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Volunteer Libby Bryant helps a food recipient at FISH Westside Food Pantry of Vancouver. The pantry serves about 1,200 families, or 3,500 people every month, Executive Director James Fitzgerald said.

FISH Westside Food Pantry of Vancouver continues its mission despite pandemic

Volunteer Libby Bryant helps a food recipient at FISH Westside Food Pantry of Vancouver. The pantry serves about 1,200 families, or 3,500 people every month, Executive Director James Fitzgerald said.

January 9, 2021, 5:08pm Clark County News

Blanca Vazquez started visiting FISH Westside Food Pantry of Vancouver for food and other household necessities early last year due to the pandemic. Read story

The Howard Johnson hotel on Vancouver Mall Drive pictured on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The Vancouver Housing Authority announced Friday that it is purchasing the hotel to turn it into a homeless shelter.

Vancouver Mall-area hotel to become homeless shelter

The Howard Johnson hotel on Vancouver Mall Drive pictured on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. The Vancouver Housing Authority announced Friday that it is purchasing the hotel to turn it into a homeless shelter.

January 8, 2021, 4:35pm Business

The Vancouver Housing Authority has plans to purchase the Howard Johnson by Wyndham Vancouver Hotel & Suites near Vancouver Mall for use as a noncongregate shelter for unhoused people. Read story

Boy Scout Troop 479 member Parker Zaemann, a Seton Catholic freshman, hauls a tree from the back of a pickup truck into a dumpster during the Boy Scouts annual tree pickup event at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Scouts glad to collect Christmas trees in Clark County for recycling

Boy Scout Troop 479 member Parker Zaemann, a Seton Catholic freshman, hauls a tree from the back of a pickup truck into a dumpster during the Boy Scouts annual tree pickup event at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

January 2, 2021, 4:05pm Clark County News

Hauling Christmas trees never feels like work for teams of Boy Scout volunteers. Read story

Holly, a husky puppy, stares out from her kennel at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in Washougal.

Volunteers in their element with Humane Society duty at facility in Washougal

Holly, a husky puppy, stares out from her kennel at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society in Washougal.

January 1, 2021, 6:18pm Clark County News

WASHOUGAL — Being around four-legged friends is how West Columbia Gorge Humane Society volunteers prefer to ring in 2021. Read story

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