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Puget Sound suicide hotline sees surge in calls during coronavirus pandemic (9/3/2020)

Eric Wilkinson, KING 5 News, reports on how calls to VOAWW's Care Crisis/Suicide Lifeline clinicians in Everett have increased over 65% in 2020, and features local leader Dom Amor, Interim President/CEO of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, who shares his personal story of loss.


December 27th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Tenants, landlords are pondering alternatives to eviction"

December 1st, 2020: MyEverettNews: "Santa Joining Firefighters To Collect Food And Toys On Wednesdays In Everett"

November 29th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Local economic relief programs to get $4.5 million infusion"

November 29th, 2020: The Seattle Times: "'We are not going to be able to help everybody’: Washington officials give rental assistance to people impacted by COVID-19 pandemic"

November 26th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Thanksgiving dinners stay small this year, some go online"

November 22nd, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Drive-through food pantry packs Everett Mall parking lot"

November 19th, 2020: My Edmonds News: "Drive-thru food pantry open to all at Everett Mall Nov. 20"

November 19th, 2020: My Everett News: "Another Drive-Thru Food Pantry At Everett Mall Friday"

November 18th, 2020: Mukilteo Beacon: "Drive-thru food pantry set for Friday at Everett Mall"

November 14th, 2020: My Edmonds News: "The keys to providing more affordable housing? Money — and political will, county providers agree"

November 14th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Facing enormous need, county grapples with critical deadline"

November 12th, 2020: The Everett Post: "Drive-Through Food Pantry at Everett Mall"

November 11th, 2020: Snohomish Country Tribune: "Public freeze shelter is at Fairgrounds because of virus"

November 11th, 2020: Snohomish County Tribune: "Area food banks prepare for Thanksgiving"

November 5th, 2020: My Edmonds News: "Sponsor spotlight: 1 in 4 Washington residents is now facing food insecurity — here’s how you can help"

October 17th, 2020: "Pandemic has pushed demand for behavioral health services"

October 6th, 2020: My Edmonds News: "Edmonds College partners with Verdant, Volunteers of America of Western Washington to place a 2-1-1 advocate on campus"

September 29th, 2020: Lynnwood Today: "Volunteers of America fundraising campaign aims to support those impacted by pandemic"

September 25th, 2020: Live In Everett: "We Support VOA Helping Our Family, Friends and Neighbors"

September 21st, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Suicide Prevention Month a reminder that help is available"

September 9th, 2020: Mukilteo Beacon: "Mukilteo family raises awareness about suicide."

September 2nd, 2020: Lynnwood Times: "Over 3 tons of food collected at Evergreen State Fair for local food banks"

September 1st, 2020: MLT News: "Help is a phone call away: September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month"

August 26th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Editorial: No fair this year, but here’s a fair way to help"

August 17th, 2020: Snohomish County News: "Snohomish County Parks to Host Food Drive at the Evergreen State Fair Park"

August 13th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "New help during COVID: Counselors reach out with resources"

August 7th, 2020: MLT News: "Pop-up food pantry provides hundreds in MLT with food boxes, face masks"

August 3rd, 2020: My Edmonds News:"Five months into the pandemic, tips for fighting COVID-19 stress"

July 28th, 2020: MLT News:"Plans underway for pop-up food pantry in Mountlake Terrace Aug. 7"

July 27th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Everett's $1 million CARES funds go to bills, bars and diners"

July 20th, 2020: The Everett Herald:"Everett Elks gift $2K; WWU honors 2 residents from Lynnwood"

July 12th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Eviction moratorium uncertainty means preparing for anything."

July 11th, 2020: North County Outlook: "Snohomish County Initiates COVID-19 Outreach Program for Mental Wellbeing"

July 5th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Mental health providers brace for forecasted spike in demand."

June 30th, 2020: MLT News: "Volunteers of America offering rental assistance to families impacted by COVID-19"

June 30th, 2020: My Edmonds News: "Safe Start stumbles in Snohomish County: ‘Clearly a possibility’ we could return to Phase 1 if trends continue, officials say"

June 3, 2020: EVCC Clipper: "EvCC Partners With Volunteers of America Western Washington"

June 3, 2020: North County Outlook: "Volunteers of America to Distribute Food to Local Food Banks"

May 18, 2020: The Everett Post: "VOA Leases Arlington Haggen For Food Distribution"  

May 7, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Already on the edge, thousands seek help with food and rent" 

April 30, 2020: Skagit Valley Herald: "Quilters, others making masks for community"

April 27, 2020: The Everett Herald: "As pandemic drags on, mental health clients, services adapt" 

April 26th, 2020: The Everett Herald: "Around Snohomish County, Food Banks Face Double the Need" 

April 22, 2020: Snohomish County Tribune: “2-1-1 Help Hotline Calls Tripled in March”

April 22, 2020: Mukilteo Beacon: “Food Banks See Increased Demand” 

February 22, 2020: The Arlington Times "Arlington Community Resource Center: We’re open" by Douglas Buell

July 12, 2019: My Edmonds News: "Officials break ground on new neighborhood resource center coming to Lynnwood in 2021" 

May 11, 2018: The Everett Herald: "You can play a role in fighting hunger without leaving home" 

May 6, 2018: "Panel discussion centers on civil discourse"

March 14, 2018: The Tribune: "Food banks can use more supplies during springtime"

February 27, 2018: The Woodinville Weekly: "When tragic events trigger emotional crisis- Where to turn for help"

December 17, 2017: My Edmonds News: "Puget Sound Energy donates to Volunteers of America Western Washington"

March 28, 2017: "Pop Up Food Banks Helpf Everett Residents Where They Are" 

July 11, 2016: Stanwood Camano News: "Reduce the stigma" 

October 27, 2015: My Edmonds News: "Volunteers of America announces plans for new neighborhood service center in Lynnwood; Rick Steves pledges $2 million in support"


September 18, 2020: KOMO News: "Emotional health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic"

September 3, 2020: KING 5 News: "Puget Sound suicide hotline sees surge in calls during coronavirus pandemic"

August 6, 2020: KING 5 News: "With supermarket prices on the rise, Snohomish County food banks prepare for a surge in need."

June 30, 2020: YouTube: "Covid-19 Update with County Executive Dave Somers, Snohomish Health Department Director Dr. Spitters, and VOAWW Senior Director Pat Morris."

May 21, 2020: KING 5 News: "As unemployment hits record levels, more Washingtonians need help getting food"

May 1, 2020: Kiro 7 News: "North Sound food bank braces for record delivery."

March 11, 2020: Kiro 7 News: "Coronavirus emergency causing shortage at local food banks" 

January 19, 2018: KING 5 News: "Sultan students confront 'shame' of hunger" 

December 11, 2017: KING 5 News: "Volunteers fill bus with donations"

April 4, 2017: Komo 4 News: "Pop up food banks looking to expand in Everett"


July 12, 2020: 107.7 The End: "Conversations - Volunteer's of America's Ruth Shapovalov"

Press Releases


May 26, 2020: VOA Turns to Virtual Mediation to Solve Conflict 

May 15, 2020: VOA Leases Arlington Haggen Building To Expand Food Distribution

March 12, 2020: Miss Sydney and Downtown Saints Concert Postponed


April 22, 2019: VOAWW Welcomes New CEO

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