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  • Afghanistan earthquake: How to help

    June 23, 2022

    A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country's deadliest quake in two decades. (Source: AP) 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…

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  • What's new with LIHI, the 2021 UWCFD featured nonprofit

    June 2, 2022

    Rosie's Village, which opened in October 2021 at 45th and Roosevelt in the University District / Aaron Long, LIHI 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…

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  • Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

    June 1, 2022

    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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  • Fire season 2022: Prevention tips and resources

    June 1, 2022

    2022 could be another challenging year for wildfires across the West, but experts are optimistic that it will not have the catastrophic impact of the 2021 season.  The 2014 Chiwaukum Creek wildfire in Washington / Michael Stanford Drought conditions and dry and windy heat waves across the Western U.S. are major risk factors for significant…

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  • School shooting: How to help the Uvalde community

    May 26, 2022

    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…

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  • Amplify transgender voices this Pride month

    May 24, 2022

    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…

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  • Remembering George Floyd, two years later

    May 24, 2022

    Illustration by Adrian Brandon / Forbes 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…

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  • Support Summer Food Programs for Kids

    May 23, 2022

    Of the many ongoing consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most urgent is that more than 50 million people are experiencing food insecurity in the U.S., including millions of children and vulnerable seniors. In Washington state, those who cannot consistently put food on their tables has more than doubled in the past two…

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  • This foster care awareness month, support families in Washington's foster system

    May 10, 2022

    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.…

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  • UWCFD Wins 2022 Husky Green Award

    April 29, 2022

    The UWCFD is delighted to have been awarded a 2022 Husky Green Award from UW Sustainability. The Husky Green Awards recognize individuals and groups across all University of Washington campuses who lead the way for sustainability at the University of Washington. This is the 13th year the awards have been awarded by the UW Environmental…

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  • Pursue happiness this mental health month

    April 27, 2022

    May is mental health awareness month, providing the perfect opportunity to center your well-being and happiness.  The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental goal. Consider Bhutan, a country that has highlighted the supremacy of national happiness over national income since the early 1970s and famously adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness over Gross National…

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  • Meet Mari Litzenberger, new UWCFD workplace giving specialist

    April 27, 2022

    Mari and her husband Randy visiting Harpers Ferry on the Potomac River, Washington DC Hi! My name is Mari Litzenberger and I am thrilled to be the latest addition to the UWCFD office! In my most recent position I served as the Volunteer Coordinator at WestSide Baby, a UWCFD member-nonprofit that meets the basic needs…

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  • Earth Day 2022: Invest in our Planet

    March 28, 2022

    Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year's theme is Invest in our Planet, calling on both businesses and individuals to contribute to a more prosperous and equitable future through collective action for change. At a rally, a cleanup, with your vote, or your wallet, be…

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  • Getting Involved in Ecological Restoration

    March 28, 2022

    Celebrated forest ecologist and UW Professor Emeritus Jerry Franklin once thought he’d been grabbed by Sasquatch while conducting research in Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington. It turned out to be a mature Douglas fir shedding 1,000 pounds of its bark. Professor Franklin, a longtime steward of old growth forests and advocate for ecological…

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  • Congratulations CFD Award Winners

    March 23, 2022

    Each year, the Sno-King and UW Combined Fund Drive campaigns make a call for nominations to recognize volunteers who go above and beyond in their efforts to make the campaign a success.  Our final campaign numbers are available in the 2021 Campaign Report. Volunteers are nominated by their peers, supervisors, campaign leaders or campaign assistants and…

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