We are excited to have the opportunity to help more students prepare for college and the workforce through the expansion of the partnership with Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. Parents of students in every school in the district will also have access to our Power Readers platform. See the results and more information at

Contact United Way for details and a press kit.

posted at: 10 Jul Related: Education

This was the central finding of a study by researchers at the University of Zurich and the Swiss federal technology institute ETH Zurich and published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The researchers surveyed more than 700 people about job demands, time spent volunteering and work-life balance.

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It is springtime in the U.S., the trees are budding and the flowers are blooming. April is the perfect month to bring attention to volunteers and the new life they bring to their communities, whether through a yearlong commitment to U.S. mayors and county executives have found that national service volunteers are part of a cost-effective strategy for addressing local challenges. So, on April 7th, nearly 2,500 officials l highlighted the value of

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Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in the Statesman Journal's question & answer session with local nonprofit leaders. The Statesman recognizes that the work done by nonprofits ripples through the community to provide long-lasting change, and more importantly - hope. While some might get discouraged by the complexity of the issues we face as a community, I know we can make a real difference individually and collectively.

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implemented to help parents with this, teaching them efficient ways to incorporate and encourage basic learning skills into daily routines, games, and quality time together.

United Way operates successful programs like Born Learning to encourage parents and educators to participate fully and in positive ways during a child's earliest learning stages. By raising awareness, providing educational material, and engaging in direct action with...

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Children entering their first years of regular schooling have to be prepared to interact with other children, control themselves, and cooperate with their peers. Skills like these cannot be learned until children take their first steps into kindergarten. Programs provide children with opportunities to play and learn with other kids outside of a school environment.

While it's easy to assume that every child is ready for kindergarten when they...

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