From: Deborah at UWSL
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Scott, It's the June Edition of LIVING UNITED!
Date: Wed Jun 04 22:25:28 MDT 2014
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Dear Friends,

Thanks to the hard work, contributions, and partnership of thousands of individuals and organizations, 2013-14 has been a historic year of impact for United Way of Salt Lake. Together, we grew our donor engagement, expanded our Collective Impact partnerships, and created new and innovative solutions to address the most serious social challenges in our neighborhoods and communities. 

Please take a few minutes to read our 2013-14 Annual Report to learn more about how we are working to improve lives and build stronger communities today and for years to come.

 We are not alone in this work. We are pleased to work with all of our strategic partners that believe, as we do, that together, we can do more than help one child beat the odds, we can change the odds for entire communities. We appreciate your trust, confidence, and above all, thank you for your partnership with United Way of Salt Lake!

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 Deborah S. Bayle
President and CEO

Granger Elementary Students Improve  Reading Scores 


Earlier this year, Granger Elementary had a rude awakening. Reviewing the mid-year reading scores, not only were students not improving at the anticipated rate to ensure they achieved their end of year goals, they were actually decreasing in some grade levels.

 This is where a culture of continuous improvement makes a big difference. Continuous improvement means continually monitoring actions and practices to see where they can be improved. Granger had already done a lot to improve reading instruction, including small group work, one-on-one tutoring, additional instructors, and much more. But, rather than being satisfied, the Granger staff doubled down. They focused their core instruction on the specific components of reading, such as fluency, accuracy, and retell. They sought out practice tests, evaluated results, and tweaked instruction to individualize each student’s particular need. 

Learn more about Granger's reading success  HERE>>

United Way of Salt Lake in the News

Collaborative Aims to Help Children's Groups Speak the Same Language -Ed Week

United Way of Salt Lake Presents Annual Service Awards -Salt Lake Tribune

Paying for Success: On the Cutting Edge in Early Childhood Education - Deseret News

 More UWSL Stories

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Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

Summer of Service - June - September 2014

United Way of Salt Lake Classic - August 5, 2014

Day of Caring - September 11, 2014

For more information about upcoming events, email

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Whether you give through your workplace or online, it is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to make long-lasting changes. Together, we can get results that no on can alone. 

 Corporate Spotlight - ViaWest LIVES UNITED!

DSCN2202.JPGLast year, ViaWest reached out to United Way of Salt Lake, looking for a volunteer project. They asked and we delivered! In less than a year's time, we have seen ViaWest boost its engagement in our work faster than any company in recent memory! It sponsored our annual golf tournament, volunteered over a half dozen times, and this month ran a giving campaign! They are quickly becoming champions of community investment!

Our most heartfelt thanks goes to the folks at ViaWest for all its support this past year. We are lucky to have ViaWest as a corporate partner and we look forward to all we will do together in the future!

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 Targeted involvement in public policy issues at the local, state, and national level is a key Collective Impact strategy to change the odds for entire communities. your voice can bring about positive change!

Utah School Readiness Initiative Signed by Govenor

 At the May 16 ceremonial signing, the Gold Room at the Utah State Capitol was filled with HB96’s greatest supporters: policy makers and political leaders, advocates and volunteers, and most important, children. As Governor Gary Herbert put his pen to paper, there was an overwhelming feeling of excitement and hope as the moment the final votes secured the fate of HB96 on the Senate floor. Though the bill has already been officially signed into law, this ceremonial signing was another reminder of the ongoing work that has been poured into ensuring that all children in Utah are given a strong start.

Read more about the Utah School Readiness Initiative HERE>>

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Thank you for being an advocate for United Way of Salt Lake!

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United Way 2-1-1 Volunteer Center provides the best volunteer opportunities for individuals, youth, families, and groups in Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele Counties.

Sign up today for Day of Caring 2014 

Day of Caring 2014 is not far off and we are gearing up for the best year yet! Last year, more than 4,200 volunteers served in classrooms reading and tutoring, provided art and fun activities for kids, conducted career fairs, and completed maintenance projects like painting, weeding, or other community beautification.

Get a group of your colleagues and sign up today! United Way of Salt Lake will match you with a meaningful project that makes a lasting impact on our community!

September 11, 2014
The Gateway | Salt Lake City
Kick-off Breakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m.
All volunteers are invited to celebrate at the kick-off breakfast before projects begin.
Volunteer Projects Begin at 9:30 a.m.

Sign up to Volunteer HERE>>          

Day of Caring 2014 Video

Watch our video from Day of Caring 2013!

Host a School Supply Drive and help Stuff the Bus 

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This upcoming school year, many children will lack the supplies they need to enter the classrom ready to learn. Help United Way of Salt Lake Stuff the Bus with school supplies for low income children served through Neighborhood Centers and Community Schools. You can help by holding a school supply drive and donating those supplies to Stuff the Bus. Supplies collected will be stuffed into backpacks and delivered to over 20 locations on United Way of Salt Lake's annual Day of Caring, September 11, 2014

Sign up to host a donation drive HERE>>

Find more volunteer opportunities at the link below.

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