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Mar
30

Dr. Jerry and Elaine Ramsey: A Historical Legacy To Set The Record Straight

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 4:23pm

Dr. Jerry and Elaine Ramsey posing in Branson Missouri

Dr. Jerry Ramsey and his late wife, Elaine, were true lovers of Tacoma long before it became the hottest housing market in the nation. Through their work as educators and > Continue Reading

Mar
4

COVID-19 Conditions Strain School Districts and Nonprofit Partners as More Youth and Families Experience Homelessness

Filed Under: Housing,PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 4:44pm

Elementary students walking away from a bus, wearing COVID-19 masks.

    Marilee Hill-Anderson, Directory of Community Engagement of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District paints a picture of the staggering need families in the district are facing right now, “We > Continue Reading

Feb
12

Government Volume, Philanthropic Flexibility Ensure CARES Act Dollars Reach Pierce County Residents 

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED - Posted @ 2:59pm

Even with a massive infusion of federal dollars, getting money to those who need it most isn’t easy. When Pierce County received $158 million in CARES Act funding last summer, > Continue Reading

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 > 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 > 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 > 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 > 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 > 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 > 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 > Continue Reading