Community Foundation of NCW Awards $89,750 in COVID-19 relief to nonprofits

WENATCHEE - The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $89,750 to 24 nonprofits

across the region who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19

pandemic. The funds come from the Helping Hands Grant, the Board of

Trustees Fund, and donations from the public.

"When we started to see the effect the pandemic was having on our

nonprofit community, we knew we had to use our resources to help" said

Beth Stipe, the foundation's executive director. "We expanded the

criteria for our Helping Hands grant - which typically funds emergent

needs - to include issues our nonprofit partners are facing with



The foundation also utilized its Board of Trustee fund, where board

members donate to this "rainy day" type fund. The Board approved using

$55,000 toward supporting nonprofits that provide vital services such

as access to food and rental assistance. Agencies receiving a

distribution from this fund include:


Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council, Okanogan County Community

Action Council, Room One (Methow Valley), Serve Wenatchee, Salvation

Army (Wenatchee), Children's Home Society of Wenatchee, Safety,

Advocacy, Growth, and Empowerment (SAGE), and Chelan Valley Hope.

"We are looking at all of our resources right now and where they can

help the most" said Stipe. "We are being thoughtful about what we can

do right now, but also be poised to support the region in the long

run. We know from our past experiences from the recession and from

wildfire disaster recoveries, the needs of our communities will likely



Over $100,000 has been donated by Community Foundation donors and the public. "We're so grateful for those in our community who are able to

give what they can and help those in need right now" said Stipe.

Helping Hands Grants - $34,750


Garden Terrace Senior Living - $1,600 for individual meal

service during dining room closure


Icicle Creek Center for the Arts - $3,000 to recoup costs

for cancelled event due to public health guidelines


Life Choices - $300 to recoup costs for cancelled event due

to public health guidelines


Methow Valley Citizens Council - $800 to recoup costs for

cancelled event due to public health guidelines


Mobile Meals of Wenatchee - $1,700 increased meal delivery

service for home-bound citizens


North Valley Hospital District - $3,000 supplies to 3D-print

200 N95 masks with reusable inserts


Okanogan County Community Coalition - $3,000 fabricating PPE

including masks and gowns for local healthcare workers and emergency



Omak Food Bank - $3,000 increased food bank demands


The Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFÉ)

- $3,000 outreach to Spanish-speaking community on COVID-19 and

available resources


Thrive Chelan Valley - $3,000 weekend food support for

Chelan/Manson students


TwispWorks Foundation - $3,000 connecting small local

businesses impacted to resources


Wellness Place - $3,000 gas cards for patients needing to

travel to appointments and increased costs for shipping nutritional



Wenatchee River Institute - $750 to recoup costs for

cancelled event due to public health guidelines


Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center - $1,000

technology and equipment to support the move to Online Dispute

Resolution (ODR) mediation services


Wenatchee Valley Humane Society - $3,000 for the Pet Food

Pantry that provides for low-income pet owners


Wenatchee Valley Symphony Association - $1,600 to recoup

costs for cancelled event due to public health guidelines


The foundation is accepting donations to the Helping Hands Grant Fund

and hopes to continue awarding grants every other week until funds are



For more information on grants, resources, and how to donate, visit<>.



The Community Foundation of North Central Washington's mission is to

grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong

communities throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Established in 1986, the Community Foundation manages $85 million in

assets through 500+ individual funds and has awarded over $35 million

in grants and scholarships.

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