Board Announces 2019 4% Friday Recipients
One of our most exciting ways to support the community is through our 4% Friday Community Shopping Day, where what you put in your cart plays a big part in giving back in a big way. On the 4th Friday of every month, you shop, and together we give 4% of sales to a non-profit community organization – each of these organizations is, itself, supporting the community to create a great circle of giving. Here, the 2019 4% Friday recipients and shopping dates:
Skagit County Meals on Wheels – January 25
The Meals on Wheels Program provides nutritious, noontime meals to senior citizens, age 60 and older, who have difficulty leaving their home unassisted and who are unable to prepare their own meals. Funds will maintain the current provision of the freshest, homemade meals.
Skagit Valley College Second Chance Scholarship – February 22
The Second Chance Scholarship supports formerly incarcerated students to help make a new life with the skills which are available through education at Skagit Valley College. Funds will create additional one-time Second Chance Scholarship Awards to be shared by two or more students.
Camp Korey Garden Program – March 22
Camp Korey’s provides children and their families living with life-altering medical conditions with a transformational experience in a fun, safe camp environment – for free. Funds will support the Garden Program, so kids can experience the joy of planting, harvesting cooking, and eating produce from the accessible organic garden.
Community Action of Skagit County’s Adult Education – April 26
Community Action’s Adult Education program believes everyone deserves the education they need to succeed and thrive. Many of Community Action’s Adult Education students are women who would be unable to attend if it weren’t for the supervised childcare. 4% Friday will be used specifically to support children’s activities.
Youthnet – May 24
Youthnet serves at-risk children, youth, and families in need. One of its programs is Emerson High School which receives no direct State funding, so school supplies are in high-demand. 4% Friday funds will be used to provide needed teaching and learning supplies for the alternative high school.
Communities in Schools – June 28
Communities in Schools of Whatcom-Skagit partners with public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Funds pay for activity supplies and healthy snacks for hungry students who need to eat in order to focus on their school work.
Million Waves Project – July 26
The Million Waves Project recycles ocean plastic and transforms it into prosthetic limbs for people in need through the use of 3D printers. Funds will be used to purchase 3D printers that will more than double the number of limbs the Million Waves can print.
YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter – August 23
The YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter provides runaway and homeless youth ages 13-17 with emergency shelter, case management, outreach, educational workshops, and other services. Funds will support staff members (who serve 365 days a year), daily programs, and other basic needs of at-risk youth in Skagit County.
Children’s Council of Skagit County – September 27
The Children’s Council of Skagit County envisions growing, thriving families empowered through the collaboration of community members and local agencies. Its Kaleidoscope Play and Learns (KPL) encourage children’s early learning through interactive and relationship-building play. Funds will support area KPLs with supplies and licenses.
Helping Hands Food Bank – October 25
Helping Hands Food Bank fights hunger insecurity in Skagit County. 4% Friday funds will support its mobile food delivery program that serves people who need the food assistance, but are physically incapable of making it into the Food Bank to get services.
La Leche League – November 22
La Leche League USA helps parents, families, and communities to breastfeed, chestfeed, and human milk feed their babies through parent-to-parent support. La Leche League is made up entirely of unpaid volunteers, so funds will help purchase books, materials, toys, and rental fees for meetings.
Skagit Adult Day Program – December 27
Skagit Adult Day Program (SADP) provides high quality, compassionate care in a safe environment to those who have diagnoses of a dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. SADP staff offer friendly interaction and prepare homecooked meals at both Bradford House and Gentry House. Funds will be used to help sustain these efforts.