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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…


May 27, 2021

Supporting Transgender Youth This Pride Month

This post uses some gender terms you may be unfamiliar with. Human Rights Campaign (charity code 0315683) has a wonderful 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+…


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…


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 –…


May 3, 2021

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…


May 21, 2021

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Health Equity

In the state of Washington, vaccines are now available to all people 12 years and older. Make an appointment at any of dozens of locations across the state or at a walk-up clinic. Remember, the vaccine protects everyone, especially you. The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted difficult, but necessary, discussions about health equity. Why should we…


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…


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…



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