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What is the Summer Slide?

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.

Staff Spotlight- Meet Ari Rodgers

The United Way of Thurston County VISTA team serves nine regional non-profit organizations in a variety of programs. Part of the overall goal of the AmeriCorps VISTA program is to provide professional development and support to VISTA members. For the past year, are lucky to have the team led by our VISTA Lead, Ari Rogers. As her term of service ends, we sat down to hear more about how this year has impacted her.

Leading the Way- Best Practices in Volunteer Management

United Way of Thurston County leads the way for volunteer management in our community. "We know that the ways people engage as volunteers have changed significantly over the past decade, and we want to help local nonprofits develop best practices to recruit, train and retain these critical non-paid individuals who are essential to their mission-driven work," notes Stacy Hicks, Volunteer Programs Manager at United Way of Thurston County.

Family Volunteering- More than just service

Looking for an activity your whole family will enjoy? Volunteering can be a dynamic, rewarding way to bring everyone together. Whether you’re organizing a food or clothing drive or cleaning up a street or a river, volunteering as a family amplifies your impact on the cause—and gives you some quality time together. Service can get everyone thinking positively and prioritizing what’s important. Plus, you’ll make some great memories!

Volunteer Profile - Cathy King

For almost 10 years, United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) has had the privilege of the support of our skilled volunteer, Cathy King.  While her job title is Office Assistant, Cathy is so much more.  She brings her 30 years of expertise working for the State of Washington in Human Resources to the organization on a daily basis and has been an integral part of the processes related to all aspects of human resources.  She meets with key department personnel to write and post job descriptions of new employment opportunities.  She then analyzes and scales applicant submissions.  She is often par

Advocacy Update- Olympia

On Thursday, February 23, United Way of Thurston County participated in the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest's 2017 Lobby Day. Board members and staff met with legislators from Thurston County and advocated for increased funding for 211, passage of Breakfast After the Bell, and housing and homeless services. It was a spirited event with United Way colleagues from all across the state.

Women United Membership Profile: Meet Andrea Ballard- Membership Chair

When it comes to finding talent and recruiting, the Women United of United Way of Thurston County is lucky to have Andrea Ballard.
When long-time Women United member Shirley Legg left the board to return to the Bellevue-area, Ballard stepped up to lead the Membership Committee. It is a perfect fit for a woman who makes her living helping to identify top talent for legal and financial organizations. 

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Jason Rubin – Story of Service

Jason Rubin is an AmeriCorps*VISTA who is finishing up a year of service with the United Way of Thurston County.  In a community where 50% of 4th grade students are below standard in Reading, Math, and/or Writing, and 30% of students do not graduate on time, Jason has followed a higher calling to turn struggling readers into high school graduates one reader at a time. The two main goals of their VISTA project were to build capacity in the United Way Reading Buddy program and to support a redesign of the United Way Kindergarten Readiness Calendar.

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