Oracle Foothills neighborhood is part of a larger community with which we interact on a daily basis. Here are LINKS to some organizations of interest and importance to our residents.
This organization is a wonderful resource for all things environmental in the greater Tucson area. On their website, you will find ways to reduce, reuse and recycle just about everything.
They also keep you informed of environmental events taking place around town, classes and organizations that will help us live greener, cleaner lives.
Wildlife Rehabilitation in Northwest Tucson
If you find a hurt or injured wild animal in need of care, you can contact the Southwest regions' Wildlife Helpline at (520) 903-1104 to discuss the animal's condition and decide if the animal needs to be brought in and which rehabilitator would be the best to care for it.
After business hours, please call (520) 290-WILD.
Wild Things Animal Rehabilitation Center
Arizona Game and Fish Department
The AZ Game and Fish Department maintains a list of all licensed wildlife rehabilitators and wildlife control operators in the southern Arizona.
Tucson’s First No-Kill Shelter and Sanctuary
If you find an injured, sick or abandoned wild animal, call one of the following licensed Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centers and Facilities in the Tucson, Arizona area:
Organizations and Programs listed here:
P.O. Box 35783
Tucson, AZ 85740
Webmaster Carole DeAngeli
Pima County, in cooperation with the City of Tucson, maintains a household hazardous waste disposal program for the community.
Common household and automotive products become a hazard to the environment when disposed of improperly. Leftover quantities of these products should never be poured down the drain, put in trash, or stored for excessive periods of time. Bring them to the household waste collection sites for safe disposal.
The charge for Pima County residents is now $10*.
2440 WEST SWEETWATER DRIVE
Friday & Saturday 8am - Noon
Directions: I-10 to Prince Rd., west to Business Center Dr., north to River Park Dr. and turn left, then right on Commerce Dr., left on Benan Venture Dr. and right on Sweetwater Dr.
For a more information, including a detailed list of acceptable products, please click here.
*NOTE: Used motor oil can be recycled free of charge at any Auto Zone store.
Donate your bounty of fruit to a good cause!
Iskashitaa - The Refugee Harvesting Network is an inter-generational group of refugees and local volunteers who harvest excess fruit from local yards and gardens. These nutritious foods are then redistributed to refugee families from many countries and other Tucson organizations that assist families in need.
If you are able to contribute/donate excess fruit or vegetables, OR you would simply like your garden/trees added to their geodatabase, call:
To learn more about the organization and their other projects, go to the home page
Shade trees are available for purchase by TEP customers at $8 each. Mesquite, desert willow and palo verde trees, 5-6 feet tall will be available from January through spring and will be delivered directly to the applicant's home.
Applicants must agree to plant the trees on the west, east or south sides of their homes to help reduce energy costs.
For more information, go to the Trees for Tucson
Applications for trees can be downloaded from Home Shade Tree Order Form
All of us could use a refuge, a small, safe space that encourages honest reflection, where we can relax and share with one another, where we can grow.
Refugees in particular need such a space. Many bear the scars of violent oppression, not only physically but in their hearts and minds, and find themselves disoriented when faced with life in this giant refuge-the United States.
Through creative writing, counseling and community service, Owl and Panther provides a refuge within a refuge. Here, participants-mostly children and young adults-grapple not only with their past experiences but with the challenges of living in a very different world. They also find ways to share their ideas with the community, and to help others.
The group developed from Tucson's Center for Prevention and Resolution of Violence (CPRV), which treats people struggling with pain, poverty, loss of community, and/or family problems.
In 1995, refugee parents asked CPRV to provide special support for their children. At first, activities focused on tutoring and summer school. Participants also met to celebrate different cultures and to learn skills to ease their transition into life in the United States.
In 1998, Owl and Panther became a creative writing group as well. Children, young adults and parents from Central America, Mexico and several African countries, like the owl and panther of Cherokee legend, stay watchful in their own darkness. As they begin to express their feelings through poetry, they discover their strength.
The group also develops leadership skills as participants engage in service projects, such as raising money for earthquake victims and other populations affected by war and trauma. Our clients are currently from Iraq, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Central America and several other countries in Africa.
Marge Pellegrino who lives on Yvon Drive in Oracle Foothills runs the Owl and Panther project and can deliver a copy of the group’s poetry anthology to anyone wanting to donate to help support the program’s work.
One of the joys of living in Oracle Foothills neighborhood is the abundance and variety of wildlife we see every day, including many species of birds, butterflies, coyotes, bobcats, javelina, ground squirrels and more. What makes our area attractive to wildlife is the predominance of native plants for food, nesting and shelter. If you are interested in gardening to attract wildlife, and to maintain our native environment, the National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Habitat Certification Program may be of interest to you.
All you need to do is provide elements from each of the following areas:
Learn more about the certification program. Your reward will be a sense of pride and the constant pleasure of watching wildlife in your own backyard.
Altrusa is an international, volunteer service organization of business and professional leaders, dedicated to improving communities world-wide through personal service. Members unite their varied talents in service to others, achieving as a group what individuals cannot do alone.
Although the Tucson chapter supports many different organizations and populations in the greater Tucson area, two key focus areas are literacy and children's issues.
For more information on Altrusa and their projects, go to www.altrusatucson.org
Friends of the Pima Public Library is a group of avid library advocates dedicated to supporting and enhancing Library services and programs. Specifically, our mission is to:
Funds are raised through sales of used books donated by people like you. To find out more about the book sales, or to donate books, go to Friends of the Pima Public Library
Tucson Village Farm (TVF) is a working urban farm built by and for the youth of our community. A program of the Pima County Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona, 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. To accomplish this, Tucson Village Farm offers year-round, instructional, hands-on programs for youth of all ages. We target urban youth from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The farm, located at 4210 N. Campbell Ave., serves as a safe urban location where youth can come to be out of doors and engage in physical activity while contributing to and participating in local food production, preparation, and consumption.