Category Archives: FYI

Caring for Kids to Stuff the Bus, Nov. 5


Caring for Kids is holding its annual Stuff the Bus event at Clover Park High School on Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. We are preparing to help 650 families in need for the holidays. Volunteers from the high schools, middle schools along with the volunteer adults will be out in full force asking for toys and monetary donations.

In Clover Park School District alone there are 9,501 kids on free and reduced lunch according to the September statistics. So please stop by and help us help our kids in need! For more information contact Diane at 253-279-9777 or

Be at the public hearing – Your input is valuable

Just the 20We Need Your Input!

A public hearing will be held for you to provide input on the use of CDBG, HOME and the City of Lakewood Human Services funds on October 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm. The hearing will be held in the Lakewood City Hall Council Chambers and is open to the public.

The City of Lakewood is seeking input on how it will allocate Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act funding!

The City of Lakewood is currently in the process of developing its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Action Plan (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Act (HOME) funding.  The Plan will describe the community development, housing, economic development, and public services needs and strategies the City will propose to benefit low and moderate income individuals.  The Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Action Plan will describe the activities for which CDBG and HOME funds are proposed to be used for meeting the needs.

Additionally, we are looking for input on prioritizing Human Services funding for the upcoming funding cycle.  Each year the City allocates 1% of its general fund for human services activities.

Funding for human services are based on priorities and strategies developed through citizen input, analysis of community needs, advisory board input, and Council recommendations. Human Services funding is divided into four basic categories: 1. Stabilization Services (food and emergency services); 2. Emotional Supports for Health Relationships (youth development activities and treatments); 3. Access to Health and Behavior Health Services (medical, dental, mental health and CD treatments); 4. Housing Assistance (rent, home repair and shelter).

This is your opportunity to provide valuable input on important community needs. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Please RSVP your attendance. Thank You

Jeff Gumm  – CDBG Program Manager:

EFN Volunteer Programs has an opening for an AmeriCorps VISTA!

EFN Volunteer Programs has an opening for
an AmeriCorps VISTA!

During this 10.5-months program, the AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Coordinator will gain an understanding of the whys and hows of a non-profit volunteer program. An important part of the associate’s responsibilities will involve working with community volunteers and engaging them in the work of Emergency Food Network.

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position. Some weekend and evening work will be required. Program start date is October 1, 2016. End date is August 15, 2017.

Primary Position Responsibilities
Identify community outreach opportunities such as fairs, festivals, local markets and organizations; maintain schedule of opportunities.
Conduct volunteer outreach through various methods (i.e. posting events online, displaying posters, attending public tabling events, developing monthly e-newsletter, utilizing social media).
Maintain and update volunteer records using DonorPerfect.
Promote, train, and manage volunteers for weekly Sort, Pack, & Stack event.
Assist with recruiting, training, and managing volunteers at EFN’s special events, Repack Project, Mobile Food Bank, and Mother Earth Farm.
Enhance and assist with implementation of volunteer recognition and retention program.
EFN Volunteer Program Description

It would not be possible to distribute more than 16 million pounds each year to 70 partner programs in Pierce County without the help from more than 2,700 volunteers. Volunteers help repackage bulk foods for distribution to food banks, pull weeds and harvest fresh produce at our 8-acre organic farm, lend a hand at the Mobile Food Bank, support a variety of roles at our fundraising events, and perform behind-the-scene tasks in our office.

Positive, flexible attitude
Good communication skills
Ability to work inside and outside in all conditions
Ability to work in a group and alone
Desire to participate in community
Ability to sit and stand for long periods as well as lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly
Previous volunteer experience desired
Must be willing and able to travel via automobile and have a valid driver’s license
AmeriCorps VISTA Benefits
$1,195 monthly stipend (before taxes)
$100 per month housing stipend
$5,775 education award upon successful completion
Health coverage
Childcare assistance, if eligible
Questions and How to Apply

Please direct questions about Emergency Food Network and the position to Merrit Reed at or call (253) 584-1040.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jason Gauthier at Interviews start next week!

If you would like to learn more about the AmeriCorps program, please visit

District launches Community Conversations on KLAY


Clover Park School District (CPSD) is on the radio! Listeners can learn more about what’s happening in the district on a regular basis.

Each month a CPSD representative will participate in a “Community Conversation” on KLAY 1180 AM. Radio interviews are conducted live on the first Friday of each month and can be listened to from the district’s website at Topics will vary each month and conversations run about ten minutes.

“Two of the school board’s goals are to increase community engagement and ensure communication with all stakeholders,” said CPSD superintendent Debbie LeBeau. “Our community conversations on KLAY are another tool for us to use to share good news and information on important issues facing the district.

“We are excited to partner with our local radio station to expand the number of people we reach,” LeBeau added.

KLAY 1180 AM features news, talk, weather, traffic and sports reporting. KLAY 1180 AM has had the same, local ownership for over 50 years and broadcasts 24/7 to more than one million people. KLAY is the only commercial radio station in the greater Tacoma area.

Visit Clover Park School District’s website ( to hear the latest “Community Conversation.”

Caring for Kids Updates

Caring for Kids What’s Happening

We netted over $54,000 at our Happy Hearts Auction

Along with our everyday work we gave out:

  • 5,463 new books (1,128 to CISL after school programs)
  • 16580ir beds for kids sleeping on the floor
  • 161 McDonalds $5 Gift Cards for homeless kids and kids in need.

We purchased $350 worth of new girls’ underwear for the nurses at the Middle and High schools for emergencies.

So far we collected 115 formals plus purses and shoes for the Clover Park High School Event.

At the Springbrook Easter egg hunt with the Lions Club we furnished buckets, egg dye, gift card prizes, color books and crayons and toothbrush kits for everyone.

We gave the same supplies for the Easter egg hunt at Four Heroes for the thirty-five McKinney-Vento students.

We received over 1,000 new summer shoes and slippers. We have processed and they are being distributed.

We just received a book grant from the Molina Foundation for 898 books and a grant from First Books for 400 books.

In the last two weeks we distributed 1,650 backpacks to the schools to distribute for the rest of this year and the beginning of next year.

We bought 330 pairs of wool socks for $ .50 each for next winter.

Our relationship with Walmart is great! We just purchased about $35,000 worth of winter wear for under $500. Not all of it is for our kids but it can be distributed through the food banks.

We also bought 500 baby clothes and baby socks for $1 apiece. They said they have a pallet of socks will be going on clearance.