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
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 volunteers request 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 of...
Post date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:21am
In February, Dick Pust from Mixx96 FM interviewed United Way of Thurston County's Executive Director, Chris Wells, for his show, "It's Your Community."
In case you missed the interview, you can CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW.
Post date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 7:03am
If you have a few hours per week and enjoy being in an office setting at a reception desk, then we need YOU to join our team of amazing office volunteers!
Cathy King, Bridget Bassett and Kelly Lux have all been instrumental office volunteers. They each bring their talents to help keep the United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) and RSVP engines running!
Cathy has been our "jill-of-all-trades" volunteering for 10 years in a broad range of capacities from Board meetings, to HR tasks to event support....
Post date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 11:31am
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) serving Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties have selected their 2018 Governor Service Award nominations! The Washington State Governor Service Awards (GSA) provide an annual opportunity for nonprofit organizations to recognize exemplary volunteers for their service to the community. Award recipients from across the state attend a ceremony at the Governor's mansion and are recognized on the field at a volunteer appreciation themed Seattle Mariners game.
The 2018 RSVP nominations include a husband and wife team, an extremely outgoing warehouse...
Post date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 11:01am
This was going to be a message about gratitude, embracing a new life in a new community, and the power of our work at United Way of Thurston County.
Instead, I am filled with grief after the most recent mass shooting that occurred at Douglas High School in my home state. My heart breaks for those young men and women, their families and friends, for the adults who died trying to protect them, for the many first responders who risked their lives and witnessed that horrifying scene, and for their shocked and anguished community.
After each of these devastating events, we express...
Post date: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 4:07pm
Does your organization seek to end poverty in our community? Do you need capacity and sustainability help to achieve it? We may have just the resource for you!
United Way of Thurston County is excited to announce that the 2018 - 2019 AmeriCorps VISTA Program Host Site Application process is now open. This year we are expanding our ongoing partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and AmeriCorps VISTA and are looking to site 20 VISTA Members. This federal program is crucial to many organizations throughout the country, and now counties in the South Sound...
Post date: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 5:07pm
The United Way Reading Buddy Program received overwhelming community support at our final orientation on January 10. While 31 community members RSVP’d to attend, a whopping 52 people showed up! A BIG thank you goes out to all our media partners, such as The Olympian, ROXY and many Facebook “shares” who helped spread the word! A special shout-out goes to Pastor Pete and his staff at First United Methodist Church for taking last-minute measures to re-assign our room and move in more tables and chairs in record time to accommodate our group.
This school year we have been able to...
Post date: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 7:03am