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Working Together. Empowering People. Strengthening Community.

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Your neighbors, Mike and Tina, have been stretched thin in recent years.

Their twin girls are now in middle school, still so full of energy and now needing even more time to socialize. Tina’s dear mom Susan moved in with them after the death of her husband, and she needs a lot of care. Susan’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis means she cannot be left alone even for a short while.

 

While they love having their house full of family, the increasingly common demands of growing children, an aging parent, and their busy careers has been a lot to handle. They are exhausted.

 

Imagine Mike and Tina having the support they need in one location in their own backyard: They head to the Neighborhood Center, where they drop the girls off at the Boys and Girls Club for an afternoon of sports and hanging with friends. Susan receives socialization and care at the onsite Adult Day Program. And Mike and Tina can grab a coffee, go on a date, run some errands, or even just rest at home. The whole family is enriched and recharged.

 

Thanks to the programs at the Lynnwood Neighborhood Center, Mike and Tina are able to get some relief just minutes away from home. Their kids are thriving, and Susan has a high quality of life. And while their lives are still busy, the extra support makes all the difference.

Rick Steves on the Lynnwood Neighborhood Center
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Rick Steves talks about his inspiration for the Lynnwood Neighborhood Center and his vision for how it will transform the community.

Why VOAWW?

Volunteers of America Western Washington has taken the lead on difficult tasks for over 100 years to help the underserved and create safe, stable, and healthy communities.

 

VOAWW is rooted in the longstanding tradition of compassionate, holistic services and creating opportunities to serve one another, and leaving a lasting impact on residents in Western Washington and across the state.

What Will You Find?

  • VOA Community Resource Center

  • Medical, Dental & Behavioral Health Clinics

  • ECEAP Preschool

  • Boys & Girls Club

  • Technology Lab

  • Adult Day Programs

  • Community Events & Gatherings

  • Culturally-Specific Programs

  • Refugee & Immigrant Assistance

  • Commercial Kitchen & Café

  • Classes, Trainings & Workshops

Who Benefits?

Over 20,000 community members will be served annually, from the most vulnerable needing support to at-risk children  and youth.

 

The Center will also serve as a vibrant hub where neighbors can meet, learn, and serve. Future generations will gain from the Center's role in building and sustaining safe, stable, and healthy communities.

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Not just Lynnwood.

Growing pockets of extensive poverty in south Snohomish County have a debilitating impact on the health, wellbeing, and vibrancy of the whole community. The Lynnwood Neighborhood Center will provide an accessible hub of services and programs to serve Lynnwood, Edmonds, Shoreline, and communities across the area.

The Center will  also serve as a welcoming place for neighbors of all ages and backgrounds to connect with services, learn new skills, find new opportunities, and build community.

A State-of-the-Art Solution

The Neighborhood Center will be a 40,000 square-foot Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facility on 2.13 acres of land in central Lynnwood. The design is intended to be flexible enough to change as community needs evolve for generations to come.

 

It will provide an integrated space with multiple nonprofits working to engage the community and support low-income families through the complex struggles they may experience. The building will include gathering spaces, training facilities, and event space, all of which will be made accessible for community celebrations, local events, and nonprofit use.