YOU choose which community organizations we support.

It has always been our policy to directly support charitable organizations in the communities we serve. And, no one knows which organizations are most in need better than the people who live in that community. That’s why we are asking for your help. Just choose the Arizona or Nevada tab and click the vote button to choose the charity you would like to support. For every click, we’ll make a $5 donation to that organization up to a combined $2,000 grant. Be sure to tell your friends how they can support their favorite charities by voting, too. Anyone can vote and raise money for their favorite charity. It’s one part of the Washington Federal community support program, just another way we are invested here.

Vote for these charities through May 31st

Make sure to vote for your favorite from this month's charities and remind your friends to vote for their favorite too.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee

The Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee serves all youth ages 6-17 — NO child is turned away. The Club offers year-round programming by implementing an After-School and Summer Program with structured activities focusing on the Key Elements for Positive Youth Development (Safe, Positive Environment; Fun; Supportive Relationships; Opportunities and Expectations; Recognition). BGCB follows the National Boys & Girls Clubs of America program standards to ensure the delivery of service is effective, impacts today's youth and is measurable.

We serve 20,000 meals annually by participating in the CACFP and Summer Food Service Program USDA food programs. On a monthly basis, we host Family Fun Nights, bringing the parents/guardians together with their child/ren for hands-on learning experiences, presentations and quality time. The Club serves as a community resource. We offer referrals for families, partner with other non-profits to be creative with funding sources, and provide facility use for various community events/classes during non-program hours.

Our Mission Statement: to inspire, teach and enable the youth of Bisbee and nearby rural border areas — especially those that need us the most — to have fun while realizing their full potential as productive, healthy, responsible and caring citizens.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

The Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee will use these funds to help support the annual Summer Special Events: Olympic Day, Health & Safety Fair and 2nd Annual Back to School Fair. The Club will be able to provide the necessary tools for our members to be successful, safe and healthy!

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Vote Now $0+ raised

Yuma Community Food Bank

Founded in 1978 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Yuma Community Food Bank focused on the need to feed hungry children within Yuma County. Thirty-four years later, the Yuma Community Food Bank continues to create and enhance emergency and supplemental food programs that have an educational and a nutritional component for families throughout Yuma and La Paz County.

The customers that the Yuma Community Food Bank serves are classified as the "working poor." This would include single moms and dads, two-parent families, veterans and senior citizens on fixed incomes. This represents over 300,000 visits to the Food Bank annually, which are from the population working at or above minimum wage jobs and continue to struggle to feed themselves, their children and their families.

The Yuma Community Food Bank's Mission is to relieve hunger, increase self-reliance and improve the quality of life for children and families throughout Southwestern Arizona. Our customers need us to continue what we do and to be there every step of the way. In order to maintain services, the Yuma Community Food Bank accepts donations in the form of food, funds and time.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

The money received from Washington Federal will be used to purchase food and supplies that stock the food bank and help us continue the important work we do. We cannot do it alone.

Vote for these charities through May 31st

Make sure to vote for your favorite from this month's charities and remind your friends to vote for their favorite too.

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Vote Now $5+ raised

Cappalappa Family Resource Center

The Cappalappa Family Resource Center has proudly provided services in the Moapa Valley area since 1999. The center is considered the core "One Stop Shop" of family services offered in Moapa Valley. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of our clients through public education and collaborative efforts with other community-oriented service agencies.

Our services include:

  • Case Management
  • Basic Living Resources
  • Food Bank
  • Holiday Assistance
  • USDA Commodities
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Class w/simulator
  • Safe Sitter Classes (ages 11 - 13)
  • Money Management and Life Skills Program
  • Diapers and Formula (limited basis)
  • Back to School Supply Assistance
  • NV Check Up/NV Medicaid Insurance
  • Welfare Applications Assistance
  • Energy Assistance Applications
  • Child Assessment
  • Expanded Resource Lending Library
  • Individualized Spanish to English Rosetta Stone
  • Individualized English to Spanish Rosetta Stone

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

The $2,000 from Washington Federal will be used to restock the Food Bank, primarily for infant formula and hygiene items.

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Vote Now $0+ raised

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley

Helping Hands of Vegas Valley is a local nonprofit agency that provides free services to needy seniors in the community. In collaboration with James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas, the Transportation Program provides rides to medical appointments, shopping and other errands, and the Senior Necessities Program Pantry serves food and paper goods to low-income seniors. Those seniors with a household income of 150% or less of the federal poverty guideline are eligible. Currently the average household income of our pantry clients is about $700 per month, forcing many of our seniors to make the choice between food and necessary medication, utilities, or rent.

This program is unique, as it is the only one in the Valley in which food is delivered once each month by dedicated volunteers to the seniors' homes. Seniors are also able to come in person and pick up their food and paper goods each month at the Goldberg Senior Center. Seniors who meet the income eligibility for our pantry program receive one large bag (approximately 20 lbs.) of non-perishable food and a bag of paper goods (toilet paper, paper towels and tissues) monthly.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Although many groups offer food and paper good drives, we frequently have to use our operating funds to purchase canned meats, soups and other staples, to serve our increasing numbers. The cost to provide this assistance monthly is about $20 per senior. This grant would allow us to provide food for more seniors annually.

Success Stories

Over the past months, we've donated a total of $180,000 to the charities below.

Over $180,000 raised so far. Let's keep it going!

Check out the power of local knowhow and Washington Federal.
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$3,000+ raised

Boise Rescue Mission

The mission of Boise Rescue Mission (BRM) is to teach the word of God and provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, medical care, education and job-search assistance for men, women and children in need. BRM is committed to addressing the root causes of homelessness, such as lack of education, addiction, mental illness, etc., in order to help homeless individuals and families become self-sufficient. Boise Rescue Mission meets the basic needs of homeless people by providing food, shelter and clothing, as well as effective programs that inspire hope and equip individuals with knowledge and practical skills to help them triumph over homelessness and become self-sufficient. When individuals and families come to the Mission for a meal, caring staff members introduce these guests to other programs and services offered at BRM that can help them overcome personal obstacles to obtain a stable, healthy, productive life.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

If awarded a grant from Washington Federal, Boise Rescue Mission will use the funds for our newest facility, the Valley Women and Children's Shelter in Nampa, ID.

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$3,000+ raised

Crisis Center of Magic Valley

The Crisis Center of Magic Valley in Twin Falls, Idaho has been providing supportive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for over 30 years in the eight counties of South Central Idaho that is called "Magic Valley." The goal of the Crisis Center of Magic Valley is to rebuild lives by providing resources and tools to establish independence and freedom from abuse.

Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault often think they have no options available, so we provide shelter and support for families who have left an abusive situation, sometimes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They have many barriers to overcome - unemployment, lack of childcare or transportation, and often little or no resources. Our mission is to give these courageous victims the opportunity to change their lives, start over, and become survivors.

We are a non-profit, operating solely on grant funding and the generosity of our community. We work closely with other local resources to make sure our clients receive all the support that is available to them.

Crisis Center trained staff and volunteers provide comprehensive and effective services that range from a 24-hr crisis line, shelter home, case management, individual and group counseling sessions, legal/court advocacy, food and clothing, childcare, and transportation. Community outreach and training are also an important component of the CCMV program.

All services are free of charge, and provided in both English and Spanish.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

We would like to make more services available for the children who are caught in violent family situations. The little ones are ALWAYS affected when there is violence in their homes. The good news is that children are very resilient, and with nurturing support, healing is possible. Providing therapy/counseling for the children who pass through our shelter would be a priority.

We would also like to use a portion of the money to fund a campaign and materials to make our community more aware of the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to train and educate professionals in our area (for example, the staff at nursing homes).

Thank you for this opportunity - we are so grateful.

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$3,000+ raised

Lewiston-Clarkston Valley Meals on Wheels

Valley Meals on Wheels has been delivering meals to those in need in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley since 1975. Our mission is to provide nutritious, affordable, home-delivered meals 365 days a year to low income seniors, homebound individuals and others who cannot or should not prepare meals themselves. These meals allow our clients to stay in their own homes and out of care facilities for a longer period of time. Clients have a choice of a hot meal for $3, or a hot meal and a sack lunch for $4, delivered as many days of the week as they desire.

Our dedicated volunteer drivers, in many cases, are the only contact some clients have for days. The visits may be brief, but they provide a daily check-up on clients and have been of great assistance to people in an emergency. We currently serve 90 clients and deliver as many as 75 meals per day.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

A community gift from Washington Federal will be used to help make up the difference between the meal preparation cost and the amount we charge our clients for the meals. We have kept our meal prices at an affordable level for our clients, which results in a loss on every meal delivered.

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$3,000+ raised

Neighborhood Housing Services

Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (NHS) is a local nonprofit that envisions safe, sustainable homes as the bedrock for a stronger Idaho. NHS commits to this vision with services that revitalize neighborhoods and stabilize families, including Rake Up Boise™, Paint The Town™, home ownership counseling and affordable housing opportunities. Founded in 1982, NHS is a chartered member of NeighborWorks®, a nationwide network of 240 trained and certified community development organizations at work in more than 4,000 communities across America.

NHS believes that housing is the key to stabilizing and empowering families and communities. Until people can be safely and affordably placed in housing, other needs cannot be fully met, including employment, refugee acculturation, job training, food security, and family services. NHS provides a continuum of services focused on the needs related to housing in order to create a community where all residents have a stable place to call home, without fear of losing it.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

NHS will use this grant to provide Homebuyer Education courses and one-on-one coaching to families working toward homeownership. It will also help expand our ability to offer financial literacy sessions for families and individuals working toward financial independence.

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$3,000+ raised

Community Builders Cle Elum

Community Builders is a nonprofit started in Cle Elum, Washington in 2002 by Rosemary and Larry Putnam, who were committed to making Upper Kittitas County a better place to live for seniors and youth. After building the Senior Center, they set their sights on providing positive activities for youth and their families.

Our Community is rural and does not have many of the youth services that you would normally expect to find. Community Builders works to fill those gaps.

We provide afterschool programs, CRASH AND GEAR, and tutoring for kids in the Cle Elum-Roslyn School District at the Elementary and Middle Schools. The programs include homework help, tutoring, enrichment classes in Music, Art, Science, Cooking, Geography, and a host of other areas. The programs are absolutely free to students and their families, and the transportation is provided by school bus following the program.

In addition to the afterschool programs, we provide activities that work to prevent drug and alcohol use by the youth in our communities. We provide a Celebration of Drug Free Youth retreat weekend, assemblies, the Organ Lady, etc.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

During the summer, we provide a literacy program at the Roslyn and Cle Elum Libraries, an Arts in the Park series in both towns, and a summer field trip program in partnership with ADDS to provide no-cost field trips to youth in our community. All activities are absolutely free to youth and their families. This funding will really help us in our efforts to raise the $20,000 needed to provide the summer programs! Thank you for your vote!!!

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$3,000+ raised

The Odessa Ministerial Association

The Odessa Ministerial Association is made up of the Christian churches in Odessa, Washington. Our current congregational support members are Christ Lutheran Church, Heritage Community Church, Odessa FourSquare Church, St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Zion Emmanuel Lutheran Church. This cooperative ministry provides urgent assistance for families in need in the Odessa community through a local food bank, emergency funds for utility, medical and other needful situations. Our ministerial association also organizes and hosts events for the community, such as concerts and an annual community church barbeque and softball fun day. The pastors of our member congregations serve as the board of directors of this outreach ministry. Regular reports are provided to the board by the treasurer, who also provides a yearly report for the congregations' annual meetings.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

All funds granted through this effort with Washington Federal Bank will be used for support of our local food bank and our emergency funds needed for utility expense assistance for those who seek our assistance during the colder winter months.

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$3,000+ raised

Okanogan County Community Action Council

OCCAC is a community building organization. We work with community members of all groups to raise the poor out of poverty, to feed the hungry, to provide affordable housing for all, to empower community members through education, and in the process to return prosperity and hope for the future to our county.

For 48 years, Okanogan Community Action has led community members out of crisis and toward self-reliance with locally developed strategies. We provide Food, Warmth, Housing, and Education to people in crisis, while also teaching them strategies for future crisis prevention through financial training, budgeting, job training, home conservation techniques, and general life management skills they may not have had access to.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Our Food and Nutrition Department will benefit from this fundraiser by supporting our nutrition education activities. OCCAC does all of the purchasing and distribution for all of the food banks in the county, and has privately managed to glean over 80,000 pounds of fresh food for food bank recipients that would otherwise have gone to waste just in the last 6 months. We provided two healthy cooking demonstrations this year, and this funding will allow us to increase our classes to reach more people who struggle to put healthy food on the table while maintaining their budgets.

Additionally, funds will be used to buy materials in 2014 for a project that will provide small repairs to the homes of senior citizens.

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$3,000+ raised

The City Gate Spokane

A welcoming family, clean clothes, a hot bath or shower, a warm place to come in from the cold, a hot meal. These are all things that most of us take for granted. For many folks who come through the doors at The City Gate, these are luxuries often only seen at a distance. For 26 years, The City Gate has worked to provide these basic needs for the homeless and low income of the Spokane inner city.

The City Gate is a non-profit organization that is first and foremost a church with the purpose of RECLAIMING, REBUILDING & RESTORING Lost and Broken Lives. We begin this mission by providing a "gathering place" at our downtown location that's open to the public. From the homeless to low-income families, from youth on the streets to those who are addicts, from the mentally ill to the outcast, The City Gate provides a place of refuge from the streets in a safe and family-like atmosphere.

Services include:
  • Breakfast & lunch
  • Dinner
  • 2nd Harvest food bank
  • Clothing bank
  • Social service counseling
  • Shower
  • Hygiene items and blankets
  • Activities and special events
  • 26 low-income apartments
  • 2 emergency shelter apartments
  • Sunday church service

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funds received from Washington Federal Community Support Program will directly support our inner-city homeless and low-income families by assisting us in providing necessary supplies needed to feed, clothe and keep warm those who look to The City Gate for hope.

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$3,000+ raised

Accion

Accion New Mexico is a local, award-winning nonprofit organization that increases access to business credit, makes loans, and provides training, which enable entrepreneurs to realize their dreams and be catalysts for positive social and economic change. Since 1994, Accion has provided over 4,956 loans totaling more than $34 million to some 3,027 small businesses in 177 communities across the state. Accion's work is creating tangible economic impact in New Mexico, with an estimated 4,950 jobs created or sustained by the organization's client businesses to create greater economic independence for themselves, their families, and their communities. A commitment to accountability, innovation, sound management, and demonstrable results have brought Accion recognition at both the local and national levels.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

This $3,000 gift of support will provide some 40 New Mexico entrepreneurs with the opportunity to receive a one-on-one business and personal financial education consultation with Accion staff. An estimated 30 individuals will attend workshops that Accion will offer in the next two months. Through September, in New Mexico alone, our team has supported 167 entrepreneurs with loans totaling more than $3 million.

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$3,000+ raised

Silver City Gospel Mission

Without passing judgment, and in a spirit of love and hospitality, the Silver City Gospel Mission feeds, clothes and educates the hungry and provides an oasis of welcome, safety, and cleanliness for the homeless and for men, women and children at or below the poverty line seeking survival services in the Silver City area.

We recognize the dignity and spiritual destiny of each person, and hope by our attitude of hospitality and Holy Spirit-filled love, to nourish not only the physical needs of those who come to the Gospel Mission, but also their spiritual need for love, acceptance, respect, and friendship.

Our primary services include a daily soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing bank, women and children's shelter, and an emergency men's shelter. You can read more about us at www.silvercitygospelmission.org.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

These funds will be used for the purchase of ready-to-eat protein items for our food boxes: items like peanut butter, tuna fish, Spam, Vienna sausages and beef stew. These types of food items are rarely donated and when we do have them, we have to purchase them out of the cash we have on hand. These ready-to-eat sources of protein are great for those who have neither the time, means nor inclination to cook the staple items, and any help you provide will be greatly appreciated by our families.

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$3,000+ raised

ARCH Community Housing Trust

"Building Community One Home at a Time"

ARCH Community Housing Trust works to develop safe, permanently affordable housing for low to moderate income households in Blaine County. Working in partnership with our state housing agency, our local housing authority and countless private donors, we ensure that the people who work in Blaine County are able to live in Blaine County. We are a HUD-certified Community Housing Development Organization and a member of the National Community Land Trust Network.

Originally an advocacy group working to bring awareness to the issue of affordable housing in a resort-driven economy, ARCH began to actively develop affordable housing in 2009. To date, we have developed over 30 homes in the Wood River Valley, including single family, multi-family and senior housing. We both develop new construction and rehabilitate existing homes. This year, we also moved a donated home to land that had also been donated to ARCH.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

We are the grateful recipients of another donated home. Funds from this grant will be used to defray the costs of moving the home to another location where it will be updated, made more energy efficient, and will serve as affordable rental housing for a very grateful local family.

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$3,000+ raised

Community Action Partnership

Community Action Partnership's Aging and Disability Resource Center/ Area Agency on Aging (ADRC/AAA) has been officially designated by the Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) as the ADRC/AAA for Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce Counties. CAP's ADRC/AAA is part of a nationwide network and one of six ADRC/AAA's in Idaho created through the Older Americans Act.

Our directed intention is to realize Aging in its abundance by eliminating economic poverty, poverty of meaning and poverty of relationship.

By design, the ADRC/AAA is designed to streamline access to long-term care information for people of all ages, incomes and disabilities. Our goals as an ADRC/AAA are:

  • To create a person-centered, community-based environment that promotes independence and dignity for all individuals.
  • To provide easy access to information to assist consumers in options and planning.
  • To provide resources and services that supports family caregivers in planning and support.

Our intent is to provide leadership that encourages planning for present and future long-term care needs, in order to help ensure that older Americans and their families have the information and assistance they need to make informed decisions and choices about life. Life care choices help families care for their loved ones, help people stay in their homes, and provide care options other than nursing home facilities.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

North Central Idaho ADRC/AAA programs provide information and assistance to individuals utilizing public or private resources, to professionals seeking assistance on behalf of their clients, and to individuals planning for their future long-term care needs.

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$3,000+ raised

Create Common Good

Create Common Good uses food to change lives and build healthy communities. We positively impact the community through our job training for self-sufficiency, youth leadership development and access to health programs to combat childhood obesity. We envision a community in which there is individual and community transformation; empowerment opportunities for people with barriers to employment; youth leadership development; access to quality, nutritious food; opportunity for nutrition education; quality employment for all seeking work; and wellness for all.

Create Common Good provides culinary job training and placement services to people with barriers to employment. We partner with other community serving agencies to train people who are on the path to self-sufficiency and greater opportunity, placing 98% of our graduates into jobs. Since CCG's launch in 2008, we have trained and placed hundreds of adult head-of-household individuals, resulting in more than $6 million in earned wages reinvested back into the Idaho economy.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Your investment in CCG supports these programs, impacting families throughout the Treasure Valley.

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$3,000+ raised

2013 Portneuf Valley Paintfest

Formed in 1987, Paintfest has painted close to 600 homes of qualified senior citizens and coordinated thousands of volunteer hours and sponsor dollars. Homeowner applicants must meet age and financial criteria (same as SEICAA criteria), their home must be in need of exterior paint, and be located within the Pocatello/Chubbuck city limits. The paint and labor are all provided to the homeowner at NO cost. Our mission is to give the gift of a revitalized home exterior to seniors who need, but cannot afford to have, their homes painted, and to foster volunteerism and sponsorship within individuals, businesses and organizations throughout our community.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Our board makes prudent use of each sponsor dollar. A Washington Federal Foundation Grant would allow us to positively impact the lives of our senior citizens and neighborhoods by increasing the number of senior citizens' homes to be painted in 2014. All Paintfest supplies are purchased locally, which multiplies the impact of a $3,000 grant greatly.

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$3,000+ raised

Helpline

Founded in 1973, Helpline acts as the community's "front door to help" for local individuals and families in crisis, serving as the primary screening and referral agency for emergency social services in Walla Walla County. Our role is to assess their needs and connect them with appropriate local resources, including food, shelter, counseling, as well as assistance with transportation, utilities, rent, prescriptions and dental services. This centralized approach connects our most vulnerable citizens with the resources they need, maximizes the use of limited community resources, and assists in abating and preventing homelessness.

In 2009 Helpline "stepped up" to meet a critical unmet need by establishing the STEP Women's shelter, which provides a place for a safe, warm night's sleep for single homeless women in our community. In addition, it provides case management, transition to permanent housing, referrals for chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, short-term counseling, and guidance toward education and employment. The STEP shelter builds on Helpline's long history of connecting the community to assist those most in need, and aligns with our mission to affirm the worth of every person; address the needs of individuals, families and our community; and advocate for positive life transformation.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funds raised will go toward the abatement and prevention of homelessness, a growing concern and challenge in Walla Walla County. Specifically, Helpline will dedicate the funds to support our direct service programs, including assistance with utilities, prescription medications, transportation and other related homeless prevention programs.

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$3,000+ raised

Lewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian based organization whose primary vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The Lewiston-Clarkston Partners Habitat for Humanity began in 1991 and has built 30 homes, impacting 45 adults and 81 children. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God's love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, affordable and energy-efficient shelter. We view our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic, and spiritual change within our community.

We support sustainable construction and energy consumption practices, and every home we build comes with an Energy Star® rating. This saves the homeowner much needed money and works for the preservation of our planet as well. We believe the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and working respectfully together, relationships can be nurtured and developed among all people.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

We are preparing to put together a financial literacy program for our partner families. The program will cover topics such as understanding mortgage disclosure documents required by RESPA and TILA, mortgage deeds and preparing for closing, predatory lending practices, foreclosure/delinquency prevention, homeowner insurance and escrow, budgeting, and understanding and improving credit scores.

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$3,000+ raised

Serve Moses Lake

Serve Moses Lake is an outreach of the local Moses Lake Ministerial Association Churches who have combined their resources (volunteers, materials, finances, etc.) to assist Moses Lake residents in need. Our goal is to make this community better by "helping people find the help they need, encouraging reconciliation, and connecting them to the local Church." We offer a full range of services to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of Moses Lake residents through a coordinated intake site, the Serve Moses Lake Clearinghouse Office. During the clearinghouse intake process, we reach out to people with the love of Jesus Christ and offer them hope through personal encouragement, practical acts of kindness, prayer support, and a connection to a local church. We offer helpful services, such as advocacy, agency referrals, local bus passes, clothing, financial assistance, food baskets, furniture, haircuts, laundry vouchers, meals, and non-food pantry items. We verify the circumstances and needs of our clients, make referrals to other local agencies and resources, and then, based upon our recommendation, local churches respond to the benevolent needs of our clients.

In addition to our clearinghouse office, Serve Moses Lake also operates a free Community Meal, an annual Back-2-School clothing and supplies giveaway, and the Transformation House program (a year-long commitment to making drastic life changes in order to get on a productive path, away from any life-controlling problems).

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

We intend to use every donated dollar to help fund our expanding programs (especially our Community Meal and Transformation House) as we seek to help people find the help they need.

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$3,000+ raised

Omak Food Bank

The Omak Food Bank was started in 1981 by a group of Christian women. Food was handed out from individual homes. Then from a small room in the back of Omak City Hall, to a small rental building, Omak Food Bank got a building of their own when we got a CBDG grant. We are in our own building now, renting out the top and running distribution out of the basement. Omak Food Bank is serving up to 350 to 400 people twice a week. With family income being cut and more families needing food, our numbers will be going up. We get Northwest Harvest T FAP and private donations. Sometimes we have to stretch handouts a little thin.

The Omak Food Bank is run by all volunteers from administration to distribution workers. The Omak Food Bank has bazaars, yard sales, and other fund raisers to raise money for food.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

We welcome the $3,000 gift from the Washington Federal giving program! This money will certainly boost our ability to purchase food and assist with the needs of our community in the months to come. Many thanks to the folks of Washington Federal.

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$3,000+ raised

WESST (Women's Economic Self Sufficiency Team)

WESST is a statewide small business development and training organization committed to growing New Mexico’s economy by cultivating entrepreneurship. Founded in 1988 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, WESST has nurtured the entrepreneurial dreams of thousands of New Mexicans by providing training, technical assistance and access to capital.

Throughout its 25-year history, WESST has focused on providing financial literacy and self-employment training to low-income individuals, because it simultaneously addresses the need to create jobs and stimulate economic development in a state where microenterprise is one of the primary sectors of job growth. However, many New Mexicans need intensive training to overcome obstacles to successful entrepreneurship. For these individuals, opportunities for success are hampered by poor financial literacy, limited business and marketing skills, limited access to technical resources, lack of capital and low self-esteem. With affordable and quality training, micro-entrepreneurship can become a viable route out of poverty — especially for women needing to overcome significant barriers to employment (e.g., lack of childcare and/or transportation), which can often be alleviated by working from the home.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

The project will provide Financial Literacy/Financial Management training to pre-startup through existing businesses with a primary goal of helping participants: 1) pay off debt, 2) save money, and 3) become bankable. Targeted individuals will include those who have “no” credit or “bad” credit with a view to increasing financial management skills.

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$3,000+ raised

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM)

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico reaches over 25,000 people annually with high-impact programs that build self-reliance. For nearly five decades, we have worked to improve the lives of low-income children, youth, adults, and families in the five southwestern counties of the state.

These programs form the heart of our core service groups:

Family Empowerment programs include financial literacy classes, computer training, workforce readiness, individual and child savings accounts, and free tax return preparation.

Family Wellness programs provide healthy, nutritious meals for children enrolled in home daycare environments, and also train providers on topics of nutrition, safety, child development, and more. The Healthy Eating Active Living project challenges licensed daycare centers to improve progress toward 5 nutrition and physical activity goals; and Healthy Homes makes sure childcare providers have adequate home safety equipment such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits.

Bridging Resources improves family stability through short- and long-term assistance programs such as Total Benefit Services and Covering Kids. These screening and enrollment programs help families access needed food and utility assistance, health insurance, and other public and private resources.

Community Connections is our work to coordinate and collaborate with partners to better serve the community through programs such as Coats for Kids, free tax preparation, literacy and school readiness initiatives, and community assessment.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

CAASNM is working toward our vision of a community where opportunity exists for all to become self-sufficient. Funding from Washington Federal would support our core service groups.

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$3,000+ raised

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing through a unique homeownership model that combines the work of hundreds of volunteers and the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations in partnership with hard-working families in need. Since our founding in 1990, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity has completed 55 homes.

Habitat for Humanity founders had the bold vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Experience and research have shown that when families become Habitat homeowners, they gain a level of stability that is not possible when living in substandard conditions. Children remain in their neighborhood schools, employment prospects are enhanced, and families become active stakeholders in their neighborhood and community.

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We believe that providing the opportunity for homeownership serves to break the cycle of poverty and has long-lasting benefits for families and the community we serve.

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$3,000+ raised

SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency, Inc.

Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency, Inc. (SEICAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating the devastating effects of poverty and helping people achieve better circumstances for themselves through services, education, affordable housing, and training. SEICAA is a Community Action Agency that provides services to households through a seven-county service area: Bannock, Bingham, Bear Lake, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power. In 2012, SEICAA provided services to over 24,000 individuals (15% of the southeast Idaho population).

SEICAA provides opportunities for low- to moderate-income households to access resources they need to stabilize and begin a journey to economic independence. SEICAA administers several programs in the Asset Development Division. SEICAA’s GED Program helps people achieve their basic education certificate and then connects them to job opportunities and higher education. SEICAA provides Family Development Case Management to help families address barriers to self-sufficiency and develop goals to achieve success. Programs designed to assist individuals include Individual Development Accounts, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, financial literacy (including a workshop on the dangers of check and loan services), credit counseling, and homeownership. SEICAA’s Self-Help Housing Program provides limited-income households with education and training to prepare them for successful homeownership; including a “sweat equity” labor component where they learn home maintenance skills.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

The funds received through the “Locals Know Best” opportunity will support SEICAA’s Asset Development efforts including strong focus on financial literacy services for those seeking homeownership.

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$3,000+ raised

Junior Achievement of Idaho

Junior Achievement of Idaho’s purpose is to educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. Our mission is to ensure that every child in Idaho is financially responsible, has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system, and is prepared for the workforce. It’s a hyper-competitive, fast-paced, interconnected world out there. And the statistics show that America’s competitive edge needs sharpening. At Junior Achievement, we work hard every day to prepare and inspire Idaho’s youth to succeed in today’s global economy. Our classroom volunteers engage students in solving real-world problems to better prepare them for the complexities of both work and life in the 21st century. We have a powerful alliance that bridges the business community with educators putting mentors right in the classroom. This innovative partnership connects young people with community leaders providing relevant learning and the importance of staying in school, and inspires students to develop competitive skills and confidence allowing them to own their own economic success.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Your vote will provide a generous donation that will help revitalize the American workforce right here in Idaho. The funds will be used to purchase the hands-on student materials that provide the experiential learning that transforms lives. Our youth are the future leaders of Idaho, and together, we have an opportunity to ensure they are prepared with the skills they need to succeed in a global economy and are inspired to be college and career ready. Thank you for your vote.

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$3,000+ raised

Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services

Pocatello Neighborhood Housing Services is a progressive alliance between residents, business, and government that revitalizes targeted areas by promoting affordable housing and community pride through the establishment of healthy neighborhoods. PNHS is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks® network, which is a trained and certified community development network consisting of over 230 member organizations.

PNHS was created by the community in 1993 to revitalize the central neighborhoods of Pocatello. PNHS works toward this goal in several ways. It constructs brand new “infill” homes on empty vacant lots, offers home rehabilitation and down payment assistance loans, rehabilitates and resells homes that had fallen into foreclosure, teaches homebuyer education and financial fitness classes, conducts foreclosure intervention counseling, supports community building and organizing through its active support of six neighborhood associations, and offers a lawn and tool lending service.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

PNHS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2013. In order to commemorate this in a permanent way, the leaders of the organization plan to build a covered pavilion at Caldwell Park. The pavilion will be a beautiful structure that will add to the aesthetics of the surrounding area and allow local residents to have a covered space for gatherings and other events. It will facilitate small concerts, performances and cultural events. The area where the pavilion is built will feature upgraded landscaping and lighting, and grassy berms for seating. Cost of construction is estimated to be $85,000. To date, $72,000 has been secured through grants and private donations. PNHS is planning to break ground on the pavilion in the Spring of 2014, but to make this a reality, additional funding is needed.

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$3,000+ raised

Second Harvest

Second Harvest was founded in 1971 as a central warehouse for a handful of emergency food pantries in Spokane, Wash., and is the pioneering organization that leads the fight against hunger in the Inland Northwest.

Today, Second Harvest is feeding more people than ever before in the uncertain economy. Partnerships with 250 neighborhood food banks, meal centers and other hunger-relief programs make it possible for Second Harvest to provide food to more than 50,000 children and adults each week.

Second Harvest's food bank network spans 21 counties in Eastern Washington and five counties in North Idaho – just over 51,000 square miles. With distribution centers in Spokane and Pasco, Wash., Second Harvest provides close to 2 million pounds of free food each month throughout its vast service area. Almost half of that food is nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables – much of which is farm-fresh produce from the agriculturally rich region.

Second Harvest’s food helps fill the nutritional gap for people in poverty, the working poor, elderly and disabled people on very low fixed incomes, and children and families in temporary crisis.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

A community gift from Washington Federal will be stretched a long way to get food to where it’s needed most. A broad base of support from generous food and financial donors and more than 2,500 volunteers a year help Second Harvest transform every donated dollar into six pounds of donated food – about five meals – for hungry people in rural and urban communities in the Inland Northwest.

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$3,000+ raised

Serve Wenatchee Valley

Our vision is to coordinate opportunities whereby pastors, churches and partner ministries will be strengthened as they work together in efforts to transform our valley with the message of the Gospel. Through this collaborative ministry, pastors and churches have determined to look beyond the things that set them apart and grab hold of the foundational truth that holds them together — we are one Body: the Body of Christ. Our clearinghouse ministry’s mission is helping churches help people help themselves. We do this by providing a compassionate, prayerful, non-judgmental atmosphere to verify and address a client’s needs. We network with local agencies to assist with a client’s need for food, clothing, furniture, rental, and utility assistance. We offer referral services for addiction recovery, financial planning, and various counseling needs. We host many annual events — a few of which are: The Back 2 School Giveaway, Thanksgiving Baskets of Blessings, Life Skills Workshops, All-Valley Worship Services, and a Free Dental Day.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Your donation will help fund our efforts in the community. Thank you for your support as we strive to be “the heart and hands of Jesus Christ for our valley.”

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$3,000+ raised

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Wenatchee Area

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Wenatchee Area builds homes in partnership with local families in need of adequate housing. Since its inception in 1990, our organization has built 47 homes in the Wenatchee Valley for qualifying families. Homeowners are selected based on their need for adequate housing, ability to repay a no-profit mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Loan repayments contribute to help build additional homes in our community. Because Habitat homes are built with volunteer labor and are sold with no-profit, they are affordable for low-income partners. Habitat for Humanity offers families a hand-up, not a hand-out.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Donations received from your votes will help us purchase the framing lumber and supplies needed to build our next home in Wenatchee.

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$3,000+ raised

Ready by Five

Ready by Five provides Family Literacy programs for Hispanic farm worker families to help children get ready for kindergarten and success at school, and to teach parents English, computer skills, civics and useful school skills to support and encourage their children’s learning so both can be more successful in life. Simultaneous classes serve adults and children, and workers learn in Growers’ Schools — partnerships between Ready by Five, Growers and local school districts. Most adult students are too old for K-12 public education, too unschooled and unskilled for community college or technical school. Schooling also builds skills for parents to support their children’s learning. The adults are Yakima Valley’s work force, vital to our economic prosperity and stability, the parents of most of our school children and future workforce, and our neighbors. Their children are our school districts’ neediest students. We use GED attainment as a course completion measure for adults and school test scores to measure children’s gains. Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA) between parents and children are included in our curriculum and typically include a game, a song, or a craft to demonstrate a literacy skill building activity, a science concept and a math exercise. All show parents how to “learningfully” play with their children and that teachable moments are present in everyday life.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

We would use our Washington Federal grant for supplies for our classes, ILA and our bilingual, cross-cultural Kaleidoscope Play &Learn program that builds bridges between Hispanic and Anglo families in our community.

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$3,000+ raised

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Las Cruces

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Las Cruces (CCDLC) is a non-profit Catholic-based ministry offering a broad range of social justice programs and solutions within the 10 southern counties of NM. CCDLC is chartered by the Diocese of Las Cruces to be the principal provider of social, legal and economic assistance to people in need regardless of faith, belief, ethnicity or cultural background.

The Mission of CCDLC is a social outreach ministry providing the following services: low cost citizenship and immigration-related legal services; referrals for other legal matters and other social service needs; a store which generates revenue to support programs and which provides assistance to needy families with low cost clothing and household items; a voucher program for no-cost clothing to impoverished families; emergency financial assistance of last resort with preference given to children, disabled and the elderly, especially on the threshold of homelessness; a goal of revitalizing the financial literacy program providing much needed financial education to children and adults.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Las Cruces intends to use this community gift from Washington Federal to create a Financial Literacy program that can be implemented in all 10 Southern NM Counties by teaching instructors for each community. Our targeted outcome is helping impoverished communities to develop financial habits that will empower them to achieve financial sustainability. Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.

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$3,000+ raised

Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe

Since 1938, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe have been providing a safe, educational place for our children to grow. We have lasted this long because generations of people, businesses, government, and volunteers gave their time, money, and other resources to our clubs. With your help we can be around for another 75. It's because of supporters, like yourself who truly care, that we are able to provide our children with an all-day summer recreation program and after school program. Both programs provide children ages 5 to 18 access to a computer club house, recreational activities, homework help, and reading instruction. In addition, in the summer months we provide breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack to thousands of children throughout the Santa Fe community.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

In February of 2013, we merged our Santa Fe Clubs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Del Norte. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Del Norte consist of a Boys and Girls Club in Abiquiu and Chimayo. By combining the two organizations into one, we were able to reduce administrative costs and are using that savings for enhancing existing programs and implementing new ones. When you give to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Fe, you are making an investment into your community, and together we are fulfilling our mission, "To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

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$5,000+ raised

Central Oregon Council On Aging (COCOA)

Sometimes seniors need support to stay in their homes, independent and safe, and sometimes that support is a home delivered meal — a meal that will allow them to stay in their home, not only because it’s a nutritious meal, but because a generous volunteer gives of their time and checks on the senior each day a meal is delivered. Sometimes, this volunteer is the only person a senior will see all day — what a critical impact that volunteer has on the safety and well-being of that senior. The volunteer is an important link for the Central Oregon Council On Aging case management team that assesses, tracks and monitors the clients.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

COCOA is a 501c3 organization dedicated to promoting dignity, well-being, safety and independence for Central Oregon seniors, and serves as the designated Area Agency on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Connection for the entire Central Region of Oregon — from the borders of California to Washington State — for information and referral services. Along with our dedicated team of employees and volunteers, COCOA serves over 75,000 meals on wheels and 65,000 congregate meals, and provides assistance through 85,000 information and assistance calls, 16,000 hours of in-home care, and educational and resource services — since 1975.

COCOA is also a non-profit, and generous financial support is always welcome to support Meals On Wheels or other programs COCOA provides to over 25,000 seniors in the tri-county region.

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$5,000+ raised

Assistance League of Klamath County

Assistance League® of Klamath Basin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose volunteer members administer philanthropic programs that have served the local Klamath Basin community for 25 years. Funds raised are returned entirely to this community. It is a chapter of National Assistance League®, 25,000 members strong.

Our primary philanthropic program, Operation School Bell® provided new clothing to a record number of K-12 grade children in all the Klamath County and City School Districts and areas of Northern California during the 2012/2013 fiscal year. 732 children and youth were served. Through referrals from school staff, children receive a winter coat, hat, gloves two pair of pants, shirts, underwear, a sweat outfit, socks, new shoes and a hygiene kit. Additionally, we delivered award winning books to all Klamath schools and libraries.

Our mission is to promote learning, school attendance, and self-esteem for children and families in need within the Basin. Receiving new clothing does just that as evidenced by countless testimonials. Our National organization provides us with guidance, so we can change and evolve depending on conditions in the community.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Our programs help with an Oregon county that has one of the highest percentages of poverty and neglect/threat of harm to children. But, as typical of non-profit organizations across the country, we are struggling with funding and a reduced budget. Funding from Washington Federal, will help Assistance League® of Klamath Basin maintain the high level of contribution we have been making to the community and its children.

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$5,000+ raised

Consumer Credit Counseling

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon helps people who are often overwhelmed by their financial situation. They are looking for options that will help them gain control and move forward with their lives. A client recently sent us a note that said, “I wanted to thank you for being there when all else seemed to not be working. I will always be appreciative of the service you offer. I hope I do not need you in the future, but if things become overwhelming, I know you are there. I will suggest your services to anyone who is in need.” (Sarah from Medford)

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Oregon has been helping people like Sarah in Southern Oregon and Northern California since 1971. The Agency’s certified counselors provide free confidential credit and housing counseling, debt repayment plans, credit report review, and bankruptcy counseling and education. The Agency provides over 200 community and school education programs on budgeting, money management and credit each year. Volunteers assist low income seniors and the disabled through its Money Management Program. CCCS is a Jackson County United Way agency, is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Families and is a HUD certified housing counseling agency. More information is available at www.cccsso.org.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Washington Federal Bank’s gift would be used to help support the Agency’s free confidential credit counseling program. During the appointment a budget is developed, concerns are addressed, options are discussed and ongoing support is provided. Over 2000 individuals like Sarah receive help every year.

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$5,000+ raised

Kids Center

For nearly 20 years, KIDS Center has provided unique, unduplicated and comprehensive medical evaluations, forensic interviews, family support and therapy services to abused children ages birth to 18. Services are provided at no cost to the child and family, and are designed to support a child’s healing as well as to prevent future episodes of abuse. KIDS Center is a child-friendly environment where a child tells their story of abuse one time to a trained and compassionate expert who can help them get the help they need. In 2012, approximately 900 children were served by KIDS Center. 84% of these children came from low-income families with a household income at or below the poverty line.

As the only Child Abuse Intervention Center in Central Oregon, KIDS Center is the region's leader in abuse prevention education. In 2012, 1,323 adults attended KIDS Center training, increasing their awareness of child abuse and learning how to better keep children safe from child abuse.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Sadly, child abuse is growing and is becoming much too common in our State. In 2012 alone, there were 11,188 confirmed victims over a 12-month period in Oregon. Funds raised through the Washington Federal “Locals Know Best” program will help ensure that children in Central Oregon who are have been physically and/or sexually abused, suffered from neglect, and/or have been witness to domestic violence will receive the timely and compassionate services they need to overcome the devastating impacts of abuse.

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$5,000+ raised

CASA of Lake County

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lake County is to provide every abused and neglected child in Lake County, Oregon with a qualified and compassionate advocate who will fight for and protect the child’s fundamental rights to be safe, to be treated with dignity, and to grow in a safe and loving family. And while doing this, to strengthen the child’s sense of personal value and to support the child through frequent one-on-one activities and interaction.

CASA of Lake County is a non-profit organization which began twenty years ago and provides advocacy for abused and neglected children throughout the county. Currently, half the kids in foster care receive the help of a volunteer. This is due to a lack of funds. The volunteers are appointed by a local judge to watch over and advocate for them and to make sure the children don’t become re-victimized through the complex legal system or languish in foster homes.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

We will conduct a county-wide campaign created by National CASA called I am for the Child. This will raise public awareness about child abuse and neglect, increase awareness about the value of CASA, and train more volunteers to serve abused and neglected children in our county. Few volunteer roles have such a critical and immediate impact on the life of a child as that of a CASA volunteer.

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$5,000+ raised

Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program is comprised of volunteers, age 55 and above, that wish to utilize their wealth of experience to tutor, mentor and befriend at-risk youth ranging in age from birth to 21. Foster Grandparents work 15 to 40 hours per week at non-profit organizations throughout our community. As the program was designed specifically to involve lower income seniors, they receive a non-taxable, non-deductable stipend of $2.65 per hour. Participating volunteers are also eligible to receive transportation reimbursement at .30 cents per mile and supplemental insurance coverage. The sites at which Foster Grandparents are placed all share a mission of service to children, whether that be in traditional settings like public schools and Head Start centers or involvement with children at the Boys and Girls Club. The young people served by Foster Grandparents greatly benefit from the attention given within the context of an ongoing relationship with a caring Foster Grandparent. The volunteers, in turn, enjoy a revitalized sense of purpose in addition to some financial relief. The Foster Grandparent Program of Southern Oregon serves Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties at 57 registered sites. 90 Foster Grandparent volunteers provided 75,648 hours of service throughout the community last year alone!

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funds raised through the Washington Federal “Locals Know Best” program will be used for a portion of both the stipend and mileage reimbursement these Foster Grandparents receive. These volunteers can then continue to serve as valuable resources, mentors, and non-judgmental companions to the at-risk youth of Southern Oregon.

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$5,000+ raised

Neighbor Impact

From 1985 to date, Neighbor Impact is has been recognized by the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS) as a community action agency serving the Central Oregon Region of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. It is the region's lead agency for homeless services, child care resources, emergency food programs, home ownership, housing rehabilitation, Head Start, and self-help programs for the working poor. Neighbor Impact employs roughly 200 staff and serves over 55,000 persons annually.

For over 25 years, our community action programs have focused on building successful families by helping them with their basic needs, affordable housing, home ownership and training to increase life skills, work skills and financial literacy.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funds from the “Locals Know Best” fundraising effort will be used to support our Emergency Services programs, including the Food Bank, Family shelter and Transitional housing programs.

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$5,000+ raised

Opportunity Knocks

What is Opportunity Knocks? Opportunity Knocks is the one business advisory organization that provides small business owners in Central Oregon with the tools to think strategically, solve problems and achieve goals. Member businesses have their own advisory team of experienced small business owners and managers that bring real-life experiences to their situation.

Members are divided into teams of twelve that meet monthly for three hours to discuss critical business issues. Each team member provides an update on their business, including how they implemented action steps provided from the previous meeting. Through these peer-to-peer advisory teams, trusted and lasting relationships are formed that provide each member encouragement, inspiration and direction for their business. Opportunity Knocks also provides learning opportunities including education seminars.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant

We intend to expand our membership base and create at least three new peer-to-peer teams (including a non-profit and food services focused team) this year. These funds will also allow us to create three annual membership scholarships that can be awarded to deserving small business owners who cannot afford the yearly dues.

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$5,000+ raised

Integral Youth Services

Integral Youth Services (IYS) is a private, faith-based, non-profit 501(c)(3) social service agency providing services to homeless, at-risk and runaway youth in Klamath County since 1988. IYS provides life-changing services to more than 2,100 Klamath County youth annually.

Our mission is “To offer HOPE to youth, providing for their needs and mentoring toward positive choices and healthy relationships.” We believe in serving youth with compassion and encouragement. We believe in providing opportunities, structure and accountability, which leads to a sense of responsibility. Our philosophies enable us to nurture the youth we serve, releasing their full potential.

IYS programs focus on intervention, emergency shelter, youth housing, advocacy, education, life skills and employment training.

At our emergency shelter Exodus House, youth in crisis with nowhere to go find safe shelter and support. Youth in transition, without stable housing find refuge and safe housing through our Transitional Living Program (TLP). Current/former foster care youth learn to live independently through the Independent Living Program (ILP). Youth living in poverty and/or dealing with homelessness are ensured equal access to education through the Homeless Education Liaison Program (HELP). Youth struggling socially or academically in school find the one-on-one support they need in our Accredited Alternative School. At the IYS Youth Center kids get a healthy meal and a safe place to be after school. IYS’ Free Summer Lunch Program provides nutritious lunches to hungry kids each summer.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

The funds raised by community votes during the Locals Know Best fundraising event in May, will be used solely to support Integral Youth Services (IYS) programs and services, specifically our Youth Center. Located in the Mills Addition in Klamath Falls, the Youth Center is situated diagonally across from Mills Elementary School. Providing a safe, supervised place to be after school, an average of 60-70 youth comes through its doors each day.

The Youth Center provides a five-component, USDA sponsored supper daily to ensure youth are receiving a nutritious and filling afternoon meal. This is critical, as 100% of the students at the Mills Elementary School qualify for free or reduced lunches.

The Youth Center staff and volunteers also provide mentoring, tutoring, group learning sessions and homework help, as well as providing youth with a safe place to enjoy books, games, movies and crafts. The funds raised will help IYS continue to keep the Youth Center doors open to the youth that rely on it. Staff will be able to provide books, art supplies, and other items that help them provide a safe, fun learning environment for the youth.

The Youth Center provides a safe haven for neighborhood youth, and IYS programs and services are providing HOPE and possibilities for a brighter future every day. We could not continue to do what we do without the support of the community, thank you.

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$5,000+ raised

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) is a nonprofit youth organization whose core purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. We work in partnership with schools and businesses to improve student knowledge in the areas of entrepreneurship, work-readiness and financial literacy. In the current economic climate, it becomes more and more evident that sound financial education and a solid understanding in fiscal responsibility are imperative for all citizens – especially young people.

The hallmark of JA is its incorporation of volunteers from community businesses and organizations who visit school classrooms to present JA programs. Depending on the program, these visits are typically on a once-a-week basis and last between five and ten weeks. The dynamic interaction between students and classroom volunteers with practical business experience promotes active learning and brings theory to life, often resulting in life-changing experiences.

Junior Achievement of Klamath County, a District of Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington, has been a positive influence in this community since 1998. In the 2012-13 school year, we will serve approximately 2,000 K-12 students in 70 classrooms throughout Klamath County. An estimated 50 volunteers from business and industry will give an average of 10 hours each in an effort to reach these students.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funds raised through the Washington Federal “Locals Know Best” program will help to purchase JA program curriculum kits that are used by volunteer teachers. All JA in-class programs are packaged in a kit that contains the tools and materials needed by a volunteer to teach a JA class. $100 covers the cost to purchase one kit. To reach the $5000 goal will equate to kits for 50 classes! You are helping students develop the competence, confidence and character needed to compete in today’s global economy.

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Boys & Girls Clubs

Over the past 43 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley have served thousands of youth in our community. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 come to the Club every day after school and in the summer, to play, see their friends and participate in our important programs. The Clubs offer a safe place, with positive role models and positive programs. But there’s more to it than that. The Club is where the kids come to connect and be who they can be. They learn what it is to BE Great!

We offer core programming in five areas including: The Arts, Sports Fitness & Recreation, Character & Leadership, Education & Career Development and Health & Life Skills. We collaborate with other youth development agencies in the area, providing the best resources and referrals for our at-risk kids and their families. We also work with the USDA to feed our members a supper every day. In 2012 we served over 94,000 meals and 19,000 snacks, making us one of the largest food providers in the State outside of the school districts. For many of our kids this is the last meal of the day. We keep our membership fees low at $40 for the school year, while our program costs are well over $1,200 a year per child. We even offer scholarships for families in need, because we never turn a child away due to the inability to pay.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

The support from Washington Federal will help to offset the costs of our programs and provide scholarships for the kids that need us most. We appreciate the opportunity to work together and create a better future for our kids and our community. We exist through the generosity of community partners such as Washington Federal. Thank you.

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Goodwill

Southern Oregon Goodwill is a non-profit organization whose mission is “Helping individuals and families build social and employment skills needed to achieve personal and economic independence.” The agency was founded in 1967 and provides services to more than 1,600 individuals annually in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake and Siskiyou counties.

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, the most effective way to help at-risk, low-income children and their families is to address both parental employment and parenting skills. Southern Oregon Goodwill’s Steps to Success family strengthening program was designed with those recommendations in mind and is free to parents wanting to improve their home and work life.

The need for Steps to Success is great for families in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties. In Klamath County alone, 26% of families with children aged 5 to 17 live below poverty. In 2011, that county’s rate for abuse and neglect was almost double that of the state for families with children.

Goodwill’s ultimate goals are to reduce the incidence of child abuse/neglect; provide parents with job and life skills to move them toward financial stability; and decrease the probability of generational poverty for children in our region. Goodwill case managers work with families through home visits, classes, and coordinate family services with community partners.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Washington Federal Bank’s gift will fund parenting class materials, as well as support medical and mental health services, family counseling, emergency services, and child care while parents are participating in the program’s mandatory “three steps.”

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Boys & Girls Clubs

For 19 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon has been opening doors to great futures for local youth. Four Clubs in the communities of Bend, Redmond and Terrebonne serve over 1,500 children annually aged 5-18. Programs strategically focus on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles, and Character & Citizenship, and which further the mission of the Clubs to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Boys & Girls Clubs' vision is to create great futures for children in Deschutes County, where success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, on track to graduate high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon has always been a local organization, serving local kids, focusing on local issues. Three out of ten kids don’t graduate on time; one out of five live in poverty; and four out of ten are overweight. Funded by local dollars, a dedicated team of paid, professional staff allows Boys & Girls Clubs to allocate 89% of resources directly towards programming.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funding from Washington Federal will allow Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon to direct resources towards preventing summer learning loss. With the tools available to keep children engaged all summer long, they will return to school in the fall leaps and bounds ahead of their classmates on an accelerated path to success.

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MountainStar

At MountainStar, we keep more than 300 infants and toddlers safe from abuse and neglect each year, while we help their families to address multiple big challenges such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, family violence, substance abuse, mental illness, and incarceration—to name just a few.

The reality is that currently in Oregon 48% of child abuse victims, and 60% of children who died from abuse and neglect, were 5 years old or younger. The first three years of life are also when 90% of brain development occurs, and the basic patterns that enable us to succeed in life are established.

That’s where MountainStar comes in. Families receive crisis intervention, respite care, home visits with parent coaching and education, on-site counseling, support in accessing community resources and referrals, and access to diapers, food and used baby clothing and equipment. Where the risk of abuse and neglect is highest, we also transport 42 infants and toddlers to our intensive Therapeutic Classrooms twice a week where staff are able to monitor and support their health and development.

The tough part is, we have a waiting list of 50 children who need to get into our intensive Therapeutic Classrooms—and those are just the children we know about. We need funding to continue to expand our services. That’s where you come in!

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funds raised through the Washington Federal “Locals Know Best” program will support 15 babies in our intensive Therapeutic Infant Classroom. This ensures that infants like 4-month-old ‘Jonathon,’ who attends class with his developmentally disabled mother each week, get the support they need to thrive and survive. Thank you for joining us in keeping children safe, parents successful and families together!

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$5,000+ raised

Klamath & Lake Community Action Services

Klamath & Lake Community Action Services (KLCAS) is a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks and distributes State and Federal funding. Funding supports both KLCAS programs and local social service providers throughout Klamath and Lake Counties. KLCAS programs provide economic stability through home energy assistance, emergency shelters, foreclosure counseling, family budgeting, and many other programs. For additional information, please visit www.klcas.org.

During the summer, we hold our annual Project Family Connect event where we bring key community partners to one location. This free event educates and connects individuals and families with services and resources that promote economic stability while also providing a free lunch. Last year we served 633 guests, the highest number we have seen in our five-year history. 306 of those guests were children and received school supplies. Of the 327 adults, 43 reported having no income.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

This is our sixth annual Project Family Connect which will be held in August. Funds will be used to help make transformations happen for our neighbors in need. People with medical problems receive no-cost medical exams while those with vision problems receive free reading glasses. People experiencing mouth pain receive free dental care. Funds will also help provide access to a variety of immediate services including school supplies, dental care, food, haircuts, and much more.

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$5,000+ raised

Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children was founded in 1993 in Portland, Oregon by entrepreneur Duncan Campbell. Despite a hardscrabble childhood, Campbell achieved success and promised that one day, if he had the resources to do so, he would help other children triumph over adversity.

Campbell searched for the most compelling evidence on how to help vulnerable children move forward. He collected best practices from around the country and wove these findings into the bedrock of the Friends of the Children program: start early, train and pay the mentors, stay for the long haul. Research has proven that the single most important factor that fosters resiliency in children is a caring and consistent relationship with an adult. The earlier this bond is formed, the stronger it will be and the greater impact it will have on the child’s future. Friends of the Children selects the children when they begin school, and once selected, we commit to the children through high school graduation, no matter what. With someone to look up to, count on, talk to, help them with school work, comfort them, and align them with goals for the future, with someone who will be there for the long haul, these children will thrive.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Our community gift will be used in a variety of ways, including maintenance and improvements to the Friends clubhouse on Altamont Drive, enrichment activities for the children (travel to the gym, library, museum, pool or waterslides), PSAT and SAT fees, scholarship application fees, and graduation materials.

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$5,000+ raised

Community Health Center

Community Health Center was founded in 1972 as the result of a grass-roots effort, and exists today as an Oregon not-for-profit corporation that enjoys tax-exempt status and – since December 2004 – recognition as a federally-qualified health center. All Community Health Center clinic sites (Ashland, Medford, White City, and Butte Falls) and School-Based Health Center sites (Butte Falls Charter School, Ashland and Eagle Point High Schools) are recognized by the Oregon Health Authority as Tier 3 Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes (the highest recognition available). The Mission of Community Health Center has remained unchanged for over forty years, and that is to promote the health of low-income, working uninsured and other vulnerable children and adults in Jackson County, Oregon. The agency fulfills this mission by offering core services that consist of primary, preventative, and perinatal health services, and by offering such complementary services as integrated behavioral health and prescription medication assistance. Services are made accessible and affordable for uninsured individuals and families through a generous sliding-fee schedule, with no uninsured person turned away due to inability to pay at the time of a scheduled visit. In addition, Community Health Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and third-party insurances.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funds raised through the Washington Federal “Locals Know Best” program will be used to assure access to health services for students utilizing school-based health centers (SBHC) operated by Community Health Center. SBHCs are located on school grounds, an ideal location to provide primary, preventive and mental health services to students. SBHCs save parental time off work, reduce absenteeism, promote healthy lifestyle choices, help keep students healthy and in school which directly contributes to their future success. Health + Education = Success!

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$5,000+ raised

Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County

The mission of the Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County is to meet the needs of children and families by providing a community-based center that facilitates a compassionate, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, treatment, identification, investigation, and prosecution of child abuse.

We provide core and supportive services to victims of child abuse, including forensic disclosure interviews, medical assessments and treatment, therapy services, and mentoring programs. We also provide support groups for non-offending family members and training to professionals and the larger community on the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse.

How we will use a Locals Know Best community grant from Washington Federal

Funds will be used for therapy groups and services to children and teens as they heal from abuse. Our staff served 1,070 youth in 2012, with numbers growing each year. Support from the community is essential for us to continue to provide services to those who need us. All services are focused on doing our part to meet our vision: communities where children are safe, families are strong, and our child victims become children again.