‘Dear EveryDay Strong, what can I do to help my unmotivated, defiant child?’

By Dr. Matt Swenson, EveryDay Strong Team Member I met with a 13-year-old boy from a rural Utah community whose exhausted mother began our visit by pulling a paper from her purse containing a list of problems she was having with her son.    The list read something like this: “defiant, oppositional, unmotivated, entitled, manipulative, […]

EveryDay Strong Advice: How to help a teen struggling in school

Dear EveryDay Strong,    What can you do when a child just doesn’t want to go to school? What if they’re totally avoiding going to class, skipping out, and you’ve tried everything and you’re at your wits’ end?    I know a young man we’ll call Nathan. A year and a half ago, Nathan and […]

Fuel children’s happiness with good memories

Sponsored Story Written by Janae Moss, owner of RBM Building Services Losing our family landscaping business was one of the hardest experiences my husband and I have ever had. I remember having a strong feeling to write down the intense emotions I had. Every time I picked up a pen and paper, my fears started […]

More than 70 families need Sub for Santa sponsors

With less than a week before Christmas, there still are 78 Sub for Santa families who need sponsors. “It seems like a lot, but we’ve already helped more than a thousand families,” said Michaelann Bradley, communications manager for United Way of Utah County. For more than 35 years, United Way of Utah County has connected […]

Christmas countdown: United Way’s Sub for Santa program still needs help

Donors have helped more than 1,300 families, with 3,911 kids. But as of Tuesday, 78 families who’d applied for help from United Way’s Sub for Santa program still needed sponsors. Every year for more than 35 years, United Way of Utah County has helped about 1,500 families by connecting them with sponsors who provide Christmas […]

#Give: Get Sub for Santa on your Christmas list

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals seem to come earlier every year, but it’s not too late to get Sub for Santa on your gift list this year. And if you need help, there’s still time to sign up for the program. Here’s how it works: Needy families sign up for the United Way of […]

Orem fundraising for playground for kids of all abilities

Orem is starting to amp up its efforts to raise money for the city’s all-abilities playground — it brought in between $700 and $800 at the Christmas tree-lighting event on Monday night and there’s a bootcamp fundraiser on Thanksgiving morning. Though the city raised money at the tree-lighting event, it also was about raising awareness of […]

Orem’s dog park, all-abilities playground on track for spring opening

Two highly anticipated recreation projects in Orem are on track to be completed and open for use in spring 2016. A dog park — the first of its kind in the city — and an all-abilities playground — a first for Utah County — are being funded by Orem’s CARE tax. Dog park When the city […]

United Way hoping for turnout, donations on #GivingTuesday

Last year, thousands of charities and nonprofits around the country joined in an effort to get Americans thinking about the giving season on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now in its second year, United Way of Utah County is hoping locals will honor #GivingTuesday by joining its volunteer event, donating or doing […]

3 organizations needing help this holiday season

December is known as the season for giving. Here are just three of the many ways to serve this holiday season. For more ideas, visit the United Way of Utah County’s website at unitedwayuc.org. 1. Sub for Santa The United Way’s Sub for Santa program provides gifts for children between 18 months and 14 years […]

The spirit of service: Holiday volunteering for families

There’s no better antidote to the Christmas “gimmies” than to teach your children to serve those in need. If you’d like to plan a service project for a family night or visit a community organization to volunteer over the holidays, here are a few things to keep in mind. 1. Get started immediately This time […]

Weekend best bets (Sept. 20-22)

It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend: 1. BYU vs. Utah football game With “The Holy War” taking a two year break after this year’s game, the face off between […]

Provo seeks for tighter community

PROVO — The Boulders community has been waiting for the completion of South Franklin Community Center since the building’s groundbreaking on April 24, 2012, so it could have a home for its service programs. Now the wait is over. Mayor John Curtis joined kids attending the United Way’s day camp to cut the ribbon for the South […]

Top Ten: Charitable Events in Utah County

1. In Her Shoes Gala United Way of Utah County and Women in Philanthropy Every November nearly 200 guests put their best feet forward at the “In Her Shoes” gala. In 2009 the event walked all over previous records and raised $68,200 for women and children in Utah County. With catering by Culinary Crafts and the […]