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This is an exciting week in Olympia.  With many bills starting to move to the House and Senate floor, housing and homeless advocates will be working the Capitol hallways side-by-side with advocates for the United Ways of Washington's agenda and full funding of the 2-1-1 Washington Information Network.  Read on for details and how you can get involved, even if you're not coming to Olympia this week.

Legislature Prepares to Move Bills to Floor for Further Consideration

Attention shifts from committee work to floor deliberations as the House and Senate consider bills that...

Post date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 5:26pm
2019-2021 State Legislative Framework Adopted September 2018  

United Ways of the Pacific Northwest represents 21 local United Ways in Washington committed to mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good and improve lives. Healthy families keep our communities strong. We advocate for these critical public and private investments to help build wellbeing for all families:

  Build Economic Mobility for Struggling Families and Individuals Fund the working families tax credit and expand eligibility to more low-wage workers. This credit will provide critical tax...
Post date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 5:25pm
Last year more than 6,600 adult volunteers met local needs, strengthened communities, and expanded economic opportunity through national service in Washington State. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) invested more than $33.3 million to support cost-effective community solutions, working hand in hand with local partners to empower citizens to solve problems. AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are mentoring youth, helping struggling students achieve greater success, working to reduce crime, and building homes. Some work to connect veterans to services, fight...
Post date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:13pm
Volunteering has been a big part of Hazel Bartley's life. While beginning to volunteer in retirement may not seem like a long time over a lifetime, but when you are still an active volunteer now turning 100, it puts a whole different spin on her story and outstanding commitment to volunteerism.   Hazel, a lifelong resident of Washington State, was born in January in the year 1919. The same year Woodrow Wilson was President and the Versailles Peace Conference opened to draw up treaties to end World War I. That year the stork also delivered other notable people such as Nat King Cole, Robert...
Post date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:11pm

Olympia, Wash. — On Monday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Olympia Country and Golf Club, Women United of United Way of Thurston County will throw a ‘Shelter Shower’ for twins! This year, they will shower SafePlace and Family Support Center of South Sound with household items detailed on their ‘registry’ lists here.

SafePlace works for societal change to prevent sexual and domestic violence while offering crisis intervention, education, and long-term advocacy services.

Family Support Center seeks to build strong, healthy, safe, and hopeful families through six collaborative...

Post date: Monday, November 5, 2018 - 11:49am

On October 25 and 26, 2018, United Way of Thurston County will offer Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) Training to program partners. RBA is part of the new framework United Way of Thurston County is implementing for all service providers applying for UWTC funding. United Way will provide lunch both days. There is no charge to attend for agencies applying for United Way funding. We recommend this training for executive and development staff.


Results-Based Accountability™ is a disciplined way of thinking and acting to improve entrenched and complex social problems....

Post date: Friday, October 5, 2018 - 3:58pm

(how to pay fewer taxes while supporting your favorite charity and complying with IRA distribution requirements)

Presented by Nancy J. LaPointe* MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®

Older IRA owners may make tax-free donations (also known as 'charitable IRA rollovers') from an IRA directly to a qualified organization and may exclude up to $100,000 annually from gross income. These gifts would otherwise be taxable IRA distributions. This tax provision was made permanent by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015.

How QCDs work

If you are 70½ or older, you are...

Post date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:18pm
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 Mosaic Marketing Studio & Natasha Ashenhurst, owner. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?

Mosaic Marketing Studio provides smart communications to mission-driven organizations. We learn, discover and share stories creatively so that we can...

Post date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:02pm
This is a humbling time for me.  It reminds me of my first day at a Women United event, over three years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to volunteer my time and money.

I came here as a guest, deeply honored to be invited – a mother to then 1 and 3-year-old little girls; an attorney building her law practice through ongoing sleepless nights of work and not enough sleep. My physical and mental health were suffering, and I remember how overwhelmed I felt attending that first WU event – worried that I had to be “on” and was failing miserably.  I quickly saw how authentic the women...

Post date: Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 1:02pm