Earth Day Forum: Zero Waste Washington and Plastics Pollution

Friday, April 20, 2018
12-1 p.m.
UW Tower Auditorium

In honor of Earth Day, Zero Waste Washington will be on hand to share tips on how you can reduce waste, recycle and reuse!

Plastics are everywhere and a growing concern around the Pacific NW and globally. Please join Zero Waste Washington for a conversation highlighting current knowledge of plastics from microplastics in marine waters to plastics recycling challenges. Last year, 300 million tons of new plastic were produced globally with a third used in plastic packaging including bags, bottles, containers and wrappers.

Even in Washington State where we have strong waste reduction goals, only 15% of plastic waste is recycled. What happens to the rest of it?  Join us for this forum to learn about plastic waste and what is being done to reduce plastic pollution in our region.  Register today!

Free and open to all faculty, staff and students. Sponsored by the UW Combined Fund Drive.

Play Time With PAWS

May 15, 2018
12-1 p.m.
UW Tower South Cafeteria
Registration required
$10 minimum donation to help cover the cost of supplies
Sponsored by the UW Combined Fund Drive and The Whole U

Celebrate puppy and kitten season by making toys at our volunteer event for the new baby companion animals arriving this spring at PAWS in Lynnwood! You’ll also have the opportunity to snuggle and play with PAWS’ animal ambassadors and learn more about this incredible organization including the PAWS Wildlife Center. Free and open to all faculty, staff and students.  Register today! (Note: If donating via payroll deduction, you will be contacted to confirm your registration.)

Art in the Tower

You are invited to stop by the UW Tower Cafeteria and view children’s artwork from Prospect Enrichment Preschool, one of the more than 5,000 nonprofits in the UW Combined Fund Drive campaign. The show will be on display through the end of June.

Thanks for Donating a Million Miles for Wish Kids!

The UW Combined Fund Drive hosted a Make-A-Wish® Washington and Alaska airline miles drive, March 5-18, to help make life-changing wishes come true for children with critical illnesses. Together, we met our goal and raised more than one million miles for local wish kids like Jonathan.

Jonathan was in kindergarten, settling in to life as a busy, school-aged boy. He was just getting used to a routine when everything changed. Jonathan was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of leukemia that often requires lifelong maintenance and monitoring.

“The hardest part was explaining to Jonathan what was happening,” his mom, Jean, said. “Outwardly, he looked like his normal, healthy self. But inside, his blood was slowly making him sick.”

Jonathan wished to go to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty. There, he toured the city and saw many of the sights and sounds of the bustling city and spent a day with NYPD riding their various vehicles and horses.

“Wishes give kids something to look forward to. They bring sense where things are confusing in their medical world,” said Jean. “Wishes bring hope and this hope is tangible.”

Thank you for making a difference for local wish kids by donating your unused airline miles!