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Jul
1

Vaccine Participation vs. Hesitancy – Who Do You Trust? 

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED,Strengthening Pierce County - Posted @ 8:50am

According to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, as of June 30, 2021, Pierce County’s vaccination rate was 50.5%. COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available, but the number of people seeking vaccines has decreased. Organizations and agencies around Pierce County are sharing data, resources, and tools to help community members make informed decisions about vaccination. As part > Continue Reading

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

Jun
30

Complex Gifts Can Simply Transform Communities

Filed Under: Philanthropy - Posted @ 2:44pm

 “Sometimes the most important stuff is not all about the money.” – Marydale Brooks The late Marydale Brooks believed the “important stuff” happened “when everyone starts pitching in with their talents, resources, or pure grunt work to get the job done.” A longtime Buckley resident, she was unassuming in her demeanor, community-minded, and collaborative in > Continue Reading

May
6

Good Information And Trusted People Critical To COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

Filed Under: PIERCE COUNTY CONNECTED - Posted @ 2:17pm

People lined up outside, wearing masks, waiting for COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccine supply now exceeds demand. However, vaccine availability does not automatically equal vaccination for all people in all places. In Pierce County, efforts are underway to make it easy and desirable for all communities to get the vaccine. In Yakima, an effort called the Partnership for Food Security offers valuable lessons for improving vaccine equity.  Yakima County Commissioner Amanda McKinney shared an important insight from the partnership about encouraging vaccine participation, “You need to > Continue Reading

Apr
5

Listening to Youth Helps Drive Racial Equity At Pierce County Nonprofits

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Strengthening Pierce County,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 7:44am

  Jonathan Jackson, Palmer Scholars’ Executive Director, runs an organization that supports underrepresented Pierce County students of color to overcome financial, cultural, and social barriers in their pursuit of higher education. He pointed to the fact that youth voice is essential for their mission, “If you’re talking about building an equitable future, but you’re not > Continue Reading

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 authors, they built connections to the region’s history. As engaged community members, they also built lasting supports for generations to come.   “Elaine and I have never lived outside of the Tacoma area”, said Dr. Jerry. > 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 had a family who was illegally evicted from a local motel that had been there for a year and a half as homeless. They were > 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, the money came with a tight deadline to get it out to the community: December 31, 2020.   Heather Moss, the director of Human Services in Pierce County, explains > 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 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