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United Way inches closer to getting more parking spaces

After 10 years, United Way of Pierce County is close to finalizing its purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway property located behind the nonprofit's building on Pacific Avenue. United Way is planning to use the downtown Tacoma property to create 50 to 75 parking spots.

Pete Grignon, UWPC's CFO, said he should have results from environmental testing on the site within the week. If the tests come back clean, both UWPC and BNSF will conduct surveys of the property.

"If that's good, all lights are green and we'll probably be buying it in June," he said. "It will provide much needed parking for our building tenants, which right now are 100 percent nonprofits."

April 2011

Coming Up program earns Evergreen Award

A south King County initiative to place homeless people ages 18 to 25 into housing and provide support services to the developmental needs of young adults has received the 2011 Evergreen Award from the Alliance of Nonprofits.

Coming Up is a collaboration of Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation, Kent Youth and Family Services and Auburn Youth Resources.

April 2011

Mason Habitat for Humanity executive director resigns

Tammey Newton has resigned as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Mason County to pursue an executive management position with an expanding information technology firm in Bothell.

"Leaving Habitat is certainly bittersweet for me," Newton said. "Although excited for my new opportunity, I have such a passion for the mission of Habitat and for Mason County."

April 2011
Umpqua holds volunteer fairs inside its stores

Umpqua holds volunteer fairs inside its stores

Umpqua Bank has launched the first phase of a three-part Community Action Campaign to spur volunteer efforts throughout the Puget Sound.

"It's really to inspire the community about volunteerism in partnership with Umpqua," said Susan Clearman, area manager. "This is what we do and what we believe in."

Five regional Umpqua banks, including those on Pearl Street and Proctor Street in Tacoma, held volunteer fairs today in an effort to match community members with local nonprofits. Participating nonprofits had tables set up inside the banks and could sign up volunteers on the spot.

April 2011

Nonprofit Center recognizing 3 entities, 1 individual for excellence

Three nonprofit organizations and one local business will be recognized for excellence at the fifth Annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards Luncheon presented by The Nonprofit Center. The luncheon is scheduled for March 23 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

The Jane T. Russell Excellence in Governance Award will be given to the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together South Sound. The award is presented to a nonprofit board demonstrating exemplary practices in one or more of its primary governance responsibilities.

March 2011

Boys & Girls Clubs, Comcast team to ensure kids learn latest technology

Access to technology is no longer a privilege; it has become a necessity for students to achieve success.

Unfortunately, some South Sound youth are unable to compete with their peers because they don't haveĀ  experience with computers, smart phones and other devices.

But Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County and Comcast are working to solve this disparity by providing computer access and literacy to children who might not have those experiences otherwise.

March 2011

Washington STEM investing $2.4 million in schools, education programs

Washington STEM has made an inaugural investment of $2.4 million to 15 educators, schools and education nonprofits from all corners of the state.

The nonprofit organization was created to discover and scale innovative approaches for improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education as a means for creating better opportunities for students.

March 2011

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County may expand

In response to a growing need for after-school programs in the Olympia School District, Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County (BGCTC) is exploring the feasibility of a new facility on the campus of Garfield Elementary.

Initial plans have the Club positioned in the northwest corner of the ball fields located behind the school.  

March 2011

Goodwill opens 27th retail store

Tacoma Goodwill opened its newest retail location in Shelton this morning.

The store, which is the organization's 27th, is next to Fred Meyer at 301 E. Wallace Kneeland Plaza Blvd. and will be managed by Rod Clement.

March 2011

Blog watch: Stimulus, celebrations, updates and open mics

Read about tax exemptions to stimulate investment and job creation on WashACE Blog.

Rep. Adam Smith will be the featured speaker at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's Military Affairs Committee meeting Feb. 23. Find out more at The Live Wire.

February 2011
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