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First Federal Community Foundation Announces Spring 2017 Grant Awards

Fifteen Local Nonprofits Receive $300,000 in Gifts

Port Angeles, WA, May 1, 2017– First Federal Community Foundation announces the following grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities:

  • Brigid Collins Family Support Center: Awarded $6,500 Community Support Grant for capital improvements to its Bellingham facility.
  • Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County: Awarded $50,000 Affordable Housing Grant for construction of 24 townhomes for 120 low-income working adults and children.
  • Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County: Awarded $50,000 Affordable Housing Grant for the South County Home Repair Program.
  • Joyce Fire Department Auxiliary: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Grant for the Joyce Emergency Planning and Preparation Group’s emergency preparedness initiative.
  • Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Grant for training programs to build the agency’s capacity in Kitsap County.
  • New Dungeness Light Station Association: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Grant for improvements to interior and exterior signage and interpretive panels at the Dungeness Lighthouse in Sequim.
  • Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: Awarded $25,000 Economic Development Grant for capital improvements to the Hammond Shop classroom in Port Hadlock.
  • Peninsula Housing Authority: Awarded $45,000 Community Development Grant for construction of a new playground for the Mt. Angeles View campus in Port Angeles.
  • Scarlet Road: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Grant for aftercare program for victims of sex trafficking/exploitation in Kitsap County.
  • Sequim School District #323-Hellen Haller Elementary School: Awarded $11,000 Community Support Grant for the 2017 Summer Reading Program.
  • Skillmation: Awarded $7,500 Community Support Grant for website upgrades to support mentoring programs in Jefferson County.
  • Skookum Kids: Awarded $25,000 Community Development Grant for capital improvements to the agency’s indoor playground and café in Bellingham.
  • The Coffee Oasis: Awarded $25,000 Affordable Housing Grant to expand capacity to reach homeless and at-risk youth in Kitsap County.
  • Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics: Awarded $30,000 Community Development Grant for expansion of the agency’s medical clinic in Port Angeles.
  • Washington Nonprofits: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Grant for nonprofit training programs that build capacity in Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties.

 “First Federal Community Foundation recognizes the positive impact these organizations have within our communities,” said Foundation board chairman David Flodstrom. “We are proud to help them reach their goals, strengthening our communities and improving 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 Grant Awards

Fifteen Local Nonprofits Receive $300,000 in Gifts

Port Angeles, WA, November 4, 2016– First Federal Community Foundation announces the following grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities:

  • Bellingham Food Bank: Awarded $10,000 Community Support Challenge Grant to purchase and install a generator for emergency preparedness.
  • Jefferson County Farmers Markets Association: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Matching Grant for the “Gimme5” food assistance program.
  • Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for the Uncompensated Care Fund for low-income youth who are patients of the agency’s Bremerton clinic.
  • North Olympic Land Trust: Awarded $5,000 Community Support Matching Grant for the agency’s “Love Where You Live” education and awareness programs in Clallam County.
  • Port Angeles Food Bank: Awarded $10,000 Community Support Challenge Grant to purchase and install a generator for emergency preparedness.
  • Sequim Food Bank: Awarded a $10,000 Community Support Challenge Grant to purchase and install a generator for emergency preparedness.
  • Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for nurse training programs.
  • Lydia Place: Awarded $25,000 Affordable Housing grant for “Strengthening Families, Building Futures” capital program to build capacity for the agency’s transitional housing facility and parent support programs in Whatcom County.
  • Northwest Youth Services: Awarded $25,000 Affordable Housing grant for capital campaign to construct “22 North,” a shelter for homeless youth located in Bellingham.
  • Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Foundation: Awarded $25,000 Affordable Housing grant for capital campaign for “Morrow Manor,” a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, located in Poulsbo.
  • Andrew’s Retirement Community: Awarded $25,000 Affordable Housing Challenge Grant for capital improvements to St. Andrew’s Place Assisted Living facility, located in Port Angeles.
  • Central Stage Theatre of County Kitsap (CSTOCK): Awarded $50,000 Community Development Matching Grant for capital campaign to construct a new performing arts center in collaboration with the Central Kitsap School District, in Silverdale.
  • North Kitsap Fishline: Awarded $25,000 Community Development Challenge Grant for “Transforming Lives” capital campaign to expand Comprehensive Services Center located in Poulsbo.
  • Olympic Medical Center Foundation: Awarded $50,000 Community Development Grant for capital campaign to expand Cancer Care Center located in Sequim.
  • West End Youth League: Awarded $25,000 Community Development Grant for construction of the Tod Horton On Deck Playground located in Forks.

“We are proud of these fine organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities,” said Foundation board chairman David Flodstrom. “Our Foundation gifts help them accomplish their mission, which ultimately benefits 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.

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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’s Fairhaven Branch is Now Open

First Federal is pleased to announce their Fairhaven Branch located at 960 Harris Avenue, #101 in Bellingham, WA officially opened for business Monday, August 29, 2016.

First Federal is a 93 year old institution that was established in Port Angeles, WA in 1923 and is dedicated to providing the finest in banking solutions to the communities they serve. This new Bellingham location brings innovative technology to Whatcom County’s Fairhaven District with the Interactive Teller Machine (ITM). ITMs allow consumers and businesses to manage banking transactions on their own or with the help of a First Federal Customer Contact Representative via an interactive screen.  ITMs provide extended hours, Monday – Friday, 7am – 7pm and Saturdays, 9am – 1pm.  Outside of these hours, the ITMs function as a standard ATM, 24/7.  First Federal’s ITMs are now available in the Fairhaven location’s vestibule, and in the 1270 Barkley Boulevard location’s vestibule and drive up lanes.

In addition to the new technology, First Federal offers traditional banking solutions to consumers and businesses, to include Savings, Checking, Consumer, Mortgage and Commercial Loans, Personal and Business Credit Cards, IRAs, CDs, Money Market Accounts and Investment Services. Complimentary services include; Online Banking, Mobile Banking with Mobile Deposit, eStatements, Debit Cards with UChoose Rewards, Finance Works, PopMoney, and the MoneyPass network, providing access to surcharge free ATMs.

“We are pleased to announce the opening of our second location in the Bellingham market! Our first Whatcom County branch at 1270 Barkley Boulevard has been very busy developing and deepening banking relationships since it opened in November, 2015; so opening a second location in Fairhaven was an easy decision for us. The people in Bellingham and First Federal are a great match. Our relationship banking style is what so many people are searching for. Our goal is to combine personal banking and technology with banking specialists giving the customer choices in how and when they do their banking. There is a lot to be said for technology, but the human connection continues to play a very important role in all of our branches, “said Dawnya Scarano, Vice President and Director of Retail Banking.

First Federal is proud to introduce their dynamic Fairhaven team of knowledgeable bankers: Troy Wills, Vice President, Market Area Manager, who also manages the Barkley Boulevard location; Tiffany Borchert, Customer Sales & Service Manager; Andy Powell, Universal Banker Lead; and Tina Ruff, Universal Banker. Troy and team look forward to building consumer and business banking relationships, as well as participating in community activities and local economic development.

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 11 banking centers; located within Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap and Whatcom counties. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

www.ourfirstfed.com / (360)417.3204 / (800)800.1577

Craig Curtis Elected to First Federal Community Foundation Board of Directors

At its annual meeting held on July 25, 2016, First Federal Community Foundation elected Craig A. Curtis to a two-year term on the local nonprofit’s board of directors. The Foundation also expressed gratitude to outgoing director Stephen Oliver, who has served on the foundation’s board of directors since its inception.

“We are delighted that Craig has joined our board of directors at this exciting time,” said Karen McCormick, Executive Director of the foundation. “He brings a wealth of talent and experience that will benefit the foundation and the communities we serve.”

Curtis is a registered architect and Principal at The Miller Hull Partnership, where he has been employed since 1987. He is also President of Katerra Architecture, LLC, a real estate design, manufacturing and construction company with a vision to make leading-edge buildings affordable and accessible to everyone in the world. Curtis has degrees in Architecture and Construction Management from Washington State University and chairs the External Advisory Board for the WSU Center for Environmental Research and Educational Outreach. A resident of Kitsap County for 26 years, Curtis has served on committees for the North Kitsap School District and the Suquamish Community Advisory Board. He has served on the board of directors of First Federal Bank since 2014.

Other Foundation directors include David Flodstrom, Chairman, and Karen McCormick, who is also the organization’s executive director. Foundation officers elected at the July 25th annual meeting are Joyce Ruiz, Secretary, and Regina Wood, Treasurer. First Federal President Larry Hueth is the foundation’s Registered Agent.

 

First Federal Community Foundation Announces Spring 2016 Grant Awards

Thirteen Local Nonprofits Receive $300,500 in Gifts

Port Angeles, WA, May 2, 2016– First Federal Community Foundation (the Foundation) announces the following grant awards to local nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities:

  • Assistance League of Bellingham: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant for Operation School Bell, to provide school clothes to children from low income families.
  • Clallam-Jefferson County Pro Bono Lawyers: Awarded $5,500 Community Support grant to support drop-in civil legal aid for low income clients.
  • Easter Seals Washington-Olympic Peninsula Autism Center: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to purchase therapeutic equipment for Silverdale center.
  • First Step Family Support Center: Awarded $20,000 Community Support grant to fund volunteer coordinator to build volunteer program and expand capacity in Clallam County.
  • Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts: Awarded $5,000 Community Support grant to sponsor Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts performances for youth.
  • Northwind Arts Center: Awarded $10,000 Community Support grant to provide summer educational scholarships for children from low income families in Jefferson County.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County: Awarded $50,000 Affordable Housing grant for Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
  • New Life Community Development Agency: Awarded $50,000 Economic Development challenge grant for construction of the Birkenfeld Economic Empowerment Center in Bremerton.
  • Camp Beausite Northwest: Awarded $25,000 Community Development challenge grant for completion of Phase III of facilities expansion program, expanding the agency’s capacity to serve people with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities throughout the region.
  • Captain Joseph House Foundation: Awarded a matching Community Development grant with a maximum of $25,000 for capital improvements to the Captain Joseph House in Port Angeles.
  • Central Kitsap Food Bank: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant for purchase of a new box truck.
  • Olympic Peninsula YMCA: Awarded $25,000 Community Development grant for start-up capital for the Sequim YMCA (formerly SARC).
  • Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics (VIMO): Awarded $50,000 Community Development grant for expansion of the agency’s dental services.

 

“We are pleased to announce these gifts to organizations that are improving the quality of life in our communities,” said Foundation board chairman David Flodstrom. “First Federal is proud of its legacy of giving back to the communities it serves.”

 

The Foundation’s next open application period will begin on July 1, 2016. Interested parties can access grant guidelines and the grant application form via the Foundation’s website at www.firstfedcf.org.

 

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.

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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.