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GivingTuesday marks global generosity day in Clark County, across Washington

Fundraisers, drives and volunteer activities available this holiday season

By Chrissy Booker, Columbian staff writer
Published: November 27, 2023, 4:49pm

Tuesday is GivingTuesday, a worldwide initiative promoting a day of generosity, but many organizations in Clark County hope the giving spirit will last for the rest of the year.

Here are some of the organizations hosting fundraising events, drives and volunteer activities during the holiday season.

Friends of the Carpenter

This faith-based nonprofit provides woodworking classes and other services to people experiencing homelessness.

Items needed: Coffee, tea bags, hot cocoa packets, powdered creamer, sugar, individually wrapped pastries, cookies, chips, granola bars, dishwasher pods, large-size containers of body wash and shampoo, boxer briefs, sizes medium and large.

How to donate: Drop off donations at Friends of the Carpenter Center, 1600 W. 20th St., Vancouver, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Columbia Springs

This environmental education center will host an online fundraiser, Five Days of Wonder, Dec. 18-22. The person who donates the most times between those two dates will win a private Columbia Springs hatchery tour to see baby chum salmon.

How to donate: visit www.columbiasprings.org/5days.

North Clark Historical Museum

This nonprofit museum will host a benefit concert, “Walk Through the Decades,” featuring country artist Tim Hadler. Proceeds from the concert will support Glad U Made It Camp, a healing retreat for veterans, as well as the Amboy Food Bank. Guests can also bring donations of nonperishable food to the event.

When: 3-4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: 21416 N.E. 399th St, Amboy.

Cost: Free.

Walk & Knock

The 39th annual Walk and Knock Food Drive will be picking up donations throughout Clark County.

How to donate: Place nonperishable food or toiletries in a bag on your porch or beside your front door by 9 a.m. Saturday or drop them at participating Clark County Riverview Bank, Les Schwab Tire Center or McDonald’s locations by Dec. 8. See the list at walkandknock.org/barrel-locations. Make cash donations at www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=QBFDJ8QSRD9DW.

How to volunteer: Sign up to volunteer for Walk & Knock 2023 in a specific area at walkandknock.org/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer.

Read Northwest

This nonprofit, which promotes literacy, recently received 40,000 new books from the Molina Foundation. Read Northwest needs volunteers to help sort the books for distribution to local nonprofit organizations and school districts. Email Dave Perry at dperry0209@gmail.com.

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Furry Friends

For its 24th anniversary, Furry Friends is hoping to raise $10,000 for medical expenses to help cats and kittens this GivingTuesday.

How to donate: Visit www.furryfriendswa.org/donate/ and www.facebook.com/furryfriendswa/.

Bike Build

As a part of the Scott Campbell Christmas Promise, Waste Connections is hosting its annual Bike Build where more than 150 volunteers will assemble hundreds of bikes for the community. Scott Campbell, a longtime employee of Waste Connections, started the Bike Build 13 years ago with only 100 bicycles and 20 volunteers. The finished bikes will go to eight community organizations providing toys for families in need.

When: 9-11 a.m. Dec. 9.

Where: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road.

Korey’s Joy Drive

Through Dec. 13, city of Vancouver employees will collect new, unwrapped toys and new youth, teen and adult winter coats, gloves, socks and hats. Korey’s Joy Drive honors the memory of Korey Cochran, a city employee who died of brain cancer in 2017.

Community members can donate to Korey’s Joy Drive at one of 12 drop-off sites throughout Vancouver:

  • Edward Jones, 5512 N.E. 109th Court, Suite D.
  • Firstenburg Community Center, 700 N.E. 136th Ave.
  • Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar, 205 E. 39th St.
  • Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
  • Park Crest Commons Apartments, 14913 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.
  • The Al Angelo Company, 400 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 500.
  • Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.
  • Vancouver Fire Department Station 5, 7110 N.E. 63rd St.
  • Vancouver Operations Center front desk, 4711 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
  • Vancouver Police West Precinct, 2800 N.E. Stapleton Road
  • Vancouver Police East Precinct, 520 S.E. 155th Ave.
  • Vancouver Utilities front desk, 2323 General Anderson Road.
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