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Helping Hands Grant Awards

Amount Raised: $424,468

The Helping Hands Grant provides financial resources to nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties with unexpected and emergent needs. We have updated the criteria and application process to respond to our nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.

The fund has been seeded with $45,000 from the Community Foundation and over $240,000 has been donated by generous people throughout our region. All contributions to the Helping Hands Grant will help to provide additional financial resources to meet the current and future recovery needs of our region. Grants will continue to be awarded until funds are expended.

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GRANTS AWARDED $89,094

May 15 Awards – $16,725

  • Apple Hill Art Camps – $3,000 Alternative Summer Program
  • Catholic Charities – $500 PPE and supplies for resident services at St. Jude’s Landing housing sites in Wenatchee
  • Community Choice – $2,000 Virtual delivery training for Chronic Disease Self-Management Education workshops to protect wellness of older adults and vulnerable populations
  • SAGE – $3,000 Support for increased costs of telecommunications services for increased domestic violence crisis calls
  • Methow Valley Theater – $2,225 Recoup costs from cancelled show
  • Pybus Market Charitable Foundation – $3,000 Support partnership with Wenatchee Valley Farmer’s Market for 1:1 match on SNAP purchases of fresh vegetables
  • Wenatchee for Immigrant Justice – $3,000 Helping immigrant families with basic needs (food, electricity, water, gas)

May 1 Awards – $21,692

  • Chelan Community Nurse Program – $3,000 Adapting services for social distancing and preparing for an increase of in-home services as shelter in place eases
  • Entiat Food Bank – $3,000 Food security improvements
  • Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center – $1,230 for a commercial freezer to store food for Upper Valley MEND’s gleaning program, which provides fresh produce for food bank
  • Methow Arts Alliance – $3,000 resources for NCW art teachers and home delivery kits; recouping direct costs from cancelled events
  • Okanogan Behavioral Health Care – $3,000 mental illness/substance abuse recovery program delivery adaptations during Covid and recouping direct costs from cancelled event
  • Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus – $2,462 Recouping direct costs from cancelled concert
  • Tonasket Food Bank – $3,000 serving 58% more individuals/families needing food
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $3,000 Recouping direct costs from cancelled events

April 15 Awards – $15,927

  • Methow at Home – $2,028 Free memberships for 6 aging in place residents during Covid, such as food delivery and phone buddy system
  • Methow Housing Trust – $1,500 Support for providing Covid-related housing resources to individuals in need
  • Numerica PAC – $3,000 Recouping direct costs for cancelled events and production of digital campaign for 2021 season
  • Office Moms and Dads – $1,804 Basic needs, therapeutic toys, and increased recruitment for volunteers who provide companionship to children during office visits that are transitioning to foster care
  • Okanogan Land Trust – $1,035 Updated equipment for safe remote work
  • Okanogan Regional Humane Society – $2,560 Recouping direct costs for cancelled events
  • PowerHouse Ministries – $1,000 Sanitation and supplies for day shelter for homeless individuals
  • The Cove – $3,000 Support for increased individuals and families needing food and financial help

April 1 Awards – $34,750

  • Garden Terrace Senior Living – $1,600 Individual meal service during dining room closure
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $3,000 Recoup direct costs for cancelled event due to public health guidelines
  • Life Choices – $300 Recoup direct costs for cancelled event due to public health guidelines
  • Methow Valley Citizens Council – $800 Recoup direct 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 responders
  • 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 food
  • Wenatchee River Institute – $750 Recoup direct costs for cancelled eventdue 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 Pet Food Pantry that provides for low-income pet owners
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony Association – $1,600 Recoup direct costs for cancelled event due to public health guidelines

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