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YWCA Clark County seeks nominations for the Val Joshua Racial Justice Awards

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

vj-2015Each year, YWCA recognizes community members who have demonstrated leadership in Clark County in their work to eliminate racism, empower women, and end oppression of all forms. There are two awards recognized during the Val Joshua Racial Justice Award Community Celebration: Val Joshua Racial Justice Award and the Youth Social Justice Award.

The Val Joshua Racial Justice Award is named for longtime YWCA volunteer Val Joshua, in honor of her commitment to and work for the elimination of racism. This award recognizes individuals and groups who are leaders in the struggle for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people.

The YWCA Youth Social Justice Award recognizes high school students (both individuals and groups) whose work has made a positive impact toward supporting social change in Clark County.

More information including the award history, past honorees, nomination process, and community celebration can be found by visiting or by contacting Natalie wood, Director of Programs, at

Community Foundation hires new program officer

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


Unknown-5The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently hired Shona Carter as the organization’s first dedicated Program Officer. In this role, Carter will serve as the primary liaison between the foundation and its grantees. This will involve developing, managing and evaluating a comprehensive portfolio of local grants and initiatives to enhance the granting expertise of the Foundation, its 18-member board and the donor advisors of its more than 290 charitable funds.

Carter grew up in Portland, but came to the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington from The San Francisco Foundation, a similar place-based grantmaking organization. Here, she spent three years as a Donor Relations Officer managing a portfolio of 80 corporate and individual charitable funds that distributed more than $20 million annually to nonprofit organizations.

Carter also spent four years as an Associate Program Officer at the East Bay Community Foundation where she evaluated more than 100 grant applications every quarter and monitored nearly $1 million in grants annually. With more than a decade of experience in the sector, Carter also brings a depth of experience in community engagement, corporate social responsibility and special projects related to donor support and grantee evaluation.

EPA recognizes Evergreen Public Schools

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

images-2The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Evergreen Public Schools with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for their continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Evergreen’s accomplishments were recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 20. Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than two billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Award winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. For a complete list of 2015 winners and information, and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens open now through May 10

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Guests are invited to step back in time at Woodland’s Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, where the 1880s Victorian farm home and impressive display of lilacs in full bloom will dazzle visitors during the annual Lilac Days Festival.

The festival runs through Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, at the gardens, 115 S. Pekin Rd. (exit 21 off I-5). The house and gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Admission is $3, and children under 12 are free. For more information, see or call 360-225-8996.

This historic property has been restored by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit, volunteer-led organization. The Lilac Society’s goal is not only to preserve the lilac heritage developed by Hulda Klager, but also to maintain the gardens for visitors to experience the tranquillity of a pioneer Victorian farm and garden. The Lilac Society fully funds the upkeep of the farmhouse and grounds from donations, sales of lilacs, and proceeds from gift shop sales.