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Evergreen Habitat for Humanity increases minimum wage to $15 an hour to support living wages for employees

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity holds four orientation meetings in July

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity (EHFH) has committed to increase the organization’s minimum wage to $15 an hour beginning today, July 1. As a low-income housing provider, EHFH staff sees firsthand how families in Clark County are unable to afford a simple, decent place to live. In Clark County, a single individual needs to make $30,840 to afford a one bedroom rental. For a family of four, this jumps to $51,880 for a three-bedroom rental. In order for individuals and families to be able to afford these, they need to be making more than the state-defined minimum wage of $9.47 an hour.

“We want to do our part to end poverty wages in Clark County,” says Josh Townsley, executive director, EHFH. “As an organization that helps families and individuals live in safe, decent, affordable housing, we believe that people need to making a living wage in order to make that happen. We are proud to set this example and encourage other nonprofits, businesses, and local jurisdictions to follow suit.”

Since 1991, EHFH has worked to improve living conditions for low-income, Clark County residents. The non-profit organization works in partnership with people in need from all walks of life to develop communities by building safe, affordable housing. Homes are sold at no profit with a zero percent interest rate mortgage after the partner families complete their sweat equity hours. For additional information, contact Townsley at 360-737-1759 or


Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition finalists announced

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
The Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced the Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition finalists, as well as the full lineup Vancouver Toyota Main Stage Performers at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. Auditions were held in May. The ten finalists who will compete are: Lauren Barton, Kaleb Burris, Isaac Dizon, Mia Josberger, Danielle Lorange, Tirza Meuljic, Bella Olsen, Becca Weinberg, Hannah Wilson, Hannah Wrightson, Grace Cunningham, and Samantha Dearing. Entertainment begins at noon on July 4 on the Vancouver Toyota Main Stage, with the Sing Fourth Teen Vocal Competition presented by Davidson & Associates Insurance representing Pemco Insurance.  For more information, to purchase tickets, or to volunteer visit

Volunteers sought for the 2015 Columbia River Concours d’Elegance Aug. 2

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

rh-08042014-4844150 volunteers are needed to lend a hand at one of Vancouver’s classic summer events, the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, on Sunday, Aug. 2. Individuals, service organizations, corporate groups and all others are encouraged to volunteer to sell and collect tickets at the gates, work as vehicle zone attendants or traffic control. Potential volunteers can download the application here. On the application, volunteers may request certain jobs and shifts. Volunteers must attend one of two forty-five minute training sessions prior to the event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 at 9:30 a.m. All volunteers receive free admission to the event and a parking pass. For more information about specific job descriptions, visit

Lifeline Connections is expanding mental health services to Orchards

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015


Adults living and working in East Clark County will soon have the option of accessing mental health services in Orchards. Lifeline Connections will open a mental health office treating the full range of mental health conditions Monday, July 20. The office is in the Eastridge Business Center located at the corner of NE 117th and 95th at 11719 NE 95th St., Suite A, Vancouver.

This is the first expansion for Lifeline Connections, a behavioral health organization that has served Clark County since 1962, since moving into the Clark County Center for Community Health Building in 2006. Funding for the expansion is provided by Southwest Washington Behavioral Health who administers and coordinates public mental health services in Clark and Skamania Counties.

Office hours at the new location will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some evening appointments available and possible expansion of future weekend hours. Services include psychiatric medication management, individual counseling sessions and family and group therapy. The Orchards office will offer a licensed clinical team that includes mental health professionals, advanced registered nurse practitioners, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers, case managers and peer support specialists.

Individuals interested in accessing services should call 360-397-8246 and press three for the admissions department. Lifeline accepts all major insurance as well as Washington Apple Health.