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Legacy Giving

Recently United Way of Thurston County received a generous gift from the estate of a Thurston County resident.  This heartfelt gesture was a reminder that even after we are gone, our legacy can continue for years to come.


Women United Chair, Debora Albright, Says, "Farewell"

It’s true what they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun”.  This past year as Chair of Women United (WU) has been filled with a lot of work and a lot of fun.  Coming into the role of Chair, I was both excited and anxious.  I had purposefully chosen to step outside my comfort zone to help make a difference in an organization I believe in and with women who are committed to making our community a better place.  



Calling all AmeriCorps VISTA alumni:

Please join the United Way of Thurston County AmeriCorps VISTA team on Friday, June 15 as a participant on our alumni panel. Many of our current VISTAs are nearing the end of their service and would find it very valuable to hear from former VISTAs (what did you do after completing service? How has service affected you?). We’ll facilitate a panel for Q&A before allowing for some networking.


Reading Buddies Bring a Different Perspective than Teachers or Parents

Mike Leonard, Director of Development, at United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) has been a Reading Buddy for five years. Mike is a Reading Buddie because he believes that Reading Buddies offer an additional level of support and mentorship to students beyond that of a parent and/or teacher.

“Children crave attention. During our session, we usually begin by talking a little bit. They have so much to say and listening is very important to build trust," he said.


United Way's Reading Buddy program receives overwhelming community support

The United Way Reading Buddy Program received overwhelming community support at our final orientation on January 10.  While 31 community members RSVP’d to attend, a whopping 52 people showed up! A BIG thank you goes out to all our media partners, such as The Olympian, ROXY and many Facebook “shares” who helped spread the word!


From Chile to Olympia, Meet Marisela Gomez Raffo, United Way VISTA

Marisela Gomez Raffo’s journey to Olympia and United Way of Thurston County’s VISTA program was long. Born and raised in Chile, she moved to Miami when she was in high school. She studied TV production at Miami Dade College and then moved to California where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies online from Arizona State University.



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