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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

The holiday season is officially here! How will you celebrate? Rather than getting caught up in the frenzy of shopping for gifts and hosting holiday parties, consider creating a new tradition that offers hope to those in need--volunteering is an ideal way to give the gift of your time to your community.

Many local nonprofit organizations rely on and benefit from volunteer help during the holidays. Most need extra hands at this time of year due to increased demand for services.

Food banks are busy year-round, but they're especially in need of extra help right now with an...

Post date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 1:03pm

Congratulations to our VISTA Leader, Sarah, whose story of service from her year as the Volunteer Systems Coordinator VISTA at TOGETHER! won CNCS’ Alaska & Washington State Office’s Monthly Story Competition! Check out her story below! 

After graduating from The Evergreen State College, I wanted to gain more experience with nonprofit organizations. I found out about AmeriCorps through the Center for Community Based Learning and Action on campus. I signed up for a six-month AmeriCorps State term with one of TOGETHER!’s youth programs, Community Schools, serving...

Post date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:17am

As my term as Chair of Women United draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve achieved together and how our work has paved the way for an exciting road ahead for Women United.

My year as Chair came at a time of great transition for Women United and United Way of Thurston County.  In 2018, United Way and Women United launched a ground-up robust collaboration, the roadmap for which would radically change the way we had operated for years.  The past year involved the implementation of fundamental Women United operational changes with our funding, grant-cycle...

Post date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 8:29am