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When Meals on Wheels volunteers visit seniors during their rounds, they supply more than just food. As the pandemic has worn on, many recipients who were already living alone have become increasingly isolated, with few opportunities for outside socialization. The (socially distanced) moments when drivers pause to chat once the food is delivered provide a welcome chance for interaction.    They also serve to keep Senior Services for South Sound connected with their constituents.  “If the drivers notice any changes in someone’s health or behavior, they come back and tell our staff,” says...
Post date: Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 11:00am
In the midst of these trying, exhausting days, it may seem jarring to engage in this annual tradition of reflecting upon our blessings and embracing (pandemic-altered) rituals celebrating our gratitude.   We have all suffered, to some degree, in the last eight months. Unemployment is high, and local businesses are struggling. Some of us have lost loved ones. Perhaps you are coping with feelings of isolation, sadness, or fear. It can be hard to find gratitude these days.   And yet, I have. Despite all the pandemic turmoil, here are a few things I have seen, again and again: Generosity....
Post date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 9:25am

We've entered the season of giving and our generous community is asking for ways to help those in need. We've compiled a list of organizations that are offering gifts and toys. You can share this page or click here for a printable poster. 

 

Post date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:02pm

When Thurston County received more than $15.7 million in coronavirus relief funds through the CARES Act in June, County Commissioners held a special four-hour meeting to decide how to spend the money to most effectively meet community needs. One key result: $500,000 went to United Way of Thurston County to provide nonprofit grants focusing on food, hygiene products and essential services for families impacted by COVID-19. More recently, the county allocated an additional $1.75 million to United Way to continue providing resources to nonprofits supporting vulnerable families, youth and...

Post date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:01am
A tight-knit group of Thurston County residents originally from India came together in April to boost fundraising efforts for the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund. Jay Kovuri and Krishna Kumar are software developers living in Olympia. Jay, Krishna and a group of friends and colleagues from India who work for state agencies and private firms keep in regular contact using a group chat in WhatsApp. When the pandemic's economic impacts began unfolding in late March and early April, the topic of conversation in their chat turned to how they might be able to help those impacted by the crisis...
Post date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 3:58pm

I started my VISTA journey in August 2019. Fresh from graduating college, I wasn’t sure which direction my career would take but knew I needed more experience if I was ever going to get my dream job. I also felt a strong pull to serve people. Fortunate enough to have two caring parents with the means to put me through college, it was time to mobilize my privilege to put back into the community. I joined the Greater South Sound VISTA Team, and began serving with Child Care Action Council (CCAC) in Olympia, WA, supporting families and child care providers across six counties. I have been...

Post date: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 2:11pm
United Way of Thurston County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. EVERY person. And right now, as we are all enduring the terrible impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, our black and brown brothers and sisters are suffering doubly. Not only are they disproportionately endangered by the virus, they are disproportionately endangered by inequities of all kinds.   Black and brown people cannot move through the world with the same freedom that white people can. They cannot engage in normal activities and simply assume that they are safe. They...
Post date: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 1:00pm

Despite many aspects of the future looking quite unpredictable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities to serve our community’s most vulnerable abound. For over 50 years, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) has mobilized members to where the need is greatest: to communities facing poverty, inequity, and unemployment. In a time when the COVID-19 has caused new or exacerbated existing poverty, inequity, and unemployment, AmeriCorps VISTA and our local Greater South Sound VISTA team is responding to this nationwide call for action.

Our VISTA members have played key...

Post date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 2:48pm

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members go where the need is greatest: to communities facing poverty, inequity, and unemployment. VISTA members serve in a professional setting building partnerships, writing grants, and organizing volunteers. Above all, VISTA members are catalysts for change, working to advance local solutions

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Post date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 1:36pm

Our Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund continues to act as a vital fundraising hub for both individuals and local community organizations. From churches to fitness clubs, community organizations are using previously planned events to rally their members to raise money for the Response Fund.

The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC) had their annual dinner and auction scheduled for Saturday, May 2. The governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy mandate prevented the congregation from gathering as they usually would, so church leaders pivoted to plan a virtual event.

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Post date: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 12:19pm

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