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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 9, 2015

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

 

Twin County United Way Announces 2015 Honorary Campaign Chairs

The McIntosh family to help United Way raise $900,000

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY – The Twin County United Way is sponsoring the monthly Lewis Clark Chamber of Commerce lunch today, Sept. 9, to kick off its 2015 fall giving campaign.

The United Way is about people helping people and making a positive impact across the entire community.  The annual campaign does just that: coordinates a collective effort of many to do the most good for the LC Valley. Each year, through individual and corporate donations and workplace giving programs, the annual Twin County United Way campaign raises funds to support nonprofits and local programs that are working to make our community better.

“We fund programs that advance education, income and health, which we feel are the building blocks for a good quality of life,” said Twin County board president, Tim Barker.  “We’ve seen a steady increase in giving over the past several years,” said Barker. “Still, every year, the needs seem to be greater than the resources.  Each year, worthy programs – administered by worthy nonprofits – go un- or under-funded.” Last year, the campaign raised $771,896 and this year – to fund even more needs in the community – the goal has been set at $900,000.

To help achieve this goal, the Twin County United Way has recruited the support of the McIntosh family to serve as the 2015 Honorary Campaign Chairs.  Doug and Brenda McIntosh and Art and Michelle McIntosh are life-long area residents. The families are fourth generation farmers and jointly own Harvest Ridge Organics and Lindsay Creek Vineyards.Desk Card

The family is looking forward to doing what they can to bring awareness about the campaign and encourage others to join them in supporting the United Way. Art and Doug shared the United Way was something their father strongly believed in supporting.  Doug shared, “He’d say in a good year or a bad year, write a check to the United Way.”  Brenda added, “We’ve continued to support the United Way because they address such critical needs in our community. It’s a way to help make our communities healthier.  And, giving to the United Way ensures that our donation is going where it is needed the most.”

United Way executive director Samantha (Sam) Skinner shared today, “The McIntosh family, our board of directors, Corporate Champions, staff and supporters have helped set us up for a successful campaign. Now, we are relying on thousands of our neighbors, coworkers, businesses and friends to help us achieve our goal. It is about each of us doing what we can to make a difference and every gift is appreciated.”

Individuals and businesses interested in participating in the campaign are invited to contact the Twin County United Way office at (208) 743-6594 or via e-mail at tcuw@tcuw.org.

2015 Corporate Champions

Corporate Champions are local businesses that have agreed to help cover the administrative costs of the Twin County United Way.  This helps ensure that more of each donor’s dollar goes directly to programs and services.  Corporate Champions include:

  • Avista
  • Blue Ribbon Linen Supply
  • DA Davidson
  • Clearwater Paper
  • Coleman Oil
  • Ida-Vend Broadcasting
  • Idaho Beverages
  • Idaho Truck Sales
  • Joe Hall Ford
  • Lewiston Tribune
  • P1FCU
  • Public Consulting Group
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
  • Tri-State Memorial Hospital

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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 local nonprofit agencies working to address these needs and solve underlying issues. For more information, visit www.tcuw.org.

 

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June 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MEDIA ALERT

9TH Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational Tees Up to Help Children Prepare for Kindergarten

What: 9Th Annual Twin County United Way Golf Invitational presented by Clearwater Paper

Who: The Golf Invitational is Twin County United Way’s annual golf tournament which raises funds for the United Way’s Children’s Project.  In addition to the presenting sponsor Clearwater Paper, sponsors include Red Lion Hotel, Inland Cellular, P1FCU, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, JEDA Media Group, Idaho Beverages, Clearwater River Casino, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Excel Transport and additional tee sponsors.   

Why: The Golf Invitational raises funds for the Children’s Project.  The Twin County United Way’s Children’s Project is a six-week, summer kindergarten readiness program that teaches essential skills kids need to be ready for school.  In additional to raising funds, the United Way hopes to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education and helping all children, regardless of circumstances, have a chance to succeed at school.

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When: Friday, June 19, 2015 | Registration begins at 10 a.m., shotgun start at noon

Where: Bryden Canyon Golf Course, 445 O’Connor Road, Lewiston

Media contact: Samantha Skinner, Executive Director, TCUW | sskinner@tcuw.org, cell 208.305.1379

www.tcuw.org, Instagram: @TCUW, Twitter: TUnitedWay, or find on Facebook at Twin County United Way

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 2015

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

 

Twin County United Way Announces New Officers, Award Recipients

Three local businesses received Spirit of Caring Awards, Tim Barker named board president

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY – The Twin County United Way held its annual awards and recognition banquet today at the Red Lion Hotel in Lewiston.  The Annual Banquet, sponsored by P1FCU, celebrated the outcomes of the annual campaign, local businesses and individuals who help raise funds for Twin County United Way and the local nonprofits that benefit from the contributions. Ray Rosch, of Interlink Faith in Action, was the master of ceremonies.

Clearwater Paper, Inland Cellular and Waffles-n-More were honored with Spirit of Caring Awards, which recognize businesses that support the Twin County United Way in an outstanding way. Lori Bierhaus, from Clearwater Paper, received the Volunteer of the Year award.

New United Way board officers were announced.  Tim Barker, from the City of Lewiston, was named president of the 2015-17 Twin County United Way board of directors.  Kim Casey, from Avista, will be the incoming vice-president; Mike Bly, Inland Cellular, will be the treasurer and Charity Rapier, Clearwater Paper, will be the secretary.  Charity was also named the 2014 Rookie Board Member of the Year.  Moving into the role of past-president, Mike Berghammer was named 2014 Co-Board Member of the Year, along with Barker.

Phil Adamek, who served on the Twin County United Way board for more than 20 years, became the first emeritus board member.  And, Twin County United Way employee, Lezley Dammon was honored for 10 years of service.

Recognition was also given to several for their service during the 2014 annual campaign;  honorary board chairs, Scott and Staci Baldwin; Twin County United Way campaign chairs, Michelle King and Janis Forsmann; 27 loaned executives and the businesses who “loan” the Twin County these executives to help promote the United Way during the annual campaign.

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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 local nonprofit agencies working to address these needs and solve underlying issues. For more information, visit www.tcuw.org.

 

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May 8, 2015

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

More than 250 participate in Twin County United Way Day of Caring

Local nonprofits to benefit from volunteer service

LEWIS-CLARK VALLEY – It will be hard to miss Twin County United Way volunteers today.  Not only are more than 250 out in the community, but they are sporting bright orange T-shirts.  Today is the Twin County United Way’s annual Day of Caring.  Eighteen volunteer teams from local businesses and groups will provide a half-day of volunteer service on more than 26 projects for local nonprofits.

Teams range in size from two to 42.  “Many of these teams participate year after year,” said Lezley Dammon, who leads the effort to match the teams of volunteers with nonprofits in need of service. “Day of Caring allows our volunteers, many of whom are also donors, to see first-hand the work the nonprofits they support do every day. The volunteers are always amazed at the impact they make and are excited to come back,” Dammon added.

Presenting sponsor Regence BlueShield of Idaho is one of the organizations eager to help again this year. “Each year, our employees ask about this event.  It is something they look forward to participating in.  As a company, we know that giving back to the community with both time and resources is important to the overall health of the community.  We know that by supporting the local United Way, we are doing just that,” said Regence President, Scott Kreiling.

Volunteers are participating in a range of projects.  Among the many activities taking place today, volunteers will be landscaping at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Lapwai; cleaning, stacking and sorting for Community Action Partnership; repackaging food for the Idaho Foodbank and painting bowls for the YWCA’s annual fundraiser.

The day begins and ends at the Lewiston Community Center.  At 8 a.m., volunteers gather at the Center to pick up T-shirts and instructions before heading out across Nez Perce and Asotin counties.  After projects are completed, volunteers are invited back to the Community Center for a thank-you lunch with pizza from Fazzari’s and drinks from Idaho Beverage.

Day of Caring Volunteer Teams:

  • Avista
  • Clearwater Paper
  • Clearwater Power Company
  • Coldwell Banker Tomlinson
  • Home Street Bank
  • Ida Vend Broadcasting
  • Idaho Forest Group
  • Inland Cellular
  • Lewis-Clark State College Volleyball Team
  • Nez Perce County Farm Service Agency
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • P1FCU
  • Public Consulting Group
  • Red Lion Hotel Lewiston
  • Regence BlueShield of Idaho
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Vista Outdoor
  • TCUW WomenÂ’s Leadership Council

Day of Caring Nonprofits:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Family Promise
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homes of Hope
  • Interlink
  • Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program
  • Modie Park Conservancy
  • Northwest ChildrenÂ’s Home
  • Quality Behavioral Health
  • The Idaho Foodbank
  • Twin County United Way
  • YWCA

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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 local nonprofit agencies working to address these needs and solve underlying issues. For more information, visit www.tcuw.org.

 

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April 7, 2015
Contact:
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.
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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 www.tcuw.org.

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