Kerry Fetherston Selected as 2013 Don Carlos Humanitarian of the Year

Tempe Community Council (TCC) is pleased to announce that Kerry Fetherston of Tempe will receive the 2013 Don Carlos Humanitarian Award on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Kerry was selected out of nine impressive nominees for her community impact, behind-the scenes efforts and impressive resume at such a young age.  Additional honors will be presented to local philanthropists and volunteers who work every day to provide a high quality of life for all in Tempe. The public is welcome to attend this community event. Reservations are required and tickets are $50 per person, $80 for two tickets or $400 for a table of ten. More information is available from the TCC website www.tempecommunitycouncil.org/don-carlos or by calling 480.858.2300.

Produced annually by TCC, the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award is considered one of Tempe’s most prestigious distinctions, and honors those individuals who give back selflessly to our community. Kerry will be recognized for her can-do attitude, her contagious spirit and for inspiring others to commit to positive change. Kerry is past president of Kiwanis Club of Tempe, where she actively supported efforts like the Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, back to school shopping with Boys & Girls Club kids and the Fantasy of Lights Parade. For several years, she was the machine behind the Mayor’s Run and helped that event raised about $1.2 million for local charities. Kerry worked for Mill Avenue Merchant’s Association, Tempe Family Y, Fresh Start and Alzheimer’s Association.

Tragically, Kerry suffered a debilitating stroke in December of 2011. Her spirit and positive attitude through her rehabilitation have inspired a whole new group of people, and have reenergized her friends and colleagues to take up her torch. 2007 Don Carlos winner, Linda Spears, notes, “Kerry truly exemplifies all that is great about living in Tempe. An ordinary person, doing extraordinary things by joining with neighbors and friends to make life a little easier for others is the essence of the humanitarian effort”.

Don Carlos is a signature Tempe event that brings together the entire community to celebrate those who have dedicated their lives to giving back and serving people.  The award is named for Tempe’s pioneer founder Charles Trumbull Hayden who spent his life looking for ways to improve the lives of others.  The Don Carlos Humanitarian Award is special because it embodies Hayden’s legacy and spirit.  Kerry Fetherston joins an illustrious list of other Don Carlos Humanitarian recipients including: Dr. William Payne, Leonard Monti, Sr., Margaret & William Kajikawa, Jinnett B. Kirk, Peggy Bryant, Eliza Carney, Naomi Harward, Mimi & Mac Bohlman, Virginia Tinsley, Betty & John Waters, Pat Hatton, Lawn Griffiths, Rudy Campbell, Bobbie & George Overby, Sue & Bob Lofgren, Carol E. Smith, Sue Searcy, Zita Johnson, Bobbie & Don Cassano, David B. Cutty, Joseph Spracale, Jane & Dick Neuheisel, Gail Fisher & Mel Kessler, Linda Spears, Pen Johnson, Sue Ringler, Catherine May & Dan Abbott, Alice & Ralph Goitia and Harry E. Mitchell.

Kerry Fetherston Selected as 2013 Don Carlos Humanitarian of the Year

Tempe Community Council (TCC) is pleased to announce that Kerry Fetherston of Tempe will receive the 2013 Don Carlos Humanitarian Award on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Kerry was selected out of nine impressive nominees for her community impact, behind-the scenes efforts and impressive resume at such a young age.  Additional honors will be presented to local philanthropists and volunteers who work every day to provide a high quality of life for all in Tempe. The public is welcome to attend this community event. Reservations are required and tickets are $50 per person, $80 for two tickets or $400 for a table of ten. More information is available from the TCC website www.tempecommunitycouncil.org/don-carlos or by calling 480.858.2300.

Produced annually by TCC, the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award is considered one of Tempe’s most prestigious distinctions, and honors those individuals who give back selflessly to our community. Kerry will be recognized for her can-do attitude, her contagious spirit and for inspiring others to commit to positive change. Kerry is past president of Kiwanis Club of Tempe, where she actively supported efforts like the Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, back to school shopping with Boys & Girls Club kids and the Fantasy of Lights Parade. For several years, she was the machine behind the Mayor’s Run and helped that event raised about $1.2 million for local charities. Kerry worked for Mill Avenue Merchant’s Association, Tempe Family Y, Fresh Start and Alzheimer’s Association.

Tragically, Kerry suffered a debilitating stroke in December of 2011. Her spirit and positive attitude through her rehabilitation have inspired a whole new group of people, and have reenergized her friends and colleagues to take up her torch. 2007 Don Carlos winner, Linda Spears, notes, “Kerry truly exemplifies all that is great about living in Tempe. An ordinary person, doing extraordinary things by joining with neighbors and friends to make life a little easier for others is the essence of the humanitarian effort”.

Don Carlos is a signature Tempe event that brings together the entire community to celebrate those who have dedicated their lives to giving back and serving people.  The award is named for Tempe’s pioneer founder Charles Trumbull Hayden who spent his life looking for ways to improve the lives of others.  The Don Carlos Humanitarian Award is special because it embodies Hayden’s legacy and spirit.  Kerry Fetherston joins an illustrious list of other Don Carlos Humanitarian recipients including: Dr. William Payne, Leonard Monti, Sr., Margaret & William Kajikawa, Jinnett B. Kirk, Peggy Bryant, Eliza Carney, Naomi Harward, Mimi & Mac Bohlman, Virginia Tinsley, Betty & John Waters, Pat Hatton, Lawn Griffiths, Rudy Campbell, Bobbie & George Overby, Sue & Bob Lofgren, Carol E. Smith, Sue Searcy, Zita Johnson, Bobbie & Don Cassano, David B. Cutty, Joseph Spracale, Jane & Dick Neuheisel, Gail Fisher & Mel Kessler, Linda Spears, Pen Johnson, Sue Ringler, Catherine May & Dan Abbott, Alice & Ralph Goitia and Harry E. Mitchell.

TCC Seeks Board Members

Tempe Community Council (TCC) is seeking nominations for candidates to join our esteemed Board of Directors. Candidates must live or work in Tempe and expectations include attendance to monthly board meetings, service on committees, participation in the Agency Review process, and support of TCC’s fundraising and community outreach efforts.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1 by 4:00pm.

The TCC Board of Directors consists of up to thirty members and serves as the governing body and fiscal agent for the organization.  Members of the Board must either work or live in the city of Tempe at the time of appointment and are eligible for a maximum of two, three year terms.    Membership of the Board reflects a variety of professional and personal backgrounds and expertise.  Members have the opportunity to make an impact on vital local human service issues, including advocacy and planning decisions as they relate to public and private funding and services for some of Tempe’s most vulnerable populations: the aging, homeless, youth and disabled.   A nomination form is available online, or call 480-858-2300 for more information. Please consider becoming a part of this dynamic organization and make a difference in your community!

Tempe’s Free Tax Preparation

Qualifying residents can have taxes filed for free!
Tempe Community Council’s Financial Stability Intiative has wonderful volunteers on hand to help you prepare, e-file and claim tax credits.

WHEN AND WHERE:
Tempe Schools Credit Union  2800 S. Mill Ave, Tempe
Saturdays 9am-12pm  2/2/13 to 4/13/13 Closed 3/9 & 3/16 for Spring Break Wednesdays 5pm-7pm  1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20 & 2/27

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

Those who made under $50,270 in 2012, those with disabilities, and the elderly. Please note that you may not qualify if your return is complex.

WHAT TO BRING TO A VITA SITE: 

  • Valid photo ID for yourself and/or your spouse.
  • Social Security cards or ITIN cards for you, your spouse, and dependents.
  • Birthdates for you, your spouse, and dependents.
  • Wage and earnings statements from all employers. (Form W-2 or 1099-MISC)
  •  Interest and dividend statements from banks.  (Form 1099-INT or 1099-DIV)
  • Social Security Statement (SSA-1099), Education Expenses (1098-T), Pensions (1099 R) and Unemployment Statement (1099-G) if applicable.
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses, i.e., donations made, including those to schools, educational expenses, home interest, property taxes and medical expenses for those who will be able to itemize.
  • Total amount paid for day care and the day care providers’ tax identification number.
  • For Direct Deposit—bank routing numbers and account numbers.
  • Copy of last year’s tax return.
  •  If filing joint, both you and your spouse must be present to sign the return.

Pre-screening for public benefits and FAFSA application assistance available upon request.
Additionally, if you earned $57,000 or less in 2012, you can have access to free tax software and prepare your own taxes. IRS certificed volunteers will guide you through the process.

FOR MORE INFO:   www.tempecommunitycouncil.org  480.858.2323

For other free tax preparation sites, http://www.cir.org.tax or call 2-1-1

 

Recognizing Achievement, Access and Ability

TEMPE MAYOR’S DISABILITY AWARDS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
Tempe Community Council and the City of Tempe is currently accepting nominations for the 25th Annual Tempe Mayor’s Disability Awards. Forms are available online at www.tempecommunitycouncil.org or via request by calling (480)858-2300.  Submissions must be submitted or postmarked by Friday, March 22, 2013 at 4:00PM to Tempe Community Council. Mail: 34 E. 7th Street, Building A. Tempe, AZ 85281 Fax: 480-858.2319 or Email: emma_gully@tempe.gov.

Since 1988, the City of Tempe and Tempe Community Council have collaborated together to highlight the accomplishments of people with disabilities as well as spotlight individuals, businesses and organizations that promote the advancement and equal opportunity of the disability sector. The hope is that this annual event will inspire others to emulate the honorees and provide a fully accessible Tempe for everyone.

Award nominations in each category are open to qualifying individuals/organizations:

Outstanding Workbridge Student Employee – Recognizes a Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) graduating senior in the Workbridge program who has demonstrated excellent dedication and performance as a student, employee or volunteer. Each year 10-12 recipients are selected in this category.  Nominations must come from a TUHSD school administrator, teacher, or staff member with two additional recommendations from an employer and/or community partner.

Workbridge Employer of the Year – Recognizes a business/organization that employs a TUHSD Workbridge student(s) and has a business location in Tempe.  Nominations must come from a TUHSD teacher or staff member.

Youth Ability Award – Recognizes a young person with a disability, aged 12-18, who has overcome challenges and/or helped advance the rights of individuals with a disability.

Adult Ability Award – Recognizes an adult with a disability, aged 18+, who has overcome challenges and/or helped advance the rights of individuals with a disability.

Exceptional Educator of the Year – Recognizes a teacher, school staff or support person who has provided exceptional education and support opportunities to individual(s) with a disability.

Emerging Leader Award – Recognizes an individual, aged 14-30, who is an emerging leader in this community by raising awareness and/or improving outcomes for people with a disability.

Business Leadership Award – Recognizes a corporation/business that has improved access for disabled customers/employees/visitors and/or created increased employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Accessibility Award – Recognizes a constituency, architect, developer, builder, planner, group or City department that has removed barriers and created full access to public/private buildings, outdoor space, thoroughfares, etc., for the full inclusion of individuals with a disability and/or made life easier through accessible transportation options.

Valued Community Service – Recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution by providing and/or improving personal and community support for individuals with a disability; including, but not limited to, providing independence through more choice, information and control, advocacy efforts, or improving the social participation of all people.

Pride of the City – Recognizes an individual, group or organization who has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to those with disabilities and helped advance the full inclusion of all people in our community.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • All nominees must work, live and/or impact people in Tempe.
  • All nominations must have current and accurate contact information for both nominee and nominator with a complete description of the full scope of activities, breadth of influence or achievement.
  • Nominations are reviewed by an independent committee based on written submissions, community impact, and scored using a rubric and point system.

About Tempe Community Council

Tempe Community Council (TCC) is a community-based nonprofit with a 40-year history of encouraging resident interaction and commitment to human services in Tempe. TCC brings our community together – including government, nonprofits, faith groups and residents – to provide support to Tempeans in need, to plan for present and future needs, and to build a lasting foundation for future generations.

About the Commission on Disability Concerns

The mission of the Commission on Disability Concerns is to advocate disability issue awareness, equal access and full community integration and to seek resolution of the concerns of people with disabilities for the benefit of all the people of Tempe. Commission meetings are held the 1st Thursday of the month at the Tempe Public Library.  Meetings begin at 6:30pm in the 2nd floor boardroom and are open to the public.