North County Community Food Bank readies for annual GiveMore24! event

GiveMore24! is a 24-hour marathon of community giving and philanthropy to take place throughout the SW Washington area and beyond

BATTLE GROUND — North County Community Food Bank is hosting a variety of activities Thu., Sept. 19, in celebration of GiveMore24! GiveMore24! was created by the Community Foundation of SW Washington.  

North County Community Food Bank is hosting a variety of activities Thu., Sept. 19, in celebration of GiveMore24! GiveMore24! was created by the Community Foundation of SW Washington. Now in its sixth year, GiveMore24! is a 24-hour marathon of community giving and philanthropy.

Now in its sixth year, GiveMore24! is a 24-hour marathon of community giving and philanthropy to take place throughout the SW Washington area and beyond.  To learn more about the wealth of activities occurring Thu., Sept. 19, just check out www.givemore24.org/. The event website provides all the information you’ll need for this year’s GiveMore24 events, participating nonprofits, matching donors, and more.   

The powerful impact of GiveMore24!  brings to the Southwest Washington community is substantial.  In 2018, GiveMore24! raised over $1.3 million directly benefiting 150 local causes.  The excitement for this year’s event is continuing to build, with more nonprofits participating and more events taking place.     

NCCFoodBank kicks off the morning of the Sept. 19 with a SuperPower Pancake Breakfast, from 8–10 a.m.  Attendees are encouraged to wear your best Super PowerCape and head to North County Community Food Bank, located at 17 NE 3rd Ave., in Battle Ground. Food bank volunteers will be judging and awarding a prize to the best-caped attendee.  Members of Fire District 3 will be present from 8–9 a.m., and Clark County Fire & Rescue will join the event from 9–10 a.m.,  to demonstrate their pancake flipping techniques. The NCCFoodBank invites everyone to stop by, take a tour and enjoy your morning.    

Goat Yoga returns with two one-hour classes. The first class takes place at 10 a.m., and the second at 11 a.m.   The classes will be in Central Park, located at 414 E Main Street in Battle Ground. Kristy Rasmussen-Becker, from Felida’s Barre3, will leading the Goat Yoga. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own beach towel. 

Participants can close out their evening from 5–9 p.m. as the North County Community Food Bank will host an Open House Reception at the food bank, located at 17 NE 3rd Ave, in downtown Battle Ground. The evening will offer a chance for visitors to browse the Glassybaby Pop-up Shop featured onsite. Jody Riley will be on-hand to show you each of their beautiful hand blown votives and glassware. A total of $3 from each purchase is donated to the North County Community Food Bank.   

Glassybaby was founded in Seattle in 2001 by three-time cancer survivor Lee Rhodes.  During chemotherapy, Rhodes met many patients who could not afford their basic needs during treatment.  When Rhodes founded Glassybaby, it was with the core mission of helping to alleviate these struggles. To date, Glassybaby has donated over $10 million dollars to nonprofit organizations that provide hope and healing.  Rhodes states, “our journey has only just begun. Seeing how far this giving community has come, just imagine where this precious vessel will take us tomorrow.’’ 

Liz Cerveny, executive director of the North County Community Food Bank encourages everyone to participate in this year’s GiveMore24! event to help local nonprofits leverage the amazing power of GiveMore24! matching funds, supporting donors and build the excitement even more, attracting new donors, new volunteers, and new supporters for each of these organizations.  

The NCCFoodBank, for example, has raised $69,800 in matching fund donations for GiveMore24! 2019 from strong supporters of the NCCFoodBank, individuals who want to see the NCCFB obtain a new, larger facility that will fully allow the organization to holistically care for those it serves.  Caring for individuals in need with integrity, compassion, and without judgement are the building stones of this organization. 

“It is deeply ingrained within who we are and what we do each day,’’ Cerveny said. “Our supporters know and feel this and become as passionate about what we wish to do long-term, how we wish to grow our educational programming,  helping more of our clients be successful. Their huge level of support this year shows us just how much they care and are dedicated to seeing this happen. The food bank needs everyone’s support in order to fully match it’s $69,800 Matching Funds Donation and reach its goal of raising $175,000 with during GiveMore24!’’    

GiveMore24! Is a 24-hour day of giving which takes place online. The website www.givemore24.org  allows everyone to follow the GiveMore24! leaderboard throughout the day, reflecting the amount raised as a total, on down to the amounts each nonprofit is raising.  Individuals can show their own support for the 170 nonprofits participating this year through the website by signing on as fundraisers.

Area businesses may get involved as well, generating awareness throughout their employee base by participating and competing against one another.   

Many of the nonprofits have also secured matching fund donations from private citizens, supporters, businesses and organizations.  Nonprofit organizations can battle to win even more, with an additional $16,000 in prizes up for grabs throughout the 24-hour event.

For more information, go to www.givemore24.org/.

“You can help your favorite nonprofits compete and win,’’ Cerveny said. “GiveMore24! demonstrates the real power of giving on a community-wide scale.  Once you get involved, it’s contagious.’’

For more information, contact the North County Community Food Bank at (360) 687-5007,  or executive.director@nccfoodbank.org .

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