The Eatonville Family Agency is the major hunger-relief organization of the Eatonville area and southeast Pierce County. They operate a food bank and provide weekend food for children in grades K - 12 through their backpack food program.
Emergency Food Network (EFN) provides Pierce County with a consistent, diverse, and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry. EFN is Pierce County’s food distributor, providing 68 partner food pantries, hot meal sites, and shelters with more than one million pounds of food each month, at no cost.
FareStart provides job training programs that prepare low income, homeless, and disadvantaged youth and adults for jobs in the food service industry and helps them to retain those jobs. These programs include: Adult Training Program, Youth Barista & Customer Service Training Program, Youth Culinary & Customer Service Training Program and Meal Delivery Program.
The Healthy Incentives Challenge 2.0 Program - The purpose of Ready Set Go 5210! Healthy Incentives Challenge 2.0 is to improve environments for young children by increasing physical activity and promoting healthy eating.
FIRST Washington has roughly 114 FIRST LEGO League programs for ages 9-14 in south King and Pierce Counties. Funding supports 30 of their most disadvantaged FIRST LEGO League programs across south King and Pierce Counties.
Salishan Community Health Advocate Program - The Community Health Advocate (CHA) Program at Salishan, a neighborhood in East Tacoma, exists to promote health equity for residents in poverty and remove barriers to health care, resources, and health literacy. The program is an innovative partnership between Healthy Gen, the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), the Salishan Community Association, and residents.
Graduate Tacoma! – Cradle to Career Collective Impact - This project addresses three community needs: The need for a more educated citizenry/workforce in Tacoma-Pierce County; career connected learning; the significant gaps that exist for girls, low-income students, and students of color in opportunities leading to careers in high-wage, high-demand careers. FFTS takes a collective impact approach, working in alignment with Tacoma Public Schools, to use student and community data that drives shared strategies and action.
Give & Grow provides monthly volunteer opportunities for children to give back to the community. Each month focuses on a different need in the community.
Hilltop Artists' program, Arts Connect, is one of nine glass and related arts programs offered by Hilltop Artists. Arts Connect cycles are 10 weeks long and involve arts exploration, mentorship, group leadership, and engaged decision making. Girls participate in art forms like glassblowing, beadmaking, screen printing, photography, and pottery, while building skills critical to their success: teamwork, positive social interactions, leadership development, and civic engagement.
Key Peninsula Free Clinic provides primary, non-emergency medical services for free to people who cannot afford, or who cannot reach health care.
Korean Women's Association provides culturally competent navigation and care coordination services to improve colon cancer screening rates among limited English proficiency immigrants.
The Uncompensated Care Fund provides dental care to children and youth regardless of their family’s socio-economic status, providing dental care, along with oral hygiene education at each patient contact.
"Increase Access to Healthy Foods" project will increase fruit & vegetable intake for low income immigrants and refugees in the cities of Kent and Covington, while supporting local farmers who will sell locally-grown food at the Kent East Hill Farmers Market and Hillside Church farm stand.
Throughout Pierce County the elderly population and people with disabilities often have the ability to live independently, so long as they have access to social supports. However, barriers to social supports like transportation, family networks and social opportunities, impede their independence. There is a simple solution to breaking down these barriers effectively. This is accomplished through The Senior Companion Program.
The Mobile Dental Clinic has four MTI Mobile Dental Clinics per month providing free restorative and urgent dental care to low-income and marginalized adults.
Monthly Tacoma Health Events and Community Celebrations - This project reaches over 300 seniors per month living in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, as well as the greater Tacoma neighborhood, with weekly/monthly health fairs and community celebrations. The free health fairs provide health education, on-site health screenings, and at least one physical activity such as yoga or tai-chi.
Multi-Service Center (MSC) helps low-income and homeless residents in South King County. MSC provides access to nutritious food and works to prevent and reverse homelessness and increase economic stability through its Shelter, Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing programs, its Employment and Education programs, and its Energy Assistance program.
Hot Shop Heroes Program is a therapeutic glassmaking program for soldiers and veterans who have experienced post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and/or physical injuries such as a loss of a limb. Hot Shop Heroes utilizes team structure and a military-style culture of consensus building to teach participants the ancient craft of glassmaking.
Phoebe Family Recovery, Reunification & Resiliency Program - This program is centered on the family; the parent-child relationship is at the core of recovery. This program comprehensively supports the family so they can break cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction and formulate a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Nexus’ Arcadia Drop In Center provides space for youth to find basic needs support and linkage to needed community resources, and also a safe place with structured expectations for behavior and mutual respect in which youth re-enrolling in school can study and all youth can participate in healthy and positive recreation.
Nourish Pierrce County provides the most basic necessity to individuals and families in need in Pierce County. Although approximately 50% of the food NPC distributes is donated, they spend nearly $400,000 annually to ensure shelves are stocked with nutritionally balanced foods, purchasing eggs, canned tuna, meat and other healthy, sustaining proteins like peanut butter, soups and stew, canned vegetables and fruit.
NW Furniture Bank recycles donated furniture to people and families in need. Their vision is for all families to have beds, tables, chairs, and the furnishings necessary to turn any house into a real home.
McCarver Scholars -Students in the McCarver Scholars program build a solid foundation for their education. They learn academic skills, become strong readers, develop social and emotional skills, learn how to apply classroom learning to the real world, and build character strengths. The goal is that all McCarver Scholars students will read at grade level by 5th grade so that they are prepared for middle school.
Pierce Center for Arts & Technology offers career training for unemployed, underemployed, transitional adults and after-school visual arts programs for high school youth.
TEAMS stands for Together, Eating better, Actively living, Monitoring health, and Self-Managing risk. The purpose of PLU TEAMS is to implement and evaluate an expansion of the TEAMS for healthier living program as a cross-organizational, synergistic means to support improvements in seniors’ health behaviors and holistic health outcomes, while providing a valuable community-based clinical learning experience for the students who participate.