Volunteers of America Western Washington celebrated its 100th year anniversary with a major announcement last week as the organization announced its partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church, Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County and Rick Steves on a new Neighborhood Service Center plan located on the Trinity Lutheran Church grounds near 196th St. SW. and Highway 99.
The announcement was made at the fourth annual Inspire Hope Luncheon. The Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW) Neighborhood Service Center will be built with a specific focus in mind: provide care and services to those in need.
While recognizing there are many needs in each neighborhood, VOAWW recognizes there are many barriers families face when trying to meet those needs. One of the barriers that exist is the absence of preventative services versus those that focus on intervention, which can make it overwhelming for a family in need to get the help they so desperately deserve.
Edmonds’ own Rick Steves also announced that he was financially supporting the Neighborhood Service Center vision with a donation of $2 million.
“I support VOAWW’s vision financially because their experience and savvy leverages my donation,” Steves said. “I see VOAWW (along with our other community partners) not as a charity but as a service to help me get the most community bang for my compassionate buck.”
A key focus of each Neighborhood Center is to utilize what already exists, use the synergy of all working together, not duplicating services and to not displace existing services. Each center will be a centralized communication hub and referral base for all activities and services in the area. Relying on existing service providers and members of the community, VOAWW will partner with these groups to coordinate services, engage community members and identify new areas of need as they emerge.
“We know how essential service partners are to our neighbors in need” said VOAWW Vice President of Development & Communications, Mark Johnson. “We need partners who are invested in the overall care and safety of their neighborhood. By working together, we’ll achieve more impact within our communities.”