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Neighbors Care Fund

Neighbors Care Fund 2013

Community gifts for community needs

“It’s a way where a lot of people can give a little. It’s gratifying to be … an instrument of positive change.”

— Rufus Woods

The Neighbors Care Fund launches its annual campaign on Thanksgiving Day to raise funds for local nonprofits that serve the greater community. The theme of this year's campaign is children who need help. A committee that includes Community Foundation of North Central Washington executive director Beth Stipe selected three nonprofits to split the proceeds from this holiday season's campaign. The agencies are:

CASA: The Chelan Douglas CASA advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings through the use of trained volunteers. Funds will be used for CASA's holiday stocking initiative in which stockings are made by volunteers, filled with gifts and given to foster children.

Packing Friendship Project: This partnership of 11 churches and people in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee is especially concerned about children, hunger and homelessness. The group gives food to students on Friday to make sure they have something to eat over the weekend.

New Life Adoptions: This no-fee agency led by Mike Magnotti recruits and trains potential adoptive families, primarily to adopt children from the foster care system. The agency has been directly involved in 26 adoptions of area foster chilldren and has seven foster children currently in New Life homes to become sons and daughters.

Last year, generous donors contributed to the tune of $23,691.64, with proceeds split by four recipient agencies — Upper Valley MEND, Entiat Valley Community Services Food Bank, Readiness to Learn and Valley Intervention Program. Now in its 13th year, the Neighbors Care Fund has raised more than $208,000 in community donations.

There are three ways you can donate to this year's campaign:

1) Electronically, by clicking on this link

2) Mail a check to Neighbors Care Fund, c/o Community Foundation of North Central Washington, 9 S. Wenatchee Ave., WA, 98801

3) Or in person by dropping a donation at the offices of The Wenatchee World, 14 N. Mission St.

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