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2015 VOAWW Inspire Hope Luncheon

Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW) celebrated its 100th year anniversary with a bang on Wednesday, October 21st! During their 4th Annual Inspire Hope Luncheon at the Lynnwood Convention Center they announced a new partnership with Trinity Lutheran Church, Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, and Rick Steves. Working together, they will raise funds to build a brand new Neighborhood Service Center located on the Trinity Lutheran Church grounds at 196th and HWY 99 in Lynnwood.

The VOAWW Neighborhood Service Center will be built with a specific focus in mind: provide care and services to those in need. While recognizing there are many needs in each neighborhood, VOAWW knows and recognize there are many barriers families face when trying to meet those needs. One of the barriers that exist is the absence of preventative services versus those that focus on intervention which can make it overwhelming for a family in need to get the help they so desperately deserve. Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW) also recognizes that each neighborhood has its own unique set of needs and each neighborhood wants to thrive, be successful, and be a safe place for their residents to work, play, and live. VOAWW wants to be ingrained in the neighborhoods that they serve and be flexible and responsive to the ever-changing needs, desires, and goals of each neighborhood.

Making this announcement even more rewarding to the 300 guests in attendance was the reveal that Edmond's own Rick Steves was financially supporting VOAWW's Neighborhood Service Center vision, with a donation of two million dollars. "I support VOAWW's vision financially because their experience and savvy leverages my donation" Steves states. "I see VOAWW (along with our other community partners) not as a charity but as a service to help me get the most community bang for my compassionate buck."

A key focus of each Neighborhood Center is to utilize what already exists, use the synergy of all working together, not duplicating services, and to not displace existing services. Each Center will be a centralized communication hub and referral base for all activities and services in the area. Relying on existing service providers and members of the community, VOAWW will partner with these groups to coordinate services, engage community members, and identify new areas of need as they emerge. Two prime examples of these partners are the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) and Trinity Lutheran Church.

The success of the Inspire Hope Luncheon didn't stop there as the overall generosity of the crowd in attendance took over. The event has raised more than $90,000 in donations to help support Volunteers of America Western Washington's live saving programs - and more donations are coming in each day. The impact of these donations will be felt by our neighbors in need in six different counties (Snohomish, King, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Whatcom).

To view pictures of this year's Inspire Hope Luncheon, please click here: 2015 INSPIRE HOPE LUNCHEON PICTURES