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More than a fundraising organization, United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) is a community catalyst and a partner for creating measurable social impact that enhances the quality of life for the residents of greater Thurston County, Washington. An affiliate of one of America’s most respected nonprofit brands, UWTC works with a broad range of individuals and organizations to identify and mobilize solutions to address the community's most critical issues.

UWTC professional staff and volunteers work to advance the common good and to improve the lives of those who need help the most....

Post date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:52am

For the more than 25 million low-income public school students in America, summer is often anything but a vacation. Instead of a relaxing break to explore new interests and places, it’s often a time when children, youth and families struggle to find and afford food to eat and a safe place to be.

Summer learning loss also called the summer slide, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate...

Post date: Monday, June 5, 2017 - 9:15am

For those of you that missed it, the eighth annual Power of the Purse was a night to remember. Women United delivered a delightful evening of for 230 guests that raised over $90,000 to promote financial stability and self-sufficiency women and girls.

Emcee Leatta Dahlhoff had the crowd engaged with her effervescing wit and ever-present selfie stick. We don’t think we broke the Internet, but everyone had a great time trying. Attendees had a wide array of items to choose from in the silent and live auctions and the bidding was hot.

 

 

 

The evening...

Post date: Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 2:07pm

On May 25 we celebrated Red Nose Day with a fun and silly social media campaign featuring our hilarious staff!

Red Nose Day is a project by Comic Relief that was started over 30 years ago and has been celebrated by celebrities around the world. The goal of Red Nose Day is to use humor to bring awareness to children living in poverty. While this is a serious topic, we appreciate the value of not taking ourselves so seriously every second of every day and we were all happy to participate.

 

Post date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 2:54pm

Teachers do so much that it’s only fitting that we take at least one week a year to appreciate them. From homemade crafts to a gift card for coffee or a special treat, every teacher loves to know that they are valued.  

You can start your teacher appreciation project with an easy craft like some of these.

You could also consider giving your time. An article in the Wall Street Journal notes that cash strapped schools lean hard on parents and 53% of parents plan to volunteer at their children’s schools. You can choose to join our Reading Buddy Program or contact your...

Post date: Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:11am

The annual assessment of county health rankings was recently released and contains some alarming information for Thurston County residents and decision makers.

The county rankings compare the health of nearly all of the 3,000 counties in the United States to others within its own state, and supports coalitions tackling the myriad social, economic and environmental influences on health.  The annual rankings provide a snapshot of how health is influences by where we live, learn, work and play. The program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the...
Post date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:18am

The United Way of Thurston County VISTA team serves nine regional non-profit organizations in a variety of programs. Part of the overall goal of the AmeriCorps VISTA program is to provide professional development and support to VISTA members. For the past year, are lucky to have the team led by our VISTA Lead, Ari Rogers. As her term of service ends, we sat down to hear more about how this year has impacted her.

Tell me how you first got involved in AmeriCorps VISTA.

I graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2013 with a Liberal Arts Degree in American Cultural Studies....

Post date: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 1:23pm
Tom Devine has volunteered his time at the Thurston County Food Bank since 2008. Judy Jones, manager of the Thurston County Food Bank, said, "Tom Devine plays a unique role that not all volunteers can fill."   Tom is a driver and co-pilot for the food bank. He is one of only eight volunteers in this role as the Grocery Rescue team. These positions are an integral part of the food bank operations. Driver and co-pilot volunteers must possess a very specific skill set. They are the first point of contact in the community with key vendors, which are critical to the food bank's ability to meet...
Post date: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 1:21pm
United Way of Thurston County leads the way for volunteer management in our community. "We know that the ways people engage as volunteers have changed significantly over the past decade, and we want to help local nonprofits develop best practices to recruit, train and retain these critical non-paid individuals who are essential to their mission-driven work," notes Stacy Hicks, Volunteer Programs Manager at United Way of Thurston County. "Working with other volunteer coordinator professional organizations like the Volunteer Administrators Network and Volunteer Centers of Washington, we are...
Post date: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 1:20pm

Looking for an activity your whole family will enjoy? Volunteering can be a dynamic, rewarding way to bring everyone together. Whether you’re organizing a food or clothing drive or cleaning up a street or a river, volunteering as a family amplifies your impact on the cause—and gives you some quality time together. Service can get everyone thinking positively and prioritizing what’s important. Plus, you’ll make some great memories!

What’s right for your family?
Start with a family conversation so everyone can weigh in on the idea. Ask what cause or event everyone is interested...

Post date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 4:38pm

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