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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Top 10 Reasons Why Utah 2-1-1 Matters

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake In celebration of National 2-1-1 Day, we at United Way of Salt Lake want to share the many reasons why Utah 2-1-1 positively impacts the people of our state. 2-1-1 provides Utahns with a starting point to find assistance when fiscal, health, or social […]

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United Way of Salt Lake Plays A Key Role In Mentoring, Developing – Just Ask Nour

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 things are in Syria,” Nour said. “There is a lot of […]

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United Way of Salt Lake’s Community Schools Goal: Help Students Learn, Thrive

Every student gets a bout of jitters on the first day of school. It’s entirely natural. Indeed, the start of a new school year can be a massive unknown for many students – especially those who may have fallen behind in several subjects or who don’t have the same opportunities because of their family’s financial […]

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United Way of Salt Lake: Helping Parents Gauge A Child’s Development

Children start learning long before their first day of kindergarten. From the time they are born, children are learning from their parents, family members, and other loved ones. “Parents are every student’s first teachers,” said Igor Limansky, United Way of Salt Lake’s grassroots engagement director. “We want all parents to know that they are equal […]

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Why Fully Expanded Medicaid Matters

Are you currently healthy? Are you and your spouse able to work and provide for your family? Are your children healthy enough to focus and learn during the school day? Health is easily taken for granted until you or your loved one doesn’t have it anymore. For many Utahns, taking a sick day means losing […]

Read More
Help put #UtahKidsFirst during the 2019 Legislative Session

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager for United Way of Salt Lake The 2019 Legislative Session is here, and United Way of Salt Lake knows that many of the issues that will be addressed this year will impact our quality of life in Utah, particularly for those living in poverty. For years, UWSL has been dedicated […]

Read More
UWSL and StriveTogether receive national recognition for continuous improvement work

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake In 2018, United Way of Salt Lake received national recognition for its education-based continuous improvement work in schools across the Wasatch Front. UWSL and its partnership with StriveTogether were one of six groups honored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching — […]

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Woodrow Wilson Elementary students receive new shoes for Christmas, thanks to UWSL corporate partners

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Folding tables cloaked in Christmas-colored paper lined the front hallways of Woodrow Wilson Elementary on Dec. 14. Whispers of excitement and curiosity filled the halls as the kindergarten through sixth-grade students took notice of the tables. The South Salt Lake community school’s teachers were […]

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Five ways you can make an impact this holiday season

The holidays are here, and many families in our partner schools and communities need extra help this time of year. Here are five ways you can help us spread some holiday cheer: Fill the Boots: Provide winter boots (Youth size 12, 13, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) filled with warm socks, craft items (like Play-Doh), […]

Read More
Give thanks, then give back this #GivingTuesday

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake The holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it comes time to reflect on and take stock of all that we have and appreciate in our lives. But for many families across the Wasatch Front, this time of year can be a strain […]

Read More
How parents can gauge their child’s development

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake Children start learning long before their first day of kindergarten. From the time they are born, children are learning from their parents, family members, and other loved ones. “Parents are every student’s first teachers,” said Igor Limansky, United Way of Salt Lake’s grassroots engagement […]

Read More
Elementary STEM Endorsement helps teachers prep students for the future

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake At the start of school every year, Grace Morrell gives her fifth and sixth graders a survey to fill out. The South Kearns Elementary science teacher asks them a series of questions about herself and their past science experience, like “if I wasn’t a […]

Read More
Children’s career fair inspires Lincoln Elementary students to “dream big”

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake There is a big misconception about when kids actually start to think about what they want to be when they grow up, said Milton Collins, principal of Lincoln Elementary School. Although students are asked from the time they can talk about what they want […]

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Community Schools: Where All Students Can Learn and Thrive

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Every student gets a bout of jitters on the first day of school. The start of a new school year can be a massive unknown for many students, especially those who may have fallen behind in several subjects or who don’t have the same […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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
Top 10 Reasons Why Utah 2-1-1 Matters

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake In celebration of National 2-1-1 Day, we at United Way of Salt Lake want to share the many reasons why Utah 2-1-1 positively impacts the people of our state. 2-1-1 provides Utahns with a starting point to find assistance when fiscal, health, or social […]

Read More
United Way of Salt Lake Plays A Key Role In Mentoring, Developing – Just Ask Nour

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 things are in Syria,” Nour said. “There is a lot of […]

Read More
United Way of Salt Lake’s Community Schools Goal: Help Students Learn, Thrive

Every student gets a bout of jitters on the first day of school. It’s entirely natural. Indeed, the start of a new school year can be a massive unknown for many students – especially those who may have fallen behind in several subjects or who don’t have the same opportunities because of their family’s financial […]

Read More
United Way of Salt Lake: Helping Parents Gauge A Child’s Development

Children start learning long before their first day of kindergarten. From the time they are born, children are learning from their parents, family members, and other loved ones. “Parents are every student’s first teachers,” said Igor Limansky, United Way of Salt Lake’s grassroots engagement director. “We want all parents to know that they are equal […]

Read More
Why Fully Expanded Medicaid Matters

Are you currently healthy? Are you and your spouse able to work and provide for your family? Are your children healthy enough to focus and learn during the school day? Health is easily taken for granted until you or your loved one doesn’t have it anymore. For many Utahns, taking a sick day means losing […]

Read More
Help put #UtahKidsFirst during the 2019 Legislative Session

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager for United Way of Salt Lake The 2019 Legislative Session is here, and United Way of Salt Lake knows that many of the issues that will be addressed this year will impact our quality of life in Utah, particularly for those living in poverty. For years, UWSL has been dedicated […]

Read More
UWSL and StriveTogether receive national recognition for continuous improvement work

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake In 2018, United Way of Salt Lake received national recognition for its education-based continuous improvement work in schools across the Wasatch Front. UWSL and its partnership with StriveTogether were one of six groups honored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching — […]

Read More
Woodrow Wilson Elementary students receive new shoes for Christmas, thanks to UWSL corporate partners

By Kelly Schmidt, Content Manager at United Way of Salt Lake Folding tables cloaked in Christmas-colored paper lined the front hallways of Woodrow Wilson Elementary on Dec. 14. Whispers of excitement and curiosity filled the halls as the kindergarten through sixth-grade students took notice of the tables. The South Salt Lake community school’s teachers were […]

Read More
Five ways you can make an impact this holiday season

The holidays are here, and many families in our partner schools and communities need extra help this time of year. Here are five ways you can help us spread some holiday cheer: Fill the Boots: Provide winter boots (Youth size 12, 13, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) filled with warm socks, craft items (like Play-Doh), […]

Read More
Give thanks, then give back this #GivingTuesday

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake The holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it comes time to reflect on and take stock of all that we have and appreciate in our lives. But for many families across the Wasatch Front, this time of year can be a strain […]

Read More
How parents can gauge their child’s development

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake Children start learning long before their first day of kindergarten. From the time they are born, children are learning from their parents, family members, and other loved ones. “Parents are every student’s first teachers,” said Igor Limansky, United Way of Salt Lake’s grassroots engagement […]

Read More
Elementary STEM Endorsement helps teachers prep students for the future

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake At the start of school every year, Grace Morrell gives her fifth and sixth graders a survey to fill out. The South Kearns Elementary science teacher asks them a series of questions about herself and their past science experience, like “if I wasn’t a […]

Read More
Children’s career fair inspires Lincoln Elementary students to “dream big”

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager for United Way of Salt Lake There is a big misconception about when kids actually start to think about what they want to be when they grow up, said Milton Collins, principal of Lincoln Elementary School. Although students are asked from the time they can talk about what they want […]

Read More
Community Schools: Where All Students Can Learn and Thrive

By Kelly Schmidt, content manager at United Way of Salt Lake Every student gets a bout of jitters on the first day of school. The start of a new school year can be a massive unknown for many students, especially those who may have fallen behind in several subjects or who don’t have the same […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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

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