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First Federal Community Foundation Announces Spring 2019 Grant Awards

Sixteen local nonprofits receive $400,000 in gifts

Port Angeles, WA, May 6, 2019– First Federal Community Foundation announces the following grant awards to nonprofit agencies that are making a difference in their communities:

  1. Jefferson Healthcare Foundation: Awarded $100,000 Community Development grant to renovate the inpatient areas of Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center.
  2. Max Higbee Center: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to remodel and expand facility for new primary location in Whatcom County.
  3. KPTZ Radio Port Townsend: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to purchase transmitter site and develop emergency broadcast center program.
  4. Whatcom Center for Early Learning: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to remodel new facility and expand capacity.
  5. North Olympic Regional Veteran’s Housing Network: Awarded $25,000 Economic Development grant for construction of a new retail facility that will employ disabled veterans in Forks.
  6. Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County: Awarded $25,000 Affordable Housing grant for the South County Home Repair Program.
  7. Dungeness River Audubon Center: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant for reconstruction and expansion of River Center location in Sequim.
  8. North Olympic Healthcare Network: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant to equip a new 7-chair dental clinic in Port Angeles serving low-income patients.
  9. Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant for new Resource Navigator program.
  10. Scarlet Road: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant to purchase security equipment and make property improvements to enhance safety of clients and staff in Kitsap County.
  11. Camp Beausite Northwest: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to expand programming for disabled campers attending the camp’s Jefferson County location.
  12. Girls on the Run of Westsound: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for scholarships to girls from low income families in Kitsap County.
  13. Kids in Concert: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to purchase new and used instruments for programs serving low income kids in Kitsap County.
  14. Sequim Museum & Arts: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for construction of new building.
  15. Olympic Neighbors: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for developmentally disabled adult programs at new facility in Jefferson County.
  16. Recreation Northwest: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for “Parkscription” public health campaign.

With these gifts, First Federal Community Foundation has now funded over $3.2 million in grant awards since we began operations in 2015,” said foundation board chairman Norman Tonina, Jr. “We will continue investing in our communities through our local non-profit agencies as they address the economic development opportunities and the many pressing challenges.”

In 2018, First Federal Bank and its foundation were ranked #2 of the top 25 mid-sized corporate philanthropists in the Pacific Northwest by the Puget Sound Business Journal. First Federal Community Foundation makes grants to qualified agencies that provide services in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties in the state of Washington.

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 13 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com/ (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

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First Federal Community Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Jan Simon succeeds Karen McCormick, who is retiring

Jan SimonPort Angeles, WA, April 3, 2019– First Federal Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Jan Simon is joining the nonprofit organization as its new executive director. Simon succeeds Karen McCormick, who is retiring from the leadership role and will remain on the Foundation’s board of directors.

Jan Simon brings more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations. In her more recent roles, Simon served over 15 years as President and CEO of the Washington Lodging Association, and most recently served as the executive director of Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living. She has been involved in civic and community organizations including Seattle Rotary and the Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Ministry.

“We are delighted to welcome Jan Simon to First Federal Community Foundation,” said Foundation board chairman Norman Tonina. “She brings a wealth of experience, energy, and awareness of the challenges facing our communities and how we can create meaningful and lasting impacts through our foundation.  We believe the Foundation will benefit from her experience in managing financial sustainability, marketing and communications, community leadership, and her experience in fundraising from a grantee perspective.  The board would also like to thank Karen McCormick for her leadership as founding executive director of the Foundation; Karen’s tenacious leadership not only launched the organization but led to $2.9 million in grants over the last 4 years, making a serious impact in the communities we serve.”

“I am honored and delighted to join the First Federal Community Foundation as its executive director,” said Simon.  “In its first four years alone, the Foundation has already made a significant difference in improving the quality of life in Whatcom, Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties.  I look forward to working with the Board and other community leaders to continue build on and grow the Foundation’s impact in delivering benefits to the community, facilitating economic development, and enhancing the availability of affordable housing.”

Simon will join the Foundation in late April.

 

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 13 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen McCormick at 360-417-3112 or email at karen.mccormick@firstfedcf.org.

First Federal Community Foundation Seeks New Executive Director

New leader will replace current executive director Karen McCormick, who is retiring

We are pleased to announce an exciting new job opportunity! First Federal Community Foundation is seeking a new Executive Director to lead our efforts in making a difference for the communities we serve. Please visit: http://www.firstfedcf.org/career-opportunities for information on the position and how to apply.

First Federal Community Foundation Announces Fall 2018 Grant Awards

Sixteen Local Nonprofits Receive $500,000 in Gifts

Port Angeles, WA, [Date]– First Federal Community Foundation announces the following grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities:

  • Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula: Awarded $100,000 Community Development grant for construction of new Clubhouse in Port Angeles.
  • Shipley Center: Awarded $100,000 Community Development grant for construction of new Health and Wellness Annex in Sequim.
  • Housing Resources Bainbridge: Awarded $60,000 Affordable Housing grant to rehabilitate ten units of affordable housing for low income individuals and families on Bainbridge Island.
  • Roxy Bremerton: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to replace seating in the historic Roxy Theatre in Bremerton.
  • Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to redevelop a recently acquired building for its new permanent location.
  • Jefferson Community Foundation: Awarded $40,000 Affordable Housing grant to design and launch the new Jefferson County Housing Solutions Network.
  • Jefferson Healthcare Foundation: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant to acquire a new infant warmer for Jefferson Healthcare’s Family Birth Center in Port Townsend.
  • KPTZ Radio Port Townsend: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant for improvements to new studio location in Port Townsend.
  • Centrum Foundation: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant for scholarships to the Young Artist Program in Port Townsend.
  • Whatcom Family YMCA: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant for scholarships to low-income families for afterschool programs in Whatcom County.
  • Financial Beginnings Washington: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to provide financial literacy education for students in Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties.
  • Clear Creek Task Force: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to develop a guidebook for Dyes Inlet Water Quality Program in Kitsap County.
  • Kids Discovery Museum: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for free and subsidized admission for low-income children in Kitsap County.
  • Kidzz Helping Kidzz: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to purchase toys for children who are hospitalized during the holidays in Kitsap County.
  • Sequim Wheelers: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to purchase a new adapted bicycle and transportation equipment for providing accessible bike rides for disabled clients in Sequim.
  • Washington’s National Park Fund: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to provide outdoor recreation programming for youth in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club in Clallam County.

“With these gifts, First Federal Community Foundation demonstrates its commitment to enriching our communities, creating new opportunities, and expanding the capacity of our local nonprofit agencies,” said foundation board chairman Norman Tonina, Jr. “We are committed to our leadership role in giving back to our communities, and we are proud to be making a difference through these investments in the people and places we call home.”

Since it was funded in January 2015, First Federal Community Foundation has given $2,866,500 in grant awards to qualified organizations in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties.

“Last year First Federal and its foundation were ranked #2 of the top 25 mid-sized corporate philanthropists in the Pacific Northwest region by the Puget Sound Business Journal,” said First Federal president and CEO Larry Hueth. “We are proud to continue to provide meaningful gifts that will improve the quality of life for all of us.”

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 12 banking centers located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen McCormick at 360-417-3112 or email at karen.mccormick@firstfedcf.org.

First Federal Community Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grant Awards

Fifteen Local Nonprofits Receive $385,000 in Gifts

Port Angeles, WA, May 4, 2018– First Federal Community Foundation announces the following grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities:

  • Bainbridge Island Museum of Art: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to expand in-school arts education outreach programs.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant to increase the capacity of the Healthy Meals Program.
  • Concerned Citizens: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant to re-roof the Sunshine & Rainbows Child Care Center in Forks.
  • Port Townsend Marine Science Center: Awarded $6,750 Community Support grant to subsidize hands-on science classes for children from low and moderate income families.
  • Port Townsend School of the Arts: Awarded $6,750 Community Support grant to fund summer arts camps supplies and scholarships for children from low and moderate income families.
  • Washington’s National Park Fund: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for the Elwha River restoration middle school science program in Port Angeles.
  • Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County: Awarded $30,000 Affordable Housing grant for the South County Home Repair Program.
  • Kulshan Community Land Trust: Awarded $30,000 Affordable Housing grant to provide counseling and education programs for low and moderate income homeowners.
  • Fort Worden Public Development Authority: Awarded $100,000 Economic Development grant to rehabilitate three buildings as part of its Makers Square initiative.
  • Bainbridge Island Child Care Centers: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant to develop a new care facility for school-age children.
  • Holly Ridge Center: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to purchase and renovate a new facility to accommodate growth.
  • NatureBridge: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant to upgrade the fire suppression system at Olympic National Park’s Rosemary Inn.
  • Olympic Medical Center Foundation: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant for expansion of the Cancer Care Center in Sequim.
  • Peninsula Behavioral Health: Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant to renovate its building to accommodate the Children’s Behavioral Health Clinic.

“We are pleased to announce these gifts to organizations that are improving the quality of life in our communities,” said outgoing foundation board chairman David Flodstrom. “First Federal Community Foundation is committed to investing in our shared future through these gifts.”

Since it was funded in January 2015, First Federal Community Foundation has given $2,366,500 in grant awards to qualified organizations in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom Counties.

“Our Foundation is proud to be one of the premier corporate philanthropists for companies of our size in the Pacific Northwest region,” said First Federal president and CEO Larry Hueth. “We are proud of our commitment to making our communities better places to live for all of us.”

About the First Federal Community Foundation:  First Federal Community Foundation is a private 501(c)3 charitable corporation funded with a gift of cash and stock from First Northwest Bancorp, the parent company of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Port Angeles. The Foundation provides funding for community support, affordable housing, economic development and community development in communities where First Federal operates a full-service branch.

About First Federal:  First Federal is a subsidiary of First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB). First Federal is a Washington-chartered, community-based savings bank headquartered in Port Angeles, WA. First Federal is currently serving Western Washington through 13 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, King, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender. www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Karen McCormick at 360-417-3112 or email at karen.mccormick@firstfedcf.org.