Volunteers, grocery cards and more are needed to help those forced out of Courtyard Village

by DIwpBacon on December 19, 2014

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First Vancouver Methodist Church is asking for help in assisting those soon to be forced out of their homes at Courtyard Village Apartments. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and deliver hot meals twice to the 16 families who are asked to vacate first. The children will go home with Share Backpacks, but these only hold food for a weekend.

Also in need are rolls of duct tape and boxes to help families pack and grocery gift cards in any amount to assist in filling pantries when a new home is located. Items can be dropped off at the church, which is located at 401 East 33rd St. This is an ongoing project until all families are helped. For further information, email care.program@fumc.org or call 360-693-5881. Follow the effort on Facebook page, here.

First Vancouver is teaming up with other local churches and community supporters to amass a dedicated fund that will help with damage deposits, first and last month rental requirements and the other costs associated with moving. Donors can send checks directly to the Council for the Homeless, which will administer the fund, at 2500 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98660; make sure to write “Courtyard Village” in the memo line.






Annual Christmas Eve port tasting at Niche

by DIwpBacon on December 19, 2014

Niche owner Leah Jackson.

Those in need of a small, delicious break on Wednesday, Dec. 24 are invited to sneak away from family and guests for Niche‘s annual Christmas Eve Port Tasting from 4 to 8 p.m. Owner, Leah Jackson will be serving port by the glass or choose from two port flights and a limited nibbles menu.

Special cheeses and ports will also be available for purchase to go for holiday gatherings. Or pick a last minute bottle of wine to pair with your holiday meal or as a gift for the wine connoisseur on your list.

Niche Wine & Art is located at 1013 Main St. in Vancouver. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit www.nichewinebar.com.

Community manager achieves fundraising certification


Julie Rinard, photo courtesy of Community.

Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) employee Julie Rinard earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. Only 5,200 people hold this certification worldwide. Rinard met CFRE International standards to include: tenure in the fundraising profession, continuing education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to serve not-for-profit organizations.

Individuals must also pass a rigorous written exam and agree to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. “Donors deserve the reassurance that we are good stewards of their gifts,” says Community CEO Greg Pang. “Professional certification is one way we can show the community we take that responsibility seriously.”

Community Home Health & Hospice is a nonprofit community-based agency, serving the healthcare needs of Washington and Oregon families since 1977. Every day, it cares for 600 people at home through home care personal services, home health, hospice and bereavement services in the following four counties: Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum in Washington and Columbia in Oregon. For more information, visit Community at www.chhh.org.

Parks Foundation of Clark County seeks end of year donations

Like a 10,000 piece puzzle, Clark County’s parks, trails, and recreation programs create a picture that inspires and motivates all ages, now and into the future. To complete the puzzle, all pieces must fit together. Parks Foundation of Clark County encourages the community to be part of the masterpiece.
Corporate partners, Riverview, Tidewater, and Waste Connections, are each offering a $5,000 matching challenge contribution for a combined donation of $15,000 in support of the 2015 Community Grant Program. One hundred percent of dollars raised through the end-of-year challenge campaign will directly support the Parks Foundation Community Grant program.
Launched in 2009, Parks Foundation grants have provided $422,365 in support of everything from swing sets to merry-go-rounds, trail construction to skate parks, summer playground programs to swim lesson scholarships.

In order to qualify for the matching funds, contributions must be received by December 31, 2014. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit www.parksfoundation.us.

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