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September 28, 2016 - Olympia, WA – On September 30 and October 1 over 700 volunteers will join together for United Way of Thurston County’s 2016 Day(s) of Caring. Working on over 41 projects for 27 nonprofit agencies, volunteers will be working a variety of projects involving shovels, paintbrushes, gloves, and lots and lots of smiles regardless of the weather forecast.

“From school sports teams, workplace groups and...

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Strong Communities Need Strong Leaders

United Way of Thurston County presents The Olympia Board Academy

September 21, 2016– Olympia, Wash. Engaging community members in service is a critical aspect of the work of United Way of Thurston County and this year’s class of attendees for the Olympia Board...

Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

When students are not reading at grade level by third grade they are 4 times more likely not to graduate on time or at all.  As part of a nationwide United Way initiative to support our schools assist students with reading, United Way of Thurston County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program launched the United Way Reading Buddy program in 2011.

Community volunteers are recruited and placed in elementary schools to help students...

Posted: Monday, August 29, 2016

United Way of Thurston County Celebrates 24th Annual Day of Caring by Expanding Opportunities to Two Days

August 22, 2016– Olympia, Wash. It’s true what they say, strength comes in numbers. That’s why United Way of Thurston County has expanded its annual single-day volunteering bonanza to two days, September 30 and October 1, this year.

“Day of Caring is an unforgettable,...

Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016

United Way of Thurston County (UWTC), the Cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater, and Thurston County; partners in the Community Investment Partnership (CIP), are pleased to announce their second year of coordinated funding awards for 2015-16....

Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015

The Women’s Leadership Council announced its fifth year of funding during the 6th Annual Power of the Purse to support women and children in Thurston County. Thanks to members of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and the philanthropic community, $25K in grants will help strengthen and support five nonprofit organizations during the 2015-2016 funding cycle.

“We know the economy is impacting lives of women and their families so we...

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Aibra is an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over the last two years, Aibra worked with Morningside, a nonprofit community rehabilitation program that provides employment services to individuals with disabilities. Through Morningside’s program, Aibra acquired volunteer jobs with the Lacey Senior Center, Tumwater Farmers Market, and United Way of Thurston County.

During her two years of discovery, Aibra explored various...

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015

Imagine being a single parent and coming home after working an eight-hour day at your minimum wage job. Picture the hungry look on your child’s face as you glance into the half-empty kitchen pantry of your cozy 900-sqft apartment. You have done everything to stretch your food supply and are faced with the decision to use your next paycheck on groceries or bills.

Food insecurity refers to the lack of access, at times, to enough food...

Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015

United Way of Thurston County announced a Make the Match campaign to raise extra funds for its Community Care Fund. Text-donating has revolutionized the ease and effectiveness of giving money to charities and through community partners, United Way is launching a text-donating application to raise money that supports local non-profits preparing children to be resilient, learn...

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