Category: Vibrant Community
We believe great things happen when people gather together, so we’re excited to see so many local organizations using the GTCF Community Calendar to share ways for people to connect in Pierce County. Looking at this upcoming month and into the Summer we noticed a couple organizations, Harbor Wild Watch and Exceptional Families Network, who > Continue Reading
PHOTO: via Lisa Monet Photography What would you do for kids if you were mayor? Tacoma’s Mayor Victoria Woodards posed that question to a group of students from Fawcett Elementary School during the Symposium On Our Youngest Citizens, hosted by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma on April 12th. The students spoke with the Mayor and > Continue Reading
PHOTO: Buffalo Soldiers Tacoma Facebook Page We believe great things happen when community gathers together. Our GTCF Community Calendar is a valuable resource for helping bring people together by sharing information about all kinds of events taking place in Pierce County. From family friendly events to educational opportunities to fundraisers for local nonprofits, you’ll find > Continue Reading
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation will honor ten Pierce County visual artists for the 10th Foundation of Art Award in recognition of the growth of the local arts community since the Award’s inception. This year’s awardees span a wide range of artistic mediums, from painting and sculpture, to fabric and letterpress. The following artists will showcase > Continue Reading
More than fifty Tacoma organizations came together on Tuesday, February 28 at the Graduate Tacoma headquarters to begin developing a unified approach to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for local students. The gathering is the first of four community meetings to develop a plan for extending SEL into after-school programs. One theme that emerged was > Continue Reading
Last Friday, in partnership with Pierce County SAFE Alliance, Oasis Youth Center, and Rainbow Center, we held a special training for our partner nonprofits that provided participants the legal and social context needed to be inclusive and welcoming to transgender people. This interactive workshop offered rich content as well as opportunities to ask questions. It was a learning experience that deepened our knowledge, compassion and commitment to ensuring ALL people are welcome and safe in our community.
There is no question that investing in women and girls raises the watermark for the entire community. I love the Melinda Gates’ quote in a recent Fortune Magazine article when she said, “if you want to make life better for a community, you should start by investing in its women and girls. When I talk to women, a universal desire is to bring every good thing to our kids. Women tend to spend their resources on their families—prioritizing things like healthcare, nutritious food, education, and all the building blocks of a thriving society. The way I think about it is that when we invest in women, we invest in the people who invest in everyone else. So when we match their commitment with our own, great things are possible.”