April 7, 2015
Mike Berghammer, President of the TCUW Board of Directors
Cell: (509) 780-7379
Twin County United Way office: (208) 743-6594


Twin County United Way Selects Sam Skinner as Executive Director

LEWISTON – Samantha (Sam) Skinner has been selected as the new Executive Director for the Twin County United Way (TCUW). In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, annual fundraising and leading community initiatives.

“We are excited to have Sam joining our team,” said Mike Berghammer, President of the TCUW Board of Directors, who made the announcement. “She is clearly passionate about the work we do and brings a professional skill set we were seeking. We feel her background in employee giving campaigns, volunteer engagement and work from the corporate side with nonprofit partners will prove valuable as we continue to strengthen our local relationships, increase our impact and grow our organization.”

Skinner has long-time ties to the Twin County United Way. She has participated in the past as a “Loaned Executive,” helping share the United Way mission and encourage local businesses and their employees to donate to the cause. For the past five years, she has also been a TCUW Day of Caring volunteer coordinator.

“The United WayÂ’s goal is to bring people together to provide solutions to issues in our community and facilitate change to advance the common good and improve lives. IÂ’m thrilled to join that effort,” said Skinner. “I look forward to working alongside an incredible, committed board and hard-working staff – all dedicated to making our community stronger.”

Skinner holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from Lewis-Clark State College. She comes to the United Way from Cambia Health Solutions, the parent company to locally-headquartered Regence BlueShield of Idaho. She has worked at Cambia for more than a decade, most recently as the companyÂ’s community investment manager. While she held several positions within the organization, all positions had a focus on engaging employees in volunteering, internal and external communications and facilitating financial support for nonprofits in the local community and across the region.

Active in the local community, Skinner is an advisory member of St. Joseph Regional Medical CenterÂ’s Hospice Board, vice president of Snake River Juniors volleyball club, past board president of the Pink Ribbon Luncheon, and actively involved in supporting the Idaho Foodbank, Community Action Partnership, Northwest ChildrenÂ’s Home, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho and LCSC Alumni Association.

A 20-year LC Valley resident, Sam lives in Lewiston with her husband, Jeff, and their two children.

Skinner will begin next Monday, April 13. She replaces Layci Peer, who left the post in January to spend more time with her family. Peer remains involved with the organization as a volunteer.
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 25 local nonprofit agencies working to address these needs and solve underlying issues. For more information visit


TCUW finishes the 2013 with a record high campaign. See Tribune Coverage 


Contact: Layci Peer, Executive Director

Phone: 208-743-6594


Subject: Campaign

Twin County United Way Exceeds Campaign Goal

 March 17, 2014-Tuesday: Twin County United Way (TCUW) closed its annual campaign at $750,148. Achieving this number sets the 2013 campaign $50,148 above the annual goal of $700.000. This is the best campaign in Twin County United Way history. Since its inception in 1950, Twin County United Way has raised over 21 million dollars in the Lewis-Clark Valley.

Twin County United WayÂ’s mission is to identify needs, unify people, share resources and improve lives in Nez Perce and Asotin Counties. TCUW started in the LC Valley in 1950, raising just over $26,000. Since then the annual campaign goal has risen to $700,000. This 2013 campaign makes only 3 times in 15 years to reach and exceed that goal.

The Community Impact Fund, from which local non-profit agencyÂ’s apply for funding for various projects in the area of Income Education and Health, has reached over $400,000. These funds are set to be distributed based on a completive grant process beginning in July 2014. These projects are focused on increasing financial stability for families, raising access to higher education and affordable healthcare among many other goals.

The 2014 campaign will kick off beginning of September and TCUW hopes to exceed $750,000 which is just one step closer to the ultimate goal of raising over 1 Million dollars in one campaign year. TCUWÂ’s ultimate goal is to meet all needs set by the Community Needs Assessment administered throughout the community. This assessment is focused on furthering the voice of the community members and bringing to light the real need among people.

For more information on Twin County United Way partnering agencies, campaign totals, or ways to give, advocate or volunteer, please contact Executive Director Layci Peer at or by calling 208-743-6594 or visit




See KLEW News Coverage

Layci Peer

Executive Director, Twin County United Way



 Twin County United Way has another record breaking event

 May 8, 2014-Thursday: Friday May 9th, Twin County United Way will host its annual Day of Caring. This continues to grow with each passing year. With the help of the event sponsor Regence BlueSheild of Idaho, tomorrow’s event will have over 250 volunteers and make a large impact on local area non-profits.


Projects include tasks such as delivering meals for Valley Meals on Wheels, packaging food for Idaho Food Bank, painting ramps and yard work for Interlink Volunteers, painting and maintenance at YWCA, painting at the Boys and Girls Club, beautification projects at the Jackson Baldwin Falls, Northwest ChildrenÂ’s Home, Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, Family Promise, Asotin County Aquatic Center, Twin County United Way, Kiwanis Park, Modie Park Conservancy, Salvation Army and much more.

Many local businesses are showing their philanthropic pride by donating time of employees. Those businesses include Regency BlueShield of Idaho, ATK CCI-Speer, Clearwater Power Company, Clearwater Paper Corporation, Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union, Inland Cellular, Ida-Vend Broadcasting, US Bank, Avista, Northwest Farm Credit, Public Consulting Group, Idaho State Health & Welfare, Nez Perce County, Clearwater River Casino and Twin County United WayÂ’s WomenÂ’s Leadership Council. This yearÂ’s event has also been generously sponsored by Art Beat, FazzariÂ’s Pizza and Idaho Beverage Company.

Doug DeBruin with Clearwater Paper Corporation stated “many lives will be impacted with each person’s gift of volunteer service, and together many hands make light work as we LIVE UNITED!”

For more information on Day of Caring and other Twin County United Way events, visit or call 208-743-6594