COVID-19 Won’t Hold Back Tucson’s Young Professionals

TYP has assembled a mix of resources for young professionals to stay safe, navigate financial hurdles, and have fun while supporting our community businesses. We don’t know how long COVID-19 will disrupt business as usual, but we do know we will continue to be resilient while seeking creative ways to weather this moment.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up on the latest activities and promotions we are running to support Tucson’s young professionals during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • If you’ve lost health coverage due to a job change or layoff, you have options:

    1. COBRA is a continuation of your employer health insurance coverage. Typically, employers discontinue their contribution to your monthly premiums, so, you are responsible for the full cost of coverage plus a 2% administrative charge.
    2. Shop the Marketplace on; loss of employer (or other) health coverage is a qualifying event that allows you to enroll in new health insurance outside of open enrollment. You have 60 days from the date of insurance loss to enroll.
    3. You can also explore your options for you and your family with AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid agency. You can also explore food assistance through SNAP.
  • If you’ve lost your job for good or for now, you can file for unemployment benefits through the state’s Department of Economic Security (DES).  There has been a loosening of requirements to receive unemployment that is detailed at DES’ site. There is a flood of people filing, so be patient and persistent and in the box that asks if you are looking for work, simply write “COVID-19”.

  • The Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) outlined temporary expansions to Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  and adds an Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). This adds paid sick leave for Corona Virus quarantine or the care of a family member and adds 10 weeks to the employer FMLA requirement.

  • Local First Arizona has gathered resources in one easy to navigate page:

    Pima Community College’s Small Business Development Center is helping businesses apply for low-interest federal disaster loans.  Call 520-206-4580 and a consultant will get back to you.

  • Community Foundation of Southern AZ launched a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund offering grants to nonprofit organizations that had to cancel fundraising events.


Featured Brew

Use “TYP” to get $4 off any 4 pack, and/or growlers. You can pick up or they can deliver within 5 miles of their downtown location: 119 E Toole Ave. Delivery and pick up times are Thursday through Sunday 12pm to 8pm.

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Featured Cocktail

Tucson’s very own celebrity bartender Ryne Hoffman takes us on a QuarenTiki adventure with a cocktail of the week.  Take a pic of your version of the cocktail, share on social and add #TYPGoesViral #TYPCocktailOTW

Featured cocktail: The Government’s Teat vodka drink

Stay Active. Support Where You Can.

Cero and TYP Member Val Timin have a zero waste digital store with vegan products that support a low waste lifestyle from home, personal care to beauty and more. TYP Members can shop online at and enjoy local bike delivery and weekend pick up options. The first 10 customers to enter the code “TYP” will get a free gift with purchase.

Tucson Helping Tucson is a Facebook Community and Live Streamed Events collecting proceeds that will benefits Community Investment Corporation’s fund of revolving loans and grants for local Tucson Businesses. Learn more at

Buy Local is a campaign led by Local First AZ with a list of local businesses you can continue to support

Feed Our Frontline is a GoFundMe campaign started and operated by Tanya Barnett where your donations are used to buy food from a local restaurant for delivery to our frontline health care workers. Every $250 collected is spent to send a meal to a local hospital team, the goal is to have a new meal purchased every day. See the meals served so far and donate here.

FIT Boutique Studio and TYP Member Olivia Gaxiola is now streaming LIVE Barre workouts on Instagram @fittucson. You can find their schedule on Insta or Facebook and there is no need to register. All classes are free and all you need is a makeshift barre for balance (even the back of a couch works), just hop on and get ready to sweat!

COVID Network for Good offers a platform of resources for nonprofits to continue fundraising as well as a campaign for donors to show their support of small nonprofits #CovidCantStopGOOD

Tucson Shops Tucson is a digital marketplace coming soon from Startup Tucson. For now, they are accepting local vendor applications;

SAACA has compiled a list of local online streaming and digital content that is being produced here in our community. See it here:

Creative Kind and TYP Member Theresa Delaney is working to keep you creating and crafting from home with online workshops, home craft kits and care packages. Learn more at

Classes streaming on Zoom! Register in advance at; you will receive a link to join and interact live prior to the class. There’s also opportunity to purchase the recording of the class.

If you can’t make a class or don’t have supplies at home, they’re selling Home Craft Kits:

They also have fun care package/gift box options for those that want to send love to someone or are missing a celebration. The Mystery Care Kits are affordable and have been popular: