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Community Outreach Committee
About WSCAI’s Community Outreach Committee & Projects
The purpose of the Community Outreach Committee is to foster members to use their skills and knowledge to support charities or other philanthropic endeavors which may also benefit the Community Association industry or communities where we live and work. Projects involved in: Adopt-A-Road, Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots, One Warm Coat (coat drive), Earth Day project at a member community association, and back pack drive for Mercy Housing.
Community Outreach Committee Projects
WSCAI Earth Day Project
Each year our Community Outreach Committee selects and hosts a large project for a WSCAI member community to receive a complimentary community cleanup at their property.
Each year we look for projects that reduce energy consumption, reduce carbon and other harmful emissions and pollutants, conserve natural resources (like water and soil), reduce/recycle/reuse/and compost waste, and/or protect nature and wildlife.
In past years, WSCAI members have volunteered at the selected community by assisting with yard and general springtime cleanup, such as clearing away old plants, weeds and debris and removing existing ground cover. They have also planted flowers, trees and shrubs to help beautify common areas.
Ronald McDonald House (RMHC)
Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill and injured children. We believe that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow, and the Community Outreach Committee has partnered with RMHC these last (7) years to purchase, cook, and serve to all (3) houses on their campus in Seattle, WA.
While the need is still there, the way in which we work with RMHC has changed due to COVID-19, and this year we are working to fundraise and put together boxed lunches for the family to be delivered.
- Ronald McDonald Main Point of Contact:
Supporting RMHC During COVID‑19
Since last March RMHC has relied on the sponsorship of boxed meals in lieu of meals prepared at the House – especially on Saturdays and Sundays. Here are some resources on how to help RMHC during this time:
Help From Home
Learn ways you can help RMHC during COVID‑19:
Sponsoring Boxed Meals
A list of restaurants and caterers for boxed meals:
Mercy Housing Backpack & School Supplies Drive
Every year our WSCAI Community Outreach Committee participates in a drive to donate backpacks & school supplies to the families of Mercy Housing. All children deserve the opportunity to succeed in school. Unfortunately, many families living at Mercy Housing don’t have the resources to meet these needs.
As back-to-school time nears, parents will be challenged, unable to stretch their budget for school supplies. With your help, we can make sure the beginning of the school year is brighter for these children.
5K for LAC
Our newest addition to the Community Outreach event roster – our fun run/walk 5k for the Legislative Action Committee! The goal of this event is to raise money for the LAC to continue pursuing and working hard to lobby on behalf of all those in our WSCAI membership.
Book Drive Benefiting Mercy Housing
During Community Associations (CA) Day in 2021, we are partnering with Mercy Housing Northwest (MHNW) to organize a Book Drive for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors to bring new and/or gently used books for MHNW’s Homework Club to the trade show to donate for those in need.
About Mercy Housing NW’s Homework Club:
Homework Club is open for all school age youth from K-12th grade (5 years – 17 years). It takes place at Mercy Housing NW properties across Pierce and Snohomish County.
St. Vincent DePaul Coat Drive
During our most coveted and well attended events that WSCAI hosts, CA Day, we partner with St. Vincent de Paul for our One Warm Coat drive for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors to bring their gently used or new coats/socks/hats to the trade show to donate for those in need.
Toys For Tots
A well-loved event, the WSCAI Community Outreach Committee, in cooperation with the local U.S. Marine Corps and WSCAI, is a partner on the Toys for Tots Campaign. The goal of the program is to receive donations of new, unwrapped toys to distribute to needy children in Washington State.
The Toys for Tots program allows for all children to have hope and experience the joy of the Holidays, while motivating them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens, and community leaders.
It is a great feeling to see the number of families that come through the program with different reactions ranging from tears to smiles as they find that “perfect” toy for their child.