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  This is a frightening time. Every day, it seems, brings darker predictions about what we should expect in the weeks to come, as we continue to suffer the ever increasing economic and health impacts of this coronavirus.   And we must be realistic and acknowledge that this is not going away tomorrow, or the day after that, or the day after that. Things will get much worse before they get better. Take a moment to digest that.   Things are going to get worse before they get better.   BUT, when this crisis has passed - and it will pass - we will know much more about ourselves than we do today....
Post date: Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 11:41am

As our community continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, two organizations have come together to create the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund in support of vital nonprofits, individuals and vulnerable families. United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) and Community Foundation of South Puget Sound (CFSPS) launched the fund on March 16. They immediately received an influx of donations made by generous community members and businesses. 

Meals on Wheels Deliveries Doubled 

Senior Services of South Sound (SSS) helps seniors in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties stay active...

Post date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:17pm
We received some great information from Ron Bruchet, President of GHB Insurance in Lacey, WA, regarding options for group medical insurance when employers are forced to reduce staff due to COVID-19. Ron explains the difference between Furlough and Leave of Absence, and how it may impact your staff. Furlough = Leave of Absence which allows employees to return to their jobs after a period of time Layoff = permanent dismissal of employees from their jobs because of budgetary constraints or work shortage If you are considering reducing your staff and want to keep them covered on the group...
Post date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 11:59am

Today is the first day of AmeriCorps Week 2020! AmeriCorps week is a celebration of all things national service. To recognize this week, I would like to share my experience as a VISTA thus far.


I joined the United Way of Thurston County VISTA Team in August 2019, and recently reached the halfway point of my Year of Service as the Community Outreach VISTA for Emergency Food Network. In the past six months, I’ve been immersed in the challenging world of non-profit organizations for the first time.


I have found myself in the middle of the troubling problem of...

Post date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 7:22am

North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) recognized United Way's Reading Buddy program at their board meeting on January 14, 2020.

Post date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 12:36pm

United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) has named Victoria Wortberg as the organization’s new deputy director & chief development officer.

Wortberg will begin on January 2, 2020, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.

During her career, Wortberg has led a nonprofit to improve the lives of people with disabilities, served as a marketing and fund development specialist for a hospital and then for a national ad agency, and eventually as CEO of her own marketing firm. During these years, she also served on several nonprofit boards and as a community volunteer.


Post date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 9:26am

Free federal income tax preparation services by AARP Tax-Aide IRS-certified volunteers begin January 31, 2019, at eight locations in Thurston County.

While Tax-Aide makes a special effort to serve low- and moderate-income households, especially those 50 years or older, it also welcomes taxpayers of all ages and income levels.  AARP membership is not required.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is the nation’s largest, free volunteer tax program operated in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  In Thurston County last year, 70 trained and IRS certified Tax-...

Post date: Monday, December 16, 2019 - 7:55am
Beginning January 1, 2020, riding Intercity Transit, including Dial-a-Lift, within Thurston County will be FREE! What a perfect time to give the bus a try.   Intercity Transit believes that going fare-free is a more just, economical, and efficient option to continuing fare collection. Eliminating fares means that more riders will be able to have access to transit, removing the barrier that fares can present. Eliminating fare collection also means there will be less administration costs associated with fare collection, and it will reduce the delay of dwell times associated with people...
Post date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 4:15pm

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 Sawston Wealth Management. The Sawston team includes Colleen Gillespie, CTFA, AIF, Managing Partner/Financial Advisor, photo upper right, Dana Pethia, photo lower left, and Stacey Belser, photo upper left, is the Office Administrator.

United Way: Tell us about...
Post date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 3:50pm


When students are not reading at grade level by 3rd grade, they are four times more likely not to graduate on time or at all. Be a cheerleader for a local elementary school student struggling to read at grade level and provide support to our teachers too. An hour a week is all it takes! Please join us for our final Reading Buddy volunteer orientations for this school year. For more information visit:


Post date: Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 3:15pm