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Eagle Scout’s Edmonds park project honored: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040 presented the VFW Eagle Scout award to Ian Davidson of Boy Scout Troop 312 at an Eagle Court of Honor, March 30 at Edmonds United Methodist Church. Ian’s Eagle Scout project involved refinishing the railings at the Edmonds Community Park at Seventh Avenue and Elm Street. Ian oversaw a work party of 15 Scouts and eight adult volunteers.

Concert raises record amount for families: The Voices of Hope choral concert fundraiser held March 23 in Stanwood raised a record $9,500 to help homeless and very low-income Housing Hope residents in Stanwood to escape poverty.

The concert, held at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, featured 10 choral groups from various churches, schools and organizations, mostly in the Stanwood area. There also was a bake sale and silent auction.

Local sponsors: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Twin City Foods, John and Carol Lervick, Roger and Linda Lervick, Cascade Coffee, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Thomas and Associates, and Warm Beach Christian Camps.

Voices of Hope is organized by Housing Hope’s Stanwood Ambassadors, a long-standing committee of volunteers supporting Housing Hope families in Stanwood.

Two new Habitat homes in Marysville: Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County volunteers took a break from their work March 29 to celebrate the ceremonial ground-breaking on the next two Altena Gardens homes in Marysville. The first home was completed early last year and the organization hopes to complete the next two homes by the end of 2014. The families who will be moving into these homes were present and excited to see the foundations already poured, staff with Habitat said.

“Home dedications are always a wonderful celebration, but this one is really special,” said Guinn Rogers, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County. “We have four families waiting to move into their forever homes at the Altena Gardens Community. Our board, staff and volunteers are very excited to complete these builds.”

Family members, Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County board members and staff accepted a $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo Bank district manager Rakhi Samant at the ceremony. The Altena Gardens development also is made possible through grants from the Snohomish County HUD HOME Program, Home Street Bank, Intermec Corp, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions and the Windermere Foundation.

Additional funding is being sought through local, corporate and individual contributions and raised through income at the Habitat Store in Everett. For information on how to help, call 425-258-6289 or email mchua@habitatsnohomish.org.

Everett Elks honor Volunteer of the Year: The Everett Elks Lodge 479 has named Susan Heath as its 2013 Elk Volunteer of the Year. Heath is described as a dedicated member who chairs the local Hoop Shoot, helps serve meals, cooks, offers sound advice and helps wherever she is needed.

Kiwanis Clubs donate $6,000 to Oso relief: The 12 Kiwanis Clubs of Snohomish County on March 28 collectively donated $6,000 to the Oso Disaster Relief Fund benefiting the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation. The money is to be used for the immediate needs of those most affected by the disaster at Oso. The 12 clubs were: Arlington, Edmonds, Everett GoldenK, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Silver Lake, Snohomish, Snohomish Tillicum and Stanwood. For more information about Kiwanis, visit: www.snohomishkiwanis.org.

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