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LCSG thankful for HCF grant

Lower Columbia School Gardens is a grateful recipient of a $20,000 grant from The Health Care Foundation in 2020.

Without the support of local funders such as The Health Care Foundation, we would struggle to fulfill our mission of promoting health, hands-on learning and connections with nature in each of our 19 school gardens. We are so thankful for their partnership and support, and looking forward to the day when we can work with kids and families in our gardens once again.

Growing, tasting and cooking with fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables is integral to what LCSG did every day with elementary and middle school students before March of this year. Now, during the COVID-19 crisis, we are continuing our mission, but in new and different ways. We are stepping up to meet families’ needs for garden-grown produce as many face impossible hardships.

Please help us reach our goal of matching the Health Care Foundation’s grant with $20,000 in community donations by donating online ( or mailing a check to P.O. Box 785 Longview, WA 98632.

Thanks again to The Health Care Foundation and to you —our community — for supporting our mission of empowering kids and families with real food and hands-on learning. Together, we are making a difference.

Ian Thompson, executive director

Lower Columbia School Gardens

Thanks to many local businesses

In these times of dire uncertainty for most small and local businesses, I want to send a special shout-out to some companies that have been champions of Family Promise of Cowlitz County, an organization helping children and their families experiencing homelessness to build a path back into a home of their own.

In 2019, Family Promise had the opportunity to remodel a 4,000-square-foot space in the old Kelso Presbyterian Church into a day center. The church had merged years before with Kelso United Methodist Church and wanted its former building to serve the community. Many other organizations, including three churches, were using other levels of the building, and KUMPC (the merged church) decided to rent Family Promise the second floor for $1/year for staff and guests.

As we faced the enormous task of renovating the space for our needs. Numerous local businesses stepped forward to assist us, providing tens of thousands of dollars in materials and/or labor free or at cost.

Today, the Family Promise day center is a beautiful place for staff and guests to work toward their goals. These businesses were there for us in indispensable ways when we were just trying to get our feet under us. We literally could not have managed to start operations without the help of the following:

Animal Health Services, Baker Lumber, Bi-Coastal Media, Bob Beal Insurance Agency, Budget Blinds Randy McLeskey, Busack Electric, Carlson Heating and Air Conditioning Inc., Cascadia Metals, Cole's Appliance Repair Inc., Columbia Auto Group, Copies Today, Davis and Associates CPAs, Doug Williams Digital Marketing, Elam's Home Furnishings, Gibbs and Olson Inc., IBEW, J.C. Penney (Kelso), KBlooms, Keeles Drywall, Keys Plus, Linked Design Group , Lobby Home Signs, Lowe's,McDonalds Floor Covering, Milliren Construction, Minuteman Press,MN Designs, National Hospitality Inc., Pacific Door and Window Inc., Panera Bread (Kelso), Renaud Electric Heating & Cooling, Reprographics Digital & Offset Printing, Salzsieder Legal Services PLLC, Sherwin Williams (Aberdeen), Sherwin Williams (Longview), Sign Masters Awards-N-More, Target (Kelso), Tino's Painting, Vetter Plumbing, Walmart (Ocean Beach and Seventh Avenue), Watershed Science & Engineering, Weyerhaeuser and Wilcox and Flegel Fuel Oil Co.

We are tremendously grateful to these enterprises. Their investments have empowered us to strengthen our community by helping end the trauma of homelessness for children and their families in Cowlitz County.

Now we want to try in some small measure to return the favor. As we slowly bring our community and economy back to full operation over the coming months, we humbly ask that if you have an opportunity to do so, you help us thank them for their gifts to our community by supporting them. They are the backbone of our local economy.

Lisa Staudinger, executive director

Family Promise of Cowlitz County


CCR grateful for HCF grant

On behalf of Children’s Community Resources, I thank The Health Care Foundation for the gift of a $25,000 outright grant to fund for Health and Nutrition for Homeless Youth Program to address the needs of nearly 500 homeless youth in the Longview and Kelso School Districts year-round.

The devastation homelessness causes to students is immense and life altering. Inadequate living situations, lack of healthcare, food insecurity, compromised personal safety related to traumatic events or drug exposure, and the increased likelihood of school failure are just some of the risks homeless students face.

Funding will be used to aid in the expansion of the project’s efforts to contact and engage homeless students to ensure they have health insurance, an annual comprehensive wellness examination, and follow up for recommendations, plus weekend GoBags.

We are partnering with Bethany Lutheran Church and the faith community to ensure an adequate supply of food for the GoBags.

Our goal is that homeless students will have health insurance and a trusted physician who assesses them to ensure all health and behavioral needs are met, plus that they have adequate food on the weekends and in the summer.

We want all students to be healthy and ready to learn.

Children’s Community Resources thanks The Health Care Foundation for supporting this program to meet the needs of our homeless youth.

Blaine E. Tolby, M.D., Ph.D.,


Raffle was a great success

Thanks to Rainier and Longview businesses, the Rainier Senior Center’s St Patrick’s Day raffle was a great success.

Listed are the businesses that donated:

Worldmark Condominiums (Seaside, Ore.), Audio Sound System, Cap’N Yoby’s, Dog Zone, Delaweare Plaza, Kerby’s Fish and Chips, Triangle Bowl, Vernie’s Pizza, Be Street Coffee, Canterbury Park/Gardens/Inn, Country Financial, Dutch Bros., Cornerstone Cafe, Kaiser Outpost 30, Bed Bath and Beyond, Bell Studios, Carpet One, El Tapatio, Fred Meyer, Hometown Pizza, Miracle Ear, Monarca, Red Lobster, U.S. Gypsum, Rainier Liquor Store, Subway, Guadalajara Grill and Cantina and Rainier’s Historical Museum.

In addition to the businesses and individuals also generously contributed.

We’ve had to stop all fundraisers so this raffle has helped us to continue with our nutrition program.

ALL donations are appreciated. Thank you, gracias.

Jan Rich

Rainier Senior Center

Thankful for grant

Hello Life thanks the Health Care Foundation for our most recent grant of $16,250, allowing us to continue to serve people in our community who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating and negative body image.

We are so grateful to do this much needed work in Cowlitz County.

Thank you so much.

Shira Lile, director

Hello Life

Thanks for the challenge grant

The Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County thanks the Health Care Foundation for its $15,000 challenge grant they awarded our foundation for 2020.

Without this grant the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County would have had to cut back on its services drastically, so now we can continue to provide eye exams to low-income individuals in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties of which The Lions Club International are well known for.

The Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County again thanks the Health Care Foundation for its help in providing these services.

Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation

FISH thankful for $45K grant

In these uncertain times, the recent grant of $45,000 from the Health Care Foundation to FISH of Cowlitz County is more needed and appreciated than ever. This money will be used by FISH to protect our communities’ health by providing access to free vaccinations, prescription drugs, and dental and vision care for those in need.

The support we receive from generous organizations such as the Health Care Foundation, and from caring individuals, is essential to our success.

Since our founding in 1971, FISH has never had a paid staff member. Ninety six (96%) percent of funding we receive pays for goods and services from local businesses.

To learn more, or donate, please visit our website at:

Bob Theriault, board president

FISH of Cowlitz County

Family Promise is grateful for support

Family Promise of Cowlitz County just celebrated six months of operation.

Our mission is to assist homeless families with dependent children in building their path back home again. We do this in partnership with a great many people in our community, without whose faithful support we could never have gotten to this milestone.

We want to thank one particular group of them at this time.

When Family Promise’s guests (our term for our clients) are not at work, at school or at the day center working on their case management, they are being hosted by one of our 25 (and growing) partner congregations. These congregations provide these homeless families a safe, warm place to sleep; three meals a day; and their friendship and caring for a week at a time. Their members come together across denominational lines to show true love and generosity to some of the most vulnerable people in our midst. In becoming “home” to families with no homes, the members of these congregations give generously of their personal time and money, congregational space, food, other resources—and most of all, their hearts.

And not only do these congregations work together across denominations, but they like it. Often I hear from volunteers how much they’ve enjoyed meeting new people from other churches who they would not otherwise have met. Several volunteers have said this makes volunteering with Family Promise that much more fulfilling.

In this regard, Family Promise joins Habitat for Humanity and FISH in unifying people from congregations with different theologies in a practical mission that helps hurting people and thereby strengthens our community.

If anyone wants to know where the churches are, they’re quietly doing the work their boss charged them with, all around you. Here are the congregations who have made it possible to feed, shelter, and most of all, reconnect and empower our guests: Abundant Life Church of the Nazarene, Bethany Lutheran Church, East Hills/The Grove Alliance Church, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Evangel Christian Fellowship, Exodus Christian Fellowship, First Baptist Church of Longview, First Christian Church of Longview, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Grace Bible Fellowship, Immaculate Heart Roman Catholic Church, Kalama Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Kelso First Baptist Church, Kelso Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lake Sacajawea Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Longview Church of the Nazarene, Longview Presbyterian Church, Mint Valley Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Northlake Baptist Church, Renewal City Church, Rose Valley Friends Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Trinity Lutheran Church.

A special shout out goes to the Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church, who not only rents us our 4,000 square-foot day center for $1 a year, but also subsidizes our utility bills and major facilities upkeep and makes periodic contributions of money on top of it. Your faithfulness does not go unnoticed.

Also, several more congregations will be joining us soon. We look forward to widening the circle among and across all denominations, creeds and philosophies.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank these churches—many of whom are also active in the severe weather shelters, Habitat for Humanity, and FISH—for their active and powerful caring in our community.

We are amazed and overwhelmed with gratitude for all you do to truly live out the mission of Christ in the world.

Lisa P. Staudinger, executive director

Family Promise

Thanks for the food bag support

Thank you very much to Eat and Thrive (E.A.T.) and the Altrusa ladies for the ongoing support of weekend food bags for our Longview students who are food challenged on the weekend.

These students look forward to their weekend food bags and so appreciate the food.

We also thank the Bunco ladies and Longview Radiology for their support of canned frutis and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, blankets, gloves and mittens. These are items we seem to hand out often and run short of them.

Thank you to Amerigroup insurance for their monthly cash donation to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our families on our Grab and Go Grocer day.

We also include and thank Bill Ammons for his ongoing support of socks and coats, Bev Gilmore for hats and the Monticello staff for multiple bags of cothes.

We so appreciate our volunteers who work effortlessly in our Clothes Closet and Food Pantry at the Family Community Resource enter (FCRC) and all the volunteers who pack and deliver the weekend food bags to our schools.

A special thank you goes to Love Inc. for providing some furniture and household goods to families who just got housing.

The FCRC and families we serve feel very fortunate to have such a strong community support to reach out to our families in need.

Mollie DuBois

Longview School District Vento liaison

Thanks for all of the support

We give a two part thank you to the generous people who supported Bill’s sock drive and brown bag day.

First, we had tremendous response to the sock drive, collecting and distributing thousands of socks to schools, homeless people and just folks with cold feet.

A big thank you to KLOG and BiCoastal Media for consistently advertising this, and the beautiful ads from The Daily News were very effective.

Jerry Ford encouraged ILWU Local 21 to donate really nice socks time after time. Fred Meyer, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Country Village, the Ocean Beach Highway Starbucks, Athlete’s Corner, the Kelso Eagles, the Kelso Senior Center, Pete and Dani Franett, Russ and Karen Neely, Jerry Ford and Bill Moran collected and contributed socks.

We are so thankful for every pair that came in. Thank you.

Secondly, the annual brown bag day was beautifully organized and run by Evelyn Marquez. Thank you to The Daily News, KLOG and BiCoastal Media for advertising this event.

Donated bread, peanut butter and jelly, doughnuts, fruit, cookies, chips and water were all packaged into nice lunches by the great volunteers. The building was furnished by the Kelso Housing Authority with Jolee and her staff helping.

Prepared lunches came from the Kelso Bus Garage, the Kalama School District, the Castle Rock Senior Center, Castle Rock High School, AMALAK, R.A. Long High School, Fibre Federal Credit Union and Huntington Middle School, who decorated many of their sacks and wrote encouraging messages on them.

Donations came from Bill Moran, the Kelso School District office, Faith Ruhland, the Willis brothers, Brad Thurman, Joe Gardner, Scott DeRosier, Jerry Ford and other people whose names we did not get.

Deliveries all over the county were made by Jerry Ford, Russ and Karen Neely, Jerry Holcomb, Peter Marquez, Pete Franett, Star, Dan Traxler and Jerry Kelly.

We appreciate every lunch, every donation and every volunteer who made this a success.

Thank you all.

Bill and Patti Ammons

Southern Smash event a success

Hello Life would thanks all those who helped make our Southern Smash event possible for our community.

We thank Youth and Family Link for donating their space and staff, AmeriCorps, Southern Smash, Three Rivers Athletic Club and all of the volunteers who donated their time.

We also thank the Longview Home Depot for donating the hammers and safety goggles and the Longview Grocery Outlet for donating healthy snacks.

Additionally, we thank Guse’s Coffee, Harbor Kids Dental, Hearth Coffee, The Sugar Pearl, Youth and Family Link, Kayla Humbyrd and Christi Brittain Art for donating items for the raffle and door prizes.

We are so grateful to serve our community and bring hope and healing to those who struggle with body image and eating disorders.

Shira Lile, director

Hello Life Eating Disorder Recovery Services


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