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The United Way of Thurston County VISTA team serves nine regional non-profit organizations in a variety of programs. Part of the overall goal of the AmeriCorps VISTA program is to provide professional development and support to VISTA members. For the past year, are lucky to have the team led by our VISTA Lead, Ari Rogers. As her term of service ends, we sat down to hear more about how this year has impacted her.

Tell me how you first got involved in AmeriCorps VISTA.

I graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2013 with a Liberal Arts Degree in American Cultural Studies....

Post date: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 1:23pm
Tom Devine has volunteered his time at the Thurston County Food Bank since 2008. Judy Jones, manager of the Thurston County Food Bank, said, "Tom Devine plays a unique role that not all volunteers can fill."   Tom is a driver and co-pilot for the food bank. He is one of only eight volunteers in this role as the Grocery Rescue team. These positions are an integral part of the food bank operations. Driver and co-pilot volunteers must possess a very specific skill set. They are the first point of contact in the community with key vendors, which are critical to the food bank's ability to meet...
Post date: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 1:21pm
United Way of Thurston County leads the way for volunteer management in our community. "We know that the ways people engage as volunteers have changed significantly over the past decade, and we want to help local nonprofits develop best practices to recruit, train and retain these critical non-paid individuals who are essential to their mission-driven work," notes Stacy Hicks, Volunteer Programs Manager at United Way of Thurston County. "Working with other volunteer coordinator professional organizations like the Volunteer Administrators Network and Volunteer Centers of Washington, we are...
Post date: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 1:20pm

Looking for an activity your whole family will enjoy? Volunteering can be a dynamic, rewarding way to bring everyone together. Whether you’re organizing a food or clothing drive or cleaning up a street or a river, volunteering as a family amplifies your impact on the cause—and gives you some quality time together. Service can get everyone thinking positively and prioritizing what’s important. Plus, you’ll make some great memories!

What’s right for your family?
Start with a family conversation so everyone can weigh in on the idea. Ask what cause or event everyone is interested...

Post date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 4:38pm

For almost 10 years, United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) has had the privilege of the support of our skilled volunteer, Cathy King.  While her job title is Office Assistant, Cathy is so much more.  She brings her 30 years of expertise working for the State of Washington in Human Resources to the organization on a daily basis and has been an integral part of the processes related to all aspects of human resources.  She meets with key department personnel to write and post job descriptions of new employment opportunities.  She then analyzes and scales applicant submissions.  She is often...

Post date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 4:32pm

Reading with Ronan
Volunteers in our Reading Buddies program are on the front lines. Through their weekly one-hour sessions with students, they are making a significant long-term impact on children’s success, not only in reading but also in school in general. Recently, Reading Buddy Kiki Keizer shared her encounter with Ronan.
Dear United Way-

As a Reading Buddy, I have learned that sometimes you just have to be persistent with kids. You never know what will catch their interest.

Recently, during my Reading Buddy session my second student of the day was Ronan...

Post date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 4:25pm
Jim Cooper from United Ways of the Pacific Northwest just returned from Washington, D.C. We caught up with him for an update on United Way Worldwide's agenda for the 115th Congress.
  What are the key pillars of the United Way's platform for the 115th Congress?
  In tumultuous political times, our values won't change. United Way's Policy Agenda for the 115th Congress helps fulfill our obligation to assist policy-makers in crafting the best possible governmental policies in the areas of education, financial stability and health, while also tackling important policies that...
Post date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:50am
On Thursday, February 23, United Way of Thurston County participated in the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest's 2017 Lobby Day. Board members and staff met with legislators from Thurston County and advocated for increased funding for 211, passage of Breakfast After the Bell, and housing and homeless services. It was a spirited event with United Way colleagues from all across the state.
Post date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:49am
When it comes to finding talent and recruiting, the Women United of United Way of Thurston County is lucky to have Andrea Ballard.
  When long-time Women United member Shirley Legg left the board to return to the Bellevue-area, Ballard stepped up to lead the Membership Committee. It is a perfect fit for a woman who makes her living helping to identify top talent for legal and financial organizations.  Ballard runs Expecting Change, a company that coaches and inspires individuals, groups and organizations to tap into their unique strengths, values, passion and purpose to create stronger,...
Post date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:48am

It’s your money - claim it!
You could be eligible for up to $6,000 or more in tax refunds when you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
Get yoru tax return prepared and e-filed for FREE at these Thurston County locations. 

FREE Tax Assistance
Come prepared with:

Your valid driver’s license or other photo id card. Social security cards or a Social Security number (SSN) verification letter for all persons listed on the return. Birth dates for all persons listed on return. A copy of last year’s federal and state return if you have it. All income...
Post date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 2:54pm