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Human Service Grant Award Recipients

Join Us in Supporting Community Members in Need
Posted on 05/04/2020
Volunteers at EastWest Food Rescue help package potatoes for donationThe City of Woodinville has awarded more than $100,000 in grant funding to human service non-profit and faith-based organizations providing critical services for Woodinville area residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional $95,000 has been allocated for future rounds of funding to take place in June and July. 

We want to take this opportunity to list all local organizations that have received Food Security and Emergency Human Services Grant funding. Many of these organizations are in need of support, in forms ranging from donations to volunteer time. If interested, please reach out directly to the organization via their website below to offer your support.

Northshore Senior Center - $30,000
Northshore Senior Center is a an independent, locally managed non-profit providing vital programs and services to people over the age of 55 and adults of all ages with disabilities at their senior center location in Bothell. the Senior Center is open to residents of Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Mill Creek, and Kirkland. City grant funding will be used to support the Meals on Wheels program providing nutritious home-delivered meals for older people unable to leave their home to shop or prepare meals.

Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank - $25,000
The Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank is operated by a coalition of churches and denominations serving the local community of Woodinville, Bothell, Kirkland, Kenmore and Redmond, by providing nourishment and ministry to those in need. The Woodinville Storehouse Food Bank is a faith-based non-profit that is unique in the quality of fresh food they provide including dairy, baked goods, fresh produce and vegetables. the Food Bank is open every Tuesday and Saturday at their Woodinville location. City grant funds will be used to purchase additional food supply to serve the growing community need.

Camp Unity Eastside - $6,875
Camp Unity Eastside is a volunteer non-profit (501(c)(3) organization that provides a safe secure place to stay for adults experiencing homelessness. This enables a person to focus on their next steps in life rather than basic needs for survival on the street or in the woods. Camp Unity also brings volunteers together making a more connected and stronger community. The camp is currently located at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church and will next be hosted by Northshore United Church of Christ. The camp can provide shelter and support for up to 40 people. City grant funding will provide essential services (portable toilets & garbage services) for 3 months; plus $500 to cover permit fee for moving to a new location within Woodinville city limits.

Northshore United Church of Christ - $2,000
Northshore United Church of Christ is hosting Camp Unity Eastside beginning June 2020. Financial commitment is likely to grow due to an expected increase in the number of residents and the need to extend the hosting period from 120 days to 150 days. Funding will help cover food, water, electricity and septic-system maintenance for the days Camp Unity will be on site.  These expenses are for additional hosting costs above the church's budgeted reserve.

Congregations for the Homeless - $10,000
Congregations for the Homeless is a 501{c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to provide a warm, safe, and hospitable place for single men to sleep and be nourished with three healthy meals each day. Today, with phenomenal partnerships and support from King County's Eastside community, Congregations for the Homeless serves approximately 2,000 people each year with shelter, permanents subsidized housing, and life-saving supportive services - including over 125,000 meals. Funds from the City's grant will help to support hiring additional staff to provide support for at-risk clients in isolation in local hotels, additional staffing at the 24/7 emergency/day shelter, supplies and food costs.

Friends of Youth- $10,000
Friends of Youth is a leading social services agency with a 69-year history of service to youth facing homelessness and hardship. Friends of Youth annually provides a broad range of programs to 4,900 clients at 25 facilities in 18 cities across east and north King County. Services encompass three core areas: child welfare services, homeless youth services, and other youth and family services. City grants funding will help Friends of Youth continue serving the youth, young adults, and families suffering homelessness and hardship in east and north King County. This organization is the only provider of emergency shelter for youth and young adults on the Eastside.  Social services include emergency shelter, housing, education, residential treatment services, outreach, and drop-in services (meals, employment support).

EastWest Food Rescue - $10,000
EastWest Food Rescue is a grassroots effort based in Woodinville to help keep produce from going to waste in eastern Washington while families in western Washington are in need. With the commercial demand for produce declining precipitously, farmers in Eastern Washington are incurring massive financial losses and faced with a surplus of produce that must be destroyed or donated. City grant funding will be used for fuel costs, forklift rental, payments to farmers to acquire unsold food, supplies, and safety equipment for volunteers transporting surplus food from Eastern Washington farms to Western Washington food banks.

Farms for Life - $10,000
The Farms for Life dual-purpose mission is dedicated to supporting both local farms and improving food security for vulnerable populations. We achieve this by purchasing sustainably grown surplus produce from local farms and donating it to community agencies that serve people in need including FareStart, the YWCA, and Imagine Housing. The populations who receive produce comprise of families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness or hunger, and others who are underserved. Recipients include veterans, people with physical challenges, seniors on fixed incomes, victims of domestic violence, and adults managing mental illness. City funding will expand Farms for Life's work with Sammamish Valley farmers to purchase surplus fresh produce and partner with FareStart to provide prepared meals to Woodinville residents in need.

Sammamish Valley Alliance - $2,500
Sammamish Valley Alliance is a non-profit organization focusing on enriching  the public's knowledge regarding local, sustainable, small-farm agriculture in the Sammamish Valley. City grant funding will be used to purchase seasonally fresh produce and fruits from local Sammamish Valley farmers. The food will then be donated to local food banks, churches and other local organizations for distribution.

To learn more and apply for funding for your non-profit or faith-based organization, please visit our Emergency Human Services Grant Funding page.

[Image: Volunteers at EastWest Food Rescue help package potatoes for donation]