December 27, 2016
Plymouth Community Service and Social Action (CSSA) Board awarded five organizations as recipients of the 2016 Inspiration Grants. Each organization will receive $2,000.
Bloodworks Northwest, submitted by volunteer Bill Bumpas, supplies much-needed blood to nearly 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Bill, who is unable to donate blood, helps register donors. “Donated blood is only good for a week, so continual donations are needed,” adds Bill. More information at Bloodworksnw.org.
Congregations for the Homeless, submitted by Don Castle, offers shelter in east King county. “Volunteering at Congregations for the Homeless has allowed me to use and deepen my companion skills... In the shelter context, I have learned more about the challenges of those who are homeless in the community where I live,” said Don. Find out how you can help at cfhomeless.org.
Margie Williams Helping Hand Center, submitted by Rev. Kelle Brown, provides food and clothing to people in the South King County area. Kelle, who has volunteered here for five years says, “I have been transformed by the faithfulness of this organization, that on limited resources, continually serves the Renton community.” Find them on Facebook.
Puentes, submitted by Briana Frenchmore, stand with undocumented families through advocacy, counseling and education. “I am involved with Puentes as a community partner...to create puentes (bridges) to strengthen the society we live in by deconstructing fear, isolation and division,” said Briana. More information available at Puentesseattle.org
Advent St. Nicholas Church in Quito, Ecuador, submitted by Marcia Almquist, provides an important connection for faithful Americans and other expatriates, such as former Peace Corps volunteers, newly arrived Embassy or foreign corporate personnel and a host of transient members.