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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.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position: Marketing and Communication Coordinator
Reports to: Executive Director
Employment categories: Part-time (15-20 hours/week), hourly, non-exempt
Updated: May 2018

Job Purpose

Develop and execute communication and marketing plans to engage donors, supporters, volunteers, nonprofits and community stakeholders with the Twin County United Way.

Core Competencies

  • Fosters and supports the mission and values of the Twin County United Way.
  • Sound organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Capable of researching information.
  • Values teamwork and accountability.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work with minimum oversight.

Essential Functions

  • Create and execute communication plans for United Way campaigns, events and volunteer activities.
  • Create campaign, program and event collateral, invitations and advertisements.
  • Create short-term and long-term communication plans for key donor groups.
  • Develop social media strategies to increase United Way visibility.
  • Identify and create compelling stories that inspire others to engage with the United Way.
  • Produce letters, newsletters, press releases and social media posts.
  • Write and modify copy, including website updates.
  • Proofread materials and ensure adherence to brand guidelines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office applications, Adobe InDesign and WordPress.
  • Willing to cross-train, to provide back-up assistance for all other office staff.
  • Light housekeeping and other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Nonprofit work experience a plus.

Expectations of ALL Twin County United Way Staff:

  • Acts with integrity and strong ethics to foster trust at all levels (personal, professional, community).
  • Knows and can successfully articulate the organization’s mission, vision and values to others.
  • Adheres to signed confidentiality statement.
  • Sets and maintains high performance standards for self and others that support Twin County United Way and its mission.
  • Treats others with respect and acknowledges and thanks others for their contributions.

Working Conditions

Work environment is a typical office setting with no hazardous duties.  Meetings and/or special events may require time outside of the regularly scheduled hours.

To Apply:

Send resume to tcuw@tcuw.org.  Position open until filled.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position: Administrative Assistant
Reports to: Executive Director
Employment categories: Part-time (10-15 hours/week), hourly, non-exempt
Updated: Feb. 2016

Job Purpose

Performs administrative and office support activities to facilitate the efficient operation of the Twin County United Way.

Core Competencies

  • Fosters and supports the mission and values of the Twin County United Way.
  • Sound organizational skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Capable of researching information.
  • Values teamwork and accountability.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work with minimum oversight.

Essential Functions

  • Daily operation of the office, including greeting guests, scheduling meetings, answering telephone and e-mail, filing and organizing.
  • Ability to produce general correspondence, including letters, newsletters, social media posts, draft communication pieces and meeting minutes.
  • Assist with the delivery and pick up of campaign and event materials. (Moderate lifting up to 20 pounds is required. Must possess valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with adequate insurance.)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office applications, including proficient use of Word and Excel. Adobe InDesign a plus.
  • Provide support services for United Way campaigns, events and volunteer activities.
  • Provide support to executive director, other staff, nonprofit partners and volunteers.
  • Willing to cross-train, to provide back-up assistance for bookkeeping duties and donor tracking.
  • Light housekeeping and other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Nonprofit work experience a plus.

Expectations of ALL Twin County United Way Staff:

  • Acts with integrity and strong ethics to foster trust at all levels (personal, professional, community).
  • Knows and can successfully articulate the organization’s mission, vision and values to others.
  • Adheres to signed confidentiality statement.
  • Sets and maintains high performance standards for self and others that support Twin County United Way and its mission.
  • Treats others with respect and acknowledges and thanks others for their contributions.

Working Conditions

Work environment is a typical office setting with no hazardous duties.  Meetings and/or special events may require time outside of the regularly scheduled hours.

Working Conditions

Send resume to tcuw@tcuw.org.  Position open until filled.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REVISED:  June 20, 2018 (Previous version incorrectly stated the total amount raised.)

Friday, June 15, 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

 

Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational Raises $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 12th 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 26 teams of golfers who participated in the four-person scramble event which kicked off with a shotgun start at noon on Friday, June 15.  The tournament was open to all levels of play from once-a-year golfers to a 58, which is what the top two teams scored to tie for first.  After a chip-off between Brian King and Brandon Koehler, the winning foursome included Koehler, Nick Hall, Zach Holley and Billy Silvestri.

Other winning golfers for the day included closest to the pin winners Pam Cuddy (Hole 4), Randy Sandvick (15), Nick Hall (8), Kye Hays (4), Brian King (13); men’s longest drive winner Billy Silvestri; women’s longest drive winner Courtney Schwagler; and longest putt, Brenda McIntosh.  Colby Witters was the drawing winner of a Camp Chef cooler donated by Vista Outdoors. Stonebraker McQuary Insurance offered up a hole-in-one prize, but no one walked away with the five days, 4 nights Las Vegas vacation package.

“This is our biggest fundraiser for our Kindergarten Boot Camps,” said Tim Barker, 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, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Inland Cellular and Washington Trust Bank.  Pepsi was the beverage sponsor and more than 21 other local businesses were hole sponsors.

Next year’s tournament is scheduled for the Friday before Father’s Day, June 14, 2019.  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, 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.

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