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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 30, 2016

Contact:

Samantha Skinner, Executive Director, Twin County United Way

Cell: (208) 305-1379, E-mail: sskinner@tcuw.org

Twin County United Way office: 2207 E. Main, Lewiston, (208) 743-6594

 

Kevin Driskill, Principal, Lewiston High School

LHS office: (208) 748-3100

Twin County United Way and Lewiston High School partner to promote student volunteerism

First day of school activities for 260 Lewiston High Seniors will include volunteer service

LEWISTON – The Twin County United Way has partnered with Lewiston High School to get local students excited about volunteering.  The Annual Twin County United Way Student Day of Caring provides an avenue for students to engage in brief, but meaningful volunteer service projects.  And, new to this year, it will be incorporated with Lewiston High School’s first day of school activities for 260 Seniors.

From street clean-up and park beautification to providing volunteer service to a number of local nonprofits, the students will engage in a variety of activities. The Day of Caring is intended to inspire students to continue to volunteer throughout the year and into the future.

Lewiston High School principal, Kevin Driskill, said, “I feel our community provides incredible support to our school’s students, clubs and athletic programs. This is an opportunity for our students to give back to the community.” Students will have fun and experience the rewards of volunteering while learning about the important work of local nonprofits and how we can all make a difference where we live.

Student volunteers will gather at Vollmer Bowl at 9 a.m. to load busses and travel to more than 20 different volunteer locations, including the Twin County United Way office where several larger projects will take place.  Each volunteer project is estimated to take approximately two hours.  Students will then return to the high school for lunch and activities through the end of the school day.

Sponsors making this event possible include PEAK Performance Physical Therapy, Express Employment Professionals, Dutch Bros Lewiston and ArtBeat.

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About the Twin County United Way

The Twin County United Way was established in Lewiston in 1950.  Its mission is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives of those in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. For more information, visit www.tcuw.org.

 

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August 26, 2016

MEDIA ALERT

Twin County United Way and Lewiston High School partner to support student volunteerism
What:

Twin County United Way LHS Student Day of Caring 2016

Who:

More than 260 Lewiston High School Seniors have signed up to volunteer during Twin County United WayÂ’s Student Day of Caring.

Day of Caring is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Peak Performance Physical Therapy, Dutch Bros Lewiston and ArtBeat.

Why:

Day of Caring connects students with a two-hour volunteer experience that benefits local nonprofits and the entire community.  The event promotes volunteerism to inspire students to continue to volunteer throughout the year – and into the future.

When:

First day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

9 a.m.: Students gather at Vollmer Bowl to load busses

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Onsite volunteer service

11:50: Students return to Lewiston High School for lunch

Where:

The event begins at Vollmer Bowl across from Lewiston High School (1114 9th Ave., Lewiston) and busses will take students to more than 20 different volunteer project locations.

Featured project location:

Twin County United Way office (2207 E. Main Street, Lewiston) where students will be doing a number of projects inside and outside, including painting the exterior of the building.

Media contact:

Sam Skinner, Executive Director, Twin County United Way, (208) 305-1379 cell, (208) 743-6594 office, sskinner@tcuw.org

Kevin Driskill, Principal, Lewiston High School, (208) 748-3100

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Public Notice

NEZ PERCE COUNTY AND ASOTIN COUNTY HAVE BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM.

Nez Perce county has been chosen to receive $3,591 and Asotin County has been chosen to receive $8,335 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board made up of representatives from the United Way, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, local county officials, a representative of Catholic Charities of America and one from Churches of Christ, a Native American representative and a homeless person or homeless advocate will determine how the funds awarded to Nez Perce and Asotin counties are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Nez Perce and Asotin counties has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Community Action Partnership, Idaho Foodbank, Asotin County Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the Twin County United Way (2207 E. Main St., Lewiston) at tcuw@tcuw.org or (208) 743-6594 for an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is Wed, Aug. 10, 2016 at noon.

 

June 16, 2016

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MEDIA ALERT

 

10TH Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational Tees Up to Help Children Prepare for Kindergarten

What:

10Th Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational presented by Clearwater River Casino

Who:

The Golf Invitational is Twin County United WayÂ’s annual golf tournament which raises funds for the United WayÂ’s kindergarten readiness efforts.  In addition to the presenting sponsor Clearwater River Casino, sponsors include Red Lion Hotel, Inland Cellular, P1FCU, JEDA Media Group, Idaho Beverages – Pepsi, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Excel Transport, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson, image Design Center and additional tee sponsors.

Why:

The Golf Invitational raises funds for the Twin County United Way’s Kindergarten Boot Camp, a six-week, summer kindergarten readiness program that teaches essential skills kids need to be ready for school.  In additional to raising funds, the United Way hopes to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education and helping all children, regardless of circumstances, have a chance to succeed at school.

[Photo and interview opportunity]

When:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Registration begins at 10 a.m., shotgun start at noon

Where:

Bryden Canyon Golf Course, 445 O’Connor Road, Lewiston

Media contact:

Samantha Skinner, Executive Director, TCUW, sskinner@tcuw.org, cell 208.305.1379

www.tcuw.org, Instagram: @TCUW, Twitter: TwinCountyUW, or find on Facebook at facebook.com/TwinCountyUW

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Samantha Skinner, Executive Director, Twin County United Way

Cell: (208) 305-1379, E-mail: sskinner@tcuw.org

Twin County United Way office: (208) 743-6594

 

Twin County United Way celebrates 20th Anniversary of Day of Caring
Record number of volunteers will provide service to local nonprofits

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY – More than 290 volunteers are participating in the Twin County United Way’s 20th Annual Day of Caring, which kicked off this morning. With participants wearing neon blue ArtBeat T-shirts, the Lewiston Community Center looked like a sea of volunteers.

Employees from the Day of CaringÂ’s presenting sponsor Regence BlueShield of Idaho are one of the 20 teams of volunteers from local businesses and community groups that will provide a half-day of volunteer service to 17 local nonprofits for more than 29 projects. Collectively, the Day of Caring volunteers will provide more than 1,000 hours of service today.

Day of Caring allows volunteers to see first-hand the work local nonprofits do every day.  It’s a few hours of service that is intended to provide a connection that promotes volunteerism throughout the year.  Claudia Jones, President of the Board for Valley Meals on Wheel said, “a few of our regular drivers started out as Day of Caring volunteers.”  Volunteers from P1FCU, a Day of Caring sponsor, will be making greeting cards and delivering them with the meals to homebound seniors today.

Volunteers are participating in a range of projects, but the majority of projects are landscaping, painting and cleaning – something nonprofits regularly need, but often don’t have staff time to complete.  After projects are finished, volunteers will return to the Community Center for a thank-you lunch with pizza provided by Fazzari’s and drinks from Idaho Beverages.

Nonprofits are invited to post volunteer opportunities throughout the year on VolunteerUnited.org, a United Way volunteer resource website sponsored by Serve Idaho.

 

Photos and videos of the dayÂ’s activities will be shared throughout the day by Twin County United Way and volunteer teams via social media including Facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, Twitter @TwinCountyUW, and Instagram TCUW, hashtags #TCUW and #LiveUnited.

 

Day of Caring Volunteer Teams:

 

Avista

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Clarkston School District

Clearwater Paper

Clearwater Power Company

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson

Coleman Oil

Idaho Forest Group

Inland Cellular

Leadership LC Valley (a Lewis Clark Valley

Chamber group)

Lewis-Clark State College Volleyball Team

Nez Perce County Farm Service Agency and

Northwest Farm Credit Services

P1FCU

Public Consulting Group

Red Lion Hotel Lewiston

Regence BlueShield of Idaho

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Tri-State Memorial Hospital

Twin County United Way WomenÂ’s

Leadership Council

Vista Outdoor

 

 

Day of Caring Nonprofits:

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark

Valley (Lapwai, Lewiston and Clarkston)

Homes of Hope

Interlink

Jackson Baldwin Falls, a ChildrenÂ’s

Memorial

LC Partners Habitat for Hmanity

Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program

Lewiston City Library

Northwest ChildrenÂ’s Home

Quality Behavioral Health

ROC Rescue Mission

Salvation Army

The Idaho Foodbank

Trinity Baptist Church

Twin County United Way

Valley Meals on Wheels

WA-ID Volunteer Center

YWCA

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About the Twin County United Way

The United Way was established in Lewiston in 1950 and became the Twin County United Way (TCUW) in 1973. TCUW’s mission is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. TCUW focuses on advancing education, health and income in the community. It works to secure resources to provide funding and support for local nonprofit agencies working to address community needs and solve underlying issues. For more information, visit www.tcuw.org.

 

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Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016

Contact:

Samantha Skinner

Executive Director, Twin County United Way

Cell: (208) 305-1379, e-mail: sskinner@tcuw.org

Twin County United Way office: (208) 743-6594

 

Twin County United Way Honors Supporters, Announces 2016-18 Grant Recipients

27 nonprofits were awarded two-year grants

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY – The Twin County United Way held its annual banquet today at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston.  The Annual Banquet, sponsored by P1FCU, celebrated the outcomes of the annual campaign, local businesses and individuals who help raise funds for Twin County United Way and announced local nonprofit programs that will benefit from the contributions.

Clearwater Paper, P1FCU and Lindsay Creek Vineyards were honored with Spirit of Caring Awards, which recognize businesses that support the Twin County United Way in an outstanding way. Lori Bierhaus, from Clearwater Paper, received the Volunteer of the Year award.  Lori has received this designation for two years in a row.

Four United Way board members were recognized for their volunteer service to the Twin County United Way.  Scott Baldwin, of Stifel, was honored for 15 years of service and Bert Sahlberg, from Lewis-Clark State College, for 10 years of service. Charity Rapier, from Clearwater Paper, was named Board Member of the Year and Travis Myklebust, Lewiston Fire Department Chief, was named Rookie Board Member of the Year. Myklebust joined the board last Sept.

 

Thanks and recognition was also given to the 2015 Honorary Campaign Chairs, the McIntosh family, which includes Doug and Brenda McIntosh and Art and Michelle McIntosh, of Lindsay Creek Vineyards and Harvest Ridge Organics.  Recognition was also given to the Twin County United Way board campaign chairs, Michelle King, from WideOrbit, and Janis Forsmann, from Clearwater Paper, and 21 loaned executives and the businesses who “loan” the Twin County these executives to help promote the United Way during the annual campaign.

 

The Twin County United Way focuses on advancing education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. The Twin County United Way considers nonprofit programs working locally in these three areas for Community Fund grants. The following nonprofits were awarded two-year grants:

 

  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Asotin County Food Bank
  • Boy Scouts of America, Inland Northwest Council
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Families Together
  • Family Promise of the Lewis Clark Valley
  • Friends of the Lewiston City Library
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
  • Homes of Hope
  • Idaho Legal Aid Services
  • Interlink
  • LC Partners Habitat for Humanity
  • Lewis Clark Special Olympics
  • Lewis Clark Valley YoungLife
  • Quality Behavioral Health
  • Royal Family KIDS Camp
  • Second Judicial District CASA Program
  • Snake River Community Clinic
  • Southeast Washington Aging & Long-Term Care
  • The Idaho Foodbank
  • The Learning Club
  • Twin River Special Olympics
  • Valley Meals on Wheels
  • WA-ID Volunteer Center
  • Willow Center for Grieving Children
  • YWCA of Lewiston Clarkston

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About the Twin County United Way

The United Way was established in Lewiston in 1950 and became the Twin County United Way in 1973. Its mission is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives of those in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The TCUW focuses on advancing education, health and income. For more information, visit www.tcuw.org.

 

 

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Mar. 9, 2016

For immediate release:

MEDIA ALERT

Come to Waffles n’ More Thursday evening, Mar. 24 and enjoy “Breakfast for Dinner”

Twin County United Way WomenÂ’s Leadership Council fundraiser to support kindergarten readiness in the LC Valley

What:

Breakfast for Dinner fundraiser. Waffles n’ More’s “Half the Farm” breakfast.  Breakfast includes a scrambled egg, bacon, hash browns, toast, half a waffle and a coffee or soda.

Tickets are $10 each and available at the Twin County United Way office (208) 743-6594, Waffles n’ More or from any Women’s Leadership Council member. Tickets will also be available at the door and “to go” orders will also be accepted.

Who:

Twin County United Way Women’s Leadership Council.  Thank you to event sponsors: Waffles n’ More, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Printcraft Printing and Cover Me Tees.

Why:

To raise funds to support Twin County United WayÂ’s kindergarten boot camps and other kindergarten readiness efforts in the LC Valley.

Who should attend:

Everyone who likes breakfast for dinner, anyone who likes bacon, anyone looking for an excuse not to cook dinner on March 24 and those who support kindergarten readiness in our community.

When:

Thursday, Mar. 24 between 5 to 8 p.m.

Where:

Waffles n’ More, 1421 Main St., Lewiston, Idaho

Media contact:

Sam Skinner, executive director, Twin County United Way, sskinner@tcuw.org, (208) 305-1379 cell, (208) 743-6594 office

Charity Rapier, chair, WomenÂ’s Leadership Council, Charity.rapier@clearwaterpaper.com, (208) 413-4822 cell, (208) 799-1295 office

More information on WomenÂ’s Leadership Council (Twin County United Way) facebook page.

 

 

 

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Community members and Twin County United Way friends are invited to Lindsay Creek Vineyards on Friday, Nov. 20  to sip a little wine, swing to big band music and provide support for the Twin County United Way.   The “Sip, Swing and Support for our Community” event will feature live music by “The Swing Notes” from 7 to 9 p.m. followed by DJ music by Greg Craber from 9 to 11 p.m.

Enjoy a casual evening of light hors d’oeurves, wine (or beer) and dancing hosted by the 2015 Twin County United Way Honorary Chairs, the McIntosh Family.  Brenda and Doug McIntosh and Art and Michelle McIntosh are the owners of Lindsay Creek Vineyards.

Tickets are $25 each until Monday, Nov. 16 and then $35 after and at the door. Guests are required to be 21 years of age or older to attend and the ticket includes one drink ticket. Ticket can be purchased online at tcuw.org or by calling the Twin County United Way office at (208) 743-6594.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 9, 2015

Contact: Samantha Skinner, Executive Director, Twin County United Way

Cell: (208) 305-1379, E-mail: sskinner@tcuw.org

Twin County United Way office: (208) 743-6594

 

Twin County United Way Announces 2015 Honorary Campaign Chairs

The McIntosh family to help United Way raise $900,000

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY – The Twin County United Way is sponsoring the monthly Lewis Clark Chamber of Commerce lunch today, Sept. 9, to kick off its 2015 fall giving campaign.

The United Way is about people helping people and making a positive impact across the entire community.  The annual campaign does just that: coordinates a collective effort of many to do the most good for the LC Valley. Each year, through individual and corporate donations and workplace giving programs, the annual Twin County United Way campaign raises funds to support nonprofits and local programs that are working to make our community better.

“We fund programs that advance education, income and health, which we feel are the building blocks for a good quality of life,” said Twin County board president, Tim Barker.  “We’ve seen a steady increase in giving over the past several years,” said Barker. “Still, every year, the needs seem to be greater than the resources.  Each year, worthy programs – administered by worthy nonprofits – go un- or under-funded.” Last year, the campaign raised $771,896 and this year – to fund even more needs in the community – the goal has been set at $900,000.

To help achieve this goal, the Twin County United Way has recruited the support of the McIntosh family to serve as the 2015 Honorary Campaign Chairs.  Doug and Brenda McIntosh and Art and Michelle McIntosh are life-long area residents. The families are fourth generation farmers and jointly own Harvest Ridge Organics and Lindsay Creek Vineyards.Desk Card

The family is looking forward to doing what they can to bring awareness about the campaign and encourage others to join them in supporting the United Way. Art and Doug shared the United Way was something their father strongly believed in supporting.  Doug shared, “He’d say in a good year or a bad year, write a check to the United Way.”  Brenda added, “We’ve continued to support the United Way because they address such critical needs in our community. It’s a way to help make our communities healthier.  And, giving to the United Way ensures that our donation is going where it is needed the most.”

United Way executive director Samantha (Sam) Skinner shared today, “The McIntosh family, our board of directors, Corporate Champions, staff and supporters have helped set us up for a successful campaign. Now, we are relying on thousands of our neighbors, coworkers, businesses and friends to help us achieve our goal. It is about each of us doing what we can to make a difference and every gift is appreciated.”

Individuals and businesses interested in participating in the campaign are invited to contact the Twin County United Way office at (208) 743-6594 or via e-mail at tcuw@tcuw.org.

2015 Corporate Champions

Corporate Champions are local businesses that have agreed to help cover the administrative costs of the Twin County United Way.  This helps ensure that more of each donor’s dollar goes directly to programs and services.  Corporate Champions include:

  • Avista
  • Blue Ribbon Linen Supply
  • DA Davidson
  • Clearwater Paper
  • Coleman Oil
  • Ida-Vend Broadcasting
  • Idaho Beverages
  • Idaho Truck Sales
  • Joe Hall Ford
  • Lewiston Tribune
  • P1FCU
  • Public Consulting Group
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
  • Tri-State Memorial Hospital

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About the Twin County United Way

The United Way was established in Lewiston in 1950 and became the Twin County United Way (TCUW) in 1973. TCUW’s mission is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives of those in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The TCUW focuses on identifying the most critical community needs in three areas:  education, health and income. Then, it works to secure resources to provide funding and support for local nonprofit agencies working to address these needs and solve underlying issues. For more information, visit www.tcuw.org.

 

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June 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MEDIA ALERT

9TH Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational Tees Up to Help Children Prepare for Kindergarten

What: 9Th Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational presented by Clearwater Paper

Who: The Golf Invitational is Twin County United Way’s annual golf tournament which raises funds for the United Way’s Children’s Project.  In addition to the presenting sponsor Clearwater Paper, sponsors include Red Lion Hotel, Inland Cellular, P1FCU, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, JEDA Media Group, Idaho Beverages, Clearwater River Casino, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Excel Transport and additional tee sponsors.   

Why: The Golf Invitational raises funds for the Children’s Project.  The Twin County United Way’s Children’s Project is a six-week, summer kindergarten readiness program that teaches essential skills kids need to be ready for school.  In additional to raising funds, the United Way hopes to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education and helping all children, regardless of circumstances, have a chance to succeed at school.

[Photo and interview opportunity]

When: Friday, June 19, 2015 | Registration begins at 10 a.m., shotgun start at noon

Where: Bryden Canyon Golf Course, 445 O’Connor Road, Lewiston

Media contact: Samantha Skinner, Executive Director, TCUW | sskinner@tcuw.org, cell 208.305.1379

www.tcuw.org, Instagram: @TCUW, Twitter: TUnitedWay, or find on Facebook at Twin County United Way

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