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  • Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom, a call to action

    June 5, 2024

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    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 —…

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  • Recreate responsibly: Summer water safety

    June 5, 2024

    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…

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  • Volunteer to be a UWCFD Campaign Coordinator!

    June 2, 2024

    Join us this fall to be part of an amazing team doing something special and fun — be a campaign coordinator for the fall 2024 UW Combined Fund Drive Campaign! During last year’s workplace giving campaign, UW faculty, staff and retirees collectively donated more than $1.94 million to support nonprofit organizations doing important work in…

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  • Happy Pride Month! How to get involved, get support or give support

    June 1, 2024

    This June, Seattle Pride celebrates a massive milestone: the 50th anniversary of Pride festivities in Seattle, established in 1974 as a rallying cry for gay rights and queer visibility after the Stonewall uprising of 1969. At the University of Washington, organized support and celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community goes back even further. In 1967, UW…

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  • Volunteer for a good cause this summer

    May 30, 2024

    Summer is almost here! And it’s a great time to connect with your community through volunteering. Research has found that volunteering has many benefits to you and the communities you serve. We want to share a few of the many opportunities to give back through volunteering — either on your own, with your family or…

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  • Dig into the Urban Gardening Lunch & Learn

    May 4, 2024

    Calling all green thumbs—and aspiring green thumbs! You are invited to join UW Combined Fund Drive for our virtual Urban Gardening Lunch & Learn on May 22 from noon to 1 p.m. The session will highlight leading local organizations that educate and advocate for folks to cultivate vegetable and floral gardens in yards, on balconies…

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  • Go green at the UWCFD Environmental Nonprofit Expo

    May 3, 2024

    Want to get informed, inspired and involved in organizations dedicated to making our communities healthier, more resilient and better connected to the natural world? The UW Combined Fund Drive’s Environmental Nonprofit Expo is a great place to start. The expo will feature a dozen CFD-affiliated organizations that are dedicated to environmental conservation and sustainability. Join…

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  • Support, educate or advocate this Mental Health Awareness Month

    May 2, 2024

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S., as it has been since 1949, an opportunity to focus or refocus on self-care, acknowledge the importance of mental health and honor the courage of millions of people affected by mental illness. Many people prioritize their physical health, but mental health is equally important for holistic…

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  • Celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month

    May 1, 2024

    May is National Asian American, Native Hawai’ian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, an opportunity to celebrate the diverse people, cultures and communities whose contributions have greatly enriched American history, society and culture. The United States first recognized AANHPI heritage in 1978. A week-long recognition was extended to a month-long celebration in 1992 commemorating the…

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  • One Seattle Day of Service: Clean Up the U-District

    April 30, 2024

    Like all of us, every now and again the U-District needs a little TLC. If you’d like to help beautify the neighborhood around the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, then please join The Whole U, the UW Combined Fund Drive and UW Medicine for a U-District Clean Up on Saturday, May 18, as part of…

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  • Combined Fund Drive volunteers make comfort blankets for furry friends at PAWS

    April 11, 2024

    Peppa, a resident of PAWS animal shelter, poses on new cozy comfort blankets made by UWCFD volunteers. Thanks to the wonderful participation of volunteers from across the UW, the UW Combined Fund Drive was able to donate 180 handmade comfort blankets and toys to our furry friends at PAWS animal shelter in Lynnwood.  In addition…

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  • Volunteering is good for the world—and good for you

    April 5, 2024

    Volunteering is a fun way to support your favorite nonprofit organization – plus, research demonstrates that it’s good for you. Whether you are able to volunteer on a regular basis, or just have the occasional hour or two to spare, you can support a cause you are passionate about. Why volunteer? Volunteering is good for you. In study…

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  • Celebrating Service: the 2024 Sno-King Combined Fund Drive Volunteer Recognition Event

    April 2, 2024

    The Sno-King CFD recognition was a night of celebration, storytelling and shared memories, showcasing the many ways that people and communities come together for a good cause. The Sno-King CFD Committee and the University of Washington Combined Fund Drive (UWCFD) were proud to honor and celebrate the efforts of all the nominees.  “The positive spirit…

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  • Get inspired to make every day Earth Day

    April 1, 2024

    April 22 is Earth Day, as it has been since 1970, when it was established just a few months after congress created the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA, whose mission is to protect human health and the environment, laid the path to the several important pieces of environmental legislation, among them the Clean Air Act, Clean…

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  • This Women’s History Month, celebrate champions of equity and inclusion

    February 29, 2024

    The roots of Women’s* History Month as a national commemoration run all the way back to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions. The first Women’s Day celebration in the United States was in 1909, also in NYC. In 1911, March 8 was designated…

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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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