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To say Christmas is a big deal in my family would be an understatement. The Christmas carols start playing as soon as Thanksgiving is over, every room in the house is decorated with garlands and lights, advent candles are lit, and celebrating with...
Posted at: 11:49 am Thursday, November 30, 2017
Black Friday tends to arouse strong feelings in a lot of people, both positive and negative. While many are excited to take advantage of deals and get their holiday shopping done, others feel that this kickoff to the holiday season is a shallow and...
Posted at: 11:26 am Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Thanksgiving is next week, and I’m looking forward to running the Manchester Road Race and then coming home to stuffing, pie, and my aunt’s sweet potatoes with brown sugar and pecans. But for many families who struggle to put food on the table,...
Posted at: 3:08 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017
This Friday is Veterans Day, and if you don’t have close friends or immediate family who have served in the military, it may seem like just another day. I know that as a young child, I couldn’t have cared less about any holiday that wasn’t Christmas...
Posted at: 12:40 pm Thursday, November 09, 2017
Struggling to avoid the temptations of leftover Halloween candy? (I know there’s a handful of Reese’s cups still living in my purse). Luckily November, falling right between Halloween and the holidays, is good nutrition month. As I was searching for...
Posted at: 9:56 am Wednesday, November 08, 2017
October has a lot of things going on (Halloween! Breast Cancer Awareness! People already selling Christmas stuff!) but it also happens to be National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Bullying is something that affects millions of kids across the...
Posted at: 10:08 am Thursday, October 26, 2017
Today, over 2 million people will congregate in classrooms, libraries, community centers, homes across the U.S. as part of Jumpstart’s 11th annual Read for the Record. Volunteers will read to kids from this year’s book, “Quackers,” an adorable story...
Posted at: 11:53 am Thursday, October 19, 2017
If you’re familiar with UWSECT, you’ll notice that much of our work focuses on ALICE-  Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed- families. After hearing this acronym and seeing on our publications, I decided to do a little digging into what that...
Posted at: 12:33 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Usually I’m the kind of person who has no problem coming up with things to say, but with this week’s blog I found myself at a loss. I’m struggling to comprehend the tragedy of this weekend, and to be honest, I strongly considered just writing about...
Posted at: 8:56 am Thursday, October 05, 2017
On October 19, United Way will have its annual fall reading day in support of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. Volunteers will flood into schools, libraries, and community centers across the country to make kids’ days by reading aloud from the same...
Posted at: 8:35 am Thursday, September 28, 2017

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