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Nour fled Syria in hopes of a better future. Her mentor showed her that future was possible.

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Nour was barely a teenager when an unexpected knock came at the door of her family’s home in Syria. On the other side were armed soldiers — there to arrest her father for reasons they never bothered to make particularly clear. “That’s the way […]

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New summer program gives South Kearns students chance to explore STEM

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Linda sat alone at a desk in the front row of a South Kearns Elementary classroom, her rounded rectangular glasses reflecting her laptop screen that displayed the latest project for her storytelling through coding class. The rising sixth grader was coding a short story […]

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Day of Action gives school custodial staff support to start school year right

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake When the final bell tolls on the last day of school, students rejoice at the chance to step away from the bustling hallways, looming project deadlines, and exams to enjoy summer break. But the summer months are anything but quiet on the Cottonwood High […]

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10 Steps to Host a Successful School Supply Drive!

By Courtney Dean, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at United Way of Salt Lake Host a school supply drive and help United Way of Salt Lake Stuff the Bus! We want to ensure that students enter the classroom in August with the tools they need to succeed. We’ve put together 10 steps for how to host a […]

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UWSL announces its 2018 Changemakers

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake announced its United for Change Changemaker award honorees for 2018. United Way will honor Gail Miller, owner and chair of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies; the Promise Partnership Regional Council’s Co-Chair Kirk Aubry, and Founding Co-Chairs Martin […]

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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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Nour fled Syria in hopes of a better future. Her mentor showed her that future was possible.

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Nour was barely a teenager when an unexpected knock came at the door of her family’s home in Syria. On the other side were armed soldiers — there to arrest her father for reasons they never bothered to make particularly clear. “That’s the way […]

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New summer program gives South Kearns students chance to explore STEM

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Linda sat alone at a desk in the front row of a South Kearns Elementary classroom, her rounded rectangular glasses reflecting her laptop screen that displayed the latest project for her storytelling through coding class. The rising sixth grader was coding a short story […]

Read More
Day of Action gives school custodial staff support to start school year right

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake When the final bell tolls on the last day of school, students rejoice at the chance to step away from the bustling hallways, looming project deadlines, and exams to enjoy summer break. But the summer months are anything but quiet on the Cottonwood High […]

Read More
10 Steps to Host a Successful School Supply Drive!

By Courtney Dean, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at United Way of Salt Lake Host a school supply drive and help United Way of Salt Lake Stuff the Bus! We want to ensure that students enter the classroom in August with the tools they need to succeed. We’ve put together 10 steps for how to host a […]

Read More
UWSL announces its 2018 Changemakers

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake United Way of Salt Lake announced its United for Change Changemaker award honorees for 2018. United Way will honor Gail Miller, owner and chair of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies; the Promise Partnership Regional Council’s Co-Chair Kirk Aubry, and Founding Co-Chairs Martin […]

Read More
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 […]

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