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  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27

    January 18, 2022

    In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly called on nations to mark January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust are remembered: six million Jews, 250,000 people with disabilities, 250,000 Romani people, nearly 2,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses, and hundreds, possibly thousands, of LGBTQ+ individuals. 2022 marks the…

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  • Do Good, Feel Good: Integrate Social Impact into your Daily Life

    January 18, 2022

    The immense uncertainty and global tension of the past two years, resulting largely from the global Covid-19 pandemic, has more fully exposed the glaring issues of inequality and wealth disparity in America and around the world. Meanwhile, ambiguity about the economy and political landscape has intensified an already profound divide on issues that negatively and…

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  • UWCFD Raises Nearly $2 Million to Support Nonprofits

    January 11, 2022

    This past fall, faculty, staff and retirees came together to contribute $1,958,811 to hundreds of organizations through the UW Combined Fund Drive’s Giving for Good 2021 campaign.  “I am so impressed by the creativity our employee volunteers bring to the campaign. It inspires such incredible generosity on the part of UW employees and retirees,” said…

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  • Connect to the Legacy of MLK

    January 5, 2022

    Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy on January 17, 2022. This month, communities around the country will celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For 36 years, MLK Day has been a federal holiday in the U.S. - the only one recognizing a Black American - marking Dr. King's…

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  • Colorado Wildfire: How to Help Victims of the Marshall Fire

    January 4, 2022

    A Boulder Rural Fire Department firefighter approaches a burning home near Trail Ridge Road and Washington Avenue in Louisville, CO, on Dec. 30, 2021. The Colorado Sun / Jeremy Sparig The December 30 Marshall fire in Boulder County, Colorado, forced thousands to flee from their homes as flames exploded across 6,000 acres, propelled by wind…

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  • January is National Blood Donor Month

    January 1, 2022

    UWCFD staff donate blood at a Bloodworks popup in the UW Tower While approximately 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10% do – and the need is especially great in wintertime. In fact, the American Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Holiday schedules,…

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  • Healthy Communities, Healthy Babies: Birth Defects Prevention

    December 21, 2021

    January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines birth defects as "structural changes present at birth that can affect almost any part or parts of the body (e.g., heart, brain, foot) that may affect how the body looks, works, or both." Birth defects can vary from mild…

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  • Deadly Tornado Outbreak: How to Help

    December 16, 2021

    Damaged vehicles and personal property are strewn over a wide area along Kentucky 81, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Bremen, Ky, after a devastating tornado swept through the area on Friday night. (Greg Eans/AP) Last week a series of devastating tornadoes left a path of devastation in communities across six states.  More than 50 tornadoes…

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  • Reducing Inequalities, Advancing Human Rights

    December 6, 2021

    Each year on December 10th, the United Nations, countries, and individuals worldwide commemorate Human Rights Day to recognize the importance of human rights in building the world we envision, and to highlight the need for global solidarity and shared humanity to foster a better world.  December 10 is significant as the day in 1948 when…

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  • December 1 is World AIDS day

    November 23, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been 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. Although this may still feel new and different, for many, this is not the first pandemic of their lives. The toll of the…

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  • Addressing Compassion Fatigue

    November 22, 2021

    It is now year two of our war with SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19. For some of us, trying to keep some semblance of daily life we once had, the past where we didn’t need to wear masks, seems like another life. We once amassed in groups without a care in the world, and only…

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  • Support a Lonely Senior This Holiday Season

    November 18, 2021

    The holiday season is upon us, and with a bit of light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, 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…

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  • COVID-19: A Child Rights Crisis

    November 16, 2021

    Each year on November 20th, the United Nations, countries, and individuals worldwide commemorate World Children’s Day to promote international unity, spread awareness among youth, and improve children’s welfare.  November 20 is significant in history as the day in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The declaration asserted that…

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  • Encouraging Literacy at any Age

    November 13, 2021

    It's hard for me to imagine inhabiting a world without reading, without books and literature. Yet, this world was very close to home nearly all my adult life as my father was functionally illiterate. While my mother was a reader and a school teacher, dad struggled to read with comprehension and retention for decades, even…

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  • Celebrate Bunka No Hi (Japanese Culture Day)

    October 28, 2021

    Okinanwa Taiko performs during Bunka no Hi 2018. Photo by Tyler Sipe / Japanese Culture & Community Center of Washington (JCCCW) 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…

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