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Monday, April 17, 2017

Today, we officially kicked off the ‘volunteer week’ of the third annual United Way Children’s Book Drive. It was a monumental success.

Last week, April 10-14, businesses and organizations collected new and gently used children’s books across the Treasure Valley. Starting today, those same businesses, as well as several passionate community members, dropped off the donated books at our temporary book processing center (a large warehouse courtesy of property management company The Sundance Company) at 8740 W. Fairview in Boise.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Patrick came to Boise as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. His home country has struggled with violence and human rights abuses for decades.  

On Wednesday night at JUMP in Boise, Patrick and two fellow new Americans, who came to the U.S. as refugees from Bosnia and Iraq, spoke about their journeys and assimilating into a new culture. Patrick had a simple and beautiful message: “‘Hi’ can be powerful.” A humble greeting to a stranger can have so much meaning; a smile and ‘hello’ can break down barriers and...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Today is National Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. The IRS dedicated today to promoting the EITC, which provides refunds up to more than $6,000 to low-wage workers.

Last year, 130,000 households in Idaho claimed the EITC, receiving more than $304 million in refunds, according to IRS data. The average refund was $2,341. That’s money families can use to fix cars and roofs, put food on the table, or pay the electric bill. Considering this winter weather’s harsh effects, these refunds are a welcomed sight for many of our friends...