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Zach Singleton, left, and Lucas Fabianek, both 16 and from Vancouver, get in a workout at Utmost Gym while using an oversize container for shelter outside Columbia Youth Center. Utmost Gym is just one part of The Columbia Future Forge, a nonprofit mentoring and training program to help young adults gain job skills and life skills.

Vancouver nonprofits’ common goal is to teach life skills to young adults

Zach Singleton, left, and Lucas Fabianek, both 16 and from Vancouver, get in a workout at Utmost Gym while using an oversize container for shelter outside Columbia Youth Center. Utmost Gym is just one part of The Columbia Future Forge, a nonprofit mentoring and training program to help young adults gain job skills and life skills.

December 29, 2020, 6:00am Clark County News

To say that Utmost Athletics is under the umbrella of The Columbia Future Forge on a day it was pouring down rain, well, it just seemed perfect. Read story

Karen Morrison of Odyssey World International Education Services sorts through gifts for children in need at Bridgeview Resource Center in Vancouver.

NAACP Vancouver, LULAC, others provide toys for about 150 families for Christmas

Karen Morrison of Odyssey World International Education Services sorts through gifts for children in need at Bridgeview Resource Center in Vancouver.

December 27, 2020, 6:00am Churches & Religion

Bridgette Fahnbulleh knows that real hugs can’t happen in 2020, so she’s hoping that a figurative hug will suffice for now. Read story

The Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center isn't able to host its annual Christmas party for ship crews this year, so instead the volunteers are aiming to deliver 1,100 gift bags.

Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center adapts to distribute Christmas gift bags

The Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center isn't able to host its annual Christmas party for ship crews this year, so instead the volunteers are aiming to deliver 1,100 gift bags.

December 26, 2020, 6:00am Clark County News

Crewing a cargo ship is an isolating experience in the best of times, let alone nine months into a pandemic. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure the world’s seafarers aren’t forgotten during the holiday season, says Kent Williams, executive director of the Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center. Read story

Steve Helland, left, and Marty Forsmann, both of Vancouver, load mashed potatoes and stuffing into to-go containers on Friday at a Christmas meal distribution event at WareHouse '23.

Filling plates for free Christmas meal in Vancouver ‘fulfilling’

Steve Helland, left, and Marty Forsmann, both of Vancouver, load mashed potatoes and stuffing into to-go containers on Friday at a Christmas meal distribution event at WareHouse '23.

December 25, 2020, 5:28pm Clark County News

Chilly weather and steady rain didn’t dampen the holiday spirit at Beaches Restaurant and Bar’s Christmas meal distribution event at WareHouse ’23 on Friday. Read story

Madeline McMillen poses with some of the 728 toys donated by friends, family and businesses. "I want children to have good Christmases and make sure they're still loved," the Prairie High School sophomore said.

Prairie High School sophomore’s heart beats for kids in need

Madeline McMillen poses with some of the 728 toys donated by friends, family and businesses. "I want children to have good Christmases and make sure they're still loved," the Prairie High School sophomore said.

December 25, 2020, 6:00am Clark County News

Each holiday season, Madeline McMillen’s big heart for helping others grows even larger. Read story

Laura Ellsworth, right, writes a message on a memorial board set up Friday at St. PaulÌs Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Ellsworth is with the Council for the Homeless, which helped set up the board with the names of the homeless from the community who died in 2020. On Monday night, the council held a virtual ceremony to remember the members of the community who died in 2020.

Homeless people who died in 2020 in Clark County remembered at service

Laura Ellsworth, right, writes a message on a memorial board set up Friday at St. PaulÌs Lutheran Church in Vancouver. Ellsworth is with the Council for the Homeless, which helped set up the board with the names of the homeless from the community who died in 2020. On Monday night, the council held a virtual ceremony to remember the members of the community who died in 2020.

December 22, 2020, 12:42pm Clark County News

Like many things affected by COVID-19, Clark County’s homeless population is at increased risk. Read story

Seton Catholic principal Robert Rusk explains how the Christmas tree raffle works to a toy drive shopper on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Seton Catholic College Prep. Each guest could enter a ticket into one of the Christmas tree boxes. The winner will have the tree delivered.

St. Vincent de Paul food, toy drive hands out gifts to spread Christmas cheer in Clark County

Seton Catholic principal Robert Rusk explains how the Christmas tree raffle works to a toy drive shopper on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Seton Catholic College Prep. Each guest could enter a ticket into one of the Christmas tree boxes. The winner will have the tree delivered.

December 19, 2020, 6:18pm Clark County News

The holiday spirit is contagious. Unfortunately, so is COVID-19. So at this year’s annual food and toy drive organized by local faith-based charity St. Vincent de Paul, volunteers went out of their way to make sure that the only thing they were spreading was Christmas cheer. Read story

Kevin Hale, background in tan to front, of Longview joins his wife, Lindsay, his daughter, Annabelle, 6, and his son, Sawyer, 4, as they walk out to a porch full of donated gifts on Friday evening. Members of the Vancouver Police Department Domestic Violence Unit delivered the gifts to the family. Kevin Hale has been diagnosed with Stage 4 endocrine cancer, and his wife, Lindsay, works for the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office as a victim advocate with the domestic violence unit.

Vancouver police make surprise gift delivery to Longview family

Kevin Hale, background in tan to front, of Longview joins his wife, Lindsay, his daughter, Annabelle, 6, and his son, Sawyer, 4, as they walk out to a porch full of donated gifts on Friday evening. Members of the Vancouver Police Department Domestic Violence Unit delivered the gifts to the family. Kevin Hale has been diagnosed with Stage 4 endocrine cancer, and his wife, Lindsay, works for the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office as a victim advocate with the domestic violence unit.

December 18, 2020, 6:23pm Clark County News

LONGVIEW -- Red and blue lights flashed as a Vancouver police officer announced over his patrol car's speaker that police were outside. But the Hale children weren't under arrest. They were encouraged to come to the door "with excitement and smiles on their faces" for a special Christmas surprise. Read story

Volunteers collect donations during the Drive & Drop food drive Dec. 4 at Chuck's Produce.

Drive and Drop collects 130,000 pounds of food, $110,000 for Clark County Food Bank

Volunteers collect donations during the Drive & Drop food drive Dec. 4 at Chuck's Produce.

December 18, 2020, 5:14pm Clark County News

It was anybody’s guess as to how much the 2020 version of Walk & Knock would bring in as a Drive & Drop. Read story

Learning Avenues students line up in front of Santa to sing Christmas carols with him for The Kids' Christmas, sponsored by workers at the Bonneville Power Administration. A pandemic-riddled 2020 made the event a socially distanced one this year.

BPA employees team with Santa for The Kids’ Christmas

Learning Avenues students line up in front of Santa to sing Christmas carols with him for The Kids' Christmas, sponsored by workers at the Bonneville Power Administration. A pandemic-riddled 2020 made the event a socially distanced one this year.

December 18, 2020, 6:04am Clark County News

From singing classic Christmas songs to the presents that awaited Brooklyn Paddock, every part of the surprise holiday event at Learning Avenues Child Care Center’s parking lot filled 4-year-old’s heart with joy. Read story