United Way of Thurston County Approves $150,000 in Funding for Youth Education & Support Programs


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Olympia, WA 98502

Contact: Paul Larsen

Director of Community Impact
(360) 943-2773 ext.113



United Way of Thurston County Approves $150,000 in Funding for Youth Education & Support Programs

August 4 - Olympia, Wash. United Way of Thurston County’s Board of Directors has approved $150,000 in funding for Community Investment Grants supporting local Youth Education and Support programs for FY 2022/2023. The organization’s Community Investment Council recommended extending a second year of funding to further the reach and impact of local youth resources as families and children continue to experience the economic, social and health effects of the pandemic.

The goal of United Way’s funding is to ensure all youth in Thurston County have access to resources and programs that enable them to learn and thrive in and out of school. Last year’s funding served 26,000 youth at 11 agencies and 12 programs. Of all programs reporting results, 89 percent of youth served shared positive outcomes because of their participation in the program. 

United Way’s Board of Directors approved this recommendation and awarded $150,000 for the funding year to the following organizations:

Behavioral Health Resources

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington (BBBS of SWWA)

Child Care Action Council

Community Youth Services

Family Education and Support Services

Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB)

Pizza Klatch


South Puget Sound Community College Foundation

South Sound Reading Foundation



For additional information, contact Paul Larsen at 360-943-2773 ext.113 or at plarsen@unitedway-thurston.org.  

About United Way of Thurston County
United Way of Thurston County mobilizes the caring power of the community to fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in our community. We have worked hard to improve the lives of those in our communities since 1936. As a nonprofit leader, we bring together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting Thurston County. Each year, United Way of Thurston County helps more than 300,000 people through its resources.