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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
(Image credit)   We all agree that people should work hard, and that should be enough to pay their bills. But the fact is that many low-wage workers don’t earn enough to cover basic necessities like groceries, rent, transportation, child care and health care.   United Way of Treasure Valley fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community, which includes advocating for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This sensible tax credit helps about 124,000 working Idahoans keep more of their hard-earned money...
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
(image credit | Original article here)   Q.How does the earned income tax credit affect poor families?   A.The EITC is the single most effective federal antipoverty program for working-age households—providing additional income and boosting employment for low-income workers. In 2018, the earned income tax credit (EITC) will provide credits ranging from $519 for workers with no children to $6,431 for workers with at least three children (figure 1).     Official estimates of poverty compare the before-tax cash income of families of various...
Monday, June 3, 2019
The United Way of Treasure Valley fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community. We know that these things are inextricably tied together; you can’t have one without having the other two.    “Poor health also contributes to reduced income, creating a negative feedback loop sometimes referred to as the health-poverty trap. Poverty has long been recognized as a contributor to death and disease, but several recent trends have generated an increased focus on the link between income and health.” (source...
Monday, May 20, 2019
Remember this post?   United Way received a shipment of boots from our amazing friends at Lone Cone after a mess-up with the printing at their factory in Asia. The boots weren’t compliant with the design and could not be sold, but United Way knew we’d find all the boots good homes!    A local Girl Scout troop heard about the boots and asked if they could outfit each girl with a pair and call them Troop Adventure Boots! Not only did United Way provide a pair for each girl, but we provided all their siblings with a pair too! These boots made...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Original article here.   Key Points Income is strongly associated with morbidity and mortality across the income distribution, and income-related health disparities appear to be growing over time. Income influences health and longevity through various clinical, behavioral, social, and environmental mechanisms. Isolating the unique contribution of income to health can be difficult because this relationship intersects with many other social risk factors. Poor health also contributes to reduced income, creating a negative feedback loop sometimes...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Thanks to a partnership that was first conceived of by United Way of Treasure Valley, we’ve been able to work alongside a local after-school program for the past 10 years to provide healthy food to low income children, many of whom are food insecure. The after-school program has both an Ada county and Canyon county location.   This partnership began with the Ada location providing the Canyon location with free healthy snacks each day after school.    In 2017, the partnership greatly expanded when the Ada location began providing the Canyon...
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Original article here.   Bad behavior in children has a variety of causes, although dietary factors may play a larger role than traditionally thought. In addition to food allergies and negative reactions to food additives, blood sugar levels can have a dramatic impact on mood and behavior. Low blood sugar can be caused by not eating enough food or eating too much sugar at a time, which triggers inappropriate insulin secretion from the pancreas gland. Consult with your doctor about how dietary factors can affect children's behavior.   Low Blood...
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

At United Way of Treasure Valley, we understand children are born learning, and that the early years of life are critical for healthy cognitive and social development. Research indicates that children who start school unprepared are less likely to be reading at grade level in 3rd grade, and subsequently less likely to complete school, graduate from high school, or pursue post-secondary educational opportunities that enable them to live financially independent lives.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Campaign season is coming right up and we are full of ideas, anticipation, and energy! Every year we hope to set new records, reach new goals, and create even more impact than the year before. Because we know what the importance of having access to healthcare, quality education, being financially stable, and having basic needs met means for all people here in the valley; it means thriving over surviving. It means succeeding over succumbing. It means having a quality of life that everyone deserves. 

We are so fortunate to have State...

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