Friday, February 8, 2019
Original Story by Idaho Press Tribune, February 8, 2019 by Reporter Betsy Russell.
Among those testifying so far this morning at the open public hearing on health and welfare issues:
Retired pastor Jon Brown told the House and Senate Health & Welfare committees, “Five years ago I brought you demographics about the Medicaid gap group. Today, I’m tickled to death — I am pleased as punch,” now that Idaho’s voters have passed Medicaid expansion. Brown shared the story of his father, a coal miner who shot himself to death...
Thursday, February 7, 2019
As President of United Way of Treasure Valley, I see first-hand the value of health insurance as a work support for all working Idahoans. United Way’s ALICE Report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is a snapshot of Idaho’s hard working, low-wage earners, and is the only data providing cost of living estimates in each Idaho census tract. ALICE doesn’t make enough to meet a basic survival budget, let alone afford the full cost of health insurance. Lack of healthcare has a tremendous impact on the daily lives of Idaho’s working...
Friday, January 25, 2019
Each fall, when large numbers of area companies hold their workplace giving campaigns, a group of Loaned Executives works with United Way to raise our visibility and reach our fundraising goal. Concentrated into just four months, it's hard work, but also a tremendous opportunity to get acquainted with local issues and those working on them. It's also a chance to network in the business community, and make contacts that can later benefit the Loaned Executive's company.
Companies typically choose rising stars for their Loaned Execs, or...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
“United Way values the important contributions of all federal workers in our community. Many of these federal employees have not only served our country in various roles but are generous donors and volunteers in their own communities,” said Nora J Carpenter, United Way of Treasure Valley President & CEO. “It’s our turn to help these public servants living in Idaho. Locating resources can be challenging. Uniting community services and resources to make them easier for people to find is an important role United Way plays for...
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Name: Mindi McAllaster
Profession: Associate Broker, Windemere Professionals Real Estate
Years Serving United Way: Since 2002
Volunteer Role with United Way: Former Board member, Former Loaned Executive, Financial Stability Grant Committee, Women United
Cause: Affordable Housing
How’d you get involved with United Way?
While working as the Director of Development for the Eastern Oregon University Foundation, Mindi was exposed to many community nonprofits as an extension of the local university. “While working with the for Eastern Oregon...
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...