Resource Directory ad deadline nears
Fig Tree staff are progressing on producing the annual, comprehensive, much used Resource Directory with information on services for people in crises, in need and in transition.
The deadline for ads is May 15, with progress being made on commitment for ad spaces.
"We are still finalizing commitments and copy," said Malcolm Haworth, directory editor.
Marijke Fakasiieiki, development associate, is securing ad commitments and community partnerships to assure support.
Northwest Offset Printing will again be the printer, but adjustments have been made to the page sizes for consistency.
Fig Tree Annual Meeting for its Board of Directors will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 3, on Zoom. At the Annual Meeting, new board members, who serve as liaisons to regional denominations and faith communities are elected.
In other news, Fig Tree editor Mary Stamp rejoices at being vaccinated so she can take photos outside without a mask that fogs up her glasses.
For information on advertising or partnerships, call 535-1813 or email email@example.com.
Catholic Charities develops two housing projects
Catholic Charities is developing two new permanent, affordable, supportive housing projects—Pasco Haven for individuals and Mother Teresa Haven for low-income families.
Pasco Haven will have 60-units of affordable housing for vulnerable residents. Monthly rent will average $196. Residents will have onsite access to services to help them improve their lives, including counseling, case management and health care.
Catholic Charities is partnering with Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health and the Benton Franklin County Continuum of Care and others to provide more services.
Mother Teresa Haven is a 48-unit permanent supportive housing project beside Catholic Charities' 72-unit Sisters Haven family affordable housing community at the Holy Names Campus. Monthly rent will average $245. On-site services will include counseling, case management, healthcare and recreation. It is funded by an allocation of 9 percent tax credits and a loan from Catholic Housing Services Eastern Washington.
Construction on both begins in 2021 with opening in 2022.
"Low-income individuals and families face unimaginable hardships now. People can't move forward in their lives unless they have a safe and healthy home to sleep in each night," said Rob McCann, Catholic Charities' president and CEO. "We will continue building housing in Eastern Washington until every person in need has a home to call their own."
Another 72-unit affordable housing complex for families in Spokane broke ground last month and will be ready for families to move by September.
These projects are helped by the Day 1 Families Fund grant awarded to Catholic Charities in November 2019. Pasco Haven and Mother Teresa Haven are its 12th and 13th affordable housing projects since 2012.
For information, call 358-4500 or visit cceasternwa.org.
Faith Action Network holds Spring Summits
Faith Action Network (FAN), Washington's statewide, interfaith advocacy and social justice organization, has announced their Spring Summit dates for 2021.
Participants have a choice of two summit dates to join. They are from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 23, or 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 6.
People from across the state will gather to celebrate wins from this year's legislative session and plan for the year ahead. There will be breakout groups by region and issue topic.
"Through this legislative session, people connected with FAN have had an opportunity to advocate for the change that they want to see in our state. Faith communities in our region and across the state have taken their beliefs and values beyond words to make lasting policy change through our legislature. The FAN Spring Summits will provide an opportunity to hear about the impact our advocacy made, and help us plan for how we can continue to build momentum in the interim," said Lauren Schubring, FAN's Eastern Washington regional organizer.
The free Spring Summits may be joined by registering to receive the Zoom link.
The May 23 registration is at bit.ly/2021SummitMay and the June 6 registration is at bit.ly/2021SummitJune.
For information, call 313-719-8150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PJALS plans virtual benefit on May 19
The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) will hold its 2021 Virtual Benefit: Breathing In Community: Healing, Transformation, Joy" and launch its Spring Fund Drive at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 19.
"In our Peace and Justice Action League community, we believe everyday people can accomplish extraordinary things together," said Shar Lichty, development coordinator.
"For more than 45 years, we have organized for racial equity, economic justice, peace and human rights. As we continue to build a movement to transform systems and strengthen community, part of our calling is to create room to breathe, heal and embrace joy," she said.
Members, donors and new friends gather to be part of a movement for peace and justice. Guests will hear how PJALS members work together to expose and transform systems of hate, violence, exclusion and oppression to build a just and nonviolent world and create a culture of love and belonging.
The keynote speaker is Eric Ward from Western States Center. He is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate, violence and preserving inclusive democracy. He has 30 years of leadership in community organizing and philanthropy as Western States Center's executive director and senior fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center and Race Forward.
PJALS seeks table hosts.
For information, call 838-7870 or visit pjals.org.
River Forum, Riverkeeper plan clean-ups
Spokane River Forum and Spokane Riverkeeper are hosting the "Spokane River Get Up, Get Out, Clean Up" on five dates at eight locations.
The 2021 goal is to collect 25,000 pounds of litter. They already have picked up 7,000 pounds toward that goal.
Spokane River Forum and Spokane Riverkeeper provide field support, bags, gloves, pickers and disposal. Volunteers may join a public cleanup, organize a private cleanup or do a DIY operation.
The 2021 public cleanup dates and locations are:
May 8 is the Spring Time Kick-Off at TJ Meenach, University District, People's Park/High Bridge and Mission Park.
June 19 will be at Mission Park,
July 10 at People's Park and
August 21 at the University District.
Sept 18 is the Spokane Valley Upriver Scrub at Harvard Road, Barker Road and Mirabeau.
For information, call 535—7084 or email email@example.com.
Washington Nonprofits offers conference, COVID grant opportunities
The annual Washington Nonprofits virtual State Conference, "Rethinking Place, Space and Time," looks at how the pandemic has challenged ways of thinking about place, space and time in personal and professional spheres, as well as across communities nonprofits serve.
Held from May 17 to 21, it will include nearly 50 sessions on topics such as racist roots of nonprofits, white nonprofit leaders and anti-racism, shared leadership, networking tools, collaboration tips, resilient leadership, policy advocacy, nonprofit health, transformational leadership and workplace health.
For information, visit wastatenonprofitconference.org.
From May 10 to 24, Washington Nonprofits reports that Commerce via ArtsFund is receiving applications for $2,500 to $25,000 grants for COVID impacts on nonprofits in three categories:
• Arts/culture groups promoting artistic, creative, cultural, scientific, technological or heritage enrichment programs.
• Neighborhood nonprofits improving the social health, safety and wellbeing of their area.
• Sports/recreation groups doing programs for children and/or adults with coaches and organized practices.
For information, call 990-6835 or visit artsfund.org/nonprofit-community-recovery-grants/.