Continuing to meet the needs of our community

Camas-Washougal Community Chest

Announces 2017 Grant Awards

Giving to the Community Chest is an easy and efficient way to help people in need in our home town. We are a long standing local all volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to helping our community. We ensure your donation stays in our community and has a big impact.

Just last year the CWCC awarded 21 grants totaling $75,000 to non-profit organizations helping people in Camas and Washougal.  Their stories of service to the local community are briefly described in the following pages.  The Community Chest relies on donations from individuals and businesses. Last year over 97% of donations went directly back to our community. The remaining dollars covered typical service and supply costs of an organization. Please donate to the CWCC and give yourself the satisfaction of knowing you are helping local families in need. All donations are tax deductible as the CWCC is a
501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

If you would like to be involved, or have any questions or comments about the CWCC visit our website at www.CamasWashougalCommunityChest.org or contact me at info@CamasWashougalCommunityChest.org.

Thank you,


Dave Pinkernell, President


Community Programs/Projects Funded in 2017

  • Inter-Faith Treasure House – Provides funding for emergency and daily food needs, school backpack program, emergency rent and utility assistance, school supplies, weekly dinner programs, outreach activities.
  • Children’s Home Society, East County Family Resource Center – Funds to provide child development training for center’s lead staff person to improve delivery of counseling services to clients.
  • Janus Youth Programs – Funding for facility beds for Camas and Washougal residents to use Janus facility in Vancouver. Serves CW runaway homeless youths at risk for abuse and neglect. Re-introduces kids to safe housing.
  • Camas Children’s Fund – To help Camas school principals provide for basic student needs to give these students equal opportunities at school.
  • Washougal Children’s Fund – To help Washougal school principals provide for basic student needs to give these students equal opportunities at school.
  • St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Operating a Safe Stay and Car Camping program for a limited number of homeless people in the church’s parking lot.
  • Meals on Wheels – Purchase food and food service supplies for Camas and Washougal Meals on Wheels program.
  • Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership – Outdoor applied learning program for youth, including habitat enhancement projects adjacent to Gibbons Creek in the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Friends of the Columbia River Gorge – Help fund the Vic Clausen Youth Outdoor education program for sixth graders in Jemtegaard and Canyon Creek Middle schools in Washougal School District.
  • REACH Community Development (formerly known as ACE) – Funds staff, administrative and supply costs to provide classes, workshops and meetings with residents to build self-sufficiency.
  • Friends of Camas Community Center – One grant provides funding for Camtown Youth Festival arts and crafts supplies.  A second grant provides funding for 60 swimming lesson sponsorships.
  • Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library – To support the library’s summer reading program for kids and teens.
  • Camas Farmers Market – Helps implement “Produce Pals”, a weekly activities program to educate children about where and how food is produced. Kids completing weekly program receive a $2 token to spend at Camas Farmers Market – funds will buy $3,600 in tokens.
  • Washougal Community Library – Summer Reading Program for pre-kindergarteners, elementary students and teens.
  • TOPSoccer – Buys tee shirts and trophies to enhance the soccer experience for local children with physical and/or mental disabilities. Playing soccer improves children’s physical fitness, self-esteem and community friendships.
  • Boys and Cub Scouts – Scholarships to boys from low-income households so they can pay the scout’s membership fee and or attend summer camp.
  • Opera Quest Northwest – Presenting “Opera the Great” to 3rd and 5th graders to stimulate children’s interest in all components of opera, including vocal and instrumental music, acting, story lines, sets, costumes and dance.
  • Pathways Pregnancy Clinic – To assist with buying breastfeeding curriculum, medical supplies and laundry room.
  • Camas United Methodist Church – Hosting a Camas-Washougal summer camp program for disadvantaged children that are behind their grade level in reading.
  • Lifeline Connections – Purchase of toys and materials that will engage children in meaningful activity and provide them with educational and developmental stimulation while parents receive outpatient treatment.