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  • Tend to tender-age teeth during Children’s Dental Health Month

    February 21, 2024

    Each February, the American Dental Association promotes National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health—and habits of maintenance that should begin at a very young age. Why? Tooth decay is the most chronic disease of childhood, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which reports that 2…

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

    February 5, 2024

    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…

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  • Be a guiding light: get inspired and get involved in mentoring

    January 15, 2024

    January may be most celebrated—or cursed (depending on your perspective)—as the season of new resolutions and fresh starts. But did you know it’s also National Mentoring Month? Since its establishment in 2002, January has been designated as a time to help others make fruitful starts and guide their success in school, work and life. Mentoring…

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  • Last Week to Give Highlights!

    November 28, 2023

    Monday Make a wish come true! We’ve got some great opportunities for you to make the holiday season – and the coming year – a little brighter. Check out it out! CFD Charity Sweepstakes – LAST DAY TO PARTICIPATE Thanks to our sponsors at TwinStar Credit Union, the Charity Sweepstakes is back! Any state employee…

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  • Check out these upcoming campaign activities!

    November 16, 2023

    This year’s campaign is wrapping up, but we still have some great activities for you to participate in. Learn more about our Featured Nonprofit – NAMI -Seattle, take care of some holiday shopping and eat a pizza for good. Learn more about what’s coming up below! 11/21 – Lunch & Learn - NAMI Ending the…

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  • November 11th marks Veterans Day this year

    November 7, 2023

    Many of us are related or at least know someone who has served in our lives, be it the army, navy, marines or air force, so let’s honor and remember all those who’ve served and done their duty. The University of Washington has a history of supporting students on the GI Bill, providing an esteemed…

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  • Our Annual Holiday Evergreens Sale is Back!

    October 4, 2023

    The UWCFD is delighted to once again offer our holiday evergreens sale benefitting our 2023 featured nonprofit, NAMI Seattle. 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 brighter…

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  • Meet our 2023 campaign assistants

    September 26, 2023

    The 2023 UWCFD campaign assistants, Betsy, Jack and Sarah, tour the Burke Museum as part of a larger campus tour of organizations and units UW employees can support through the UWCFD. The UWCFD is delighted to welcome our 2023 campaign assistants, who will work closely with volunteer campaign coordinators from across the UW's three campuses…

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  • UWCFD kicks off campaign 2023 this month

    September 26, 2023

    Every fall, we welcome students back to campus and we kick off the fall campaign of the UW Combined Fund Drive (UWCFD), your workplace giving program. Thanks to our donors during our 2022 annual campaign, we raised nearly $2 million to support nonprofits, locally, nationally and around the world. Campaign 2023 kicks off October 11…

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  • Listener powered: Public radio in the Pacific Northwest

    September 26, 2023

    Public radio was founded with the idea that everyone should have free access to honest, fact-checked information in order to foster a more informed public. 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…

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  • October is Blindness Awareness Month

    September 26, 2023

    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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  • Celebrating Filipino American History Month

    September 26, 2023

    Filipino Americans are the second-largest Asian American ethnic group in the U.S. and the first documented Asian people to arrive in the country. In October, celebrate the rich cultural legacy of Filipino Americans during Filipino American History Month. The Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in 1992, but it was not…

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  • Catastrophic flooding in Libya: How you can help

    September 12, 2023

    Overturned cars lay among other debris caused by flash floods in Derna, eastern Libya, on September 11, 2023. AFP/Getty Images In the second major natural disaster to hit northern Africa in the past few days, over 5,000 people are believed to have died and more than 10,000 are missing after serious flooding in Libya. The…

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  • Morocco earthquake: How to help

    September 11, 2023

    A resident navigates through the rubble on Saturday following a 6.8-magnitude quake in Marrakesh, Morocco. Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images Nearly 2,500 people are dead and hundreds more injured--many critically--after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Morocco in the High Atlas Mountains about 50 miles south of Marrakech late on Friday, September 8.  The disaster…

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  • Promoting health in an aging population

    September 1, 2023

    For several generations, especially for those we know today as the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers, the American Dream included not just gainful employment and climbing the property ladder, but also a retirement filled with frequent travel, enjoying the grandkids, pursuing hobbies and otherwise finding fulfillment. This has, of course, never been a realistic view…

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  • Eastern Washington wildfires: Resources and support

    August 30, 2023

    Two destructive wildfires near Spokane have destroyed hundreds of structures, burned tens of thousands of acres and claimed at least two lives. The Gray Fire sparked August 18 and quickly spread east and southeast through the town of Medical Lake and across I-90. The fire prompted a widespread evacuation of homes in Medical Lake and…

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  • Celebrate National Public Lands Day

    August 30, 2023

    Every fourth Saturday of September since 1944, outdoor enthusiasts have come together to spend a day volunteering in and celebrating our nation’s green spaces. This year, National Public Lands day falls on Saturday, September 23.  Public lands and waters are fee-free for the day and there are TONS of volunteer opportunities - find an event…

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  • September 15 is Greenpeace Day

    August 30, 2023

    Plastic Waste / G Images September 15 is Greenpeace Day! The day serves as an opportunity to recognize the impact of environmental activism and as a call to action for proactive response to environmental degradation. Pollution is an environmental issue we hear about more than ever, taking the form of fossil fuels, plastic waste, deforestation…

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  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    August 30, 2023

    Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, diverse cultures, achievements, and contributions of Latinos whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The 2023 recognition theme, Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America, pays tribute to the immense economic and political strides Latinos have made in the U.S. The first nationally recognized Hispanic…

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  • Suicide prevention: Know the warning signs to save lives

    August 29, 2023

    September is national suicide prevention month. Suicide prevention is important every day of the year, but for the many organizations doing crucial and often unsung work all year long, September provides unique opportunities to raise awareness of risk factors, provide help for those who are struggling, and give support to those affected by the suicide…

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