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When Thurston County received more than $15.7 million in coronavirus relief funds through the CARES Act in June, County Commissioners held a special four-hour meeting to decide how to spend the money to most effectively meet community needs. One key result: $500,000 went to United Way of Thurston County to provide nonprofit grants focusing on food, hygiene products and essential services for families impacted by COVID-19. More recently, the county allocated an additional $1.75 million to United Way to continue providing resources to nonprofits supporting vulnerable families, youth and...

Post date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 7:01am
A tight-knit group of Thurston County residents originally from India came together in April to boost fundraising efforts for the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund. Jay Kovuri and Krishna Kumar are software developers living in Olympia. Jay, Krishna and a group of friends and colleagues from India who work for state agencies and private firms keep in regular contact using a group chat in WhatsApp. When the pandemic's economic impacts began unfolding in late March and early April, the topic of conversation in their chat turned to how they might be able to help those impacted by the crisis...
Post date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 3:58pm

I started my VISTA journey in August 2019. Fresh from graduating college, I wasn’t sure which direction my career would take but knew I needed more experience if I was ever going to get my dream job. I also felt a strong pull to serve people. Fortunate enough to have two caring parents with the means to put me through college, it was time to mobilize my privilege to put back into the community. I joined the Greater South Sound VISTA Team, and began serving with Child Care Action Council (CCAC) in Olympia, WA, supporting families and child care providers across six counties. I have been...

Post date: Friday, June 26, 2020 - 2:11pm
United Way of Thurston County fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. EVERY person. And right now, as we are all enduring the terrible impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, our black and brown brothers and sisters are suffering doubly. Not only are they disproportionately endangered by the virus, they are disproportionately endangered by inequities of all kinds.   Black and brown people cannot move through the world with the same freedom that white people can. They cannot engage in normal activities and simply assume that they are safe. They...
Post date: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 1:00pm

Despite many aspects of the future looking quite unpredictable due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities to serve our community’s most vulnerable abound. For over 50 years, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) has mobilized members to where the need is greatest: to communities facing poverty, inequity, and unemployment. In a time when the COVID-19 has caused new or exacerbated existing poverty, inequity, and unemployment, AmeriCorps VISTA and our local Greater South Sound VISTA team is responding to this nationwide call for action.

Our VISTA members have played key...

Post date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 2:48pm

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members go where the need is greatest: to communities facing poverty, inequity, and unemployment. VISTA members serve in a professional setting building partnerships, writing grants, and organizing volunteers. Above all, VISTA members are catalysts for change, working to advance local solutions

Post date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 1:36pm

Our Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund continues to act as a vital fundraising hub for both individuals and local community organizations. From churches to fitness clubs, community organizations are using previously planned events to rally their members to raise money for the Response Fund.

The Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation (OUUC) had their annual dinner and auction scheduled for Saturday, May 2. The governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy mandate prevented the congregation from gathering as they usually would, so church leaders pivoted to plan a virtual event.


Post date: Monday, May 11, 2020 - 12:19pm


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Contact: Lindsay Fujimoto, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator


United Way of Thurston County Encourages Organizations to Utilize AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunities  

Olympia, Wash. — Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many organizations need to build robust emergency response plans, develop creative virtual community engagement opportunities and identify and implement program needs and changes,...

Post date: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 2:02pm

TOGETHER!’s shopping list for families in need included grocery items such as ramen, cereal, granola bars, pasta sauce, instant macaroni and cheese, canned fruits, vegetables, and chicken, as well as hygiene items such as powdered laundry detergent, diapers, baby wipes and formula. In normal times, these items would be easy to acquire, but these are not normal times.

In mid-April, TOGETHER! received assistance from the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund created by United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) and Community Foundation of South Puget Sound. The fund continues to support...

Post date: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 11:51am
Intercity Transit moves to advance reservation transit service Bus service to be temporarily suspended   Olympia, WA – Beginning Monday, April 13, Intercity Transit will temporarily transition to providing essential trips for the public using an advance reservation system consistent with Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” emergency order. “We are absolutely committed to serving our customers and our community throughout this crisis,” said General Manager Ann Freeman-Manzanares. “To do that in our current environment, we have to make adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our...
Post date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 11:09am