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July 20, 2021

Getting out the Young Vote: Supporting Civic Youth Engagement

The 2020 U.S. election reported record voter turnout, up multiple percentage points across age, race and gender; particularly remarkable was young voter turnout. According to research by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, more than 50% of Americans age 18-29 voted, an 11% increase from the 2016…


June 24, 2021

Support Summer Food Programs for Kids

Food fuels our bodies, brains, and souls and gives us the energy to live our lives to the fullest. Hunger, on the other hand, is devastating: it can lead to significant PTSD from worrying about where your next meal will come from, has significant negative impacts on the ability to concentrate, and increases the risk…


June 25, 2021

What to Expect from Fire Season 2021

Climatologists are warning that this could be another intense and record-breaking year for wildfires across the west. Extreme droughts and dry and windy heat waves across the Western U.S. are more widespread and intense than any point in the past 20 years, serving as a major risk factor for significant fires this season. Even with…


April 22, 2021

Celebrate Earth Month: Citizen Science

Throughout the year, the UW Combined Fund Drive acts as a resource for engaging in active citizenship. Our annual campaign is an avenue for investing in nonprofits that advocate for, take care of, and support the many causes about which you are passionate. This year, we also highlighted UW and local nonprofit wisdom through our…


June 3, 2021

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 –…


April 5, 2021

Getting your Vitamin N (for Nature) Responsibly

It has, indeed, been a year. The pandemic, job losses, natural disasters, a tumultuous election and transition of power, and racial and economic injustice have challenged all of us. Thankfully, spring is here, and with nicer weather on the horizon and vaccines being administered it seems nearly everyone – from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to habitual…


March 15, 2021

Food Pantries Need More Than Just Food

Of the many consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most urgent is that more than 50 million people may experience food insecurity this year in the U.S., including a potential 17 million children. Another 21% are vulnerable seniors. In Washington state, those who cannot consistently put food on their tables has more than…


February 17, 2021

February is National Senior Independence Month

February is National Senior Independence Month, giving us an opportunity to share some tips for helping the older adults in our lives maintain their independence while calling out the great work our local senior centers and retirement organizations are doing. Get your older adult loved ones involved with a local senior center! Research shows that…


October 27, 2020

Democracy In Action: How to Get Involved

It’s election season and many conversations are happening on the topic of civic engagement. Democracy in Action (DiA) looks different for everyone; it can be voting, reading the news, volunteering with a community center, and advocating for community goals. One way to support the community and the many efforts to pursue DiA is by donating…


August 27, 2020

Volunteering: Reap the Benefits of Giving Back

The world has become a very different place in the age of COVID-19. With stay-at-home orders in place for months on end, many traditional volunteer opportunities – sorting donations, reading to kids, building houses, serving in a soup kitchen – have been significantly limited. Despite the impact of coronavirus restrictions, the pandemic has prompted millions…



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