Bill Clark is a United Way of Thurston County volunteer. For eight years, Bill has been our “go-to guy” to distribute our annual Kindergarten Readiness Calendars (KRC).
United Way’s Kindergarten Readiness Calendars are full of fun activities already prepared for parents to engage their three-and-four-year-olds to ensure they are ready for kindergarten.
Did you know that by the age of three, 85 percent of our brain functionality is in place? From birth to three, engaging in enriching dialogue, reading to your kids, playing games, and singing songs wires their brains for...
Post date: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:58pm
August 7, 2017, Olympia, WA - United Way of Thurston County is pleased to announce that Cathy Wolfe will receive the distinguished Gladys Burns Human Service Award, a lifetime service award, celebrating the philanthropic and volunteer spirit within our community.
The award honors the service of the late Gladys Burns, human services advocate, and tireless volunteer, and United Way’s first professional staff person. This award recognizes an outstanding volunteer or professional from the human services community who embodies Gladys’ example of caring, commitment, and dedication.
Post date: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 3:28pm
Together with Macy's, United Way of Thurston County is helping struggling children and families in our community. Thank you, Macy's associates for investing in our future. #MacysUnited
Post date: Monday, August 7, 2017 - 9:14pm
The United Way’s Reading Buddy program wrapped up their 5th year supporting elementary schools, teachers and students by recruiting and connecting community volunteers as Reading Buddies. Reading Buddies help our schools by working with students who struggle to read at grade level. Reading Buddies help them sound out tricky words, discuss new vocabulary and ask questions about the story. Reading Buddies provide one on one time for a student who may not have someone read to them at home.
Here is a program summary of the recently concluded 2016-2017 school year. Just over 800...
Post date: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 10:08am
July 25, 2017 – Olympia, Wash. On September 22 and 23, Thurston County residents can expect to see over one thousand volunteers wearing LIVE UNITED t-shirts pulling weeds, painting buildings and cleaning sidewalks. It is about team building, giving back and helping organizations in need. Day of Caring has become an event that shuts down offices as employees hit the streets to make a difference together.
“Day of Caring is an unforgettable, hands-on experience providing volunteers an opportunity to actively improve our community while enhancing team-building outside the workplace,”...
Post date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 4:24pm
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.
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