Jim Cooper

United Way Associations of Washington and Oregon Form Regional Organization

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Olympia, WA– The United Way Associations in Washington and Oregon are combining forces to have a stronger impact on education, income and health outcomes in the Pacific Northwest. The United Ways of Washington and the Association of Oregon United Ways agreed to form United Ways of the Pacific Northwest last week.

There are 39 local United Way Organizations who will participate in this enhanced regional trade association. Each of these United Ways is fully independent and focused on their local community. By coming together in this larger regional strategic collaboration, they will be able to do more for their local communities as well as have a wider impact regionally.

“We’re excited about the possibilities ahead of us,” said Dr. Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County in Washington State. “Working together, we will be able… Continue reading

2015 Washington State Policy Agenda

United Ways of Washington

2015 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

(Approved by UWWA Board of Directors 8/14/2014)

United Ways of Washington (UWWA) is the statewide association for 23 of Washington’s local United Ways.  United Ways in Washington State are committed to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good in the areas of education, income and health.  United Ways of Washington and local United Ways believe that to keep our communities strong, we need to prioritize services to help vulnerable populations, notably children and seniors.

Education Goal & Supporting Policy Asks:

Aspiration: Cut by half the number of young people who drop out of high school

Goal: Create comprehensive cradle to career education system

  • Ask: Establish a comprehensive definition of basic education that includes the early years.
  • Ask: Implement breakfast after the bell for… Continue reading

2014 Lobby Day & Reception

In February United Ways of Washington hosted a legislative reception and lobby day in Olympia.  It was a great opportunity for us to network with local United Way organizations while working together on our common policy agenda to reduce childhood hunger and increase access to early learning.

We partnered with Washington Nonprofits, Philanthropy Northwest and the Boeing Company to host a reception in the governor’s mansion with over 200 United Way staff and volunteers, funders, advocates, lawmakers and staff from across Washington. We were joined by Governor Inslee and the First Lady who commented on how important the nonprofit sector is to the Washington economy.

The following day nearly 100 United Way board members, staff and volunteers descended on the capitol campus to advocate for access to early learning and reducing childhood hunger, which received a positive response from… Continue reading

2014 Legislative Agenda

2014 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
United Ways of Washington (UWWA) is the statewide association for 23 of Washington’s local United Ways.
United Ways in Washington State are committed to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of
communities to advance the common good in the areas of education, income and health. United Ways of
Washington and local United Ways believe that to keep our communities strong, we need to prioritize
services to help vulnerable populations, notably children and seniors.

Early Learning:

Ask: Continued investments in quality early learning programs are necessary particularly in increased
access to ECEAP, quality child care, home visiting, and expansion of WaKIDS.

Research overwhelmingly demonstrates that quality early learning is the best long-term investment that
government can make to increase positive social and economic outcomes in a child and family’s lives and, at
the same time, decrease overall… Continue reading

NEW CEO AND OFFICERS

United Ways of Washington Hires New CEO

Jim Cooper is the new President and CEO of United Ways of Washington.  We are excited to have him on board!  Click here for the full press release.