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June 1, 2022

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…


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 –…


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…


February 2, 2022

Support Local Food Pantries with Non-food Items

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…


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 celebrate 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…


November 13, 2021

Encouraging Literacy at any Age

It’s hard for me to imagine inhabiting a world without reading, without books and literature. Yet, this world was very close to home nearly all my adult life as my father was functionally illiterate. While my mother was a reader and a school teacher, dad struggled to read with comprehension and retention for decades, even…


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…


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…


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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