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December, 2014
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Changes at Thurston County Superior Court

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County Benefits from “JBLM Day of Service”

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 Giving Tuesday Benefits Local Non Profits

Donate to benefit Safeplace and the Family Support Center

You’ve likely heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber-Monday as holiday shopping promotions. You can now add “Giving Tuesday” to the list, with the twist that Giving Tuesday encourages you to donate to your favorite charity. With that in mind, Thurston County Commissioners have proclaimed December 3, 2013, #GivingTuesday – Thurston County’s Day of Giving.

#GivingTuesday is a global initiative that seeks to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with Thanksgiving and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action by giving back and helping others through non-profit organizations.

“#GivingTuesday is a wonderful opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season and inspire action around charitable giving,” said County Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Board of Health, Cathy Wolfe.

In response to the proclamation and spirit of #GivingTuesday, United Way of Thurston County has partnered with SafePlace, and the Family Support Center toward the goal of raising $5,000 (or more) to support women and families suffering from the perils of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Donations will help provide women and families with safe shelter, food and resources. (If you missed Giving Tuesday, donations can still be made through December.) More than 1,123 children and 686 adults experienced homelessness in Thurston County last winter. And, half of all women and children experiencing homelessness are fleeing from domestic violence in their homes. Without help, many children and adults will spend the holiday season cold, hungry and without safe shelter.

For the first time, United Way will utilize Crowdrise, an online fundraising platform to generate funds for an important cause. This is a unique community building opportunity and United Way hopes to create a buzz through social media to broaden its reach.

“Giving Tuesday is a great reminder that the spirit of the holiday season should be about the community, as well as family, and about giving back, not shopping,” said Paul Knox, United Way of Thurston County executive director. “The most meaningful gift we can give vulnerable women and families in our community this holiday season is a helping hand during their times of need.”

Knox added that whether you give $10 or $100, your donation will make a big impact in providing women and families hope for a better tomorrow.

Help United Way and its partners by donating to this worthy cause. Go online to to give. To learn more about #GivingTuesday visit For more information on United Way of Thurston County, please go to

By John Tennis

Paul Knox and County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe. Paul Knox and County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe.