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Emergency Assistance Available for Those Impacted By Thurston County Flooding on January 7 & 8

January 11, 2022, Thurston County, Wash. — United Way of Thurston County has activated its Emergency Assistance Fund to provide immediate cash assistance to families and individuals impacted by recent flooding in Thurston County.

Residents whose homes have flooded can receive emergency cash assistance to help replace basic necessities such as clothing, food, hygiene and household items, etc. by calling the Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties at (360...

Post date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 6:22pm
If you've received an email from anyone at United Way of Thurston County (UWTC), you'll notice several logos displayed beneath our own. These organizations are UWTC's Cornerstone Partners.   Cornerstone Partners are central to our success, providing foundational support for our organization, as well as important leadership on our board and other committees, insight on community issues, thousands of volunteers who take a hands-on role in getting things done, and the financial resources to make progress on health, education, and financial stability in Thurston County.   Our Cornerstone Partners...
Post date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 2:37pm
Before March 13, 2020, Catholic Community Services (CCS)was serving between 8,000 and 9,000 meals per month through its Community Kitchen program. With just one full-time employee, the program relied heavily on its 680 volunteers from over 30 churches and community groups, many of them retired. 

Then the pandemic hit. Demand for meals exploded up to 20,000 per month just as the volunteer base shrunk to only 30 people. The small team also had to coordinate meals for off-site distribution at homeless encampments around Thurston County, drop-offs for ‘stay at home’ residents, and individually...

Post date: Monday, November 8, 2021 - 8:06pm

Tackling significant needs such as hunger and education inequities can be daunting. Sometimes taking that first step requires a little help. United Way of Thurston County (UWTC), Olympia Rotary Club, GRuB, and the Family Support Center of South Sound (FSCSS) recently joined together to ensure our most vulnerable have access to the food and necessities we often take for granted—putting in action the idea that we're stronger when we work together and share the load.   Thanks to a recent grant from Olympia's Rotary, the United Way was able to work with volunteers in packing 110 supply...
Post date: Monday, November 8, 2021 - 8:00pm

Thurston County’s battle with the Coronavirus has been long and stressful. According to the regional COVID-19 dashboard, to date more than 11,000 residents tested positive with nearly 700 hospitalizations and 100 deaths. But the arrival of vaccines and centralized vaccination sites have dramatically reduced its spread and allowed us to start the slow return to community gatherings and more normal life.

One of the largest of these sites was hosted at South Puget Sound Community College and staffed by tireless volunteers and a partnership of medical professionals. Though the...

Post date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 2:56pm
United Way of Thurston County stepped up when kids and families needed support more than ever In early 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread in Washington, we knew certain organizations in Thurston County would be vital in supporting the needs of families and children as we navigated new uncertainties as a community. Among those was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.    With schools closed, children of first responders and essential workers needed childcare. We connected with leadership at the Boys & Girls Clubs right away because we knew they would fill a critical...
Post date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 12:09pm

Wherever they exist, YMCAs are the beating heart of the communities they serve, providing essential programs for children, seniors and entire families. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, South Sound YMCA faced considerable challenges in continuing to provide those services. Not only did demand for childcare increase exponentially as centers throughout the state closed their doors, but traditional sources of funding simultaneously dried up to an alarming degree.  

“We lost close to 50% of our revenue,” says South Sound YMCA Executive Director Kyle Cronk. “We were a $10...

Post date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 2:44pm

 

Alfred Cleaves grew up during the polio pandemic of the late 40s and early 50s.

“We used to travel from our home in Providence, Rhode Island up to Maine during the summers. We would avoid Boston and any other large cities just so we would be safe,” he says.

As a young child, he was among the first...

Post date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 5:50pm

Hanna Bailey is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with Quixote Communities, an Olympia-based organization. We asked her how she got started in service work and to tell us about her experience. Here's her story!

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Post date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 5:31pm

Excited to thank AmeriCorps members & AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers on #NationalServiceRecognitionDay for stepping up & showing up when our communities need it most. #AmeriCorpsWorks for Thurston County!   Here is the proclamation from the Olympia City Council meeting. What a great testimony on the impact of AmeriCorps! Since 2015, over 60 people have served full-time for a year with Greater South Sound VISTA, raising over $4 million dollars in cash donations and in-kind resources for local organizations.   We currently have full-time members serving at Thurston County...
Post date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 11:31am

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