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May 3, 2021

May is AANHPI Heritage Month

Happy Asian-America, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month! The United States started recognizing AANHPI heritage in 1978. The weeklong recognition expanded to a month long celebration and commemoration of the rich heritage of the AANHPI community in 1992. May was chosen to commemorate Japanese immigration, first documented on May 7, 1843, and the May…


May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Whatever the reason for being part of it, the foster care system holds many emotions and experiences. For children, separation from family is a loss, state agencies influence every aspect of life, and the unknown can be overwhelming. Caseworkers are often overwhelmed managing caseloads of 20[1] or more. Yet, fostering can be a fulfilling and…


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…


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 29, 2021

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Contributed by Noam Soker, UWCFD Graduate Intern We all want to protect children’s well-being. Though states may have different definitions and agencies to address child welfare, they generally work to ensure children are not neglected nor abused, have basic needs met, and are being cared for. This year, the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Office…


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…


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…


March 1, 2021

Choose to Challenge this International Women’s Day

Contributed by Noam Soker, UWCFD Intern International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, marks a time to celebrate the achievements made by girls and women. We highlight the progress made and reflect on how women’s rights have changed. International Women’s Day reminds us that women’s right are human rights and gender parity uplifts all. This day…


February 2, 2021

In Celebration of Black History Month

“Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history. It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans . . . and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America.” – President Barack Obama, February 2016 Following 2020’s Black Lives Matter movement, these…


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…



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