With daily donations also offered up by local schools, churches, stores and businesses, clubs and individuals — it doesn’t make sense to make those local rounds with a monster that gets eight miles to the gallon, Wilson said.
So volunteers — who run all the Treasure House’s activities, Wilson said — do that local driving, too, with their own vehicles. But many more volunteers either don’t have their own vehicles or are understandably reluctant to use them. All of which makes for complicated and unpredictable scheduling, Wilson said, causing opportunities to sometimes get missed.
“If our bread runners don’t have their own vehicles,” she said, “sometimes that bread has to wait, and it goes stale.”
Therefore, Wilson concluded, it’s long past time for the Treasure House to own its own economical-to-operate minivan. The Camas-Washougal Community Chest, a homegrown foundation that supports numerous east county nonprofit agencies, thinks so, too.
Long a solid supporter of the Treasure House, the Community Chest offered the agency an emergency grant to buy food last fall when donations were down and things were looking desperate, but Wilson decided that building the Treasure House’s infrastructure through a smaller, fuel-efficient vehicle was an even better idea.
On May 1 the Community Chest issued a challenge grant to the community: The Community Chest will match, up to $5,000, donations to the Treasure House made in May, June and July of this year. The Treasure House is a registered nonprofit, so all donations are tax-deductible.
Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 815, Camas, WA, 98671; or dropped off at the Treasure House at 91 “C” St.; or at www.ifth-cw.org. For more information, call Wilson at 360-834-4181.
“We’re the east side,” said Community Chest board member Richard Reiter. “We do have a lower population and sometimes we’re sort of forgotten by the larger county. But there are a lot of families out here whose needs are very great — maybe not so much in Camas but a lot of families in Washougal, which is more blue collar.”