Community Extra: Applause

Clothes for Kids gets $25,000 grant

The Lynnwood-based nonprofit organization Clothes for Kids, which serves children from low-income families, has received another $25,000 grant from Walmart.

“Thanks to Walmart’s support in 2011, we grew our program by 10 percent and provided 4,044 wardrobes to school-age children throughout Snohomish County,” said Clothes for Kids development director Joy Ingram. “This year we anticipate providing more than 4,500 wardrobes.”

Clothes For Kids operates with the help of more than 50 volunteers.

It is funded by community donations from corporate grants.

Sky Valley Food Bank raises money

Monroe Grocery Outlet sponsored a hot dog sale July 28 to benefit the Sky Valley Food Bank.

Food Bank Director Neil Watkins and board members Eric DeBelly and Terry Simon cooked and served the hot dogs, which were donated by Grocery Outlet.

More than $350 was raised to help feed families in the Skykomish Valley community.

In addition, the grocery sponsored a food drive that brought in nearly 2,300 pounds of food and nearly $3,000 for the food bank.

Marysville honors volunteer of month

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring has named Diane Gardner the volunteer of the month for June.

The award recognizes Gardner’s volunteer hours and leadership through the Patient Link Program at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

Once a week, Gardner visits with patients who have been admitted to the hospital the day before. She also helps new volunteers at the hospital.

Gardner recently led a tour for special-needs students who might be able to be a volunteer in selected areas of the hospital and is developing an orientation program for high school students who volunteer during the summer.

Away from the hospital, Gardner volunteers her time substitute teaching in her church Bible class, donating blood at the blood bank and serving food once a month for the Salvation Army.

Terry Marsh wins Rotary award

The Rotary Club of Arlington has honored community volunteer Terry Marsh with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, recognizing his work to create a peaceful world.

Marsh served as a construction supervisor for the Arlington School District and project manager of the city’s Olympic Avenue reconstruction. Marsh is an active member of the Arlington Kiwanis Club, the Downtown Arlington Business Association, the Arlington Arts Council and Arlington Kids Kloset.

He’s well-known for his charming hand-cut wooden signs of fish, snowmen, ducks and roosters that have decorated Arlington businesses since 2009.

Marsh also was named Citizen of the Year by the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and received the Arlington Garden Club’s Myrtle Ruckert Award for outstanding community service.

VFW post earns service award

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040 and its Ladies Auxiliary of Lynnwood was the recipient of the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Outstanding Community Service award at the VFW National Convention in Reno, Nev., on July 23.

The post is the most active in the country. Post and auxiliary members have amassed 33,758 hours of volunteer service, drove 35,757 miles to help out and donated $99,513.

The local veterans volunteer time to charities and social service agencies including the Lynnwood Food Bank, Puget Sound Blood Bank, Special Olympics, Boy Scouts of America, performing military honors for deceased veterans, overseeing the Voice Of Democracy and youth essay contests, youth sports activities, Toys for Tots and others.

This is the fourth time since 2002 that VFW Post 1040 has received the national service award.

Along with the award, the post received a reflective street sign to be displayed in Lynnwood.

AmeriCorps volunteers named

Among the hundreds of people who served 10 months of fulltime service to the National Civilian Community Corps are AmeriCorps volunteers Corey Doran of Snohomish, Amanda Galvin of Lynnwood and Whitney Rogers of Monroe.

Civilian community corps projects support disaster relief, the environment, energy conservation, infrastructure improvement and urban and rural development.

Before joining the NCCC, Doran attended Snohomish High School and Western Washington University where she earned a degree in political science. Her parents are Jeff and Erin Doran.

Galvin attended Lynnwood High School and Edmonds Community College. Her mother is Christy Wenzel.

Rogers attended Monroe High School and University of Washington where she earned a degree in history. Her parents are Brenda and Bill Rogers.

Lake Stevens teen now an Eagle Scout

Ryan Olliges, of the Lake Stevens Boy Scout Troop 41, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

His Eagle project involved the construction of 1,200-square-foot rain garden at the Lake Stevens city shop at 2306 131st Ave. NE.

Olliges worked with the city officials and the Snohomish Conservation District to build the rain garden, which was constructed with a $28,000 budget funded by donations and a state Department of Ecology grant. More than 189 man hours were donated by community and conservation district volunteers.

The rain garden collects storm water runoff from the roof of the city shop and the road adjacent to it, effectively removing pollutants from the water and allowing it to soak into the ground instead of flowing into nearby Catherine Creek.

His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was Saturday at the Lake Stevens Grange. Ryan plans to attend the University of Southern California where he has been accepted into aerospace program at the Viterbi School of Engineering. Ryan is one of many Eagle Scouts in the Olliges family, including his father, Paul Olliges, and uncles Michael and Doug Olliges.

To submit news for the Applause column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427;

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