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Why I Give Q&A: Gayle DaSilva of Savage Services

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of our Donor Recognition Week, where we are honoring our dedicated donors for their contributions to improving our community. Learn more about our […]

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What UWSL is doing to make college more accessible

Students who are college ready have better employment and earning potential later in life. But we know that it isn’t enough to be prepared in the classroom to access post-secondary […]

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Scary Stats that United Way of Salt Lake is Working Hard to Change

At United Way of Salt Lake, there are few things that scare us more than kids not reaching their full potential because of barriers holding them back. We believe that […]

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Doing ‘Whatever It Takes’ for Every Child Comes Full Circle

In this op-ed, learn how United Way of Salt Lake’s mission was shaped by Geoffrey Canada’s work with the Harlem Children’s Zone from both the perspective of Bill Crim, CEO […]

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Walking the Walk

United Way Giving Campaigns are common (if not standard) practice in many workplaces. They unite employees around a common good and provide an opportunity to donate, volunteer and speak out […]

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Appreciating the Work of Our Community School Directors

This week, September 23-27, is national Community School Coordinator Appreciation Week. Sponsored nationally by the Coalition for Community Schools, The National Center for Community Schools, and Communities in Schools, this […]

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Community School Feature: Cottonwood High School

Editor’s Note: Every month, we’ll share a short Q&A with one of our community school directors, highlighting details about the schools we partner with. Community schools provide more than a […]

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United Way Mentors Make a Difference for Students

There are so many factors that contribute to a child’s success each school year. Kids may not come from families with the means to meet their basic needs or access […]

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Volunteers Gather for United Way’s 27th Annual Day of Caring

We believe there is only one way to solve the complex problems facing our community — together. That’s exactly what happened for our 27th annual Day of Caring. Volunteers from […]

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A Day in the Life of a United Way Community School Director

Editor’s note: We asked Chris Dammert to walk us through a day in his life as a community school director at James E. Moss Elementary to get a better understanding […]

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Reflections on United Way’s Participation in the United Nation’s Civil Society Conference

What does it look like to create sustainable and inclusive cities? And how are cities helping youth achieve success as they define it? Community leaders from more than 130 countries […]

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The library is “more than just books”

We sat down with Heather Buhler, a librarian at the Bingham Creek branch, and Tina Bartholoma, senior librarian in the Outreach and Programming Team for the Salt Lake County Library, […]

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How Grassroots Leadership Organizers Are Making an Impact

It was a packed classroom on a hot summer day at Kearns High School. Parents streamed in for a workshop on helping their children apply for college and student aid. […]

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Big Wins from our Community Schools

A new school year is here and we’re excited for all the possibilities ahead for the students in our community schools. This new beginning has us reflecting on some of […]

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Four Accomplishments of United Way of Salt Lake in 2018-2019

United Way of Salt Lake has a clear purpose: to build equity and opportunity for every child, every step of the way. Our collaborative work in schools, across communities, and […]

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Guest Blog: Takeaways from my Time as a Grassroots Leadership Fellow

The Grassroots Fellowship is a part-time program that inspires and trains young adults from the communities of Kearns and South Salt Lake to take a leadership role in building up […]

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Guest Blog: Getting the Most out of Your Student’s Summer Learning

Summer programs across the Wasatch front and a neighbor in the Wasatch Back (Park City) are unifying forces to help reduce summer slide. We’re not saying that we’re at parks […]

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Guest Blog: Why Giving Is Good for You

By Ginny Mitchell, Resource Development Director at United Way of Salt Lake We all know that giving money to help others is a good thing to do, but did you […]

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Where Your Stuff The Bus School Supplies Go

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake’s annual Stuff the Bus event helps more than 12,000 students get the school supplies […]

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2-1-1 Talks Summit Aimed to Help Those Who Help Others

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Utah 2-1-1 provides people across the state with ways to get help and give help with a simple phone […]

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Smart Smiles: Putting Kids Oral Health First

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Many of us take routine dental care for granted—it’s just something you have to take care of every six […]

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Kids “Geek Out” Over Geek Squad Academy Summer Camp

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Hands shot up immediately during the BB8-programming class at the Geek Squad Academy summer camp taking place at Kearns […]

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How a Free Pair of Glasses can Improve a Child’s Education

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake John entered third grade at David Gourley Elementary in Kearns as blind as a bat. He seemed shy, anxious, […]

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Kearns Community Schools Create Summer Learning Packets to Prevent Learning Loss

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake West Kearns Elementary was in a bit of a bind coming into the end of the 2018-2019 school year. […]

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Guest Blog: Attending a United Way of Salt Lake community school helped me build a path to success

By Nour Bilal In July 2013, there was a knock on the door of my family’s home in Syria. It was the army. They were coming to arrest my dad […]

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Why I Give Q&A: Gayle DaSilva of Savage Services

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of our Donor Recognition Week, where we are honoring our dedicated donors for their contributions to improving our community. Learn more about our […]

Read More
What UWSL is doing to make college more accessible

Students who are college ready have better employment and earning potential later in life. But we know that it isn’t enough to be prepared in the classroom to access post-secondary […]

Read More
Scary Stats that United Way of Salt Lake is Working Hard to Change

At United Way of Salt Lake, there are few things that scare us more than kids not reaching their full potential because of barriers holding them back. We believe that […]

Read More
Doing ‘Whatever It Takes’ for Every Child Comes Full Circle

In this op-ed, learn how United Way of Salt Lake’s mission was shaped by Geoffrey Canada’s work with the Harlem Children’s Zone from both the perspective of Bill Crim, CEO […]

Read More
Walking the Walk

United Way Giving Campaigns are common (if not standard) practice in many workplaces. They unite employees around a common good and provide an opportunity to donate, volunteer and speak out […]

Read More
Appreciating the Work of Our Community School Directors

This week, September 23-27, is national Community School Coordinator Appreciation Week. Sponsored nationally by the Coalition for Community Schools, The National Center for Community Schools, and Communities in Schools, this […]

Read More
Community School Feature: Cottonwood High School

Editor’s Note: Every month, we’ll share a short Q&A with one of our community school directors, highlighting details about the schools we partner with. Community schools provide more than a […]

Read More
United Way Mentors Make a Difference for Students

There are so many factors that contribute to a child’s success each school year. Kids may not come from families with the means to meet their basic needs or access […]

Read More
Volunteers Gather for United Way’s 27th Annual Day of Caring

We believe there is only one way to solve the complex problems facing our community — together. That’s exactly what happened for our 27th annual Day of Caring. Volunteers from […]

Read More
A Day in the Life of a United Way Community School Director

Editor’s note: We asked Chris Dammert to walk us through a day in his life as a community school director at James E. Moss Elementary to get a better understanding […]

Read More
Reflections on United Way’s Participation in the United Nation’s Civil Society Conference

What does it look like to create sustainable and inclusive cities? And how are cities helping youth achieve success as they define it? Community leaders from more than 130 countries […]

Read More
The library is “more than just books”

We sat down with Heather Buhler, a librarian at the Bingham Creek branch, and Tina Bartholoma, senior librarian in the Outreach and Programming Team for the Salt Lake County Library, […]

Read More
How Grassroots Leadership Organizers Are Making an Impact

It was a packed classroom on a hot summer day at Kearns High School. Parents streamed in for a workshop on helping their children apply for college and student aid. […]

Read More
Big Wins from our Community Schools

A new school year is here and we’re excited for all the possibilities ahead for the students in our community schools. This new beginning has us reflecting on some of […]

Read More
Four Accomplishments of United Way of Salt Lake in 2018-2019

United Way of Salt Lake has a clear purpose: to build equity and opportunity for every child, every step of the way. Our collaborative work in schools, across communities, and […]

Read More
Guest Blog: Takeaways from my Time as a Grassroots Leadership Fellow

The Grassroots Fellowship is a part-time program that inspires and trains young adults from the communities of Kearns and South Salt Lake to take a leadership role in building up […]

Read More
Guest Blog: Getting the Most out of Your Student’s Summer Learning

Summer programs across the Wasatch front and a neighbor in the Wasatch Back (Park City) are unifying forces to help reduce summer slide. We’re not saying that we’re at parks […]

Read More
Guest Blog: Why Giving Is Good for You

By Ginny Mitchell, Resource Development Director at United Way of Salt Lake We all know that giving money to help others is a good thing to do, but did you […]

Read More
Where Your Stuff The Bus School Supplies Go

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake’s annual Stuff the Bus event helps more than 12,000 students get the school supplies […]

Read More
2-1-1 Talks Summit Aimed to Help Those Who Help Others

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Utah 2-1-1 provides people across the state with ways to get help and give help with a simple phone […]

Read More
Smart Smiles: Putting Kids Oral Health First

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Many of us take routine dental care for granted—it’s just something you have to take care of every six […]

Read More
Kids “Geek Out” Over Geek Squad Academy Summer Camp

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Hands shot up immediately during the BB8-programming class at the Geek Squad Academy summer camp taking place at Kearns […]

Read More
How a Free Pair of Glasses can Improve a Child’s Education

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake John entered third grade at David Gourley Elementary in Kearns as blind as a bat. He seemed shy, anxious, […]

Read More
Kearns Community Schools Create Summer Learning Packets to Prevent Learning Loss

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake West Kearns Elementary was in a bit of a bind coming into the end of the 2018-2019 school year. […]

Read More
Guest Blog: Attending a United Way of Salt Lake community school helped me build a path to success

By Nour Bilal In July 2013, there was a knock on the door of my family’s home in Syria. It was the army. They were coming to arrest my dad […]

Read More

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