Volunteers of America announces plans for new neighborhood service center in Lynnwood; Rick Steves pledges $2 million in support

Rick Steves
Rick Steves

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.”

7 Replies to “Volunteers of America announces plans for new neighborhood service center in Lynnwood; Rick Steves pledges $2 million in support”

  1. Rick Steves is a true gem – an incredible contributor to our community. He provides economic activity, employment and more – plus he is willing to make personal sacrifices to better our community. Thank you Mr. Steves for all that you do.


  2. We’re hoping to inspire many others to get involved to make our community smarter and more compassionate for both our youth and our seniors. Stay tuned for exciting community centers initiative in both Lynnwood and Edmonds offering plenty of ways to be part of the action. It will certainly take a team!


  3. That is wonderful news. Rick Steves is a true friend of his community. Trinity Lutheran Church is so active in helping marginalized people. I am involved in their Neighbors In Need program that assists homeless and needy each Saturday morning with breakfast, showers, clothing, bus tickets and laundry vouchers (several times a month) and information on various resources. They are always looking for volunteers. If you would like to be a part of this wonderful service, please give Trinity a call.


  4. And thank you Volunteers of America! Another great resource doing lots of wonderful things without a lot of accolades!


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