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May 1, 2023

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 communities to thrive and succeed. Whether through fostering, advocating, volunteering or donating, everyone can help children who are experiencing foster care.  When a foster care placement is made, children must adjust to new everything: home, caregivers, school, rules and…

February 29, 2024

This Women’s History Month, celebrate champions of equity and inclusion

The roots of Women’s* History Month as a national commemoration run all the way back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions. The first Women’s Day celebration in the United States was in 1909, also in NYC. In 1911, March 8 was designated…

February 5, 2024

Black History Month: engage, explore and support Black arts, culture and community

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements, influences and legacies of Black Americans. Also called African American History month—and, more recently, Celebration of the African Diaspora—Black History Month began as Negro History Week in February 1926, thanks to the efforts of scholar Carter G. Woodson. Black History Month was officially recognized…

May 23, 2023

Address the effects of fast fashion by cultivating a sustainable wardrobe

We all make choices about the apparel, shoes and accessories we buy, based on factors such as price, stylishness or trendiness, durability, function and seasonality. And those choices—which the fashion and advertising industries work very hard to influence—have tangible consequences for both the labor force and the finite natural resources needed to create those items….

November 23, 2020

Reframing Thanksgiving

The nuances of the Thanksgiving story have changed the way many of us celebrate. The story is no longer a commemoration of a shared meal between pilgrims and Native Americans. We recognize that many of us are colonizers and such have put our interests ahead of Indigenous people’s interests. Even as we move toward a…

March 15, 2021

Practicing Social Advocacy: Interview with Sarah Hart of New Beginnings

As part of The Whole U’s First 90 wellness challenge, UWCFD staff are facilitating a 90-day habit formation program focused on helping participants to identify, connect with, and engage on behalf of causes about which they are passionate. We are guided by our theme “Identify, Assess, Act – Social Advocacy for Everyone”.  The Mini-Series is…

February 28, 2022

Defeating water scarcity one project at a time

Imagine walking six miles a day across hilly, uneven, or muddy terrain with a pack on your back that weighs 50 pounds. But this is not army basic training or a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. Now imagine you are hungry and quite possibly suffering from gastrointestinal illness–yet you still must undertake this ordeal…

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…

March 27, 2023

Acceptance, not just awareness: Changing the conversation around Autism

April is Autism Acceptance Month, an opportunity to deepen our understanding of this complex developmental disability. According to The Autism Society of America, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, or just Autism, capitalized) is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, ability to communicate, ability to…

Supporting sexual assault survivors

April is sexual assault awareness month, an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all ages, races, genders, and religions — with and without disabilities. Sexual violence is any type of unwanted…

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