The abundance of interest and generosity by residents and businesses across Ada, Cascade, and Forest Hills is being felt at Cascade Community Foundation. As new programming comes online – shining a spotlight on urgent and oft-unspoken topics such as teen-athlete suicide, mental health, and more – the organization is reviving a once robust network of volunteers eager to be a part of local impact.
“In the wake of 2020, we are experiencing significant interest in our new programming, the provocative topics, and a desire to get involved in many ways,“ said Cascade Community Foundation CEO, Justin Swan. “Our role is to serve this community as a bridge between generosity and cause, and we are delighted to make that connection for residents and businesses, whether it’s time, talent, or treasure. Identifying volunteers in our community is just a first step.”
Beginning in February, the foundation will connect energetic and committed volunteers to important projects, tasks, and outreach needs at the Foundation itself, while also linking people to area nonprofits supported through the Foundation’s annual grantmaking.
The new initiative exemplifies the Foundation’s primary role of assisting people and places in the community of Cascade, Ada, and Forest Hills, which is often best realized through acts of service, according to Swan.
“The foundation has always embraced the responsibility and charter to direct resources hyper-locally,” said Swan. “There are so many businesses and families strained by the pandemic who may not be able to give financially but will bend over backward through volunteerism. It’s a blessing to be able to satisfy that desire to give back, and to be a source of support for the nonprofits we already fund.”
“Volunteers represent one of our greatest needs as we fulfill thousands of meals each week for Forest Hills seniors alone,” said Michelle Bottrall, Director of Philanthropy at Meals On Wheels. “We rely on partners like Cascade Community Foundation for both financial support as well as help in identifying and delivering volunteers who want to give back with their time.”
The volunteer initiative is already in place, and interested businesses and individuals are encouraged to visit this page to submit information. Foundation staff will respond with existing needs and a list of other nonprofits with openings.
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