by Chelsea Nelson
Digital Marketing Director
The big day is coming up on October 30! You won’t want to miss one of the biggest and most inspirational galas of the year – Power of Your Purse!
Last chance to RSVP!
Power of Your Purse is a wonderful and inspiring event, hosted by UWSL’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). WLC focuses its efforts on Women for Educational Achievement, which helps young girls and women reach their potential through education. Power of Your Purse brings together the collective power and wisdom of women to inspire everyone to become engaged and help young girls in our community finish high school and post-secondary education. Learn how YOU can take a leading role in this effort! Be inspired by the stories of young women in our community who are overcoming incredible odds to achieve success in school and in life.
Power of Your Purse
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. – Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Location: The Grand America Hotel | Imperial Ballroom | 555 S Main Street
This year, our keynote speaker will be Jane Pauley. A familiar face on morning, daytime, and primetime television, Jane Pauley has been one of the most respected figures in American broadcast journalism for more than thirty years. Pauley has written two New York Times bestsellers: a memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue (2004) and Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life (2014).
Not only is this an inspiring event, it is a fun one!
We will be giving away some outstanding prizes this year.
You can find the full list of prizes below – you won’t want to miss it!
It isn’t too late to RSVP! We hope to see you there.
by Chris Ellis
Director of Early Learning
As we work with our partners to increase access to quality early childhood education programs, one challenge we encounter is connecting with refugee families. Last year, this challenge resulted in a low number of refugee children attending a high-quality early learning program. This year, our goal was to develop a strategy that would allow us to more genuinely establish connections with refugee families and communicate the importance of early childhood education, ultimately getting more children enrolled in high-quality early learning programs.
A key component of this year’s strategy was hiring three Early Learning Navigators at organizations that support refugee families: Asian Association of Utah, Catholic Community Services, and International Rescue Committee. The Early Learning Navigators were hired to address two chief barriers that refugee families face when enrolling their children in high-quality early childhood programs. First, lack of information that they can readily understand and second, lack of familiarity and trust with the individual delivering the message.
The Early Learning Navigators were hired because they already had close relationships with refugee families and two of them are refugees themselves. This connection allowed them to understand the barriers refugee families face when enrolling children into these programs. To strengthen these families’ understanding of the importance of early childhood education, the Early Learning Navigators conduct home visits, host outreach events, and visit the schools where preschool programs occur. This multi-faceted approach gives refugee families the opportunity to discuss the program with their peers, see the program in action, and better understand the importance of early childhood education. Since this summer, these individuals have been working directly with families and have experienced tremendous results!
Early Learning Navigators have enrolled more than 50 refugee children in high-quality preschool and have met with several other families to discuss the importance of early childhood education. Navigators have excelled at and enjoyed developing relationships with families and providing this much needed support.
We are grateful for the Early Learning Navigators and their commitment to supporting refugee families. They provide a great example of what it means to LIVE UNITED!
by Elizabeth McAninch
English Skills Learning Center
Empowering Parents Coordinator
The mission at the English Skills Learning Center and it’s Empowering Parents program aims to help parents of school-aged children, by providing the language tools necessary for integration and success in the United States school system.
This mission would not be possible without our partners in the community, including our elementary schools. While the partnership between the English Skills Learning Center and Oquirrh Hills Elementary School, a United Way of Salt Lake Neighborhood Center located in Kearns, is fairly new — over the past year, it has become a model for a thriving, student-centered cooperation, that aims to further the shared goals of United Way of Salt Lake’s Collective Impact work, as well as empower parents learning a new language and culture.
Last school year, we were able to reach out to parents of children at Oquirrh Hills and other community members, and offer free English classes with 10-15 students attending twice a week. These students engaged in lessons that discussed a wide variety of subjects such as report cards, parent-teacher conferences, attendance, and an array of other topics. Some students are back for their second year in the 2014/2015 school year, with a fierce determination to give their children the best chance of success in school as possible!
Student engagement, retention, and success would not be as strong without the partnership that has emerged between the two organizations and we hope to continue to engage parents in significant and relevant learning for years to come!
by Tim Harrison
Senior Community Investment Advisor
United Way of Salt Lake is fortunate to work with many great corporate partners in a wide variety of industries: aerospace, healthcare, computing, retail, etc. However, we are now collaborating with a company unlike any other I’ve worked with before!
Kroger-owned, Smith’s Layton Bakery and Smith’s Layton Dairy, have been providing sweet treats for Smith’s stores for years, and now they are providing support for the community. Kroger is currently running a nationwide campaign to support its local United Ways and partners. We’re lucky to have its support! I recently spent time in the Layton Dairy facility talking to folks about our work, how they can give back, and how they can take advantage of some services themselves.
I also had the opportunity to peek at some of the action in the dairy, and I can definitely say I’ve never seen so many ice cream sandwiches before. Or so many quarts of ice cream of so many flavors. Or a lap-pool-sized vat of yogurt in the middle of its culture. I was thankful to chat with such an eclectic mix of generous people and hard workers. I was even more thankful when they gave me a fresh donut from the bakery.
We are looking forward to seeing how Kroger LIVES UNITED and are excited to have them working to help change the odds for kids and families!
Thanks to Kroger for your support!
by Carmela Castaneda
Granite Park Jr. High Community School Director
On Wednesday October 1, Granite Park Jr. High’s faculty and staff hosted the second annual Parent Night. Everyone worked incredibly hard to put on a special and meaningful night for the parents and families of Granite Park. Parent night is a great opportunity for the school and community partners to come together to support Granite Park and the larger community.
Parent Night is a great opportunity for students and their families to learn more about our school, community partners, and services offered. They can find out about how to stay engaged and support student academic success. It was exciting to see so many parents and families of Granite Park excited to learn more about their student’s school and community!
This year, the night offered booths for information from community partners, workshops on Grade Book and Student Success, and over 50 families received flu shots from the Say BOO to the Flu clinic. Latinos in Action students also stayed the night to offer babysitting for the parents. The event wrapped up with dinner and every family receiving a hygiene kit!
The highlight of Parent Night was knowing that parents and families received access to needed resources. It was amazing to see students rise to the occasion while also serving, leading, and teaching! What an incredibly successful night it was, with so many community partners coming together to help change the odds for kids and families!
by Alison Cundiff
Corporate Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
On September 11, I got to be a part of something truly incredible. Day of Caring is always one of my favorite days of the year. This year, it just happened to fall on my birthday, which made it even more special. I got to spend my birthday surrounded by people dedicated to giving back to the community. I got to spend Day of Caring with the amazing volunteers from GE Healthcare.
GE Healthcare approached us in mid-July to help them find a large-scale volunteer project for their employees and we knew that Kearns High had a huge need, and thus the epic project was born. Thanks to the direction of Kearns High Community School Director Steve Whatcott, we were able to identify specific needs that the school had and match it with the very specific skills of the GE Healthcare employees. As a corporate volunteer coordinator, this is the ultimate goal for any volunteer project.
The morning started with a warm welcome from the KHS cheerleaders and marching band. Over 300 GE Healthcare employees showed up to volunteer. Here is just a brief look at the various projects that took place throughout the day:
- Motivational speech to over 500 students by Jason Hewlett
- Classroom presentations and activities with over 30 classes
- Inspiring demonstrations of GE Healthcare equipment
- Grading, pouring, and leveling of a new cement walkway
- Painting projects at the baseball stadium
- Overhaul of the greenhouse, including brand new tables built and assembled by GE volunteers
- Complete makeover of the community garden space, including new garden beds and benches built by GE volunteers
It was truly amazing to see what can be done in one day by so many hard working volunteers. This project really reminded me of what United Way of Salt Lake’s Collective Impact work is all about — bringing partners in the community together to make a difference. The impact that GE Healthcare had on Kearns High School that day will be felt for years to come.
I would like to give huge thank you to Allan Alcox and Eric Gale of GE Healthcare for pulling this project together in a relatively short period of time. United Way of Salt Lake and Kearns High School wants to thank all of the GE Healthcare volunteers for spending your day improving the school, and more importantly, the lives of the students and families at Kearns High. Thank you for showing the community what it means to LIVE UNITED!
by Allison Temnick
Community Investment Advisor
Rocky Mountain Power has been powering the West for over 100 years — in more ways than one. United Way of Salt Lake owes Rocky Mountain Power a huge thank you, not just for keeping the lights on and office running, but for being one of our biggest supporters in both funding and volunteerism!
On September 11, Rocky Mountain Power sent 20 volunteers to Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for United Way of Salt Lake’s Day of Caring. These awesome volunteers read and played with some of the most at-risk students in the state of Utah – in fact, 90 percent of those students come from homes living at or below the poverty line. The volunteers’ cheerful presence and positive influence was felt throughout the school. One student asked volunteer Candace Turner, “Your boss is a lawyer? Well I want to be a lawyer someday so I can work with you, too!”
Only two days later, Rocky Mountain Power hosted its 16th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit United Way of Salt Lake. The golf tournament included an incredible team of organizers, eighteen sponsors, and 110 golfers. When combined with the silent auction, upcoming United Way campaign, and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, they hope to raise over $150,000 this year!
Thank you, Rocky Mountain Power, for your great example of LIVING UNITED!