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Author: Joe Hunich

Jun
30

This Could Not Have Been An Email: Social Emotional Learning Makes Meetings Meaningful

Filed Under: Expanded Learning - Posted @ 11:38pm

A common complaint heard after many work meetings is, “This could have been an email”. For Expanded Learning providers participating in Tacoma’s Whole Child partnership under COVID-19 conditions, virtual team meetings have been something they actually look forward to.  After 3 years of providing programs on-site at 12 elementary schools across Tacoma, Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) had to shift to an online format under COVID-19 conditions. This meant that ELO providers wouldn’t see > 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

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

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

Jun
10

Partnering for Lifelong Learning: Pierce County Library Foundation, GTCF Agency Fundholders

Filed Under: Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 4:33pm

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

May
14

Social Emotional Learning Helps Kids Navigate COVID-19 Disruptions

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:17pm

Sharing is usually something adults encourage kids to practice. That’s why Tess Guerrero understood how strange it sounded when she explained to a student that they couldn’t share their supplies because of safety measures due to COVID-19. “I don’t want to hear one more thing about this virus!” the student exclaimed. Tess said the student’s > Continue Reading

May
14

Partnering to Honor Community History: Gregory M. Tanbara, GTCF Board Alumnus

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Strengthening Pierce County,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 9:29am

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

May
6

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Spotlight: Helping Neighbors Have A Home To Stay Safe

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED - Posted @ 5:05pm

As the public health response to COVID-19 in Pierce County escalated on March 13, 2020, United Way of Pierce County and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation partnered for an aligned philanthropic response to emerging community needs. Together, they launched the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund, seeded with $1,750,000 from GTCF.   As of April 30, 2020, 246 > Continue Reading

Apr
21

PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED Spotlight: Working Together To Feed Our Neighbors

Filed Under: Philanthropy,PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED - Posted @ 4:44pm

PIERCE COUNTY FOOD ACCESS: The Need, Resources, and How You Can Help As the public health response to COVID-19 in Pierce County escalated on March 13, 2020, United Way of Pierce County and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation partnered for an aligned philanthropic response to emerging community needs. Together, they launched the PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED fund, seeded with $1,750,000 > Continue Reading

Apr
10

Local Organizations Encourage 2020 Census Participation While Responding to COVID-19

Filed Under: Census 2020 - Posted @ 11:17am

Since December 2019, more than 40 organizations received funding for census outreach through GTCF, thanks to a grant from the State of Washington Office of Financial Management.  In response to COVID-19 and the challenges it presented to outreach,  GTCF received an additional $857K from the Office of Financial Management to support rapid response census outreach > Continue Reading