united way of thurston county – solving problems together

united-way2United Way of Thurston County provides an invaluable service to low-income families dealing with the struggles of everyday life. Discovering the key issues that impact families in the area and creating resolutions for those affected is a large part of the work being done by volunteers and board members alike. The mission is clear and community focused: By helping children and their families be successful, the community prospers. Understanding the needs is what drives the organization to deliver the best services.

“We are always evaluating and renewing the focus of our work,” says Executive Director Paul Knox. “United Way plays an important role in many lives and is dedicated to the community we serve and we are excited to continue this work.”

As with all nonprofit organizations, fundraising is critical, and Knox recognizes the importance of establishing local partnerships. “We are more effective if we are not working in isolation,” he says.

Partnerships with local government and business organizations, called Community Investment Partnerships, have helped United Way of Thurston County grow even more in recent years through grants and additional fundraising. These funds address specific needs like health and nutrition or financial stability.

Volunteers play an integral role in ensuring the success of United Way and the families they help. Programs include after-school reading buddies and the early learning coalition. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks such as event coordination, administrative help and general labor for special projects. Larger events such as Day of Caring encourage all members of the community to come together and donate a few hours of their time to help those in need.


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