Camas-Washougal Community Chest launches campaign

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Camas – The Camas-Washougal Community Chest launched its fundraising drive this month with a goal of raising $75,000 for organizations serving Camas and Washougal residents. Grants will go to nonprofits that address education, youth activities, natural resource conservation, health and welfare programs, crisis and emergency services, and those that serve people with special needs.

During its 2017 campaign, the community chest funded 21 grants totaling $75,000, which included 4,000 meals at the Lost and Found Caf?, food boxes for 150 students at the Inter-Faith Treasure House, and 60 swimming scholarships through Camas Parks and Recreation.

Georgia Pacific employees and the Georgia Pacific Foundation were one of last year’s major supporters, along with HP, Camas School District, City of Camas employees, 54-40 Brewing, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Exterior Wood Inc., Sharp Microelectronics, Linear Technology and Allweather Wood.

The community chest seeks donations from people and businesses in Camas and Washougal to reach its $75,000 for the 2018 campaign. Donations can be made at www.camaswashougalcommunitychest.org and through Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program, or Amazon’s Smile program. The Camas-Washougal Community Chest is a nonprofit that has been around since 1946.

Local nonprofits can apply for grants online after Oct. 15; applications are due no later than Dec. 15.