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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....

Monday, September 9, 2019

Today, we want to introduce you to our friend, Samantha.

Samantha has lived in the Treasure Valley all her life, but moved around a lot because rent is expensive. Despite working two jobs, sometimes her mom just didn’t make enough. People came in and out of Sam's life who did some pretty awful things. She was bullied because her clothes weren’t always the best. And sometimes she skipped school when she couldn’t afford the things she needed to be clean. Just simple things like deodorant and toothpaste and feminine hygiene products....

Monday, August 12, 2019

WHEW! Another Flapjack Feed in the books! We are THRILLED to report that this was the most successful and well attended Flapjack Feed EVER! Attendance was up 18% since last year and donations were up almost 30%! Our final number of breakfasts served was 1,532; more than we anticipated. Luckily, we always anticipate that we'll need more food than we think and prepare extra to be on the safe side. And the great news is that all that extra food gets sent out to various shelters around town so that nothing goes to waste.

The Flapjack...