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Congratulations to our VISTA Leader, Sarah, whose story of service from her year as the Volunteer Systems Coordinator VISTA at TOGETHER! won CNCS’ Alaska & Washington State Office’s Monthly Story Competition! Check out her story below! 
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After graduating from The Evergreen State College, I wanted to gain more experience with nonprofit organizations. I found out about AmeriCorps through the Center for Community Based Learning and Action on campus. I signed up for a six-month AmeriCorps State term with one of TOGETHER!’s youth programs, Community Schools, serving...

Post date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:17am

As my term as Chair of Women United draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve achieved together and how our work has paved the way for an exciting road ahead for Women United.

My year as Chair came at a time of great transition for Women United and United Way of Thurston County.  In 2018, United Way and Women United launched a ground-up robust collaboration, the roadmap for which would radically change the way we had operated for years.  The past year involved the implementation of fundamental Women United operational changes with our funding, grant-cycle...

Post date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 8:29am

By Ryan Cole

From August 2018 to August 2019 I served as the VISTA Leader for the United Way of Thurston County AmeriCorps VISTA Team. For me, this year was filled with skill-building, relationship building, and personal discovery. Like any VISTA year, it’s hard to anticipate what you’ll experience, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to have served as the VISTA Leader for this wonderful team.

This year we had nineteen VISTAS across Thurston and Pierce Counties building capacity for their organizations. From developing Spanish-speaking story times, to organizing coalitions...

Post date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 9:26am

Lindsay Fujimoto, United Way of Thurston County’s Volunteer Engagement Coordinator recently attended the Points of Light Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Points of Light Conference is the world’s largest service-related convening, bringing together 2,000 nonprofit, government, business and civic leaders to gain and share the knowledge, resources and connections needed to galvanize the power of people to create change.

Fujimoto was able to attend as a recipient of the Sara Ballard Award Scholarship, a fund that awards scholarships to people attending the National...

Post date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 1:17pm

1. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?

My name is Stephanie Henderson Stocker and I am proud to be Chair this year of Women United Thurston County.  I am an attorney and partner at Henderson Law, practicing law with my husband (Simon Stocker) and my father (Stephen Henderson).  I am incredibly honored that our Olympia law firm, Henderson Law Group, PLLC, is a Small Business Partner of United Way Thurston County. Henderson Law is a boutique law firm where we do things differently than most firms. Taking on fewer clients & referring many...

Post date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 6:27am
Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy. Our Small Business Partners are an important, growing family of donors, who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community. Every month, we will feature a small business partner in this SPOTLIGHT section of the newsletter. Introducing Darlene Morales, Allstate Insurance Exclusive Agent/Personal Financial Representative.

1. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?

My business is all about protecting people. From their homes, toys, and cars, to their lives.  Insurance is a...

Post date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 5:00pm
Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy. Our Small Business United partners are an important, growing family of donors, who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community. Every month, we will feature a small business partner in this SPOTLIGHT section of the newsletter. Introducing The Other Guys, Inc. & owner, Craig Holt.

1. What is your business and business philosophy?

I am the owner of The Other Guys, Inc - an IT Service Company that has been serving the Olympia - Lacey -Tumwater area since 1993. My business philosophy is simple...

Post date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:58pm
Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy. Our Small Business Partners are an important, growing family of donors, who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community. Every month, we will feature a small business partner in this SPOTLIGHT section of the newsletter. Introducing Real Estate of the South Sound and owners Debbi Boyd and Jan Henry.

1. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?

We're a local Real Estate Brokerage firm specializing in assisting clients with buying, selling or investing in real estate...

Post date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:53pm

 

Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy. Our Small Business Partners are an important, growing family of donors, who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community. Every month, we will feature a small business partner in this SPOTLIGHT section of the newsletter. Introducing Expecting Change and owner, Andrea Ballard.

United Way: Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?

Andrea: My business, Expecting Change LLC, works with small to mid-sized professional companies to help them attract and retain...

Post date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:45pm
United Way of Thurston County has seen an increase in phishing emails internally.   Some of these emails are sophisticated and appear legitimate, so please be aware of certain red flags. First and foremost, no one from United Way will EVER email donors, staff or board members with a request to transfer funds or to ask for banking or financial information. Likewise, you will NEVER receive an urgent request from Chris Wells or anyone in our office for money to be transferred or to purchase gift cards for an event or other need. You will NEVER get an email from Microsoft asking you to click a...
Post date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 3:33pm

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