRECT Center for Independence, Inc., is a consumer-directed, community-based advocacy organization that promotes independent living and offers a variety of programs for all people with disabilities. Through DIRECT’s programs, people are encouraged to achieve their full potential and to participate in the community.
  • Friends of the Pima County Public Libraryare a group of avid library advocates dedicated to supporting and enhancing Library services and programs. Specifically, our mission is to:
    • Support the library and promote literacy
    • Raise funds to enhance library services and programs
    • Encourage community involvement
    • Promote love of reading and love of learning
    • Recirculate materials in environmentally responsible ways
  • Literacy Volunteers of Tucson transforms lives and enriches our community by teaching adults to read, write and speak English. LVT creates the shortest distance to individual, social and economic development.
  • Diaper Bank:
    • Our Mission: Diapers for children and adults through community partners.
    • Our Vision: A community that believes every child and adult has the right to a clean, dry diaper.
  • Tucson OASIS: Our mission is to promote successful aging through lifelong learning, health programs and volunteer engagement.
  • World Care’s mission is to provide humanitarian relief by recycling surplus materials and supply to create usable resources for health, education and sustainable communities worldwide. We believe in providing tools to those less fortunate and promoting an ethic of community service. We recognize the greater capacities of ingenuity, compassion, service, vision, and leadership, and seek to embody these values in all that we do.
  • Open Inn’s mission is to empower children, youth, and families to experience and develop positive self-worth.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson: To create and support one-to-one adult-to-child mentor relationships guiding youth from a position of risk to one of achieving their highest potential.
  • Casa de los Niños seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect by offering services that promote child safety and family stability.

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