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2018 Puget Sound Recipients

2018 Puget Sound Community Partnership Fund Recipients

4469 RAID (Raider Artificial Intelligence Division)

Program/Project: First Robotics Program

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The cost each year to make the robot and attend district competitions is approximately $20,000. Costs for going to the world championship in Houston will be approximately $25,000, including travel.

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A Step Ahead

Program/Project: CARES

CARES provides all-encompassing services for infants and toddlers with special needs. Funds will be used to support staff time for all aspects of special year-round events, as well as materials, supplies and snacks for the children.

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Program/Project: Amara's Pierce County Emergency Sanctuary for Vulnerable Children

The Pierce County Emergency Sanctuary provides trauma-informed care in a homelike environment for children who have been removed and separated from parents and siblings in the first few days of foster care. Funds would support the costs of professionally trained staff and volunteers providing 24/7 care at the Sanctuary.

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Asian Counseling & Referral Services

Program/Project: ACRS General Operating

Grant funds would serve a broad range of services (parenting support, mental health counseling, housing, employment, health care, substance abuse, food, fitness & citizenship & Immigration that address underlying issues. 

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Auburn Respite Program

Program/Project: Auburn Respite Program

The Auburn Respite Program is designed to keep dependent seniors in their family homes for as long as possible. This is adult day-care and allows caregivers a day off while the participant enjoys
socialization and companionship. Funds would employ live musicians at the adult day-care program in an effort to assist seniors mentally and physically.

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Backpack Kids

Program/Project: Ending Hunger for Local Children

During the school year, children struggling with hunger are given full backpacks of food on Fridays to get them through weekends or school breaks. Families are met on a bi-weekly basis during the summer and given bags of food. Funds would be used to buy food and some personal hygiene items for children in need in the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Program/Project: One-to-One Mentoring

The One-to-One Mentoring Program can give kids who live with adversity a dedicated mentor who can model positive social behavior and reinforce interpersonal skills. MultiCare funds would help support program coordinators and outreach staff to  work with children, mentors, and families in Pierce County.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound

Program/Project: Family Support: New Program Coordinator

The program at BGCSPS teaches life skills to improve the health and well-being of at-risk youth, including avoiding substance abuse. Funds would be used to help pay for an additional staff member, a Family Support Program Coordinator, to help support Club members and their families.

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Catherine Place

Programs/Project: Women’s Holistic Wellness

Catherine Place offers services to women experiencing economic, relationship or housing instability, discrimination or immigration challenges. Funding would support their individual advocacy program to support women experiencing life transitions. 

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Catholic Community Svcs - Kitsap, Pierce & Thurston Counties

Program/Project: Volunteer Transportation

This grant would provide transportation for low-income seniors and people with disabilities who live in rural areas of these counties.  Funds would help volunteers with mileage reimbursement and replenish safety kits for driver vehicles.

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Central Latino SER

Program/Project: Latin Arts Saturday Market and Art Shows

The Latin Arts Saturday Market and Art Shows project will communicate and educate multi-cultural community members about Latin arts, associated cultural traditions and ways in which to practice healthy behaviors. This project proposes the accompaniment of Health and Wellness teachings with several art shows, markets, festivals and street fairs during 2018. They will link community-wide interest in Latin arts, crafts, traditional costumes and pageantry, music and dance performances with educational presentations dedicated to increasing healthy behaviors.

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Children's Museum of Tacoma

Program/Project: Play to Learn

Play to Learn 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. Funding would help cover the expense of program supplies, instruction, and travel costs associated with delivering a county-wide outreach program.

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CIS Auburn

Program/Project: Community Partnership for Educating toward a Healthier Future

This grant will fund CIS Auburn’s mentoring project that is geared toward under-represented minorities (e.g. African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American and Pacific-Islanders) between the ages of 14 and 21 that are from the Auburn School District.

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