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  • Integrate volunteerism and social impact into your daily life

    December 1, 2022

    The immense uncertainty and global tension of the past two-plus years has more fully exposed the glaring issues of inequality and wealth disparity in America and around the world. Perhaps you want to do something about it.  Meanwhile, ambiguity about the economy and political landscape has intensified an already profound divide on issues that negatively…

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  • Support a lonely senior this holiday season

    November 28, 2022

    The holiday season is upon us, and many people are planning in-person festivities. For some older adults, however, the holidays can exacerbate existing loneliness, particularly for those who have outlived family, friends, and finances and become isolated or those whose families live far away or are estranged. Recent research reveals that nearly half of Americans…

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  • December 1 is World AIDS Day

    November 28, 2022

    The COVID-19 pandemic was difficult for everyone, and for those living with chronic illnesses this is especially true. The pandemic has changed the way we work, celebrate and enjoy the world; for those living with HIV or AIDS, this is not the first pandemic of their lives. The toll of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is staggering: World…

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  • Keep warm and carry on

    November 17, 2022

    The winter months in the Pacific Northwest can make physical activities challenging, so we offer some activities to keep you active during the cold and dark months. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Being physically active…

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  • Meet new UWCFD intern Aafreen Tejani

    November 10, 2022

    The UWCFD is delighted to welcome Aafreen to the team as our 2022-2023 student intern. Aafreen is a first-year international student from Pakistan, pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at UW. She has previous experience working as an analyst at The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a nonprofit…

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  • The arts and you

    November 10, 2022

    The arts have so many benefits, some of which are obvious, while others are perhaps a little more hidden. For the end-user, benefits like beauty, design, profundity of expression and experience, joy and inspiration are clear and wonderful outcomes. The arts have certainly made a huge difference in my life and I know I’d not…

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  • Shave lives this Movember

    November 8, 2022

    If you’ve seen more body and face hair than usual lately, there just might be a very good reason. “No-shave November” and “Movember” are global, month-long fundraising events to support men’s health issues. No-Shave November, a non-profit organization focused on cancer awareness, was founded in 2009 by the family of Matthew Hill who passed away…

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  • Listener powered: Public radio in the Pacific Northwest

    November 7, 2022

    In 1967, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act, he said that the airwaves “belong to all the people,” and called for “a partnership to share knowledge and to thus enrich all mankind.” Public radio was founded with the idea that everyone should have free access to honest, fact-checked information in order to…

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  • Ways of giving during the holidays

    November 2, 2022

    The holidays are finally here and some of you have been feeling the gift of giving extra around this time of year. November and December are major giving months. If you are thinking about doing something good during the holiday season, then you are already reaping the benefits of giving. 30% of annual charitable donations…

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  • Do your part on America Recycles Day

    November 1, 2022

    Celebrated every year on November 15, America Recycles Day is dedicated to educating and encouraging Americans to properly reduce, reuse and recycle. The first America Recycles Day occurred in 1997 and continues this year, on the 26th anniversary of its inauguration, with teachings on mindful consumption. When we recycle, we help reduce landfill waste and…

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  • Increasing awareness and understanding of epilepsy

    November 1, 2022

    November is national epilepsy awareness month. Some of my earliest memories are related to epilepsy. My older brother, now in his 50s, has had epilepsy since birth, along with some other physical and intellectual disabilities. He typically has seizures about once a week, so seeing him experience them and my parents help him was just…

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  • Celebrate Bunka No Hi (Japanese Culture Day)

    October 31, 2022

    Okinanwa Taiko performs during Bunka no Hi 2018. Photo by Tyler Sipe / Japanese Culture & Community Center of Washington Many of us, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, enjoy Japanese culture in some way or form. Among the favorites of imported Japanese culture, anime and manga rank high. You might remember watching Pokémon or Sailor…

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  • October is Blindness Awareness Month

    October 24, 2022

    October is National Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population.  According to recent CDC data, approximately six million Americans have vision loss and one million have blindness Navigating the world as a blind person or someone with limited sight…

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  • Our annual holiday evergreens sale is back

    October 7, 2022

    The UWCFD is delighted to once again offer our holiday evergreens sale benefitting our 2022 featured nonprofit, Doctors Without Borders.  Show your support this season with the purchase of a beautiful evergreen wreath or door swag! Choose one - or more - of these beauties and your order will help make the world a little…

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  • UWCFD kicks off campaign 2022

    October 6, 2022

    On Thursday, October 6, members of the UW community came together virtually to celebrate the kickoff of our annual workplace giving campaign.  Jack Gomer / Doctors Without Borders Our guest speaker was Jack Gomer, current board member and mission alumnus of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Jack joined MSF in 2015 and completed three…

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