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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Aug. 21, 2019

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) 748-3103

Lewiston High School Seniors Set to Serve with Twin County United Way

First day of school activities include volunteerism

LEWISTON – Area students are heading back to school.  And, like last year, this year’s school year kicks off with Twin County United Way and Lewiston High School (LHS) partnering to get local students excited about volunteering.  Today is the sixth annual Twin County United Way Student Day of Caring, a day for students to engage in brief, but meaningful volunteer service projects.

The goal is to give seniors at LHS the opportunity to see the various ways they can volunteer to make a difference in their community. The students will be at a dozen different locations participating in a variety of hands-on activities including cleaning, yardwork, liter patrol, painting, repackaging food and sorting donations. Each volunteer project is estimated to take approximately two hours.

Trisha Baker, President and CEO of LCCU (one of the event’s top sponsors for the second year) shared, “This is such an incredible and fun event and LCCU is proud to support it. We hope students will be inspired to continue to volunteer throughout the year and into the future.”

Christina Cahill, a counselor at LHS who helps United Way coordinate the event, said, “This is such a great way for our seniors to connect while helping others. Encouraging the students to engage in volunteering helps builds a caring culture here at LHS and in the community.”

Student volunteers will gather at LHS to load buses and travel to service locations at 9:15 a.m. Students will then return to the high school a little before noon for lunch and activities through the end of the school day.

Top sponsors of the event are LCCU and SpotOn Yogurt.  Additional sponsors making this event possible include McDonald’s, Lewis Clark Chamber of Commerce, P1FCU, Dutch Bros Lewis-Clark Valley, Village Center Cinemas and ArtBeat.

Follow Student Day of Caring activities on social media at #tcuw, @TwinCountyUW, Facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, #LiveUnited, @LBengals, Facebook.com/LHSCounselingCenter, @lhscounseling.

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About the Twin County United Way

The Twin County United Way works to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives of those in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The United Way focuses on identifying the most critical community needs in three areas:  education, health and income. Then, it works to secure resources and provide coordinated support for local nonprofit partners working to address these needs. More information can be found at www.tcuw.org.

 

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

What:                            

Twin County United Way Student Day of Caring 2019

Who:                             

Lewiston High School (LHS) Seniors have signed up to volunteer during Twin County United Way’s Student Day of Caring.

Day of Caring’s top sponsors are Lewis Clark Credit Union and SpotOn Yogurt.  Additional sponsors include McDonald’s, Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce, P1FCU, Dutch Bros Lewis-Clark Valley, Village Center Cinemas, and ArtBeat. 

Why:                              

Day of Caring connects students with a two-hour volunteer experience that benefits local nonprofits and the 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. 21, 2019

9 – 9:15 a.m.: Students gather at LHS, north side of main building

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Bus to onsite service locations for two-hour volunteer projects

Noon: Students return to Lewiston High School for lunch

Where:                          

The event begins at Lewiston High School (1114 9th Ave., Lewiston) and buses will take students to 13 different volunteer project locations. 

Full list of project locations available upon request.

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) 748-3103

#tcuw, @TwinCountyUW, facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, #LiveUnited @LBengals, facebook.com/LewistonHighSchoolCounselingCenter, @lhscounseling

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 21, 2019

Contact:

Sam Skinner

Executive Director, Twin County United Way

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

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

United Way’s Annual Banquet Celebrated Last Year While Looking to the Year Ahead

Second year of two-year Community Fund grants total than $450,000

LEWISTON – Twin County United Way celebrated the 2018 giving campaign, recognized volunteers and supporters, announced new officers and confirmed 2019-2020 Community Fund grant recipients at its annual banquet breakfast on Thursday, June 20, at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston.

The annual event, presented by P1FCU and Tri-State Memorial Hospital, kicked off with the announcement of the Volunteer of the Year and Spirit of Caring awards. Volunteer of the Year awards were presented to Gary Bergen (Team BMC Century 21) and Carlie Welch (Clearwater Paper).  Red Lion Hotel, Avista, Joe Hall Ford and Clearwater Paper were awarded Spirit of Caring awards, recognizing the businesses’ outstanding support for the Twin County United Way and care for the community.

The United Way thanked and recognized several volunteers who were instrumental in advocating for United Way and raising funds during the 2018 campaign.  These included The Hall Family, Joe and Kelly and Nick and Shelby Hall, who were the 2018 Honorary Campaign Chairs; Crystal Nelson (Wells Fargo), the board campaign chair; and local loaned executives who volunteer to support the campaign along with the organizations and businesses that “loan” these executives to the United Way. Additionally, Corporate Champions, businesses who help cover the administration costs of the United Way were recognized.

More than 2,500 donors contributed to the annual giving campaign. Donors can select specific nonprofit organizations to receive their donations or select the United Way Community Fund.  Donations contributed to the United Way’s Community Fund support education, income and health. Thirty-three grants totaling more than $450,000 will be dispersed July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 during the second year of the two-year Community Fund grants. Priority was given to local nonprofit programs working to promote grade-level reading by third grade, improve the financial stability of struggling households and reduce the local death by suicide rates.

Twin County United Way board members Susan Colburn (St. Joseph Regional Medical Center) and Tim Barker (City of Lewiston) were recognized for 10 years of board service and Charity Rapier was recognized for five years of service.  Bev Kloepfer (Lewis-Clark State College) was recognized with the Time, Treasure and Talent award for more than 10 years of board service combined with 10 years of leadership-level giving. Additionally, Nelson was named Board Member of the Year and Nick Hall (Joe Hall Ford) was named Rookie Board Member of the Year.

The event wrapped up with the passing of gavel from current board president, Kim Casey (Avista), to incoming board president, Scott Corbitt (Sweitzer Engineering Laboratories). Casey will now serve on the executive committee as past president while Travis Myklebust (Lewiston Fire Dept.) will serve as Vice-President, Katie Deibel (Vista Outdoor) as Secretary and Troy Sandvick (P1FCU) as Treasurer. The officers’ two-year term will begin July 1.

The Twin County United Way runs on a fiscal year beginning July 1 to June 30 and released its 2018-2019 Annual Report.

2018-2020 Twin County United Way nonprofit partners receiving grants include:

  • Area Agency on Aging
  • Asotin County Food Bank
  • Boy Scouts, Inland Northwest Council
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lewis-Clark Valley
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Family Promise of the Lewis-Clark Valley
  • Friends of the Lewiston City Library
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
  • Homes of Hope
  • The Idaho Foodbank
  • Idaho Legal Aid Services
  • Interlink Volunteers
  • The Learning Club
  • Lewis-Clark Special Olympics
  • Lewis-Clark Valley YoungLife
  • Quality Behavioral Health
  • Royal Family KIDS Camp
  • 2nd Judicial District CASA
  • Snake River Community Clinic
  • Southeast Washington Aging & Long-Term Care
  • 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 mission of the Twin County United Way is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability for every person in every community. More information can be found at www.tcuw.org. Connect with Twin County United on social media at www.facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, on Twitter @TwinCountyUW or on Instagram TCUW, #TCUW #LiveUnited.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, June 14, 2019

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

Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational Raises More than $10,000

Proceeds benefit local kindergarten readiness efforts

LEWISTON – Golfers enjoyed a beautiful Lewis-Clark Valley day on the course while supporting a great cause at the 13th Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational.  Proceeds raised today benefit the United Way’s kindergarten readiness efforts.

Bryden Canyon Golf Course was host to 25 teams of golfers who participated in the four-person scramble event which kicked off with a shotgun start at noon on Friday, June 14.  The tournament was open to all levels of play from once-a-year golfers to a 57, which is what the top team scored. The winning foursome included Tony Mastroberardino, Steve Milholland, Nate Titus and Jeff Briney.

Other winning golfers for the day included closest to the pin winners Brian King (8), Darren Ulrich (15), Garry Skinner (4), Billy Silvestri (13); men’s longest drive Zach Holley (11), longest putt winner Greg Stout (18); women’s closest to the pin, Stephanie Hough (4); and longest drive Hannah Liedkie. Chris Loseth was the drawing winner of a Camp Chef campers combo grill donated by Vista Outdoors. Stonebraker McQuary Insurance offered up a hole-in-one prize, but no one walked away with the Alaskan Cruise vacation package.

“This is our biggest fundraiser for our Kindergarten Boot Camps,” said Tim Barker, co-chair for this year’s event. Twin County United Way’s Kindergarten Boot Camp is a summertime program which helps prepare children for kindergarten in the fall. Research shows that children who start school behind tend to stay behind. The Kindergarten Boot Camp provides four- and five-year-old children with an inside look of what school will be like and teaches essential skills needed to be ready to enter kindergarten in the fall.

“We appreciate the support from the community” continued Barker, “from all the volunteers who started at 8 a.m. to the amazing after-tournament dinner hosted by Red Lion Hotel, it’s a team effort that makes the tournament a successful fundraiser and makes golfers want to come back each year.”  Course sponsor was P1FCU and station sponsors included Advanced Benefits, Inland Cellular and Washington Trust Bank. Major Sponsors included St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Granite Concepts. Pepsi was the beverage sponsor and more than 20 other local businesses were hole sponsors.

Next year’s tournament is scheduled for the Friday before Father’s Day, June 19, 2020.  To sponsor or play in next year’s tournament, contact the Twin County United Way office at (208) 743-6594.  To support the United Way’s kindergarten readiness efforts, donate online at tcuw.org or text KIDS to 40403.

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About the Twin County United Way

The Twin County United Way works to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives of those in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The United Way focuses on identifying the most critical community needs in three areas:  education, health and income. Then, it works to secure resources and provide coordinated support for local nonprofit partners working to address these needs. More information can be found at www.tcuw.org.

Connect with Twin County United on social media at www.facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, on Twitter @TwinCountyUW or on Instagram TCUW, #TCUW #LiveUnited.

 

May 10, 2019

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

410 Volunteers Ready for Twin County United Way’s 23rd Annual Day of Caring

Twenty-eight teams have signed up for volunteer service on May 10

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY –For more than two decades, the Twin County United Way’s Annual Day of Caring has grown just a little bigger each year.  This year, more than 410 volunteers gathered at the Community Center in Lewiston at 8 a.m. and then dispersed across the community for a half-day of volunteer service.

The community-wide event, presented by Regence BlueShield of Idaho, shows what can be accomplished in just a short time when so many are working together. “It is a few hours of service for each volunteer,” said Day of Caring Chair, Kim Casey, “but it equates to 150 full, 8-hour days of nonprofit work – all before noon.” Casey continued, “today is a demonstration of the power of living united and is intended to encourage volunteerism throughout the year.”

Regence President Sean Robbins added, “This is one of our employees’ favorite events each year.  All of us at Regence want to give back where we live and work, and this gives us the opportunity to lean in and help local nonprofits and the entire community.” Twenty-eight teams will working on more than 34 projects that will be completed today.  Volunteers will be participating in a wide range of tasks including designing posters, painting bowls, painting walls, installing handrails and adding other safety modifications, yard work, organizing, cleaning, power washing buildings, repacking food, carpentry and more.

Additionally, Day of Caring volunteers – and others from the community – can also donate blood at Vitalant (formerly Inland Northwest Blood Center at 1213 21st Street in Lewiston).

Support from Regence and P1FCU, LCCU and the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce along with in-kind donations from ArtBeat, Fazzari’s and IdaVend Broadcasting, underwrite the costs of the event.

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

  • Day of Caring Volunteer Teams:
  • Alternative Nursing Services
  • Avista Utilities
  • Clearwater Paper
  • Coldwell Banker Tomlinson
  • Coleman Oil
  • HomeStreet Bank
  • Idaho Forest Group
  • Inland Cellular
  • Joe Hall Ford
  • LC Crew
  • LCCU
  • Leadership LC Valley (LC Chamber)
  • Lewiston Tribune/Studio 1892
  • Lewiston Firefighters Local 1773
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • P1FCU
  • Century 21 Price Right
  • Public Consulting Group
  • Red Lion Hotel
  • Rogers Motors
  • Regence BlueShield of Idaho
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
  • Stonebraker McQuary
  • Tri-State Memorial Hospital
  • US Bank
  • Vista Outdoors
  • Wells Fargo
  • Women United
  • Day of Caring Nonprofits:
  • Asotin County Library
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the LC Valley
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homes of Hope
  • Vitalant
  • Interlink
  • Jackson Baldwin Falls
  • Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program
  • Lewiston City Library
  • Lewiston Rotary Club
  • Modie Park Conservancy
  • Northwest Children’s Home
  • Quality Behavioral Health
  • ROC Rescue Mission
  • Salvation Army
  • SE Wash. Aging and Long-Term Care
  • Snake River Community Clinic
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • The Idaho FoodBank
  • Twin County United Way
  • Valley Meals on Wheels
  • WA-ID Volunteer Center
  • Willow Center
  • YWCA

A complete list of project addresses is available.

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About the Twin County United Way

The Twin County United Way works to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives of those in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The United Way focuses on identifying the most critical community needs in three areas:  education, health and income. Then, it works to secure resources and provide coordinated support for local nonprofit partners working to address these needs. More information can be found at www.tcuw.org.

 

Public Notice

NEZ PERCE COUNTY HAS 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 $3,368 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 (FEMA). 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 county 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 County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with The Idaho FoodBank and Community Action Partnership.

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., PO Box 1660, Lewiston) at tcuw@tcuw.org or (208) 743-6594 for an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 28, 2018

Contact:

  • Samantha Skinner, Executive Director, Twin County United Way
  • (208) 305-1379 (cell), sskinner@tcuw.org
  • Twin County United Way office: 2207 E. Main, Lewiston, (208) 743-6594

 

  • Doug LaMunyan, Principal, Clarkston High School
  • (509) 758-5591, lamunyand@csdk12.org

 

Twin County United Way and Clarkston High School Partner to Promote Volunteerism

First day of school activities for Clarkston High School Seniors will include volunteer service

CLARKSTON, WASH. –Twin County United Way and Clarkston High School (CHS) are teaming up to get students excited about volunteering.  Student Day of Caring provides an avenue for students to engage in brief volunteer service projects.  Incorporated with the first day of school activities for Senior students, more than 20 students have signed up to volunteer.

The Twin County United Way conducts annual Days of Caring to promote volunteerism with businesses and schools.  Student Days of Caring are intended introduce students to volunteering and encourage students to continue to volunteer throughout the year and into the future.

Clarkston High School principal, Doug LaMunyan, said, “It’s an opportunity to show our school and community pride. CHS supports our youth in becoming successful students and accountable citizens. We’re part of a larger community and capable of working together to make a difference where we live. It is impressive to me, and I think impressive to the students, to see the amount of work that can be accomplished in just a short period of time.”

Student volunteers will gather at Clarkston High School in the student parking lot at 8 a.m. and then bus to two volunteer locations, the Clarkston Boys & Girls Club and St. Vincent de Paul, with adult volunteer chaperones from Public Consulting Group and LC Crew. Volunteers will conduct Club-wide cleanup at the Boys & Girls Club in preparation for the upcoming school year and sort and clean donations at St. Vincent.

In addition to LCCU, sponsors making this event possible include McDonald’s, Lewis Clark Chamber of Commerce, P1FCU, Dutch Bros Lewis-Clark Valley, Village Center Cinemas, Rock Your Roll and ArtBeat.

Follow Student Day of Caring activities on social media at #tcuw, @TwinCountyUW, facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, #LiveUnited, chs.csdk12.org, facebook.com/chsbantams

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About the Twin County United Way

The Twin County United Way works to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives of those in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The United Way focuses on identifying the most critical community needs in three areas:  education, health and income. Then, it works to secure resources and provide coordinated support for local nonprofit partners working to address these needs. More information can be found at www.tcuw.org.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Aug. 22, 2018

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) 748-3103

 

Twin County United Way’s Student Day of Caring is Becoming a Bengal Tradition

For the third year in a row, first day of school activities for Lewiston High School Seniors will include volunteer service

LEWISTON –As the school year kicks off, Twin County United Way and Lewiston High School have partnered again to get local students excited about volunteering.  The annual Student Day of Caring, presented by Lewis Clark Credit Union (LCCU), provides an avenue for students to engage in brief, but meaningful volunteer service projects.  This is the fifth annual Student Day of Caring and the third year it has been incorporated with Lewiston High School’s first day of school activities for LHS Seniors.

The United Way’s Day of Caring is intended to inspire students to continue to volunteer throughout the year and into the future. The students will be at a dozen different locations today participating in a variety of hands-on activities including cleaning, yardwork, painting, repackaging food and sorting donations.

Lewiston School District Superintendent, Dr. Bob Donaldson, said, “We live in a community that supports our youth and our schools and we appreciate it. This is a way for our students to give back to the community. Encouraging the students to engage is volunteering and service to local nonprofits supports our community’s caring culture.”

Student volunteers will gather at Lewiston High School to load busses and travel to service locations at 9:15 a.m. Each volunteer project is estimated to take approximately two hours.  Students will then return to the high school for lunch provided by the National Guard and activities through the end of the school day.

In addition to LCCU, sponsors making this event possible include McDonald’s, Lewis Clark Chamber of Commerce, P1FCU, Dutch Bros Lewis-Clark Valley, Village Center Cinemas, Rock Your Roll and ArtBeat.

Follow Student Day of Caring activities on social media at #tcuw, @TwinCountyUW, facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, #LiveUnited, @LBengals, Facebook.com/LewistonHighSchoolCounselingCenter, @lhscounseling.

 

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About the Twin County United Way

The Twin County United Way works to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives of those in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The United Way focuses on identifying the most critical community needs in three areas:  education, health and income. Then, it works to secure resources and provide coordinated support for local nonprofit partners working to address these needs. More information can be found at www.tcuw.org.

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

 

 

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

 

9,800 HOUSEHOLDS IN ASOTIN AND NEZ PERCE COUNTIES STRUGGLE TO AFFORD THE BASICS

 United Way report shows one in three households are one emergency away from financial trouble

 

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY – More than 9,800 households in Asotin and Nez Perce counties struggle to make ends meet, many can’t afford a basic monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone.  New data released by the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and the United Way ALICE Report shows that one in three households live one unexpected expense away from financial distress.

In the Twin County United Way coverage area, 3,397 households (2,096 in Nez Perce County and 1,301 in Asotin County) live below the federal poverty level.  Another 6,405 (3,709 in Nez Perce County and 2,696 in Asotin County) are ALICE, a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

ALICE households earn above the federal poverty level, but less than what it takes to survive in the modern economy. Families living below nationally assigned poverty thresholds ($11,800 for a single adult, $24,300 for a family of four) combined with ALICE households make up 39 percent of the Valley’s 25,424 households.

The United Way recently updated the ALICE Report’s figures that compare household costs to income at the county level in each state.  “Federal poverty levels are set without considering the actual costs of living and working that vary based on where a person resides.  It doesn’t capture the full extent of financial struggle in our community,” said Twin County United Way Executive Director, Sam Skinner.

The ALICE Report uses new measures to provide a more accurate picture of financial insecurity at the state, county and municipal level. Skinner continued, “As this report shows, there are many in our community who live above that federal poverty level, who are working hard to get ahead, but still have no savings and are one unexpected expense away from not being able to pay a utility bill, purchase needed medication or put gas in the car.”

The success of a community is directly related to the financial stability of its members.  ALICE households include singles, families with children and those 65 and older. And, families with a single parent are much more likely to be below the ALICE threshold.

ALICE also includes individuals that are critical to our economy.  ALICE is our child care workers, parents on Social Security, wait staff, and clerks. ALICE cannot always pay the bills and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent.

“We come in contact with people we know and care about everyday who are walking a financial tightrope. They are just barely getting by,” said Skinner.  The ALICE report raises awareness about a segment of our community that is struggling to afford basic necessities. The goal is to stimulate actions that will improve the financial stability of ALICE families and their communities.

The ALICE Report can be found online at tcuw.org or unitedwayalice.org.

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About the United Way ALICE Project

The United Way ALICE Project is a collaboration of United Ways in Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. The Project has developed standardized measurements that provide a comprehensive look at financial hardship across the U.S. With this data, Project members work to stimulate a fresh, nonpartisan dialogue across the country about the importance and fragility of working families living paycheck to paycheck.

About the Twin County United Way

The Twin County United Way’s mission is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives in Asotin and Nez Perce counties. The United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability for every person in every community. More information can be found at www.tcuw.org. Connect with Twin County United on social media at www.facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, on Twitter @TwinCountyUW or on Instagram TCUW, #TCUW #LiveUnited.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Contact:

  • Sam 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 Recognizes Volunteers, Supporters and Announces 2018-2020 Community Fund Grant Recipients

26 Nonprofit partners will receive $463,318 in Community Fund grants

LEWISTON – The Twin County United Way will disperse $463,318 in Community Fund grants over the next year to local nonprofits, United Way executive director, Sam Skinner, announced during the organization’s annual banquet today at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston.  The breakfast event, presented by P1FCU, recognized businesses, individuals and organizations that support Twin County United Way and its nonprofit partners.

Thirty-four programs will benefit from funding during the first year of the two-year Community Fund grants. This is up slightly from last year’s $448,879 which was disbursed between July 2017 and June 2018. Community Funds are raised during United Way’s campaign to support education, income and health.  Priority was given to nonprofit programs working to promote grade-level reading by third grade, improve the financial stability of struggling households and reduce the local death by suicide rates.

Thanks and recognition was given to the 2017 honorary campaign chairs Melva and Rob Prasil, board campaign chair Cathy Jo Witters, and local loaned executives and businesses who “loan” United Way these executives to help promote the United Way and raise funds during its annual campaign.

P1FCU and Lindsay Creek Vineyards were also honored with Spirit of Caring awards, which recognize businesses that support Twin County United Way and local nonprofits in an outstanding way. Lori Johnson received the Volunteer of the Year award and the LC Crew received a Spirt of Caring Volunteers of the Year award.

Twin County United Way board members Barb Fry, Crystal Nelson, Nick Bacon and Cathy Jo Witters were recognized for 5 years of board service.  Additionally, Witters was named Board Member of the Year for the second year in a row and Troy Sandvick was named Rookie Board Member of the Year.

The Twin County United Way also released its 2017-2018 Annual Report. (Annual Report to the Community_2017-18)

2018-2020 Twin County United Way partner nonprofits:

 

  • 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
  • Family Promise of the Lewis Clark Valley
  • Friends of the Lewiston City Library
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
  • Homes of Hope
  • The Idaho Foodbank
  • Idaho Legal Aid Services
  • Interlink Volunteers
  • The Learning Club
  • Lewis-Clark Special Olympics
  • Lewis-Clark Valley YoungLife
  • Quality Behavioral Health
  • The ROC Rescue Mission
  • Royal Family KIDS Camp
  • 2nd Judicial District CASA Program
  • Snake River Community Clinic
  • Southeast Washington Aging & Long-Term Care
  • 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 mission of the Twin County United Way is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to improve lives in Nez Perce and Asotin counties. The United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability for every person in every community. More information can be found at www.tcuw.org. Connect with Twin County United on social media at www.facebook.com/TwinCountyUW, on Twitter @TwinCountyUW or on Instagram TCUW, #TCUW #LiveUnited.