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 Recent Highlights and Special Thanks!

Our Juneteenth Freedom Celebration was a great time for us to come together.
 

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New Partnerships

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Special thanks for making the silent auction and fundraiser a success!

Other working partners  throughout

2020-2021

  • Actso NAACP

  • Zeplin 

  • Watershed Alliance

  • Lulac  League of United Latin American Citizens

  • One America 

  • 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!

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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 

Snowboard on Snow

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
Terri Johnson 
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BIPOC Youth Advocacy | Student, Educators,  and Parent Action Group
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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. 

About Us

Our Team 

Directors

Karen Morrison, Founder/Executive Director (2006-now)

Loveita Morrison, Deputy Director (2006-now)

 

Staff

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

Partners

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. 

  • Disability Specialist, Abby  Griffith

  • Office IT Support Volunteer, Ken

  •  IT High School Service Learning Volunteer, ​Sidney Exum

  • Treasurer, Pandora Pierce

 

Recognition

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Washington Low-Income

Housing Alliance Advocacy

Award Winner  2021

Children's Alliance:
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