Housing Hope raised a record $32,000 at its ninth annual East County Community of Hope Dinner, held March 14 at The Golf Club at Echo Falls in Snohomish.
Event sponsors Harvey Airfield, Skydive Snohomish, Harmsen & Associates, Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, Lakeside Industries, Damascus Road Church, State Farm Insurance-Soraparu, Whitefield United-Leavitt, Woods Creek Consulting Company, C. Don Filer Agency, McDaniel's Do It Center, Napa Auto Parts of Monroe, Tremaine Investment Group and Morning Star Lutheran Church off-set event costs so that all money raised at the event directly supports homeless families in east county.
"It is our goal to continue to help more of your neighbors exit poverty and reach self-sufficiency," said Fred Safstrom, the nonprofit's deputy executive director.
Housing Hope plans to triple the amount of affordable housing in east Snohomish County, increasing from the current 48 units to 147 units by the end of 2014 at an additional three housing sites.
Longtime Darrington volunteers to be honored
Beryl and Rita Mauldin, retired longtime educators with Darrington schools and active community volunteers, will be honored May 15 at the annual Darrington Talent Show.
The Mauldins still volunteer at school events, they work with the community resource center and are active in their church.
30 pounds of home-grown goodness
The Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank recently received 30 pounds of organic cabbage from Doris Olivers and Red Barn Community Farm.
"That's very unusual in March," said Olivers of the unseasonal crop.
Olivers has personally grown about 1,200 pounds of organic food for the food bank over the last year, and plans to grow more this coming year in her demonstration plot at the community garden. About half of the land at Red Barn is dedicated to raising fresh food for the food bank.
Mill Creek volunteer earns service pin
Connie Lewis, of Mill Creek, was recently recognized with a President's Volunteer Service Award by ShelterBox, a Florida-based nonprofit.
Lewis was honored for her work in 2012 to help to raise awareness and funds for the international disaster relief organization.
VFW honors Arlington detective
Arlington police Detective Mike Phillips was honored as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1561's Police Officer of the Year for 2012.
The Arlington post presented Phillips with a plaque and $100.
Tribe helps students learn about culture
Several members of the Stillaguamish Tribe, including tribal Chairman Shawn Yanity, volunteered their time recently at Stanwood Elementary School. The group helped fourth-graders learn about Coast Salish traditions.
Yanity told engaging, interactive stories and sang a song for the children.
The visit came during a unit on coastal Native American life. Children also created masks and model longhouses, among other hands-on projects.
Fire District 4 honors its own
Snohomish County Fire District 4 held its annual awards banquet March 8 at Lords Hill Farms in Snohomish.
The event also served as the final farewell from the district to retiring Fire Chief Mark Collins.
Emergency Services Provider of the Year: firefighter/paramedic Neil Broumley
Officer of the Year: Lt. Brian Zehe
Firefighter of the Year: firefighter Kirk Nordlund
Two years of service: Chaplain Margie Jacobson, firefighter Evan Merritt
Five years of service: Chaplains Howard Lewis, Glen Davenport and Jim Tunnell; firefighters Chris Burnette, Dani Devos, Adam Gleason, Brad Ives, Karl Jacobsen, Amy Johnson, Garrett Lane, Brian Raby and Greg Rockenstire; firefighter/paramedics Neil Broumley and Dave Alberts
Ten years of service: Firefighter/paramedic Victoria McCormick
Fifteen years of service: Lt. Bert Wolfe and firefighter Anthony Christofferson
Twenty years of service: Administrative Assistant Sharon Wilson; Lieutenants Marybeth O'Leary and Gary Jessop; firefighter Marcus McGee
Thirty-five years of service: Battalion Chief Mike Gatterman
Local GOP hands out awards
The Snohomish County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner was held March 2.
Dullain Ehrlich was awarded the Han Robinett Award for lifetime service to the party.
The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to State Committeewoman Olga Farnam.
The Young Republican of the Year, presented by the Snohomish County Republican Women's Club, was awarded to Kaare Ness for his dedication in the 2012 elections.
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