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2017 Recipients

2017 Community Partnership Fund Recipients

Associated Ministries of Tacoma-Pierce County

Community Resource Connection Center (CRCC) assists people who have significant needs that put them at risk of losing a job or becoming homeless but fall into eligibility gaps that make them hard to serve. CRCC provides a one-stop-shop where people can receive multiple services needed to come out of crisis, reach stability and work towards gaining assets. 

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Backpacks 4 Kids (Our Savior Lutheran Church)

Backpacks 4 Kids identifies hungry children and supplies them with child-friendly food items. The food is packed each week by volunteers, placed into individual bags, and sent home with students for the weekend. The outreach runs from September to June, feeding 200 children every week.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Big Brothers Big Sisters' One-to-One Mentoring Program recruits potential volunteer mentors, runs background checks on them, orients them to the program and expectations, trains them on the challenges and barriers the children face, and finally matches them each with a Little Brother or Little Sister. 

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Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound

Family Engagement Institute’s Enhancement Programming promotes a strong healthy base of well-being by intervening to assist at-risk kids and strengthening family bonds, ultimately helping kids avoid substance abuse. The program teaches life skills to improve health and well-being. 

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Carol Milgard Breast Center

The FaithHealth in Action Program brings the faith community together with the breast center to help reduce breast and prostate cancer mortality rates among African-American adults in Tacoma-Pierce County.  

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Catholic Community Services of King County

Kent Community Engagement Center - The Center is open to any homeless adult. The core components are low-barrier access to service providers; onsite case management; nutritional food; personal care items and clothing bank; and a safe place to rest. These resources offer guests the opportunity to make sustained progress toward regaining housing stability. 

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Children's Museum of Tacoma

The Play to Learn Program supports parents and caregivers in nurturing their children’s healthy physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development. The program focuses on helping children prepare for a successful transition into kindergarten, setting a positive path for their education for years to come.

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Communities in Schools - Lakewood

Communities In Schools of Lakewood Student and School Support - CISL’s site coordination project helps increase the number of students who stay in school, graduate on time and contribute to a healthy community. The CIS model of site coordination is evidence-based and proven to help high need students gain the skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to middle school, high school, college and the workforce. 

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Communities in Schools - Puyallup

Communities In Schools of Puyallup’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life through implementation of the CIS unique model of site coordination in Puyallup School District elementary schools. 

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Communities in Schools - Tacoma (Open Minds)

The Open Minds project will educate school teachers, staff, parents, and students about simple practices that develop greater "Mindfulness". When well taught and when practiced regularly it has been shown to improve mental health, wellbeing, mood, self-esteem, self-regulation, positive behavior and academic learning.

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Community Health Care

Community Health Care started a medical residency program for primary care at the Hilltop Regional Health Center. This is needed because the complex health issues of low-income and migrant populations can be intimidating for new providers. With this program the residents gain valuable knowledge and confidence to serve these populations. Community Health Care purchasde a video taping system that would be placed in exam rooms in the Hilltop Regional Health Center.  The purpose is to monitor the bedside manner of the residents as a learning tool.

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Crystal Judson Family Justice Center (Greater Tacoma Community Foundation)

The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center is a one-stop, victim centered domestic violence agency which assists victims and their children. The Center brings together partners from a variety of disciplines, including social service agencies and community/government organizations, to help victims in time of crisis and beyond. The CJFJC Civil Legal Program focuses on domestic violence clients who have protection orders/family law cases in Pierce County Superior Court. The majority of clients are women and children who have no financial resources or awareness of legal rights.

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Downtown On the Go (Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Foundation)

Building Tacoma through Walking, Biking, and Transit - This program supports community health through transportation options. They work for and promote an integrated approach to transportation that offers community members access to health services, community activities, broader choices for food sources (such as access to fresh food from farmers’ markets), protects the environment, encourages walking and biking, and ties neighborhoods of different socioeconomic levels together to build a sense of community. 

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