P.A.W.S. is an acronym for Professional Association of
Women's Services. P.A.W.S. was founded in November 1989 as an
auxiliary of Assistance League of Tucson to provide volunteer
opportunities to women in the workforce. This auxiliary, whose mission
is to enrich the spirit of a child, focuses on helping children in
crisis. To accommodate the demands of volunteering and working,
P.A.W.S. alternates the time of their monthly meetings between 7:30 am
one month and 6:00 pm the next month. To join this group of women who
know how to do it all and have fun, please
Program Teddy Bear provides children in crisis with a
to hold and hug. A Teddy bear brings comfort to a frightened
or injured child, easing emotional pain and stress. P.A.W.S.
contributes bears to 14 agencies that give them to children in
traumatizing, frightening or other difficult situations. The
University Medical Bone Marrow Clinic can give our bears to their young
patients as the bears are new and in sealed bags.
P.A.W.S. gives away
bears annually. More than 20,000 bears have been given out since the
founding of P.A.W.S. in 1989.
A very special donation of $75 will buy "A Box of Bears" which is 12
bears. Our Share-a-Bear campaign requests donations to purchase a
Box of Bears in memory of loved ones or commemorating a birthday or any
Funding also comes from the Annual High Tea which began in 2005
and is held on the first Sunday in October. This traditional English tea is a fun, kid-friendly
event with bears and raffle prizes. Please join us for the tea this
year: see our announcement
for reservation information.
Volunteers tell us more about P.A.W.S. on
Program Groom for Success provides clients at Southern
Arizona Child Advocacy Center (SACAC) with basic clothing (underwear,
t-shirts, simple pants or shorts, and socks). SACAC clients often need
clothing after the forensic interview process. Up to $1,000 is
designated for this program.
Hooked on Books donates age appropriate books to the Parent As Teachers program through Sunnyside School
District to encourage literacy. P.A.W.S. also purchases books for
the Tucson Unified School District's Refugee Program. Children from
Tucson's growing refugee community receive age and reading level
appropriate books. Up to $1,500 is designated for this program.
Food for Thought provides snacks
to Southern Arizona Child Advocacy Center. This agency
interviews, conducts medical examinations and processes children who are
removed from their homes for abuse or neglect. Often these children
have not eaten, so they are given their choice
of a snack which may include Capri Sun drinks, water, granola bars,
assorted crackers with cheese/peanut butter, fruit roll-ups, oatmeal
cookies, beef jerky and trail mix.. Up to $1000 is designated for snacks each
Funding for these programs comes from donations, grants, and special