Tuesday Tip: Take Free Money and Save It (Part 3)

Take free money and save it, part 3

Does your employer offer retirement savings through a 401(k) or 403(b)? If so, there’s a good chance that your employer offers a match on your contributions. That’s free money! And, it’s silly not to take advantage of it. To find out more about retirement accounts at your work, talk to your supervisor, manager, or someone in human resources.

Visit the Believe website for more information about saving for retirement.

Summer of Service “Stuff the Bus” Volunteer Project

Thank you to everyone who came to our end of year Summer of Service “Stuff the Bus” volunteer project! More than 90 kids and families came to help other kids. Volunteers sorted school supplies and made back to school cards. All the school supplies will be stuffed into backpacks and delivered to our Community Learning Center schools on Day of Caring, September 8. Thank you especially to Joshua Keyser. Joshua had kids bring school supplies to donate to his 7th birthday party instead of bringing him birthday presents this year. What an extraordinary example of how to LIVE UNITED!

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We invite everyone to join us at the Gateway on Day of Caring, September 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to help us “Stuff the Bus.” For more information dial 2-1-1 or visit uw.org.

To Welcome With Open Arms

By Elizabeth Garbe

Community Impact Director of Public Policy

Last night my family had some friends over so that we could all meet a foreign exchange student from Pakistan, Seema, who had recently begun staying with them.  For the next year Seema, this young, smart girl will be attending Highland High School and exploring the world of the American Teenager.  While talking with this student, I was in awe at how independent, well educated, and focused she was.  Seema speaks five languages, attends a school far away from her home, and plans on being a doctor.  However, she meets many struggles because she comes from a town where all of the schools have been destroyed by the Taliban and most schools that are close are too dangerous for her to attend, simply because she is a girl.  Despite this, her visit to America is not about seeking a better life, but about learning a new culture and being exposed to new ideas.

Later, I started to worry about how Seema, whom I am learning is utterly amazing, may be received in an American high school–knowing how difficult high school can be with its social aspects and cliquey teenagers.  However, then I sat back and looked at all of the people who were in our home welcoming her to our state.  Many people supported her coming to Utah by spending hours preparing her new home and helping her new exchange mother, Laurel, get ready for her arrival.  These are the people that will support her as she submerges herself into her new Utah life.

One of United Way of Salt Lake’s priorities is to create cohesive communities to address Utah’s changing demographics by increasing the broader community’s level of trust, compassion and reciprocity of immigrants and refugees.  This young girl from Pakistan is being welcomed with open arms to our close-knit community of friends and families, but we must remember that not all immigrants and refugees are welcomed with such acceptance.  In partnership with multiple organizations, UWSL’s welcome centers located in a number of local neighborhoods, work to create a safe atmosphere for people joining our neighborhoods. I think it is important for each of us to ask ourselves on a regular basis how we can be involved in creating an inviting community for people who seem different from us.

Chase Invests in Utah’s Future

This past week, Chase invested in Utah’s future by donating $125,000 to support United Way of Salt Lake’s comprehensive strategy for low-income neighborhoods.  United Way Neighborhood Centers are hubs for residents with before and after-school programs, tutoring, mentoring and leadership training.

“We can have a bigger impact by working through United Way in continuing to build the infrastructure to support youth and their families,” said Craig Zollinger, President of JPMorgan Chase in Utah. “With this significant investment, Chase can help 70 local programs and partnerships.”

The neighborhoods where United Way focuses its work struggle with violent crime, high drop-out rates and poverty.  Chase is fueling United Way’s work with partners such as school districts, cities, counties and educational institutions.  In addition, local businesses, nonprofits, community organizations and neighborhood residents are working together to develop long-term solutions and create a web of support for children and their parents.

“This generous support from Chase is critically important as we work with partners to find solutions to complex community issues,” said Deborah Bayle, President and CEO, United Way of Salt Lake. “This support will help create a sense of unity in neighborhoods and ensure fewer youth are involved in gangs, more kids are prepared to learn, and parents have the tools they need to support their families.”

In Utah, grants from Chase focus primarily on education and economic stability. To find out more about the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and grants made in Utah and around the world, visit www.jpmorganchase.com/giving or email cree.zischke@jpmchase.com.

Park City: an Amazing Place to Live and Learn

by Lynn Rilling

Community Collaborations Director

 

 

 

 

What comes to your mind when you think of Park City? Perhaps Park City brings to mind the beautiful mountains or activities such as hiking and biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.  However, as with most cities and towns, there is a lot more to Park City than meets the eye.

 
Some might not be aware that there is a large population in Park City of people who provide services to others. Often, these jobs tend to be low in pay, making it difficult for families and individuals to make ends meet. Many of these jobs are also seasonal, which can leave families without adequate income once the seasonal work ends or changes.

 
Two of the four elementary schools in Park City are Title 1 schools.  A Title 1 school has a large number of students who qualify, based on family income, for free or reduced price school lunches.) United Way of Salt Lake is working with all four elementary schools and their principals, Holy Cross Ministries, the Park City School District/Education Foundation, the Park City Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the People’s Health Clinic to raise the quality of life for children and families in the community. All of the elementary schools – Jeremy Ranch, McPolin, Parley’s Park, and Trailside – will become Community Learning Centers (CLCs) when school starts in a few short weeks.  A community in which all elementary school principals are united in finding and developing strategies to improve the lives of children and families is truly extraordinary.

 
The CLCs will offer many services such as in-depth, one-on-one learning during the school day, mentoring for students with a big brother or big sister, health care for children and their families, as well as after-school programming focusing on academics and other activities such as art and sports. Parents will also directly benefit from services offered at the CLCs such as learning how to navigate systems and English language skills.

 
By uniting programs and services with the Park City School District, Holy Cross Ministries and other organizations, United Way of Salt Lake is working to create a better life for the people in Park City.