Welcome to the Vail Community Action Board Webpage
The Vail Community Action Board (VCAB) celebrated its accomplishments during the 2012 year and embraced the challenges to identify and advocate for the needs of the greater Vail area in 2013 at its annual meeting on January 10th, 2013.
As a neophyte is was formed as a part of a $4 million grant from the Department of Education to the Vail Unified School District (VUSD) with a focus toward safety. The VCAB was a required community instrument of the grant. The grant provided a secretary/executive director, refreshments, training and clerical supplies.
At the end of the grant, four years ago the members voted to continue as a total volunteer organization. The VCAB was totally dependent upon the VUSD for its existence.
The VCAB officially became a young adult on January 1, 2013. It has its own post office box (P. O. Box 790 Vail, AZ 85641) its own checking and savings account with Bank of America, its own insurance policy and is officially an Arizona corporation. At this time the VCAB has request not-for-profit status from the federal government.
The VCAB is eternally grateful to the VUSD for causing its birth and continued support as it grows in its efforts to serve the Greater Vail Area. The VCAB continues to have an office at the Vail Education Center, 13801 E. Benson Highway and is in the process of negotiating a new Memorandum of Understanding with the VUSD in the hopes of continued facilities usage.
MEMBERSHIP: The VCAB is composed of twenty slots for members-at-large, ten slots for ex-officio members and two slots for student members for a total membership of 32. The ex-officio members represent organizations such as the United Way, YMCA, Pima Community College, etc. Vacated two-year terms are filled by a nominating committee, which begins its work in July of each year. The 2013 Nominating Chair is Paul Short (email@example.com). Dues are $100 a year payable semi-annually and cover the expense of the dinners. Any member of the community may apply for membership. New members are elected in November.
COMMITTEES: All members are required to serve on a committee. There are five major committees with subcommittees under each. Strategic Planning and Operations, Fund Raising, Community Development, Community Relations, Vail Student Action Team. One does not have to be a Board member to serve on a committee.
COMING SOON TO MARY ANN CLEVELAND WAY:
A $400,000 grant from Safe Routes to construct a six foot asphalt path from the back of Old Vail Middle School down Mary Ann Cleveland Way to the last subdivision West of Cienega High School was awarded this year. The planning phase has been completed and construction will begin shortly.
Fill the Bus was a United Way Days of Caring Project held in collaboration with the school district that collected 8,000 tons of nonperishable food items. The food was distributed to the Vail Food Pantry and Vincent de Paul at Shrine of St Rita in the Desert. This is an annual project.
The VCAB holds at least one town hall a year in order to receive input from the community on such subjects as incorporation, the community’s wish list to go on the Pima County Bond election and where a Vail Community Center/civic center, library, swimming pool, park and sheriff substation might be located.
For further information and to volunteer call Anne Gibson at 879-3916 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.