Community Extra: Applause

$10,000 grant awarded to Cocoon House program

The South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club recently announced a $10,000 grant to Cocoon House that will help homeless teen parents and their children in Snohomish County.

The money was a combination of grants from the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club along with a matching grant from Rotary International. The money will support the Teen Parent Advocacy program at Cocoon House.

“These funds will help sustain our program and goes directly to helping teen parents in the local community. We are so grateful for all the support and we are making a difference in young people’s lives,” said Cassie Franklin, executive director at Cocoon House, in a press release.

The Teen Parent Advocacy program provides individual and group support to young parents age 13-21 and their children age birth to 5.

Sew Thoughtful stitches up a generous year

The Snohomish County Clothing and Textile Advisors (CTA), which hosts monthly Sew Thoughtful events, adopted and sewed for four charity projects in 2012. The Clothing and Textile Advisors’ members made and then donated:

  • 43 walker bags to a Group Health rehabilitation facility;
  • 36 Christmas stockings stuffed with gifts for homeless and at-risk teens at Cocoon House in Everett;
  • 150 bereavement quilts for grieving parents of infants who die at Providence Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit;
  • 102 pair of flannel pajamas for children brought to Safe Place in Everett;
  • 87 tote bags for children to take their possessions as they leave Safe Place and enter the foster care system;
  • and 113 pillow cases for children at Safe Place.
  • In all, 34 CTA members reported 5,586 hours of volunteer time.

Sew Thoughtful events are held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the third Friday of the month at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE in Everett, in a classroom behind the WSU Extension Office. Those with sewing skills are invited to join the group.

For more information, contact Carla Peery at 206-595-9717 or

Zonta awards scholarship

Tavia Blume, a student at the University of Washington, was awarded the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship by the Zonta Club’s District 8.

The award was given at the Jan. 17 luncheon of the Zonta Club of Everett, which previously honored Blume with the club-level Klausman scholarship.

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship provides financial assistance to women pursuing undergraduate degrees in business management. The scholarships are awarded annually and may be used for tuition, books or living expenses at any university, college or institution offering accredited business courses and degrees.

More information about the Zonta Club of Everett can be found at

Edmonds businesses, Lions rally for food bank

The Edmonds Lions Club on Jan. 14 presented the Edmonds Food Bank staff with a check for $4,050.

Money was raised from a series of raffles organized by the Lions Club, which rounded up local businesses to donate gift certificates, including: Demetris Woodstone Taverna, Arnie’s, Top Foods, Girardi’s Osteria, Las Brisas, Cafe De Paris, Romeo’s, Rusty Pelican, Chanterelle, Red Petal, Walnut Street Coffee, Channel Marker, Pancake Haus, Petosa’s, Arista Wine Cellar, Water Front Coffee, Hamburger Harry’s, Nama’s Candy, E.Pu.Lo and Tully’s Coffee.

Raffle tickets were sold throughout 2012, at community events and individually.

Auto recycler helps Arlington food bank

The Arlington Community Food Bank was awarded $2,247 from the Arlington Pick-n-Pull, located at 6323 172nd St. NE in Arlington.

“With the support and generosity of the Pick-n-Pull associates, many Arlington residents will receive nutritious meals,” said Sue Keezer, president of the Arlington Community Food Bank.

Ryer selected for library board

Stanwood Mayor Dianne White has appointed Conrad Ryer to the Stanwood Board of Library Trustees, filling the position previously held by Elizabeth Newland, whose volunteer service ended Dec. 31.

Ryer plans to serve as a volunteer on the board through December 2017. Ryer was selected because of his longtime interest, qualifications and enthusiasm in the continuing development of the Stanwood City Library, White said.

Firefighters wear T-shirts in memory of woman

Jen Bell-Burgess, of Stanwood, lost her battle with cervical cancer last year. A friend who survived the same kind of cancer has taken up a mission to spread awareness of the disease.

Janet Johnston started with her husband Scott’s fire department, where he is battalion chief.

North County Regional Fire Authority firefighters recently bought about 60 teal and white T-shirts, for themselves and others, and wore them through the month of January to help spread awareness.

The Johnstons thank the members of North County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4118 and the North County part-time firefighter’s association, as well as Eagle’s Nest in Stanwood which found the American-made work shirts.

Janet Johnston also reminds women to have yearly exams.

Bethany gets grant from Everett Clinic Foundation

Bethany of the Northwest Foundation has been awarded a $13,000 grant from the Everett Clinic Foundation.

The money will be used to remodel the kitchen and dining room areas at Bethany’s Silver Crest Assisted Living Facility in the Silver Lake area of Everett.

“Meal service is a highlight of our senior residents’ day. These upgrades will allow their food to be cooked and prepared on-site and served at ideal temperatures, with more appealing food aromas and greater selection,” said Jim Stephanson, Bethany Foundation’s director of development, in a press release.

That’s a lot of soap

AAA’s Soap for Hope donation drive recently collected and distributed an all-time record 126,646 toiletry items to charitable organizations throughout Washington and northern Idaho — a 21 percent increase over last year’s effort.

The Everett and Lynnwood AAA offices alone collected more than 11,670 toiletry items. All items collected at these offices were donated locally to Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.

“We would like to thank our members and community partners for their generous gifts,” said Barbara Buquing, manager of AAA’s office in Lynnwood. “Every year we are overwhelmed by their outpouring of support.”

Retirees designate donations

Local Bonaventure Senior Living complexes recently donated to several area nonprofits on behalf of new residents.

The incentive program allowed new residents who moved in by Dec. 31 to pick a charity. Bonaventure then made a $1,000 donation in the new residents’ name to the charity of their choice. Residents who referred new residents were able to donate $500 to a chosen charity. Residents of the retirement communities as a group also selected charities to receive $250 donations.

Donations made by North Creek residents went to Samaritan’s Purse (chosen by Rikki Kapes), Christadelphian Church (chosen by Lauvan Klenner), Evergreen Hospice, Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse, Seattle Visiting Nurses Association, and Senior Services of Snohomish County.

Donations made by Olympic Place residents went to Kid’s Kloset (chosen by Gloria Nichol), Kid’s Kloset (chosen by Forrest Rengen), Meals on Wheels (chosen by Dick Thorsen), Regional Baptist Church Association, Stillaguamish Senior Trust, and the Veteran’s Support Center.

To submit news for Applause, email or leave a message for reporter Melissa Slager at 425-312-3530.

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