Camas-Washougal Community Chest announces emergency grant awards

ReFuel Washougal and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church recipients of emergency grants

The Camas-Washougal Community Chest recently announced the early award of emergency grants to two local nonprofit organizations delivering essential services to homeless families in Camas and Washougal. 

ReFuel Washougal operates a severe weather shelter in the Washougal Senior Center whenever the local overnight temperature drops below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. They provide dinner, overnight sleeping cots and breakfast. Photo courtesy of Camas-Washougal Community Chest
ReFuel Washougal operates a severe weather shelter in the Washougal Senior Center whenever the local overnight temperature drops below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. They provide dinner, overnight sleeping cots and breakfast. Photo courtesy of Camas-Washougal Community Chest

ReFuel Washougal operates a severe weather shelter in the Washougal Senior Center whenever the local overnight temperature drops below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. They provide dinner, overnight sleeping cots and breakfast. They also offer free meals on Friday to the homeless and low income households. 

Because of COVID-19 restrictions they have not been allowed to use the senior center’s kitchen. The grant will allow them to buy a microwave, ice machine, food processor, serving supplies and food for their meals and emergency food pantry. 

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church at 2350 Main Street in Washougal offers an overnight Safe Stay Program in their parking lot to homeless families sleeping in their vehicle. In 2017, the Community Chest helped St. Anne’s install a shower for the homeless using their Safe Stay Program. This grant will allow St. Anne’s to install a washer and dryer for use by the families to wash and dry clothes and bedding. 

The CWCC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization for federal charitable tax deduction purposes. CWCC raises money and awards grants to help local non-profits thrive. CWCC is evaluating another 29 grants and will be issuing more grants in early March 2021. More information and donation forms can be found on the CWCC’s website at www.CamasWashougalCommunityChest.org.

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