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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 their communities. They do this by facilitating conversations with residents about education and childhood development and by teaching families about the ins-and-outs of the school […]

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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 and pools blocking off the best ride of all time. No! Especially not in the summer! Were talking about the infamous summer slide that makes […]

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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 know that generosity can have equal benefits on ourselves? Giving can be just as good for us as it is for those in need. Here […]

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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 they need to start the year off right. Donating crayons, notebooks, paper, and backpacks — or even giving money for us to purchase these items […]

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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 call, text, or online message. Our dedicated information specialists and staff are on a mission to inform, connect, and empower Utahns to find the health […]

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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 months. And while it can sometimes seem like a minor annoyance, the overall benefits of maintaining one’s oral health far outweigh the dentist’s semi-annual lecture […]

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 High School. Nearly every student in the class wanted to volunteer to operate the mini Star Wars robots first. Three were given iPads that had […]

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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, and slightly withdrawn from his classmates, and during computer class, he would have to sit at the teacher’s desk so he could see assignments on […]

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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. With classes winding down, Community School Director, DeLayna Wilhelmsen, realized West Kearns needed to make a plan to keep its roughly 700 students engaged and […]

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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 for reasons that were never very clear to us – that’s the way things were in Syria, and still are for many. My dad was […]

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More Students are Graduating from Cottonwood High with the Help of United Way

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake When students graduate high school prepared for college and careers, they’re more likely to have better employment and earning potential. That’s why United Way of Salt Lake works to promote educational opportunities for all students throughout their school career, as well as help break […]

Read More
10 Steps to Host a Successful Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

By Courtney Dean, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at United Way of Salt Lake Summer break may be around the corner, but we are already thinking about the needs of students at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Thousands of kids come from families who can’t purchase all the school supplies their kids need each year. […]

Read More
Volunteers help Kearns High Students Hone their Interview Skills

Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager for United Way of Salt Lake When Jake Housel addressed the volunteers for Kearns High School’s mock interviews, he tried to set the stage for how impactful their time would be for the participating students. “For a lot of the kids at our school, just getting to class or graduating high […]

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Out-of-school partnerships are helping decrease crime, improve academic outcomes in South Salt Lake and Kearns

United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnership is steadfast in its belief that the most powerful way to end the cycle of poverty is through academic achievement. However, we also know that other factors influence a child’s chances of academic success, so we cannot ignore them. To address this, UWSL has built robust partnerships aimed […]

Read More
United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnership is now a Proof Point Community

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnership received national recognition for its work improving student outcomes in the Salt Lake City region from the nonprofit StriveTogether. For nearly a decade, UWSL has been working to ensure that every child along the Wasatch Front can […]

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Guest Blog: How United Way of Salt Lake’s Grassroots Work Helped Me Build Up My Community

By Abdi Iftin, Former Grassroots Leadership Intern at United Way of Salt Lake Editor’s Note: A portion of this blog was presented at United Way of Salt Lake’s 2019 United for Change event, where Abdi’s work with our grassroots leadership team was featured during the program. Since I was a child, I knew that someday […]

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UWSL honors four Changemakers at 2019 United for Change

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Hundreds of United Way of Salt Lake’s corporate partners and their guests gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the change we are making in our community at our annual United for Change event. During the program, we honored four champions of our work with our […]

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Help UWSL’s Kearns Community Schools Spread the Word About Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Being ready to learn in kindergarten is a game changer for kids. When they are kindergarten ready, students are more likely to have a foundation that supports future learning and better health. But many parents in the communities United Way of Salt Lake serves aren’t […]

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United Way of Salt Lake’s Big Wins (and Losses) of the 2019 Legislative Session

By Elizabeth Garbe, Senior Director, Government Relations and Public Policy at United Way of Salt Lake After a difficult first two weeks of the 2019 General Session, we were able to end on a high note with most of our priority bills passing and getting funded. Here are the highlights on the big wins and […]

Read More
There is Something Special Happening at United Way of Salt Lake

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake is dedicated to strengthening communities across the Wasatch Front. Our mission and role has transformed over the years from brokering donations and coordinating programs to creating lasting social change through powerful partnerships that address some of the toughest challenges […]

Read More
Partner Reading is Giving Struggling Students a Chance to Succeed

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Erin Butler’s third grade students at West Kearns Elementary are diving into reading head first. They are reading chapter books, working through story problems in math and science, and starting to think critically about every other subject they’re covering in school. But for about […]

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Midvale Students Making “Great Leaps” in Literacy Thanks to Savage Volunteers

By: Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Savage believes in being a good neighbor in the communities where their team members live and work. It’s one of the Midvale-based company’s pillars, and a reason for its long-standing relationship with United Way of Salt Lake. So when given the opportunity to volunteer […]

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Op-ed: School Accountability Measures are a Reflection on All of Us

Read the Original Article Utah’s most recent school accountability results have just been released – using a new framework to provide a more in-depth picture of how students are doing in every school in the state. This framework informs both the policy debate at the legislature – as well as recent discussions at the local […]

Read More
USHE employees packed 13,000+ snack kits during their annual giving campaign

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake For Utah System of Higher Education’s annual giving campaign last November, Ashlynn McCarter said the organization wanted to do something different. The chairman for USHE’s employee engagement committee said her colleagues wanted to not just give an annual pledge this year, but also give […]

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How Utah 2-1-1 Goes The Extra Mile In Times Of Crisis

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Day in and day out, Utah 2-1-1 take calls from people across the state, connecting them to resources and services to help in times of difficulty. But when Hurricane Florence wrecked havoc on the east coast last year, Utah 2-1-1 came to the aid […]

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 their communities. They do this by facilitating conversations with residents about education and childhood development and by teaching families about the ins-and-outs of the school […]

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 and pools blocking off the best ride of all time. No! Especially not in the summer! Were talking about the infamous summer slide that makes […]

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 know that generosity can have equal benefits on ourselves? Giving can be just as good for us as it is for those in need. Here […]

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 they need to start the year off right. Donating crayons, notebooks, paper, and backpacks — or even giving money for us to purchase these items […]

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 call, text, or online message. Our dedicated information specialists and staff are on a mission to inform, connect, and empower Utahns to find the health […]

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 months. And while it can sometimes seem like a minor annoyance, the overall benefits of maintaining one’s oral health far outweigh the dentist’s semi-annual lecture […]

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 High School. Nearly every student in the class wanted to volunteer to operate the mini Star Wars robots first. Three were given iPads that had […]

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, and slightly withdrawn from his classmates, and during computer class, he would have to sit at the teacher’s desk so he could see assignments on […]

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. With classes winding down, Community School Director, DeLayna Wilhelmsen, realized West Kearns needed to make a plan to keep its roughly 700 students engaged and […]

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 for reasons that were never very clear to us – that’s the way things were in Syria, and still are for many. My dad was […]

Read More
More Students are Graduating from Cottonwood High with the Help of United Way

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake When students graduate high school prepared for college and careers, they’re more likely to have better employment and earning potential. That’s why United Way of Salt Lake works to promote educational opportunities for all students throughout their school career, as well as help break […]

Read More
10 Steps to Host a Successful Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

By Courtney Dean, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at United Way of Salt Lake Summer break may be around the corner, but we are already thinking about the needs of students at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Thousands of kids come from families who can’t purchase all the school supplies their kids need each year. […]

Read More
Volunteers help Kearns High Students Hone their Interview Skills

Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager for United Way of Salt Lake When Jake Housel addressed the volunteers for Kearns High School’s mock interviews, he tried to set the stage for how impactful their time would be for the participating students. “For a lot of the kids at our school, just getting to class or graduating high […]

Read More
Out-of-school partnerships are helping decrease crime, improve academic outcomes in South Salt Lake and Kearns

United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnership is steadfast in its belief that the most powerful way to end the cycle of poverty is through academic achievement. However, we also know that other factors influence a child’s chances of academic success, so we cannot ignore them. To address this, UWSL has built robust partnerships aimed […]

Read More
United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnership is now a Proof Point Community

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnership received national recognition for its work improving student outcomes in the Salt Lake City region from the nonprofit StriveTogether. For nearly a decade, UWSL has been working to ensure that every child along the Wasatch Front can […]

Read More
Guest Blog: How United Way of Salt Lake’s Grassroots Work Helped Me Build Up My Community

By Abdi Iftin, Former Grassroots Leadership Intern at United Way of Salt Lake Editor’s Note: A portion of this blog was presented at United Way of Salt Lake’s 2019 United for Change event, where Abdi’s work with our grassroots leadership team was featured during the program. Since I was a child, I knew that someday […]

Read More
UWSL honors four Changemakers at 2019 United for Change

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Hundreds of United Way of Salt Lake’s corporate partners and their guests gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the change we are making in our community at our annual United for Change event. During the program, we honored four champions of our work with our […]

Read More
Help UWSL’s Kearns Community Schools Spread the Word About Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration

Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Being ready to learn in kindergarten is a game changer for kids. When they are kindergarten ready, students are more likely to have a foundation that supports future learning and better health. But many parents in the communities United Way of Salt Lake serves aren’t […]

Read More
United Way of Salt Lake’s Big Wins (and Losses) of the 2019 Legislative Session

By Elizabeth Garbe, Senior Director, Government Relations and Public Policy at United Way of Salt Lake After a difficult first two weeks of the 2019 General Session, we were able to end on a high note with most of our priority bills passing and getting funded. Here are the highlights on the big wins and […]

Read More
There is Something Special Happening at United Way of Salt Lake

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake is dedicated to strengthening communities across the Wasatch Front. Our mission and role has transformed over the years from brokering donations and coordinating programs to creating lasting social change through powerful partnerships that address some of the toughest challenges […]

Read More
Partner Reading is Giving Struggling Students a Chance to Succeed

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Erin Butler’s third grade students at West Kearns Elementary are diving into reading head first. They are reading chapter books, working through story problems in math and science, and starting to think critically about every other subject they’re covering in school. But for about […]

Read More
Midvale Students Making “Great Leaps” in Literacy Thanks to Savage Volunteers

By: Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Savage believes in being a good neighbor in the communities where their team members live and work. It’s one of the Midvale-based company’s pillars, and a reason for its long-standing relationship with United Way of Salt Lake. So when given the opportunity to volunteer […]

Read More
Op-ed: School Accountability Measures are a Reflection on All of Us

Read the Original Article Utah’s most recent school accountability results have just been released – using a new framework to provide a more in-depth picture of how students are doing in every school in the state. This framework informs both the policy debate at the legislature – as well as recent discussions at the local […]

Read More
USHE employees packed 13,000+ snack kits during their annual giving campaign

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake For Utah System of Higher Education’s annual giving campaign last November, Ashlynn McCarter said the organization wanted to do something different. The chairman for USHE’s employee engagement committee said her colleagues wanted to not just give an annual pledge this year, but also give […]

Read More
How Utah 2-1-1 Goes The Extra Mile In Times Of Crisis

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Day in and day out, Utah 2-1-1 take calls from people across the state, connecting them to resources and services to help in times of difficulty. But when Hurricane Florence wrecked havoc on the east coast last year, Utah 2-1-1 came to the aid […]

Read More

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