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Stuff the Bus News Update: We are doing a fundraising night! Print out and present this flyer to your server on July 25th from 4-9pm at Applebee's in Oak Park Heights to help us recieve 15% of the profits to go towards Stuff the Bus!

Click here         to download and print the flyer

Click here or click on the donate tab to the right to give a financial contribution towards Stuff the Bus to purchase school supplies and gift cards for teachers!

(Enter "Stuff the Bus" under donor designations)

It is estimated that more than 16% of kids enrolled in the Stillwater Area School District  
each year do not have all the tools they need to succeed in school. Community Thread and United Way of Washington County-East are joining together to meet this need by collecting  school supplies and assembling hygiene kits for students in need.
 
Please consider joining us as a sponsor to meet this need in our community to help all kids succeed.
 
 

Help all kids succeed by visiting Community Thread 
  at www.CommunityThreadMN.org for more information.
 


Join us for our Little Lumberjack Parade

Saturday, July 22nd along the St. Croix River!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

9:30 am- 10 am Registration in South Lowell Park near the Nelson St E

Pre-Register online!

10 am Parade Kick-off

10 am- 11 am Activities in the LumberKids tent

$5/child or $10/family (donations will go to United Way of Washington County East)

This parade, sponsored by Women UNITED of Washington County East, offers kids a great way to get some exercise and participate in an event which celebrates the beauty of our river valley.

Kids of all ages are invited to parade with us! Dress up as a LumberJack, LumberJane, or your favorite book, movie, or cartoon character. Moms and dads are welcome to walk with their kids. Strollers are welcome; however, bicycles are not allowed. After the parade there will be fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Women UNITED, formerly Women’s Leadership Council, is an affiliate program of the United Way of Washington County (UWWCE) which focuses on women helping women. Women UNITED is dedicated to providing single mothers with career opportunities and strong foundations of community support.

The funds raised at the Little Lumberjack Parade will help to support the Women UNITED scholarship program, Financial Independence Together (FIT).  The FIT scholarship is targeted towards single working mothers in Washington County

Women UNITED supports the mission of the UWWCE: Uniting our communities and local resources to give each person the chance to build a better life.

Please support Women UNITED and Lumberjack Days!

We hope to see you and your family at the Little Lumberjack Parade! For any questions about the parade or for more information about Women UNITED, please contact the UWWCE office at 651-439-3838 or intern2@uwwce.org


AGENCY SPOTLIGHT

At United Way, we support 22 local agencies to help our community members build a better life. 

One of our new partner agencies this year is ​Serve Minnesota, they have an amazing program called Minnesota Reading Corps that helps tutor our communities youth.

"One third grader gets incredibly excited whenever he sees me coming and always wants to show off how well he is reading. I'm happy that he's now spending more time reading at home and know that he's going to continue to improve." 
- Allison W., ServeMN Reading Corps Tutor, Royal Oaks Elementary (Woodbury)


 

 
United Way has four focus areas; Youth, Basic Needs, Health and Self-Sufficiency.
One of our amazing Basic Needs programs is Solid Ground's HomeAgain program.

" Having a stable home meant everything to us; it allowed us to work and keep our kids in school"
-Melody, Solid Ground HomeAgain participant  #solidgrounf #buildbetterlives
 
        

 


 

"Thanks Julia for that information and for all that you have done for (student). You have really been the one person that she has connected with I am a huge supporter of the Wellness Center at the high school and am happy to help if you ever need me to be an advocate for the program. I think it should be staffed every day." 
-Individual at Youth Service Bureau

 

"38% of Valley Outreach's clients are children. With your support, we make sure they can get nutritious food as they grow!" 


 

"Thank you for your great and gracious guidance, oversight, advice, administration and all-around grace given to me over the last four years. Getting into debt and dealing with the stresses of debt has been among the most stressful experiences of my life. I'm especially grateful for the guidance, problem solving and charitable presence of my counselor through this journey. Having someone who I could talk to face-to-face was wonderful!" - Client at FamilyMeans

 

 


 

       

This year Community Thread celebrates 50 years of service in the St. Croix Valley. As one of the first volunteer centers in the state of Minnesota, they continue to strengthen our community by harnessing the passion of volunteers and providing services that help older adults remain self-sufficient.

Research shows that when people are more socially connected, they live happier, healthier lives. Community Thread strives to build on that by creating a community where all people are engaged, enriched and connected.

One way that United Way of Washington County-East supports Community Thread is through their Older Adult Program. With locations in Stillwater and Bayport, Community Thread’s Senior Centers are friendly places where older adults receive support to remain independent and participate in community life through activities and volunteer opportunities.

Community Thread is also passionate about volunteerism. Their Volunteer Center makes finding the right volunteer opportunity a simple process using a searchable database that links volunteers to meaningful experiences throughout the St. Croix Valley.  You may be familiar with Community Thread’s signature service initiatives – Spring into Service, River Rally, Rake a Difference Day and Holiday Hope. These events engage over 1,000 volunteers each year and support older adults, low-income families and local nonprofits – all right here in our community!

Volunteers also play a central role in helping Community Thread address the aging community’s needs. Through their Chore Services and Transportation Program they engage volunteers who assist with home maintenance tasks and provide transportation to medical appointments – services that are critical to helping older adults stay self-sufficient.

Thank you, Community Thread, for your commitment to creating self-sufficiency in our community!