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A Towel Tale

September 2016

Recently, I attended a tour of some of the organizations that United Way of Thurston County supports. One of them was Pear Blossom Place. Located next to the Family Support Center, Pear Blossom Place is a 24-hour shelter for families. The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that in the U.S. as of 2015 there were 564,708 people homeless on any given night and of these 206,286 are people in families.  With 28 beds for families with children and an additional seven subsidized apartments, which have space for 32 people, Pear Blossom Place has...

Post date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:38am
Check out the amazing things our Reading Buddies did in 2015-16!

Post date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 4:16pm

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.

While Jason has had many takeaways...

Post date: Monday, August 22, 2016 - 2:35pm