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June 1, 2022

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Juneteenth, variously known as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Jubilee day or Liberation Day, is a holiday commemorating the June 19, 1865 announcement in Galveston, Texas of the emancipation of all chattel slaves following the end of the Civil War. The oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth –…


Fire season 2022: Prevention tips and resources

2022 could be another challenging year for wildfires across the West, but experts are optimistic that it will not have the catastrophic impact of the 2021 season.  Drought conditions and dry and windy heat waves across the Western U.S. are major risk factors for significant fires this season. New Mexico is already seeing its worst…


May 26, 2022

School shooting: How to help the Uvalde community

On Tuesday, May 24th, a gunman attacked students inside a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Uvalde is about 85 miles west of San Antonio and just east of the U.S.-Mexico border. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed, along with the shooter, who was fatally shot by law enforcement. Several other…


May 24, 2022

Amplify transgender voices this Pride month

If you need a refresher on gender terms, Human Rights Campaign has a comprehensive glossary for your reference. In recognition of the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, which – among other factors – prompted the Gay Liberation Movement, June is Pride Month. Pride month celebrates the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community, honors those whose lives were…


Remembering George Floyd, two years later

It has been two years since George Floyd was murdered at the hands of a police officer on a street corner in Minneapolis. History has demonstrated that action in the name of those whose lives were taken at the hands of police brutality can bring about powerful change. By some estimates, as many as 26…


May 23, 2022

Support Summer Food Programs for Kids

Of the many ongoing consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most urgent is that more than 50 million people are experiencing food insecurity in the U.S., including millions of children and vulnerable seniors. In Washington state, those who cannot consistently put food on their tables has more than doubled in the past two…


May 10, 2022

This foster care awareness month, support families in Washington’s foster system

Like all families, kids and families involved with the foster care system need support from their community to thrive. The past two years have been challenging for everyone, and particularly for youth in the foster care system who already struggle both academically and socially, experiencing placement instability and frequent moves while awaiting reunification or adoption….


April 29, 2022

UWCFD Wins 2022 Husky Green Award

The UWCFD is delighted to have been awarded a 2022 Husky Green Award from UW Sustainability. The Husky Green Awards recognize individuals and groups across all University of Washington campuses who lead the way for sustainability at the University of Washington. This is the 13th year the awards have been awarded by the UW Environmental…


April 27, 2022

Pursue happiness this mental health month

May is mental health awareness month, providing the perfect opportunity to center your well-being and happiness.  The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental goal. Consider Bhutan, a country that has highlighted the supremacy of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National…


Meet Mari Litzenberger, new UWCFD workplace giving specialist

Hi! My name is Mari Litzenberger and I am thrilled to be the latest addition to the UWCFD office! In my most recent position I served as the Volunteer Coordinator at WestSide Baby, a UWCFD member-nonprofit that meets the basic needs of children to promote safety, security and healthy development by providing essential items like…



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