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United Way’s Annual Banquet Combined with Campaign Kick-Off

Wednesday, September 8, 2021



Suzanne Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Twin County United Way

Cell: (208) 553-6874, E-mail: [email protected]

Twin County United Way office: (208) 743-6594


United Way’s Annual Banquet Combined with Campaign Kick-Off

One year Community Fund Grants total more than $268,000


LEWISTON, Idaho – Twin County United Way celebrated the 2020 giving campaign, recognized volunteers and supporters, announced new officers, and confirmed 2021-2022 Community Fund grant recipients, along with kicking off the 2021 Campaign at its annual banquet on Wednesday, September 8, at the Lewis-Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Clarkston Event Center in Clarkston.


The annual event, presented by P1FCU, kicked off with the announcement of the Volunteer of the Year and Spirit of Caring awards. The Volunteer of the Year was presented to Robin Clark (P1FCU). P1FCU, Inland Cellular, and Art Beat were awarded the Spirit of Caring award, recognizing the businesses’ outstanding support for the Twin County United Way and care for the community.


The United Way also thanked and recognized Corporate Champions; businesses who help cover the administration costs of the United Way were recognized.


More than 1,400 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. 35 grants totaling more than $268,000 will be dispersed through June 30, 2022, during the one-year grant cycle. 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 member Debra Ausman (C & L Farms) was recognized for 10 years of board service while Scott Corbitt (Valley Vision) and Heather Weeks (Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories) were recognized for five years of service.  Additionally, Michael Gruben (Inland Cellular) was named Board Member of the Year and Doug LaMunyan (Clarkston High School) was named Rookie Board Member of the Year.


New officers were also announced, each will serve a two-year term that began July 1. Bert Sahlberg (Lewis-Clark State College) was elected as board president. Corbitt will now serve on the executive committee as past president while Cathy Jo Witters (Coleman Oil) will serve as Vice-President, Katie Deibel (Idaho Forest Group) as Secretary and Michelle Eberhardt (LCCU) as Treasurer.


The event wrapped up with kicking off the 2021 Campaign year.

Thank you, Idaho Central Credit Union, for being a table sponsor for this year’s event!

The Twin County United Way runs on a fiscal year beginning July 1 to June 30 and released its 2020-2021 Annual Report.

2021-2022 Twin County United Way nonprofit partners receiving grants include:


  • 2nd Judicial District CASA
  • Asotin County Food Bank
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lewis Clark Valley
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Nez Perce Tribe
  • Community Action Partnership
  • Family Promise of the Lewis Clark Valley
  • First Step 4 Life Recovery Center LTD
  • Friends of the Lewiston City Library
  • Homes of Hope
  • Idaho Foodbank, The
  • Idaho Legal Aid Services
  • Interlink, Inc.
  • LC Valley Youth Resource Center
  • Lewis Clark Special Olympics
  • Lewis Clark Valley Younglife
  • Opportunities Unlimited Incorporated
  • Quality Behavioral Health
  • SE Wash. Aging & Long-Term Care
  • Snake River Community Clinic
  • Special Olympics Washington
  • Suicide Prevention of the Inland Northwest
  • The Green Apple Project
  • Tri-State Hospital Foundation
  • Valley Meals on Wheels
  • WA-ID Volunteer Center, Inc.
  • Willow Center for Grieving Children
  • YWCA of Lewiston Clarkston



About the Twin County United Way

The mission of the Twin County United Way is to identify needs, unite people and share resources to impact 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 Connect with Twin County United on social media at @TwinCountyUW, on Twitter @TwinCountyUW or on Instagram 2TCUW, #TCUW #LiveUnited.