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Peace Corps Associate Director to visit Gonzaga to recognize school's top ranking

Peace Corps Associate Director to visit Gonzaga to recognize school's top ranking

 

The Peace Corps' Associate Director, Helen Lowman, will visit Gonzaga University on March 2nd to celebrate the school's No. 1 ranking among top volunteer-producing universities in 2015. Gonzaga claimed the top spot within Peace Corps' small school classification, with 20 alumni currently volunteering worldwide. The university has held the top spot since 2013.

 

Lowman will attend a special Peace Corps Week campus event on Monday, March 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 110 of Jundt Auditorium. She will discuss the strong partnership with the school and its success in producing volunteers for overseas service. The event will be free and open to the public.

 

Gonzaga has been ranked in the top five among small schools for the past four years. Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was founded in 1961, including 330 alumni from Gonzaga.

 

Registration now open for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign

Registration now open for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign

 

Those interested in helping area Big Brothers Big Sisters program now have the opportunity raise money through the Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign.

 

Participants of the campaign are asked to register their teams with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), and then recruit their bowling team. Every team is asked to raise or donate a minimum of $100 to the BBBS program.

 

Once that money is raised, teams are invited to a celebratory bowling party that will include free bowling, pizza, soda, and prizes. Additionally, each participant will receive a limited edition 2015 BFKS t-shirt, that was designed by a Chase Middle Schooler.

 

BBBS says 100% of the money raised from this program will stay in the team's community. That money will carry out the work of matching the 80 children BBBS has on their waiting list with adult mentors, and provide ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor, and child's family.

 

The 2015 bowling parties will be:

Smiles Dental provides nearly $4,500 in dental care for Free Dental Day

Smiles Dental provides nearly $4,500 in dental care for Free Dental Day

 

During their Free Dental Day on February 20th, Smiles Dental provided nearly $4,500 of free dental care to Spokane area residents.

 

For the program, residents were able to schedule a one hour appointment for either a cleaning or restorative dental work. This year, Smiles reported they provided this free service to 12 people.

 

According to Smiles Dental, the company created their Gift of Smiles program for the sole purpose of improving the lives and oral health of people within the communities they serve. More information about the program can be found by clicking here.

Cinderella Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser supports cancer patients

Cinderella Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser supports cancer patients

 

Because There Is Hope's 11th annual Cinderella Tea and Fashion Show fundraiser is taking place to raise money to provide temporary housing for cancer patients traveling to Spokane for treatment.

 

The Cinderella Tea will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at the Spokane Convention Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. so participants can view the silent auction and raffle items. A lovely petite appetizer plate, tea, and dessert are included. The price of tickets is $35, and the Tea is open to the public.

 

In 2013, Because there is Hope opened Faye's House, a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom furnished home in Spokane to provide free lodging for up to 3 cancer patients at one time. The average stay per patient is 6 to 8 weeks. With an average cost of $450 per month.

 

Last year, Because There Is Hope supported 60 patients. All funds raised at this event will be used to maintain Fayes house, a free home away from home.

Local game developers launch crowdfunding campaign for Ebola Attack, an independent game for good

Local game developers launch crowdfunding campaign for Ebola Attack, an independent game for good

Two local developers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to prove games aren't just fun, they also have the power to make a difference in the world.

 

In their game, Ebola Attack, players act as the hero white blood cell that must protect the red cells from a deadly infection: the Ebola virus. Over the course of the game, the human body is healed as gamers progress through increasing levels of difficulty. The player’s goal is to save as many people as possible, meanwhile, all net profits from the purchase of the app will aid the relief effort in the very real Ebola war zone in West Africa.

 

 

Spokane Eye Clinic accepting used eye wear donations for a cause

Spokane Eye Clinic accepting used eye wear donations for a cause

Do you have old eye glasses laying around collecting dust? The Spokane Eye Clinic is accepting used eye wear donations now through February 6th at any of their three area locations.

 

Allyssa Kuprienko, a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant to Dr. Randall Jacobson, is leaving for Jamaica at the end of February for a brief volunteer trip with Volunteer Optometrists Service to Humanity (VOSH). Prior to her trip, she hopes to collect as many used glasses as she can for Jamaicans in need.

 

VOSH is an organizations that travels throughout the developing world and U.S. with qualified volunteers. These volunteers provide free quality vision care services through short-term clinics. They also work to develop sustainable programs and local optometric care in the developing world in order to help local communities provide quality vision care.

 

Spokane neighborhoods can apply for new 'Greening Neighborhoods Grants' starting March 1

Spokane neighborhoods can apply for new 'Greening Neighborhoods Grants' starting March 1

The City of Spokane is putting the call out for more projects meant to green and beautify its neighborhoods.

On March 1st, Spokane's Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) will begin accepting new applications for Greening Neighborhoods Grants.

Neighborhoods can receive a maximum of three grants of up to $5,000 each. Grant projects must include designs that involve planting trees, shrubs, grasses, and other native perennials through a neighborhood volunteering event.

This year, ONS is encouraging neighborhoods to include more trees in their design projects by creating a Competitive Grant Criteria. This criteria will give points to projects that plant trees, leverage funding by working with local neighborhood organizations for donations, and create volunteer events.