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Monday, January 6, 2020
Recent Federal changes to the purchase age for tobacco products is a big health win for Idaho youth.

On Friday December 20th, 2019, President Trump signed a bill into law that included raising the legal age to purchase tobacco (including popular e-cigarette and vaping products) from 18 to 21.  Then just after the New Year, the Federal Drug Administration announced they would forbid the sale of most flavored e-cigarette cartridges. This comes after public health officials, parents, and youth raised awareness of the alarming increase of youth...

Friday, December 20, 2019

Farewell 2019 and the decade you take with you. You have been the decade of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE is our friends and family who are working hard but not able to make ends meet.

As this decade began, United Way of Treasure Valley and most of our community leaders were focused on putting the Great Recession behind us. We issued a collective sigh of relief; said ‘good riddance’ to the economic stress and damage of the Great Recession and looked forward to better economic times in the new decade. And...

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

It's the morning of Thanksgiving and we hope that wherever you're reading this--on your phone in your warm bed, cozy on your couch with coffee, or perhaps in the car on the way to a Thanksgiving gathering, you'll stop and take stock of the things you're thankful for in your life.

Maybe it's your home which provides you warmth and safety.

Maybe it's your family who are healthy and doing well in life.

Maybe it's your job which gives you a means in which to provide.

Maybe it's your friends who support you and...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IN THE BOISE SCHOOL DISTRICT Wil Overgaard and Don Coberly 11/01/2019 Oiginal article here

The Boise School District has six Community Schools – schools that provide wrap-around services for students and families. The idea of Community Schools is to provide these services so that kids can come to school ready to learn. Boise’s Community Schools are located at Whitney, Morley Nelson, Garfield, Taft, and Whittier Elementary Schools, and at Frank Church High...

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

For anyone who ever wished to have the power to make a really big impact on the world,  GivingTuesday can be a dream come true.

Last year, more than 3.6 million people from 150 countries joined together to raise $400 million on GivingTuesday. United Way Worldwide, with our corporate and nonprofit partners, stands ready to keep the momentum going this year to fuel the critical community cornerstones of education, financial stability and health around the world. 

Monday, October 21, 2019
[Original story posted in an edition of St. Luke's newsletter.] Throughout October, St. Luke’s is featuring co-workers who are passionate about helping and contributing to the United Way. This week, Nampa RN Kimberli Munn shares how she turned her PTO hours into fun for her family - and funds for the United Way.  Nampa nurse uses her PTO to give back

Nampa Assistant Nurse Manager Kimberli Munn was scrolling through the Source News in late September, reading up on St. Luke’s United Way campaign when she saw the sentence that inspired her to...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

We have some pretty amazing partners here in the Treasure Valley. FedEx is no exception! Recently, FedEx handed out reusable shopping bags to its employees. Each employee was asked to fill the bag up! Everything from hygiene items, new clothing items, bedding, and food was encouraged. Some of their employees went shopping together and some enjoyed their shopping trips alone as they contemplated what a homeless student or family might be in need of most. Have you ever tried to put yourself in a homeless student's shoes? Here at our office,...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fall is an exciting time for United Way of Treasure Valley! This is our major fundraising season where we are gearing up to fund next year’s biggest needs in our community.

But what are the needs in our community and how do we know about them? You may be surprised to know that United Way keeps our finger on the pulse in a big way in that department. Every three years, we conduct a deep and wide assessment; the Community Assessment, in which we collect and crunch a huge amount of data to determine the Treasure Valley’s greatest needs...

Monday, September 9, 2019

Today we want to introduce you to Danny’s mom, Cathy. Cathy's company and United Way of Treasure Valley worked together and this year, and when we came to talk about giving, Cathy decided to share her story. She just recently learned how United Way of Treasure Valley is making it possible for Danny to have high quality preschool which helps her be able to work and earn.

A little bit about Danny--he is really into trucks and dinosaurs. He points out all the cranes and big trucks at the constructions sites around the valley and thinks...

Monday, September 9, 2019

Today we want to introduce you to the Perez family. David and his wife, Theresa have had a couple of very difficult years. But thanks to several programs and services which United Way of Treasure Valley helps to support and connect, they are currently getting back on their feet.

A couple of years ago, David became very sick and was hospitalized. He wasn’t able to work and spent all their savings on medical bills. Theresa’s job helped with food, but it wasn’t enough to keep up on rent. The Perez family ended up losing their home....