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We're happy to announce that we have scheduled new volunteer orientations for early next year. Some school partners have requested more support and we hope to meet their need. Peter G. Schmidt and Hansen said they could each use 5 more volunteers, and Mountain View would like 6! We also hope to bolster small teams at some of our schools like Jefferson Lincoln, Bordeaux, Lacey and Lydia Hawk.  And, Lincoln Elementary school, new to the program, needs a team as well.

Orientations take place the second week of January for final placement after Winter Student Assessments are...

Post date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 2:36pm
The Community Care Center is requesting donations of food to have on hand for clients who need food for medical reasons.

Food needed: Granola bars, breakfast bars, juice boxes, single serve crackers, single-serve nuts, single serve trail mix, applesauce, cup of noodles, single-serve soup and (non-perishable) milk boxes.

Please bring your donations to United Way of Thurston County and we’ll deliver them to the Community Care Center. Thank you!

United Way of Thurston County
1211 Fourth Ave E Suite 101
Olympia, WA 98506

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Post date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:09am

Volunteering is a gift packed with benefits for everyone involved not only the recipient of services but the volunteers as well. No matter your age, the benefits from volunteer engagement are substantial.

Did you know that the act of volunteering has anti-aging properties?

A 2016 government study gave evidence that older adults who volunteer 100 hours or more per year have better health maintenance regimens. That's just over two hours per week! Forty-four percent, who volunteered at two or more volunteer jobs lowered their mortality rate over a five-year period. In addition,...

Post date: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00am

Bill Clark is a United Way of Thurston County volunteer. For eight years, Bill has been our “go-to guy” to distribute our annual Kindergarten Readiness Calendars (KRC). 

United Way’s Kindergarten Readiness Calendars are full of fun activities already prepared for parents to engage their three-and-four-year-olds to ensure they are ready for kindergarten.

Did you know that by the age of three, 85 percent of our brain functionality is in place? From birth to three, engaging in enriching dialogue, reading to your kids, playing games, and singing songs wires their brains for...

Post date: Friday, October 20, 2017 - 1:58pm
August 7, 2017, Olympia, WA - United Way of Thurston County is pleased to announce that Cathy Wolfe will receive the distinguished Gladys Burns Human Service Award, a lifetime service award, celebrating the philanthropic and volunteer spirit within our community.   The award honors the service of the late Gladys Burns, human services advocate, and tireless volunteer, and United Way’s first professional staff person. This award recognizes an outstanding volunteer or professional from the human services community who embodies Gladys’ example of caring, commitment, and dedication.   “Cathy Wolfe...
Post date: Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 3:28pm

Together with Macy's, United Way of Thurston County is helping struggling children and families in our community. Thank you, Macy's associates for investing in our future. #MacysUnited
Post date: Monday, August 7, 2017 - 9:14pm

The United Way’s Reading Buddy program wrapped up their 5th year supporting elementary schools, teachers and students by recruiting and connecting community volunteers as Reading Buddies.  Reading Buddies help our schools by working with students who struggle to read at grade level.  Reading Buddies help them sound out tricky words, discuss new vocabulary and ask questions about the story.  Reading Buddies provide one on one time for a student who may not have someone read to them at home.

Here is a program summary of the recently concluded 2016-2017 school year.  Just over 800...

Post date: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 10:08am

July 25, 2017 – Olympia, Wash. On September 22 and 23, Thurston County residents can expect to see over one thousand volunteers wearing LIVE UNITED t-shirts pulling weeds, painting buildings and cleaning sidewalks. It is about team building, giving back and helping organizations in need. Day of Caring has become an event that shuts down offices as employees hit the streets to make a difference together.

“Day of Caring is an unforgettable, hands-on experience providing volunteers an opportunity to actively improve our community while enhancing team-building outside the workplace,”...

Post date: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 4:24pm

More than a fundraising organization, United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) is a community catalyst and a partner for creating measurable social impact that enhances the quality of life for the residents of greater Thurston County, Washington. An affiliate of one of America’s most respected nonprofit brands, UWTC works with a broad range of individuals and organizations to identify and mobilize solutions to address the community's most critical issues.

UWTC professional staff and volunteers work to advance the common good and to improve the lives of those who need help the most....

Post date: Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:52am

For the more than 25 million low-income public school students in America, summer is often anything but a vacation. Instead of a relaxing break to explore new interests and places, it’s often a time when children, youth and families struggle to find and afford food to eat and a safe place to be.

Summer learning loss also called the summer slide, the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer, is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate...

Post date: Monday, June 5, 2017 - 9:15am