Join Clark County community leaders, parks and recreation professionals, advocates and supporters for lunch as we present our 2018 Community Grants and the Florence B. Wager Awards. Money raised at our Annual Luncheon goes back into our Community Grant program. Since 2009, the Parks Foundation has given out over $800,000 in community grants to fund things like Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Summer Playground Program, Sensory Camp, Camp Hope, swing sets, playground equipment, way finding signs, disc golf, skate parks, trail development, and so much more!!!
We are combining our Annual Luncheon and Membership Meeting again this year. If you would like to vote during our business meeting, please become a member today.
$40 for members or $50 for non-members (after April 16th, tickets are $45/$55) or $600 for a sponsored table of 8 (after April 16th tables will be $700). For sponsorship information contact firstname.lastname@example.org; 360-487-8373 or email@example.com 360-487-8371. Tickets can be purchased here. Help us unplug, play and explore in 2018!
In 2015, after 6 years of fundraising and 9 months of construction, the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial was dedicated on Veterans Day. Over 400 community members attended the ceremony, designed to honor and recognize veterans and active military who have served, fought and died for the freedom we enjoy today.
The Battle Ground Veterans Memorial was fully funded and constructed by donations, evidence of the community’s steadfast commitment to this project. Over a quarter of a million dollars in products and services were donated by 34 local contractors and vendors to make this project a reality.
New engraved commemorative bricks are added annual to the Memorial. If you would like to purchase a brick in honor of a veteran click here for online or printable forms. For additional photos and a complete story on the Battle Ground memorial click here.
In Clark County, some of our greatest resources and economic growth lies in our parks, trails, open spaces, and rich recreational program offerings. These shared resources provide places for kids and families to play; neighbors and friends to gather; and for any of us, at any time, to unplug and take a break from the hustle and bustle. This shared understanding was validated in the City of Vancouver’s recent community survey. Parks and trails were shown to be of the highest value, and were shown to be where citizens felt we should invest to maintain and grow the values of our region and its economy.
At the Parks Foundation of Clark County we serve as the fiscal sponsor for a wide variety of municipality-approved projects. We assist in fundraising and financial management for large and small projects, all across the county. These projects are managed by individual municipalities and often heavily supported by volunteer groups. By holding their funds and helping with financial management and fundraising, we allow them to leverage their resources more effectively and make a powerful difference in helping our parks, trails, and recreation programs thrive. At any given time, we are actively helping 20 different programs and projects, and holding funds for another 20. These projects include the Summer Sensory Camp for children with special sensory needs; Disc Golf courses; Battle Ground Veterans Memorial; the Old Evergreen Highway Trail; and many more. What each of these projects has in common is that they expand and improve on the resources available to all Clark County residents. Vibrant parks, trails, and recreation programs make our citizens healthier, our economy stronger, and our collective outlook brighter.
Learn more about the Parks Foundation of Clark County and how you can be part of ongoing opportunities, or contact the Executive Director, Dianna Kretzschmar to discuss programs that strengthen and connect our community, now and in the future.
Looking for ways to promote your business or organization? We have just the event for you this March — St. Paddy’s for Kids at Luepke Center! With over 500 children and their families regularly attending this indoor event our sponsors and vendors have the unique opportunity to engage with customers and patrons face-to-face, sharing their products and services.
We have several sponsorship opportunities ranging from the Wearing O’ The Green Parade sponsor to the County Cork sponsor. Whether you lead the parade through the event or kick off kids’ journeys through our version of Ireland, your sponsorship will help support the parks, trails, and recreational programs and services throughout Clark County and its municipalities.
Sponsorships include online recognition, a presence during the event, and recognition in marketing materials. For event vendor opportunities click here. Click here for non-profit vendor opportunities. For additional information contact Dianna Kretzschmar.
In June of 2009, Vancouver Parks and Recreation was facing some significant mid-year budget reductions and one of the programs slated for elimination was a free, family program known as Sunday Funday, which took place once a month at Marshall Community Center. The three-hour program included staff-led games and activities in the gym, arts and crafts and a 90-minute free swim. Thanks to a generous sponsorship commitment of $3,000 from John and Debra Bauman, owners of Bauman Chiropractic, the program survived. In late 2009, the Baumans extended their support of Sunday Funday for 2010 with another financial commitment, this time for $6,000.
In late 2010, in response to a citywide budget shortfall of unprecedented proportions, Vancouver Parks and Recreation had to make many budget cuts and service reductions; one of those being the closure of the Marshall Community Center on Sundays, which put an end to Sunday Fundays. However, it did not end the Baumans’ support of Vancouver Parks and Recreation . In November 2010, John and Debra once again stepped up to make a much needed contribution to Marshall Community Center with another $6,000 gift targeted to provide a free family swim every Saturday afternoon in 2011. In addition, they donated $6,000 to the Everybody Plays Scholarship Fund, asking that their contribution assist families in providing swim lessons for children. “We’re happy to provide an opportunity to enrich the lives of local youth,” said John at the time of their gift.
In November of 2011 Vancouver Parks and Recreation received word from the Baumans that they were going to extend their commitment to the Marshall Center for 2012 with another $12,000 contribution. John and Debra’s generosity certainly spoke to their commitment to improving the health of our community’s children and families, and set them apart as business leaders who understand the benefits of public-private partnerships. The Bauman’s repeated their act of generosity at the close of 2012 when they made yet another $12,000 commitment to Marshall Community Center. They said at the time, “We feel fortunate we are in a position to be able to give back to a community that has given so much to us. To be able to provide an opportunity for children and families to access swimming lessons and fun family swimming time, is a very important priority for us as we believe swimming, in addition to serving as a very healthy recreational activity, provides children with added confidence and self-esteem.” Their donations came in year after year, all directed at making swimming and play available to ALL of our community’s children. These funds will once again in 2018 sponsor a free family swim each Saturday at Marshall Pool and also provide a free eight week session of swim lessons to 100 deserving children. The Baumans’ generous donation is a wonderful example of paying it forward. Thank you John and Debra for making a difference, year after year. You have given such a wonderful gift to our community.
Now in its 25th year, Make a Difference Day brings together volunteers from across the country within their local community for one of the largest nationwide days of service. On Saturday October 28th citizens will once again come together in our local parks, trails, and neighborhoods to work hand-in-glove on projects such as trail improvements, litter pickup, ivy and cigarette butt cleanup.
Find the opportunity that’s right for you, your club, or family:
• Raymond E. Shaffer Park Trail Building project
• Clark County Food Bank at Heritage Farm–Field Clean Up
• The Butt Stops Here
• Volunteer Wood Working Event
• Uptown Village Cleanup and Ryan Woods Grassroots Volunteer Award
• Battle Ground StreamTeam event with live music, free food, and giveaways!
• For even more events click here.
And, once you’re done with all this hard work, visit the 1st annual BOOVILLE at Luepke Community Center for some fun, indoor family activities.
Would your company like to be part of a NEW Halloween event that will welcome more than 500 children and their families? October 28th at Luepke and Marshall Community Centers the Parks Foundation of Clark County invites families young and old to a day of fun and safe indoor Halloween activities including indoor trick or treating, games, story time, and of course costume contests! Several sponsorship opportunities are still available. Proceeds help fund the Parks Foundation’s Community Grant Program which assists organizations and cities throughout Clark County make sure everyone has access to parks trails and recreational programs. Click the below link for details or contact Executive Director, Dianna Kretzschmar directly at 360-487-8371 office
Tour topics will include:
– Invasive species identification
– Tree planting
– Vegetable harvesting
Collect a stamp at each location to win special prizes!
Volunteers will meet at a different location each month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. This opportunity is great for families, teens, and volunteers of all ages! Gloves, snacks, tools and park passports provided. Volunteers should dress for the weather and wear long pants and closed toe shoes.
Upcoming VolunTOUR events include:
September 14 – Heritage Farm
September 28 – Heritage Farm
October 12 – Old City Cemetery
October 26 – Old City Cemetery
February 8 – Burnt Bridge Creek Trail
February 22 – Burnt Bridge Creek Trail
March 8 – Whipple Creek Park
March 22 – Whipple Creek Park
April 12 – Salmon Creek Park
April 26 – Salmon Creek Park
May 10 – Esther Short Park
May 24 – Esther Short Park
When the clock hits 12 a.m. on September 21, GiveMore 24 will become your link to making a difference for the parks, trails and recreational programs throughout Clark County!
GiveMore 24 is a 24-hour, online giving challenge that urges everyone who cares about southwest Washington to take action by giving what they can, wherever they are, at the same time. The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington launched the event with hopes of growing philanthropy across the region. Their goal is to inspire the entire community to come together around exciting and accessible giving.
The Community Foundation has set up an online platform with a leaderboard that will track every organization’s fundraising success for 24 hours. Anyone can donate starting at 12 a.m. on September 21, 2017 through this authorized and secure giving form on the Parks Foundation’s secure Community Foundation site.
All donations will be processed through the Community Foundation’s giving platform, which will allow everyone to cheer on their favorite causes throughout the day. GiveMore 24 is building off of the successes of crowdfunding efforts across the nation, but it is uniquely built for our community. It will encourage community giving through competition and prizes, but also by leveraging the social networks of donors just like you. That means that you have the power to amplify your support of the Parks Foundation and create a wave of donations. Donors must give at least $10, but there is no limit to the value of your gift.
GiveMore 24 launches at 12 a.m. on September 21, 2017 and last until midnight of the same day. To make your donation count for GiveMore 24, you must make your gift through give-more-24.org during that 24-hour period.
It’s all thanks to the Community Foundation’s Stretch Pool and Nonprofit Prizes. Generous individuals and businesses have provided more than $100,000 in dollar-for-dollar match gifts for specific nonprofits. The Parks Foundation has a $1500 match from our good friends at Waste Connections. This is a great way to double your donation and double the benefits for the Parks Foundation.
In addition, a generous group of local donors has provided a $56,000 Stretch Pool that will help boost every GiveMore 24 donation. These funds are allocated to each organization based on how much money it raises on September 21. For example, if the Parks Foundation receives 3% of the total raised on September 21, it will also receive 3% of the stretch pool. So, the more dollars the Parks Foundation brings in, the more stretch dollars it wins.
Making a gift to the Parks Foundation is making an investment – a RE-Investment – in our community. Whether we are helping raise funds for a major project like Vancouver’s new Waterfront Park, or helping a single mom find the $50 she needs so her son can play in Little League, we are making a difference every day here at the Parks Foundation. And it’s all because of the support of people like you. The grants we award each year are for projects and programs that will directly affect the lives of everyone in our community. We are helping improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for our community as a whole, and for individuals for whom the impact is tremendous. But the need is much greater than we can support. For every dollar we award, there are five dollars that we aren’t able to give. For every child who gets a recreation scholarship, there are ten more who also need support. By supporting the Parks Foundation, you will help us continue to change lives in a meaningful way right here in Clark County.
• Follow event details on our Facebook page. We’ll be updating our “swing shift” lists from now through the 21st.
• Donate $10. $20, $30 or more at the GiveMore24 website beginning at 12:00 a.m. on September 21st. The Community Foundation will award prizes to the organizations that have raised the most funds and those with the highest number of donors.
• Share our GiveMore24 page on Facebook or NextDoor and encourage friends and colleagues to donate in support of Clark County’s parks, trails and recreations.
• Visit one of the many parks and give your “swing-shifters” moral support.
• Contact us to schedule your own “swing shift” or present a challenge of your own to coworkers, friends and family.
We envision thriving partnerships with communities to ensure uncommonly vibrant parks, trails, and recreation programs throughout Clark County.