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Northern Utah Nonprofit organizations share their extraordinary plans to contribute to their community in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. Read about some of the amazing projects in your community that were awarded!

A mother of two girls shares her memorable experiences in giving

Recipients of Turkey donations share their stories.

United Way of Northern Utah appoints a new CEO.

Post Cereal's mascot, sugar bear, hyped up the line as hundreds of Box Elder community members lined up for a fundraiser cereal sale.

We had a special visitor this month: Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson! On Thursday, August 25, Henderson spent the morning at United Way of Northern Utah learning about the incredible philanthropic programs taking place that fill resource and community gaps. 

Tim Jackson was recently featured in The Enterprise- Utah's Business Journal. Read about his solutions for employee retention during what he calls "The Great Resignation"

This morning, the United Way of Northern Utah Board launched a search for a new President and CEO upon accepting Tim Jackson's notice to step down from his current post, announced United Way board chair Rhett Long. United Way HR Committee Chair Kent Streuling will lead the search committee.

“When I think about our relationships with these community leaders,” shared Jackson, “A quote comes to mind. ‘You have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others’. With the volume of these individuals’ good work, you’d think they had more than two hands.” 

The Alden brothers had excessive absences, but in a peculiar pattern. Concerned, the school asked the brothers for further insight and were shocked and touched by their answer.

We'd like to take a moment to highlight some opportunities that are available for those who wish to forward their education through the Comcast Affordable Connectivity Program.  

Heart warming tale of how businesses and individuals make a difference in our community.

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The Holden Family has benefitted from the Welcome Baby Program at United Way of Northern Utah in many ways. Mother of 3, Alexis, shared with us how much the program has helped her and her family.

Learn about how one Box Elder Family benefitted so much from the collaborative efforts of local nonprofit organizations.

Learn about United Way of Northern Utah's Volunteer of the Year, Michael Joseph, and the impacts he has made on our community.

It’s never too early to begin the education of a child. That’s why United Way of Northern Utah (UWNU) and its human services partners collaborate with school systems and education networks to enhance student success.

Soroptimist International of Ogden has been working with Welcome Baby for a little over a year now. Their members help assemble learning kits for our Welcome Baby families. See how they got connected.

Meet Whitney Glazier, a special volunteer who played an instrumental part in getting Tremonton Playgroups started, and a worked as a dedicated Welcome Baby Volunteer.

Yessenia Sustaita and Samuel Rodriguez's home burned down. They were left to care for their children with little basic necessities. See how a compassionate Welcome Baby volunteer stepped up and got help for them.

Check out our LinkedIn Article on the benefits of Pro Bono Consulting!

At sites such as Heritage Elementary, Bear River Head Start, and the Brigham City Fine Arts Center, the community celebrated Read Across America Day.

Mariah, a first-generation future college student, was excited to receive a Chromebook. But that wasn't the only surprise waiting for her.

New Bridge Elementary receives support from many community organizations!

Colleen, a SparkPoint client, learned how to use credit. She keeps her debts low, pays her rent on time, and now teaches her daughters how to use credit.

Success stories from volunteers in our AEIOU tutoring program.

Community Christmas helps thousands of children

Grandpa reads to his new grandbaby
Grandpa reads to his new grandbaby

The Welcome Baby program visited a new teenage mom who has a 7 month old baby. Her family was an intergenerational family who primarily spoke Spanish. The young mother's grandpa came in and sat through the visit. Julie, the Welcome Baby visitor was just getting to the part about reading to your baby when she asked the young mom if she read to her baby.

The young mom said she didn’t have any books to read. That's when Julie handed her a ABC book in English. Julie read the book to the baby. After she was done reading, the grandpa motioned for the book. He then started trying to read it to her, too, stopping often to ask how to say certain words in English. He enjoyed reading the book as much as the baby enjoyed hearing it!

When Julie got up to leave, the Grandpa tried to hand her the book. She clarified that it was his to keep and the grandpa's eyes lit up.

Every year, thousands of employees in Northern Utah get involved in workplace giving campaigns to support local United Way solutions that improve education, financial stability and health.

Welcome Baby Volunteer, Melissa worked with a family whose child had delayed speech. Because of home visits and early interventions the child's language skills were improved in less than one year.

Representatives from local nonprofits, public agencies and businesses met as part of the United Partnership Council. The partnership added health and housing as new areas of focus. The geographic area started in Ogden City and has now expanded to include all of Weber County.

Attending preschool not only improved Kanstin’s social skills, it further developed his fine motor and language skills. It also helped him adapt to the routine of going to school and instilled in him the rigor needed to be successful academically.

After a debilitating car accident that almost left her paralyzed, Destiny is now on track to graduate with the help of a United Way Community School Coordinator.

After attending 12 different schools, Mary didn’t have the attendance or credits she needed to graduate. Help from an AmeriCorps mentor at Bear River High School got Mary back in school and ready to put on her cap and gown to receive her diploma.

Jenniffer was a good student who was struggling to stay motivated in school. It only took one person to help her get back on track so she could be the first in her family to graduate from high school.

The wrong group of friends led David to start missing school. He didn't care about his grades anymore and graduation wasn't important. A school program that targets at-risk youth helped David get back on track.

Kaitlyn found herself homeless and in debt. Having a six-year-old son to look after, she turned to SparkPoint Center for help. Kaitlyn found the help she needed and was able to start building her low credit score and savings.

Tis Olesko is a Welcome Baby Volunteer that loves to pay it forward. She helps provide mothers with the resources and support they need. A past experience in her life ignited her drive to help others.

Monica's quadruplets were born at just 28 weeks old in 2016. Having four newborns who were born prematurely required many trips to the doctor and a massive amount of help. Monica found the help that she so desperately needed through the Welcome Baby Program and her community. The quadruplets have now graduated from the Welcome Baby Program with their third birthday this March of 2019.

In a little over a decade, 2-1-1 has become a critical part of Utah's service delivery system, connecting people to resources and support that meet basic needs in times of difficulty.

Sherry is always looking to give back. Her experiences as a very young single mother drive her to help others in need. Through her workplace campaign, she is able to encourage people to donate and contribute to United Way’s mission.

Jason spent most of his adult life in jail until he found help at the SparkPoint Center. He was able to get a job, start college, and turn his life around.

Patrice is a new volunteer for United Way's Welcome Baby home visitation program, but United Way had been a part of her life long before she signed up.

Angel had a rough childhood and little family support. In high school, he got involved with the wrong crowd, turning to drugs and skipping school. He turned his life around when he met Ariana, a Family and Youth Specialist for United Way of Northern Utah.

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