Economic Opportunity

VOA Crosswalk Shelter Serves Spokane’s Most Vulnerable Youth

Volunteers of America has been providing life-saving services by way of shelter and housing to Spokane’s most vulnerable for decades.   Under CEO Fawn Schott’s leadership, VOA has innovated the way they approach helping people experiencing homelessness. Moving away from a solely case management-based model has allowed them to serve people more effectively. They have developed …

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Helping Neighbors Help Neighbors

Founded in 1965 by a group of local citizens concerned about their neighbors, Rural Resources provides support for all needs with over 30 programs, each with the goal of assisting people and communities to develop the skills, resources and services necessary to improve their general welfare.

Project Timothy

A $5,000 grant from Innovia will help Project Timothy provide emergency housing, meals, rental assistance, financial assistance for utilities and public transportation passes to those who find themselves facing economic hardships in Columbia County and Waitsburg, Washington.

Restoring Hope by Restoring Homes

Physician Barry Bacon and his wife, Shelley Bacon, feel so passionately about their hometown of Colville, Washington that volunteering at a local organization of their choice didn’t feel like enough. In 2003, they helped establish the Tri-County Community Health Fund (TCCHF), a nonprofit organization addressing health disparities in northeast Washington.

The Hispanic Business/Professional Association Establishes Endowment to Sustain Their Vital Mission

The Hispanic Business/Professional Association (HBPA) serves the Hispanic community of the Inland Northwest through a variety of economic, educational, cultural and social support services. HBPA’s programs include providing scholarships for local youth of Hispanic heritage, promoting vaccine outreach, hosting a food pantry, and creating opportunities for Hispanic businesses and professionals. This year, HBPA established a nonprofit endowment at Innovia to support their work in the community for generations to come.

Creating Stability and Fostering Collaboration in Sandpoint

For many hard-working people, an unanticipated event like a car breakdown, illness or accident can escalate into a crisis, particularly when access to support and assistance are not easily available. Linnis Jellinek understands that well. As Director of the Community Resource EnVision Center (CREC), Jellinek is dedicated to providing help to those in need and ensuring that the process is streamlined and accessible to all.

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