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July 5, 2022

Raise informed citizens

With another Independence Day in the books, some of us may have had a conversation with our children, our youth that we know, about how to encourage civic engagement and action among kids and young adults. And, as members of the UW community, many of us interact regularly with young people and want to champion…

June 30, 2022

Support literacy in your community

Seattle is one of the most literate cities in the nation, and yet tens of thousands of people in our region lack adequate literacy for self-sufficiency. According to Literacy Source, a leading local non-profit providing basic education to low-income adults, 1 in 6 adults in Washington don’t have the basic educational skills needed to earn…

June 29, 2022

Recreate responsibly: Summer water safety

Summer in the Pacific Northwest! Who doesn’t want to get outside and engage in our abundant recreational opportunities? From hiking, cycling, running, boating, horseback riding, to fishing and open water swimming, we have a true embarrassment of riches. However, enjoying time outside includes being water-safe. Each year, there are approximately 4,000 drowning deaths that are…

June 23, 2022

Afghanistan earthquake: How to help

On June 22, a shallow, highly destructive earthquake of magnitude 5.9 hit the Paktika and Khost provinces in southeastern Afghanistan, along its border with Pakistan, leaving at least 1,000 people dead, and thousands more injured. Serious damage to structures being reported, with immense devastation to homes – which frequently house eight or more people. Search…

June 2, 2022

What’s new with LIHI, the 2021 UWCFD featured nonprofit

The 2021 UWCFD featured nonprofit, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), provides safe and secure low-income and transitional housing options to people in our community experiencing homelessness. LIHI’s work included building Rosie’s Place, the tiny home village located at 45th and Roosevelt, which opened in October 2021. Rosie’s Place, along with all the other tiny homes…

May 26, 2022

School shooting: How to help the Uvalde community

On Tuesday, May 24th, a gunman attacked students inside a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Uvalde is about 85 miles west of San Antonio and just east of the U.S.-Mexico border. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed, along with the shooter, who was fatally shot by law enforcement. Several other…

May 24, 2022

Amplify transgender voices this Pride month

If you need a refresher on gender terms, Human Rights Campaign has a comprehensive 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+ community, honors those whose lives were…

Remembering George Floyd, two years later

It has been two years since George Floyd was murdered at the hands of a police officer on a street corner in Minneapolis. History has demonstrated that action in the name of those whose lives were taken at the hands of police brutality can bring about powerful change. By some estimates, as many as 26…

May 10, 2022

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 community to thrive. The past two years have been challenging for everyone, and particularly for youth in the foster care system who already struggle both academically and socially, experiencing placement instability and frequent moves while awaiting reunification or adoption….

January 31, 2022

The Year of the Tiger: Celebrating Lunar New Year and Elevating AANHPI Voices

Red picture with a tiger and flowers saying 2022 Year of the tiger.

Lunar New Year, also known as Chunjie, Tết, Solnal, or Losar, begins with the first new moon and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar, 15 days later. While the dates of this celebration vary each year (because the lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon), this year, Asian…

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