Learn about what we do best - local people helping local people since 1946.

The Camas-Washougal Community Chest was established in 1946 when a group of concerned citizens formed to coordinate raising funds for local 501 c-3 nonprofit organizations involved with education, youth education, aiding those with special needs, natural resource conservation, health and welfare, crisis and emergency services, and other charitable and civic endeavors. All recipients of Community Chest funding must provide services within the Camas-Washougal area. Each year we award grants to local non-profit organizations delivering services, exclusively, to children and families in Camas and Washougal.  Grants fund services such as emergency food assistance, aid to families in crisis or needing emergency services, safe temporary shelter for at-risk youth, summer swimming scholarships or enhancing the habitat of Gibbons Creek in the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, monies have been reserved for up to $500 mini-grant applications from Camas-Washougal Boy and Cub Scout troops. Since 1946 the Community Chest has been all about local people helping local people.

2019 Grant Program Summary

Total number of grants awarded – 29

Total value of grants awarded – $108,500

Estimated number of individuals served by grants –


Food pantry at the Children’s Home Society of Washington’s East County Resource Center in Washougal.