Help ‘neighbors’ in need at State of the County event Feb. 2
Nonprofits to gather food, other donations to support community sharing
Vancouver, WA – Local nonprofits will team up with county officials and guests this year at State of the County 2012 to gather support for families in need.
The event will be open to the public at no charge from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Washburn Performing Arts Center at Washougal High School, 1201 39th St., Washougal.
Since 2010, the Salvation Army has been collecting non-perishable food and donations at the county gathering. The event provided more than 1,000 pounds of food in 2011, enough to feed more than 100 people for about a week.
This year, other groups will have representatives to provide information about community services, accept donations and welcome volunteers. Participants will include Inter-Faith Treasure House of Camas-Washougal, Share, Open House Ministries, Children’s Home Society of Washington and Parks Foundation.
Their needs include rent money for families in crisis. Share, for its part, will accept reusable grocery totes. They will be packed with food for children to take home on weekends, when they are not receiving meals at school.
The featured speaker will be Commissioner Marc Boldt, the 2012 chair of the Board of County Commissioners. He is making a special appeal for displays of community sharing and caring because many families and businesses continue to struggle in this area of exceptionally high unemployment.
“Good things can and do come during hard times when citizens step up and help others,” said Boldt. “We need neighbors helping neighbors as much as ever.”
For those unable to attend, the program may be viewed later on CVTV (Clark-Vancouver Television) Channels 21 and 23 as follows:
Friday, Feb. 3 5 p.m. Channel 23
6:30 p.m. Channel 21
Saturday, Feb. 4 7 p.m. Channel 21
Sunday, Feb. 5 12:30 p.m. Channel 21
3 p.m. Channel 23
Monday, Feb. 6 12:30 p.m. Channel 21
Tuesday, Feb. 7 8:30 a.m. Channel 23
11:35 p.m. Channel 21
Wednesday, Feb. 8 5 a.m. Channel 23
Thursday, Feb. 9 3:30 p.m. Channel 21
The program also will be available online at www.cvtv.org
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