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Thursday, January 11, 2018

BOISE, Idaho – The MAXIMUS Foundation recently awarded United Way of Treasure Valley (UWTV) a $3,000 grant to help provide new shoes for the Treasure Valley’s impoverished children who do not have appropriate footwear for winter. Shoes are the single-most requested item by the homeless student liaisons and school social workers whose work it is to help support these children in need. 

Childhood poverty in Idaho is on the rise. Of all families, 37 percent are considered impoverished and there are around 4,500 homeless students in the...

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Community School Trunk-or-Treat a success!

CALDWELL — Colorful costumes, ‘fun runs’ and lots of healthy treats highlighted Sacajawea Elementary School’s first ever Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 28.

More than 300 children and their parents attended the event, held on the Sacajawea school campus. The goal was to provide a safe, healthy way for local children to enjoy Halloween, bringing together kids, families, neighbors and community organizations, said Hortensia Hernandez, United Way’s Community School Coordinator at Sacajawea....

Monday, November 6, 2017

Banking services are an important element of financial independence and stability for individuals and families, as noted in the new 2017 United Way Community Assessment. Without a checking account, individuals often are forced to use expensive alternative financial services that may have high fees.

About one in five Treasure Valley households are considered ‘unbanked,’ which means they do not have a checking or savings account. Being unbanked is inconvenient and expensive, and often primarily impacts the people who can least afford...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

National studies show children who fail to read at grade level by the third grade are more likely to drop out of high school, highlighting the importance of early learning opportunities.

Ensuring the early education of children means increasing the odds they graduate high school and go on to higher education, which in turn can decrease the likelihood of poverty. Despite the research that shows how crucial early learning is to a child’s development, Idaho is one of only five states where 3- and 4-year-olds do not have access to state-...

Monday, October 16, 2017

It’s tough being the boss. They do copious amounts of behind-the-scenes work that often seems to go unappreciated, wearing every hat within an organization. But today, National Boss’s Day, is a special day when we show our bosses that their hard work does not go unnoticed.

Our CEO and president at United Way of Treasure Valley, Nora Carpenter, is the epitome of a fearless leader and we cannot thank her enough for all the work she does for us and the Treasure Valley community. She works tirelessly, fighting for the health, education...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


The Idaho CapEd Foundation made a $15,000 donation to United Way of Treasure Valley on Tuesday, in support of the P16 Caldwell Education Project.

P16, which stands for preschool through the 16th grade (or four years of postsecondary education), provides high-quality, early learning opportunities to children in Caldwell.

The P16 initiative is a collaboration between the Caldwell School District, the YMCA, Lee Pesky Learning Center, United Way of Treasure Valley and many other community partners.

The check was...

Friday, September 8, 2017
  According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), September is National Preparedness month. With hurricanes, storms and fires raging across the United States, we put together a list of suggestions on how to prepare for disasters from state and federal agencies. While the threat of a hurricane is minimal for Idaho, we do have other dangers this month. Just this week, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declared an air quality advisory across the entire state for the first time since 2015. The Treasure Valley has...
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Volunteering is vital to the success of any community. When people give either their time or treasure, they are showing they care about the wellbeing of both their city and their fellow community members.

We are lucky here in Idaho; our neighborly community is all about helping each other out. The HuffPost ranks Idaho tied for fourth in the nation for volunteerism, with nearly 35 percent of Idahohans volunteering.

Volunteering not only improves the local community, but it is also a way to improve yourself, too! United Way...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Photo by Jay Kenneth Photograhy 

Nonprofit Excellence Award

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday named United Way of Treasure Valley as the 2017 recipient of the Nonprofit Excellence Award! The honor was presented renowned comedian and emcee James Cunningham at the Boise Chamber’s Small Business of the Year and Chamber Excellence Awards luncheon at the Boise Centre.

From the United Way staff and Board of Directors, to every generous donor and volunteer, this award represents the collaborative efforts of so many...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Today, April 26, is ‘Denim Day.’

All across the globe people are wearing denim jeans today to stand against sexual assault, and to stand in solidarity with people who have experienced it.

Several United Way of Treasure Valley and Treasure Valley Education Partnership staff members are wearing jeans today to show our support.

Why denim jeans?

According to an MSN article, a 1999 Supreme Court decision in Italy overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing ‘very tight jeans.’ Peace Over Violence, the...