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It’s true what they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun”.  This past year as Chair of Women United (WU) has been filled with a lot of work and a lot of fun.  Coming into the role of Chair, I was both excited and anxious.  I had purposefully chosen to step outside my comfort zone to help make a difference in an organization I believe in and with women who are committed to making our community a better place.  

My intent was to use my strengths and experiences to drive the strategy and structure surrounding WU.  I was surrounded by a team of amazing individuals on the Executive...

Post date: Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 12:50pm
It’s hard to believe it’s already been more than six months since I moved here from Florida to join United Way of Thurston County, but it’s amazing how much we’ve already accomplished in such a short time.    This is an exciting, transformational time for us. For a number of years, local United Ways have been taking a hard look at the way we’ve always done things, and asking how we can improve and grow in order to remain a relevant, powerful force for good in our communities. At United Way of Thurston County, the time has come for us to be bold and innovative. It’s time to imagine new ways of...
Post date: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - 10:06am

Calling all AmeriCorps VISTA alumni:

Please join the United Way of Thurston County AmeriCorps VISTA team on Friday, June 15 as a participant on our alumni panel. Many of our current VISTAs are nearing the end of their service and would find it very valuable to hear from former VISTAs (what did you do after completing service? How has service affected you?). We’ll facilitate a panel for Q&A before allowing for some networking.

AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni Panel
Friday, June 15
11:00 AM-Noon
Behavioral Health Resources
3775 B Martin Way E
Olympia, WA...

Post date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 12:21pm

If you've received an email from anyone at United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) recently, you'll notice seven logos displayed beneath our own. These organizations are UWTC's Cornerstone Partners.

Cornerstone Partners are central to our success, providing foundational support for our organization, as well as important leadership on our board and other committees, insight on community issues, thousands of volunteers who take a hands-on role in getting things done, and the financial resources to make progress on health, education, and financial stability in Thurston County....

Post date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:12am

United Way of Thurston County is pleased to introduce Bruce Grant, who recently joined the organization as Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Manager. Grant replaces former RSVP Director Paul Larsen, who has transitioned to the role of Director of Community Impact at United Way.

Grant was born and raised in Olympia; he attended college at Washington State University, majoring in sociology, and has over 11 years in the social services field. His previous roles have included Case Manager at Friendship Diversion and Guardian ad Litem Coordinator at the Lewis County Juvenile...

Post date: Monday, June 4, 2018 - 2:46pm

Does your nonprofit need help landscaping, painting or filing? United Way of Thurston County is seeking service project sites for the 26th Annual Day of Caring.

The 2018 United Way Day of Caring is set for September 28. Each year, during United Way Day of Caring, hundreds of volunteers from local companies and organizations form teams and complete projects for local nonprofit agencies that have submitted a project request to United Way. In 2017, over 1,000 volunteers completed 52 projects.

If your agency would like to apply to be a Day of Caring site, please visit:


Post date: Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 4:31pm

Mike Leonard, Director of Development, at United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) has been a Reading Buddy for five years. Mike is a Reading Buddie because he believes that Reading Buddies offer an additional level of support and mentorship to students beyond that of a parent and/or teacher.

“Children crave attention. During our session, we usually begin by talking a little bit. They have so much to say and listening is very important to build trust," he said.

In most cases, when students receive one-on-one attention from a caring adult they will try harder to succeed. Last...

Post date: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 6:54am

Lindsay Fujimoto, United Way of Thurston County’s new Volunteer Engagement Coordinator’s journey to Olympia started in Hawaii. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and later attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where she majored in Sociology.

Lindsay has always had a passion for service and service-related work, and following graduation, began her journey of pursuing service work through Grinnell Corps, serving as the Mid-Iowa Community Action Grinnell Corps Fellow. Grinnell Corps, an organization run by Grinnell College in Iowa, promotes community service, leadership...

Post date: Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:21pm

On March 7, the United Way Reading Buddy program hosted two presentations by educator Mary Morris for Reading Buddy volunteers, one in Chehalis at Bethel Church, and one in Lacey at the Lacey Timberland Library. We’ve held this training for the last two years in direct response to our dedicated volunteer's requests to make a greater impact by learning new strategies during reading sessions with students.

Mary Morris, a retired teacher with a Masters as a Reading Specialist, presented the role of a Reading Buddy, use of phonics rules, strategies for tutoring students, the importance...

Post date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:21am