Meet Tricia Nilsson, Women United Founder & Pantry Chair!

Tricia NilssonWhat brought you to United Way?  

About 15 years ago I stepped up to volunteer to coordinate my department's United Way pledge forms during the annual campaign. 

How long and in what capacity have you been involved?

I've been a donor since 2006 and have helped with the annual campaign at my workplace. I became involved in the creation of our local Women United affiliate in 2013 and have been on the executive committee ever since. Over the past 4 years, I have co-chaired the School Pantry subcommittee.

With the help of donors and volunteers, United Way is able to do so much. What area(s) are you most passionate about?

After one Women United event several years ago, I had my eyes opened to the scale of the population of students experiencing homelessness. I love helping with the school pantry because I know it has a direct impact on getting kids ready to learn. I have met so many amazing community school coordinators across the Treasure Valley who are continually grateful for the pantry.

Tell us more about you! Family, hobbies, interests, etc!

I retired 2 years ago after a long career in land use planning. I am a member of the Boise Sunrise Rotary Club, a board member of the Southeast Boise Neighborhood Association, and volunteer at St. Luke's every week. My family moved to Boise in 1996 and lives in southeast Boise. We are avid Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots fans and love Golden Retrievers. Our current puppy, Pudge has already visited the United Way office!