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Friday, January 17, 2020
For the next couple of weeks, we'll be featuring staff members and a special memory about their favorite books. We hope you'll stop by each day for a new story!

Brittany, Community Engagement Manager

When my brother, sister, and I were young, we were obsessed with the way our dad read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. We’d all sit on the floor with such anticipation, knowing all the fun that was in store, and he’d start off with the first line…   ”From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”    He’d start...
Friday, January 17, 2020
For the next couple of weeks, we'll be featuring staff members and a special memory about their favorite books. We hope you'll stop by each day for a new story!

Barb, Senior Staff Accountant

I remember my mom reading Where the Sidewalk Ends to us when we were little.  It was one of the very few books she read to us. I think I loved it so much because she took the time to read to my sister and me. I was the youngest of four kids (in less than 6 years) and there was very little time for reading!

My favorite book that I read to...

Thursday, January 16, 2020
6th Annual United Way of Treasure Valley Book Drive Makes Big Impact on Low-Income Children   At United Way, we understand how critical access to books are to the success of all children in the Treasure Valley.   Experts are nearly in 100% agreement that babies should regularly experience books as soon as they experience speaking; essentially in the first weeks of life. “Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory.” (source)...
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,...