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Nov
12

Youth Hunger For Connection Served Up By Online Expanded Learning Opportunities

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 12:24pm

With the music pumping and blue disco lights flashing (well…in one kid’s room, at least) students and instructors from Tacoma Arts Live’s Hip-Hop Movement class moved together, via webcam, through the steps of a routine they had just learned. “I’m panting like my dog.” one of the students said, coming closer to the screen as > Continue Reading

Nov
12

Make Civic Engagement Personal To Make It Last

Filed Under: Census 2020,Civic Engagement - Posted @ 11:58am

Jennifer Keating, Land Use Planner for Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and her family maintain a family tradition during election season, “My significant other and I, we’ve created a tradition with our blended families where we sit down with the campaign guide and the kids vote. They go through the guide and they compare, and they > Continue Reading

Nov
10

Giving Tuesday Can Be A Gateway To Greater Community Impact

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 1:06pm

Mary Hammond played clarinet in her small Michigan hometown’s marching band, but, “First blizzard, I said, ‘This is for the birds!’” and she immediately switched to the choir. Her musical father nurtured in her a soft spot for music, as well as an interest in investing. A biochemist who would read Value Line at the Grand Rapids > Continue Reading

Oct
8

The Legacy of Mr. Rogers In Tacoma’s Whole Child Virtual Expanded Learning

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 2:21pm

For more than 30 years Mister Rogers used his groundbreaking PBS television show to make a personal connection with millions of children.  Speaking directly into the camera, he invited his viewers to join him in learning new things, playing together, and reflecting on what it means to be a good “neighbor”.  “Expanded Learning Opportunities have always provided a unique space for students to make connections with each other and with a caring adult.”  Building on > Continue Reading

Oct
8

Technology and Internet Access Are Essential Needs Under COVID-19 Conditions

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 11:20am

  Arriving to work one day at Tacoma’s Peace Community Center, Development Director, Lianna Shepherd met a mother in desperate need of reliable internet bandwidth in order to work from home, “She’s worked for Delta Airlines for years, and now suddenly has to perform her customer service duties from home. The woman says, ‘I don’t > Continue Reading

Sep
8

Where There’s A Will There’s A Way To Build A Thriving Future

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Professional Advisors - Posted @ 4:06pm

2020 has been a year of uncertainty and change, with everything from physical distancing to mask wearing to Zoom work, school, and parties becoming our new day-to-day. Despite the current disruptions, many people have been inspired to re-imagine their future – and the future of their communities.  “We’ve experienced an uptick in clients requesting estate planning services since COVID hit,” said Ken Ford, Attorney with Morton McGoldrick in Tacoma. “COVID > Continue Reading

Aug
13

Local Online Learning Adapts For Youth Who Don’t Want To Feel Alone

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 12:31pm

‘I just don’t like feeling alone.’ The youth Choreographer’s Workshop at Tacoma Arts Live looked a lot different this summer.  Gathering on screen via Zoom, instead of in a dance studio, each student rehearsed their routine in their own individual square with their sound settings on mute.  Whenever a classmate had a question or needed > Continue Reading

Aug
12

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Extends Funding For Urgent Needs Under Persistent COVID-19 Conditions

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 4:45pm

“We just started taking kids and told parents, we know that there is money coming and we’re going to use the daycare grant to pay for the kids.” Located in the Hilltop community of Tacoma, the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center provides important services to children and families. Gail Neal, Executive Director of Multicultural > Continue Reading

Jul
8

Partnering for Experiential Learning: Fort Nisqually Foundation, GTCF Agency Fundholder

Filed Under: Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 6:46pm

Over the past 38 years, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has seen Pierce County grow and change, but what has remained constant is the passion people bring to building a thriving community. Sharing community knowledge and stories about our lived experiences builds everyone’s ability to make a positive impact. In our latest annual book of Pierce > Continue Reading

Jul
8

Understanding Your Community Helps Charitable Giving Support Racial Equity

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 4:55pm

  Since COVID-19 shut down schools, the Hilltop Artists’ glass hot shop furnaces at Jason Lee Middle School have been idle. But, Hilltop Artists’ support for youth continues. On a recent afternoon, Executive Director Dr. Kimberly Keith worked from the dining room of the house where she grew up, via video meetings, getting creative with > Continue Reading