Back to School the United Way

back to school 150x150 Back to School the United WayWhat do play dough, shampoo, and granola bars have in common?

They are all requested donations for local after-school programs supported by the Spokane County United Way. The charity has been BBB Accredited since 1983 and participates in our Seal Holder program.

They are asking local businesses and individuals to participate in their Day of Action and Kickoff, September 21, which will benefit numerous area after-school programs. These are intended to ensure children’s success in school—including high school graduation—and in life.

“Through after-school programs, thousands of children are connected to caring adults and mentors,” says Tim Henkle, President & CEO of Spokane County United Way. “These children are often academically below their classmates, miss school frequently and have significant behavior problems. By working with the children, their parents and the schools in a safe, structured and fun environment—their risk of dropping out of school is reduced and they stay on track to graduate.”

What You Can Do:

1) Collect supplies at your workplace for donation and drop off at one Boys & Girls Club of Spokane office at 544 East Providence between 9 a.m. and noon on September 21. Needed are:

• School supplies like glue or small notebooks
• Healthy snacks such as pretzels or individually-wrapped treats
• Personal hygiene items including toothpaste or bar soap
• Social activity items like board games, cards, or ping pong balls

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2) Members of the public can bring donations also. Or, if that day and time don’t work for you, deliver to the United Way office at 920 N. Washington in Spokane, Monday through Friday, or call 838-6581.

According to www.volunteermatch.org, recent studies have shown that 83% of executives of large companies support employee volunteering. Many believe that such corporate citizenship contributes directly to the company’s bottom line. And two-thirds of Generation Y respondents in 2007 said they would prefer to work for companies that “give them opportunities to contribute…to nonprofit organizations.”

The United Way strives to improve lives by making strategic investments in the areas of Education, Income, and Health—the foundations of a good quality of life for everyone.

For more information or to donate to the Spokane County United Way call 509.838-6581 or visit www.unitedwayspokane.org.

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.