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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2020

 

LEWISTON, Idaho – Twin County United Way of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley has received a $3,900 grant from the Dutch Bros Foundation to assist the organization with local relief efforts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant is part of a $1 million commitment made by Dutch Bros Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dutch Bros Coffee, to organizations in seven western states where its coffee shops are located. According to Dutch Bros Foundation officials, partnering with local United Ways allows the grants to make an immediate impact in areas hit the hardest by the pandemic.

The Twin County United Way  board of directors will decide in the next week how to use the money and make the biggest impact through its safety net fund, which addresses health, income and education issues in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

As part of the grant, TCUW is expected to invest the grant in an expedient manner and report back to the Dutch Bros. Foundation on how the money was used.

“The generosity of great organizations like the Dutch Bros Foundation allows us to help the folks in the Valley most in need,” said Scott Corbitt, President of the Board of Directors for TCUW. “We are blessed to have amazing companies like this in our community that are willing to contribute to making the Valley a better place to live. Thank you so much, Dutch Bros Foundation!”

“We know how fortunate we are to be in a position to support our friends, families and communities,” said Katie Hutchinson, vice president of philanthropy at Dutch Bros Coffee. “We’re all working to find ways to make a difference during these difficult times. We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with United Way to do what is at the heart of our company – making a massive difference and helping people.”

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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

Apr. 20, 2020

Suzanne Johnson Is Named New CEO of TCUW

LEWISTON, Idaho – Suzanne Johnson, who is the state director of Imagine Behavioral and Development Services, has been named CEO of Twin County United Way, TCUW officials have announced.

Johnson has been state director of Imagine since March of 2016. Imagine provides services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related developmental disabilities throughout Idaho and Washington.

Johnson also is the co-founder of The Green Apple Project in the Lewis-Clark Valley. The Green Apple Project is a non-profit business committed to autism support, education and awareness in the area.

“We are very excited to have Suzanne Johnson join our team as CEO,” said Scott Corbitt, President of the TCUW Board of Directors and CEO/President of Valley Vision. “She brings a great mix of senior non-profit leadership experience with extensive local knowledge that we felt was critical for our CEO. We feel Suzanne is the right person to help maximize the Twin County United Way’s impact on the Valley moving forward.

Johnson replaces Sam Skinner, who resigned in late 2019 after more than four years at the helm. Johnson will begin her new duties on May 11.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen to serve such a reputable and giving organization. I am passionate about non profits and serving those in need and therefore feel closely aligned with TCUW’s mission. I love the Lewis Clark Valley and making a direct impact locally. I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.”

Johnson was raised in Lewiston. She attended Boise State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 2002 and a master’s in Business Administration in 2018.

In 2007, Johnson was named branch manager of SL Start/Imagine Developmental Services, and then two years later became director of Inclusion North, which works with people with development disabilities to help them participate in experiences that are typical or average for individuals in daily life. In 2011, she became the North Idaho workforce and family services regional manager for Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest. She held that position for nearly five years before joining Imagine Behavioral  and Developmental Services.

TCUW works to better the health, education and financial stability of people in Asotin and Nez Perce counties. It’s mission is to identify needs, unite people, share resources and improve lives. The nonprofit organization raises more than $400,000 each year to financially support programs from more than 25 local nonprofit agencies that focus on health, education and income. TCUW also conducts Kindergarten Boot Camps each summer, in conjunction with the Lewiston and Clarkston school districts, to help ensure children have the essential skills they need to begin school ready to succeed.

For more information on the TCUW, visit www.tcuw.org,or contact Johnson at suzannejohnson23@gmail.com or 208- 553-6874, or Corbitt at scottc@lewiston.com or 208-413-3110.

 

 

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.

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