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Community support and involvement are integral to our agency, and we take tremendous strides here at the Washington Health Insurance Agency to ensure that we give back to the community. Below we have highlighted a variety of projects and organizations we have been supporting recently.

Home Fire Preparedness Campaign – Red Cross

In conjunction with local fire departments, the Red Cross has rolled out a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The premise of the program is that the more people know about home f... Read more

In conjunction with local fire departments, the Red Cross has rolled out a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The premise of the program is that the more people know about home fire preparedness, the safer they will be. The campaign has two components – installing fire alarms and designing fire escape plans for residents.
Under the guidance of the Red Cross Rainier Chapter and a member of the Tumwater Fire Department, we went around a week before the install and hung door knockers and spoke with residents of a mobile home park in Tumwater.

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Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking – RAT 5K

Washington Engage is a non-profit organization designed to unite local activists and organizations through collaboration in an effort to preventing human trafficking in our stat... Read more

Washington Engage is a non-profit organization designed to unite local activists and organizations through collaboration in an effort to preventing human trafficking in our state They have set-up a number of coalitions throughout Washington State. One of those coalitions is located right here in our community, Thurston County. We were honored to be to sponsor their first large fundraising event – the Race Against Trafficking 5K. We were on hand, with several Washington Health Employees participating and completing the course, with its meanderings through Tumwater Historical Park and the walkways around the southern part of Capitol Lake. To report human trafficking in Washington State, call their hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

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Adopt-a-Family

Starting in 2014, for the holidays, our office joins forces with the Family Education and Support Center - an organization focused on strengthening families throughout our commu... Read more

Starting in 2014, for the holidays, our office joins forces with the Family Education and Support Center - an organization focused on strengthening families throughout our community. Our agency has been fortunate enough to be able to adopt a remarkable family from the community and provide them with gifts to brighten their holiday.

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Sand in the City – Hands on Children’s Museum

The Hands On Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups. The Museum ... Read more

The Hands On Children’s Museum stimulates curiosity, creativity and learning through fun, interactive exhibits and programs for children, families and school groups. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. One of their largest fundraising programs is Sand in The City – with all proceeds going toward the support of the Museum’s free and reduced admission program. Our agency sponsored all of the signage and several employees volunteered their time performing an array of duties during the celebratory functions. Vernon has been an integral part of volunteer efforts, as he has been involved with the committee for over 14 years.

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Operation Backpack – North Thurston Public Schools

Our agency knows the importance of community and education! As such, we partnered with Operation Backpack in an effort to provide school supplies to North Thurston Public School... Read more

Our agency knows the importance of community and education! As such, we partnered with Operation Backpack in an effort to provide school supplies to North Thurston Public Schools students. We were able to purchase and deliver much needed school supplies that would be distributed throughout Thurston County. To learn how you can get involved, see their website: http://www.nthurston.k12.wa.us/Domain/1991

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United Way’s Day of Caring

On Friday September 25th, 2015, we closed our doors for the day and participated in the United Way's Day of Caring. We were partnered with the YWCA, a wonderful organization tha... Read more

On Friday September 25th, 2015, we closed our doors for the day and participated in the United Way's Day of Caring. We were partnered with the YWCA, a wonderful organization that provides a variety of services focused on empowering women and eliminating racism. The Olympian was on hand, documenting our project and highlighting the importance of community volunteerism. We had an absolute blast and highly encourage others to look into getting involved next year!

        <p>From The Olympian:<br />

Volunteers roll up sleeves for Day of Caring
Paint brushes, power tools and just plain muscle power were out in force Friday around Thurston County for the United Way’s 23rd annual Day of Caring.

A crew from the Washington Health Insurance Agency was busy throughout the YWCA’s historic house. Casey Meehan, an independent health insurance broker, was replacing rotting pickets on the railing coming up the stairs on the sidewalk.

Washington Independent Health Insurance agent Lisa Valverde, left, of Lacey and customer service representative Jennifer Castillo of Tumwater decorate the “Kathleen’s Clubhouse” during the United Way of Thurston County’s 23rd annual Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

Agency owner Vernon Bonfield said community service is an important part of the agency. “Our priority is people,” he said, adding, “We take it outside of work and start enjoying and investing in our community.”

Employees were getting paid for their day of service.

Throughout the community, more than 600 volunteers on 52 teams were working on 35 projects, said Jessi Brown, United Way director of communications and events. Projects included painting and landscaping homes for low-income or disabled residents, harvesting for food banks and weeding out invasive plants. The United Way and the Olympia Downtown Association partnered to recruit volunteers for the ODA Downtown Clean up.

At the YWCA, staff and volunteers were busy refurbishing the basement space known as Kathleen’s Clubhouse, where an array of girls’ programs take place. Volunteer Rachel Homchick was organizing a closet, pulling out bins and boxes, sorting the contents, and deciding what to put back on shelves and what to throw out.

“Being organized helps us do our jobs better,” said Cherie Reeves Sperr, the community engagement director.

The house, built in 1907 for local grocer J.F. Kearney, has some age-related challenges, but the YWCA makes use of every nook and corner.

The main floors are meeting and social space, a kitchen (“a kitchen remodel is on our wish list,” Sperr said) and offices.

Up a steep, twisty, narrow set of stairs is the attic, where women used to rent beds. “Can you imagine how hot it is up here in August?” Sperr said.

Now it’s used for storage and organizing space for career clothing women can wear to interviews and new jobs. Women can make an appointment for Kathleen’s Closet, a boutique-like room on the main floor. Staff will select an array of professional outfits in the appropriate size for women to try. Kathleen’s Closet served 50 women in 2014 and 102 so far this year.

“Day of Caring is an unforgettable, hands-on experience providing volunteers an opportunity to actively improve our community while enhancing team-building outside the workplace,” said United Way Executive Director Paul Knox.

Jerre Redecker: 360-754-5422
jredecker@theolympian.com
@jredecker

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