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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.

 

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.

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