Charitable Fund Presentation
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Numerica Credit Union presented over $450,000 to 26 regional nonprofits in 2019 from the Numerica Charitable Fund. The fund provides support to organizations and projects addressing systemic issues impacting our community such as generational poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, crisis intervention and access to quality education.
“Numerica is committed to enhancing lives, fulfilling dreams and building communities,” says Numerica’s President & CEO Carla Cicero. “We are proud to support organizations that foster education, support women and children, and work to end hunger and homelessness.”
Ending the Cycle
Several of the organizations receiving grants share a common mission to end the cycle of violence and generational poverty that exposes families to a range of problems, including homelessness.
Numerica provided funding to four organizations in Spokane serving women and families experiencing homelessness. The credit union’s funding will support
- Transitions for Women’s “Women’s Hearth,” and Volunteers of America’s “Hope House,” who collaborate to provide 24/7 shelter and services to homeless women;
- Family Promise of Spokane, which provides emergency shelter to families with children; and
- Big Table, which offers housing stability assistance to individuals and families in an effort to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place.
“When it comes to addressing homelessness, it’s imperative that we work collaboratively as a community to find families and individuals a permanent home,” said Heather Thomas-Taylor of Volunteers of America. “Numerica’s investment in homeless services like Hope House’s respite program will allow us to serve some of the most medically-fragile women experiencing homelessness in Spokane.”
Protecting our most vulnerable
In North Idaho, two organizations that share a collective commitment to women and children who’ve experienced trauma received grants from the Numerica Charitable Fund. Safe Passage received a $25,000 grant to support ongoing services to victims fleeing domestic violence, sexual violence and child victimization. Idaho Youth Ranch received a $17,000 grant to support its Trauma-Informed Equine Therapy program that helps youth heal from past trauma, abuse or neglect.
For SAGE, Wenatchee’s Crime Victim Service Center, Numerica’s grant means a unique, but very necessary, add-to-staff. Our $10,000 grant will provide the funding necessary to add a second service dog to their program. SAGE’s current therapy dog, Hank, is in high demand due to his ability to comfort clients (especially children) as they share their story of abuse and neglect in forensic interview sessions.
“Since SAGE has introduced our courthouse facility dog, Hank, we’ve noticed a tremendous difference in our ability to interact with the community and survivors we serve,” said Jessica Johnson, SAGE Executive director. “We’ve seen a growing need to add another therapy dog to our team, which will ensure that no child has to face the court house journey without this unique support.”
In addition, Numerica will support two other nonprofits providing support to local children in need. A $15,000 grant will be awarded to Small Miracles for its summer food program that ensures low-income youth in the Wenatchee Valley are provided meals during the summer months. Chelan-Douglas CASA will also receive a $5,000 grant to support court-based advocacy on behalf of local foster children in efforts to shorten the time children spend in out-of-home care.
Healing and recovery
In 2018, Benton-Franklin counties showed some of the highest rates of opioid related overdose deaths in southeastern Washington. Averaging two deaths per month due to drug addiction, the Tri-Cities is heavily impacted by this devastating disease.
With this in mind, Numerica is providing $20,000 of funding support for a pilot program developed by Chaplaincy Health Services that focuses on healing from the unique trauma and grief of addiction. In partnership with Benton Franklin Recovery Coalition, the Chaplaincy Health Services program will help participants gain coping skills and education to heal from ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) that often contribute to substance use disorder (addiction).
The Numerica Charitable Fund provides programmatic grants to organizations who mirror the credit union’s guiding principles. The grant program is funded by Numerica’s Skip A Pay program where members can skip a month of loan payments in lieu of a $30 fee.
In addition, through the Charitable Fund, Numerica has continued their funding of Innovia Foundation’s “Opening Books, Opening Doors” literacy initiative in North Idaho, YWCA Spokane’s emergency childcare program, Women & Children’s Free Restaurant’s Nutrition-To-Go program and the Spokane Public School Foundation’s classroom grants.
In 2018, Numerica gave over $1.7 million to lend a helping hand, create leaders and celebrate our community through Numerica employee donations and fundraising efforts, the Charitable Fund and sponsorships.