Recent Highlights and Special Thanks!
A Warm Welcome Goes Out to Our New...
Disability Specialist, Abby Griffith
Office IT Support Volunteer, Ken
IT High School Service Learning Volunteer, Sidney Exum
Treasurer, Pandora Pierce
Special thanks for making the silent auction and fundraiser a success!
Other working partners throughout
Lulac League of United Latin American Citizens
Fourth Plain Forward
Maplewood Mosley Community Garden
Special Thanks and Recognition
Elizabeth Madrigal, Grant-writer Extraordinaire
Special thanks for all your work with us. Your expertise has been vital in making these past two years a success!
Holly Jander Williams, Volunteer Book Keeper
Thanks to your meticulous work, we are able to forge ahead with confidence and pride.
Patrick Thomas, Marketing and Branding Volunteer
Special thanks for creating our new logo and style guide over in a 3 month project with us over the summer!
Shelby Davis, former Treasure
Thank your for joining us in serving our community for the past 4 years. You are a light and beacon of positivity. As you embark on new adventures in Chicago, you will always be a part of our team in spirit.
Thanks to Group Health Foundation for awarding us the Community Learning Grant!
Need Help? Contact us.
We connect community members to the following types of services through referral.
Emergency assistance for Rent, Food, Overnight Shelter
COVID-19 Resources: PPE, COVID-19 Testing, Vaccinations
Mental/Physical Health Referrals
Common Resources: Transportation, Legal Assistance, Social Support, Newborn Supplies, Education
Food resources: Student Food Relief, Food Banks, Meal Services for food security
Family Resources: Childcare, Student Education and Discipline Concerns, Advocacy in schools
To learn more about our work, see Services
Next Youth Enrichment, Adventures & Events
SNOWDAY ~ Sunday, January 30th, 2022
Odyssey World and Snowdays Foundation are bringing 15 high school youth snowboarding for the day. Transportation, helmets, equipment, winter clothing (hats, gloves, jackets, etc.) and meals will be provided. Registration is open on a first-come/first-served basis. (We will maintain a waiting list in case of cancellations.) To participate, youth must show proof of vaccination, agree to wear masks and follow Covid-19 protocols.
Ongoing community building groups...
Angelou's Angels | Social Support Group for African American Women
This group offers a safe space filled with encouragement and comradery for Black women residing in the Vancouver, WA area. For more information, email the organizer
BIPOC Youth Advocacy | Student, Educators, and Parent Action Group
This is a network of community partners that come together to address inequities in education for students of color. Activities include outreach to local institutions, community forums, participation in rallies, and supporting youth-led groups.
Odyssey World International Education Services is a Black-led, family-operated, education-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit that was started by Karen Morrison in Spokane, WA back in 2006. It has been an invaluable community partner in its work with refugee and immigrant families. It is 100% volunteer-based organization that provides resources referrals, advocacy, and community engagement opportunities. In 2015, OWI Education Services relocated to Vancouver, WA where it has continued to promote and collaborate on projects that strengthen inclusivity within increasingly diverse communities in the US and abroad.
Karen Morrison, Founder/Executive Director (2006-now)
Loveita Morrison, Deputy Director (2006-now)
Miracle Joslin, Administrative Assistant
Niccole Fuller, Juneteenth Event Coordinator
Board of Directors
Rheta Rubenstein, PHD- Secretary and Editor
Jennifer Wyld, PHD- R & D Scholar, Event Manager
Pandora Pierce, Treasurer
Terri Johnson, Parental Advocate and Social Media manager
Sarah Chivers, PHD- Curriculum Advisor & Researcher
Gabriella Ewing, Community Engagement
Children's Alliance- Washington | NAACP Vancouver, WA| Free Hot Soup Vancouver| Seeds of Greatness Ministries Bridgeview Resource Center| Treasurer of State Washington| | Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance| and many more...see "PARTNERS, SPONSORS, FUNDERS" for a complete list.
Housing Alliance Advocacy
Award Winner 2021
Brewster Denny Rising Advocate Award Winner 2020
Chase Youth Award: Community Asset Builder Award Winner 2012
NAACP Northwest Regional Chapter:
Community Leader of the Year Award Winner 2012
Bonner Leader Partner of the Year Award Winner 2009 & 2010, Whitworth University
Youth Advocate Award 2009, Links Incorporated
Community Service Award 2008, NAACP's Spokane Chapter