Back Issues: April 24, 2017

Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools awarded $50,000 in grants from Firstenburg Foundation

Monday, April 24, 2017

thumb_FirstenburgGrant4_21The Firstenburg Foundation has awarded the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools (FVPS) a $25,000 grant in their latest grant cycle. This grant is in addition to $25,000 awarded December 2016. The grants will be used to support the expansion of the community schools model in Vancouver Public Schools (VPS). VPS serves approximately 24,000 students in 37 schools and programs. Over 50 percent of students are from families with incomes below federal poverty guidelines (as indicated through qualification for the free or reduced-price meal program). More than one-thousand VPS students experienced homelessness during the prior school year.

Pictured: Firstenburg Foundation representatives Sherrie Bagnas and Marc Grignon present grant to Danette LaChapelle, president, Foundation for VPS board of directors (left) and Nada Wheelock, executive director, Foundation for VPS (right).


Beaches Cashback day benefits CAAT Program April 25

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Beaches Restaurant will host a CashBack Day for the Child Abuse Assessment Team (CAAT) at Legacy Salmon Creek this Tuesday, April 25, all day at both restaurant locations. When diners mention the CAAT program, Beaches will donate 50 percent of the check to it.

The CAAT program, established in 2009, acts as an entry point into a network of resources for families when concerns of abuse or neglect exist. CAAT conducts assessments of infants to 17 year-olds, on behalf of law and social service agencies, to determine the nature of the problem. The team coordinates with other organizations to ensure children have the treatment and resources they need to heal.

Beaches is located on the Columbia Waterfront, 1919 SE Columbia River Dr. in Vancouver and at the Portland International Airport, 700 NE Airport Way in Portland. For reservations at the Columbia Waterfront Beaches, call 360-699-1592. For reservations at the Portland Airport Beaches, call 503-335-8385. Reservations are strongly recommended for Cash Back days.


Stand Against Racism event this Thursday

Monday, April 24, 2017

YWCA Clark County will join an anticipated 750 groups across the country to demonstrate solidarity toward a mission to eliminate racism at WSU Vancouver at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Camara Banfield will speak on the impact of institutional and structural racism. The public will also be invited to sign a proclamation against racism, which will be published online and in local print media.

Hosted by The Women’s Leadership Center of YWCA and the Diversity Council of WSU, this year’s event focuses on a very important theme: Women of Color Leading Change. Despite outpacing other groups in college education, leading social progress in their communities, and often being the primary breadwinner in their households, women of color are consistently underrepresented in positions of leadership. But, there are tangible steps women can take together, to change this. Banfield, chief criminal deputy prosecuting attorney at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, will speak on those steps towards change.

View the pledge, and learn more about the nationwide effort at For information, visit Contact Madeline at 360-906-9132 or for assistance with special needs or accommodations.


Media Relations Workshop Series for Small Business Month

Monday, April 24, 2017


The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) is hosting an eight-part workshop series on media relations during May’s “Small Business Month.” The workshops feature unique marketing content and access to the region’s news leaders. Interested parties can sign up for one, or all eight workshops (with a price break). Classes include:

  • Tuesday, May 2: Five Steps to Writing an Effective Press Release, presented by Julia Maglione, communications manager, Workforce Southwest Washington
  • Thursday, May 4: Communicating with the Media, presented by Nelson Holmberg, VP of Innovation, Port of Ridgefield
  • Tuesday, May 9: How to Build a Strategic Media Relations Campaign, presented by Ronnie Noize, DIY Marketing Center
  • Thursday, May 11: Attracting TV Coverage, presented by Joe Vithayathill, business reporter, FOX 12
  • Tuesday, May 16: Opportunities and Submissions at the Columbian, presented by Troy Brynelson, business editor, The Columbian
  • Thursday, May 18: Opportunities and Subissions at the Vancouver Business Journal, presented by Nick Shanmac, managing editor, Vancouver Business Journal
  • Tuesday, May 23: Clark County Media Panel, featuring Clark County Today, The North Bank Now, and The Reflector
  • Tuesday, May 30: Taking Your Media Coverage Further, presented by Kevin Getch, Webfor

The series, presented by Comcast, will be held at the GVCC, 1101 Broadway, Ste. 100. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and the workshops are from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $20 per person for GVCC members; $35 for non-members. The all-access pass is $149 members and non-members. To learn more and to register, visit