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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


3525 7th Ave SW Suite 201

Olympia, WA 98502

Telephone: (360) 943-2773 ext. 122
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
  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