Employees Community Fund provides $1.3 million in end-of-year grants to Washington nonprofits

These latest grants bring the year-end total to $4.3 million, benefitting 76 Puget Sound Health and Human Services nonprofits

December 09, 2020 in Our Community

A future user of the new gymnasium stands outside the Granite Falls Boys & Girls Club. Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish

The Puget Sound chapter of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing (ECF) has awarded $1.3 million in new grants to 20 nonprofits throughout western Washington. The grants support key purchases for the nonprofits such as vehicles for youth enrichment programs, equipment to train service dogs, and major construction and renovations for affordable housing.

The grants are making a difference. “All of us at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County are simply overwhelmed by the generosity and the steadfast support that we’ve received from the Employees Community Fund,” said Bill Tsoukalas, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, which received a $175,000 grant to support the construction of a new gymnasium. “The new gym will allow the Granite Falls BGC to provide expanded teams sports and fitness programming for the entire community which includes our 1,100 youth members, 4,200 plus Granite Falls residents, 2,200 Granite Falls School Districts students and countless families from nearby communities who access Club services.”

Sue Meinzinger, Executive Director of Summit Assistance Dogs also shared her organization’s thanks to Boeing employees. “We are so grateful to the Employees Community Fund of Boeing for the grant award that will enable us to finish our Canine Cantina in our new service dog training campus,” said Meinzinger. “As we train our dogs for future service as mobility assistance dogs, the Canine Cantina will ensure that we can lovingly and safely prepare highly nutritious food and treats for our growing canines. Once our new campus is operational, we will be able to increase the number of partnerships we can create each year, changing the lives of many more people through a partnership with a skilled service dog.

“Our ECF chapter is excited to close out 2020 strong with the latest grant disbursements,” said Taiga Harimoto, President of the Puget Sound chapter of ECF. “Each of these organizations are providing crucial services to our community and we are pleased the ECF funds can help support them. We are thankful to every member of the Boeing community who donate to ECF as all of this would not be possible without them.”

The following local organizations received recent grants from ECF:

Child/Youth recipients: Atlantic Street Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, Camp Fire Snohomish County, and Dawson Place.

Food/Hunger recipients: Hopelink

Housing/Shelter recipients: Bellwether Housing, Compass Housing Alliance, Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County, Image Housing, Network Tacoma, and New Phoebe House Association

Health Services: Ronald McDonald House and Snohomish County Music Project

Elderly/Special Needs:  Martha & Mary Health Service, Stillaguamish Senior Center and Summit Assistance Dogs

Community Services/Job Training:  Dress for Success Seattle, Lighthouse for the Blind, and Mountain View Community Center.

By Catherine Rudolph

Summit Assistance Dogs trainer Lindy and service dog in training Leroy visit a pumpkin farm. Photo courtesy Summit Assistance Dogs