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National Volunteer Week projects provide more ways to give back through UWSL

By Donna Andrews, volunteer with United Way of Salt Lake I started volunteering with United Way of Salt Lake because I felt it was my time to give back to my community. UWSL offers such a variety of community projects to select from with flexible hours available. There will be even more opportunities to volunteer […]

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UWSL summer learning loss work taking strides toward improving literacy

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake When Oquirrh Hills Elementary School in Kearns, Utah added a literacy block to its summer learning program in 2014, no one thought it would eventually spark a cross-district effort to prevent summer learning loss and improve literacy. The 90-minute reading section, which focuses on […]

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And that’s a wrap!

The 2018 General Session ended Thursday and had us biting our nails to the end. Overall, children and families fared well this session. Here are some of the notable results: Thanks to all of your support, HB380 Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments sponsored by Rep. Brad Last and Sen. Ann Millner PASSED! The final vote […]

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Introducing the new Women United Chair!

As we kick off another new year celebrating and supporting women and girls in our community, I am so happy to pass the torch as chair of Women United to Colleen Larkin Bell, Vice President and General Manager at Dominion Energy. Colleen has been a supporter of Women United for over 10 years. As a leading […]

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"All students can learn, and TOGETHER we’ll make it happen."

The motto of South Kearns Elementary where I teach is, “All students can learn and TOGETHER we will make it happen.” My name is Grace Morrell and I am a fifth/ sixth-grade science teacher in Granite School District. I have one of the best jobs because, with you, I make this goal a reality. When deciding which career […]

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The Impact of Day of Caring!

United Way of Salt Lake’s 25th Annual Day of Caring took place last week on Thursday, September 14. As always, the wonderful volunteers and agencies that participated on Day of Caring had an enormous impact on our local communities! More than 3,000 volunteers from 90 local companies spent nearly 15,000 total hours completing 100 one-day […]

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Breaking Language Barriers in South Salt Lake!

by Meredith Muller Cottonwood High School Community School Director South Salt Lake is a community rich with diversity. Our residents come from all over the world and speak over 40 languages. Our schools are microcosms of our world, allowing learning beyond the classroom between students and families. It does however create one challenge: communication. Finding someone […]

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Granite Park Junior High’s A-Staff Builds Bridges!

Kylie Christensen Granite Park Junior High Community School Director Granite Park Junior High’s Announcement Staff (A-Staff) have a big job! They film, edit, and produce Granite Park’s daily announcements. The idea was born in 2010 by Dr. Chun, the principal at the time. He wanted students to share a little bit about their country and […]

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Fighting Chronic Absenteeism: Using Data to Create Change

by Rob Hatch Strategy and Learning Coordinator UWSL is committed to improving student outcomes and college readiness for all children in the Wasatch Front. This is big work. The kind of work no one organization or group of people can hope to accomplish on their own. UWSL recognizes this, and has embraced the philosophy of […]

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Community Schools – What Happens When School is Out for the Summer?

by Maribel Rodriguez Oquirrh Hills Elementary Community School Director “If school is out, don’t you get the summer off?” This question always comes up with teachers, school staff, and the many partners we work with; and, it is a valid, good question. This will be my second year with United Way of Salt Lake as […]

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National Volunteer Week projects provide more ways to give back through UWSL

By Donna Andrews, volunteer with United Way of Salt Lake I started volunteering with United Way of Salt Lake because I felt it was my time to give back to my community. UWSL offers such a variety of community projects to select from with flexible hours available. There will be even more opportunities to volunteer […]

Read More
UWSL summer learning loss work taking strides toward improving literacy

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake When Oquirrh Hills Elementary School in Kearns, Utah added a literacy block to its summer learning program in 2014, no one thought it would eventually spark a cross-district effort to prevent summer learning loss and improve literacy. The 90-minute reading section, which focuses on […]

Read More
And that’s a wrap!

The 2018 General Session ended Thursday and had us biting our nails to the end. Overall, children and families fared well this session. Here are some of the notable results: Thanks to all of your support, HB380 Utah School Readiness Initiative Amendments sponsored by Rep. Brad Last and Sen. Ann Millner PASSED! The final vote […]

Read More
Introducing the new Women United Chair!

As we kick off another new year celebrating and supporting women and girls in our community, I am so happy to pass the torch as chair of Women United to Colleen Larkin Bell, Vice President and General Manager at Dominion Energy. Colleen has been a supporter of Women United for over 10 years. As a leading […]

Read More
"All students can learn, and TOGETHER we’ll make it happen."

The motto of South Kearns Elementary where I teach is, “All students can learn and TOGETHER we will make it happen.” My name is Grace Morrell and I am a fifth/ sixth-grade science teacher in Granite School District. I have one of the best jobs because, with you, I make this goal a reality. When deciding which career […]

Read More
The Impact of Day of Caring!

United Way of Salt Lake’s 25th Annual Day of Caring took place last week on Thursday, September 14. As always, the wonderful volunteers and agencies that participated on Day of Caring had an enormous impact on our local communities! More than 3,000 volunteers from 90 local companies spent nearly 15,000 total hours completing 100 one-day […]

Read More
Breaking Language Barriers in South Salt Lake!

by Meredith Muller Cottonwood High School Community School Director South Salt Lake is a community rich with diversity. Our residents come from all over the world and speak over 40 languages. Our schools are microcosms of our world, allowing learning beyond the classroom between students and families. It does however create one challenge: communication. Finding someone […]

Read More
Granite Park Junior High’s A-Staff Builds Bridges!

Kylie Christensen Granite Park Junior High Community School Director Granite Park Junior High’s Announcement Staff (A-Staff) have a big job! They film, edit, and produce Granite Park’s daily announcements. The idea was born in 2010 by Dr. Chun, the principal at the time. He wanted students to share a little bit about their country and […]

Read More
Fighting Chronic Absenteeism: Using Data to Create Change

by Rob Hatch Strategy and Learning Coordinator UWSL is committed to improving student outcomes and college readiness for all children in the Wasatch Front. This is big work. The kind of work no one organization or group of people can hope to accomplish on their own. UWSL recognizes this, and has embraced the philosophy of […]

Read More
Community Schools – What Happens When School is Out for the Summer?

by Maribel Rodriguez Oquirrh Hills Elementary Community School Director “If school is out, don’t you get the summer off?” This question always comes up with teachers, school staff, and the many partners we work with; and, it is a valid, good question. This will be my second year with United Way of Salt Lake as […]

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