community building, not just community helping
We operate numerous programs and services to address the underlying issues contributing to poverty,
homelessness and hunger in our community and surrounding communities. Many of our programs are
offered in collaboration with other community-based organizations and based on our values of dignity,
inclusion and community development.
Clothes Closet (will be opening in April once a month Give a Way)
The Clothes Closet provides clothing, personal care items and other basic necessitites for people and
children in need of clothing. This one time service provide some sundry items that include: diapers,
shampoo, soap, toothpaste, baby wipes, hygiene items, deodorant, laudry and dish soap, when items are available.
Donations of clothing and basic necessities can be donated by contacting us at 509-784-7117 to make arrangements
for delivery. Please make sure items are not opened, damaged, no tears or stains and are cleaned before donating. Thank you.
'Friends & Neighbors' Potluck Dinner
The Potluck Dinner meal is open to all residents of all ages residing in Entiat, and Chelan/Douglas counties.
It is held on the last Friday of every food distribution, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the Resource Center. In the coming months
we hope to add more dinners and a lunch program to the 'Friends & Neighbors' Cafe'. For futher information
on the menu, hosting a dinner, playing music or entertaining for the dinner, bringing a food dish, or
volunteering contact us at 509-784-7117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses & Classes to be Offered at the 'Friends & Neighbors' Center
CPR and First Aid
Employment Options Program
Beginning Computer Classes
Please keep your eyes peeled here for upcoming course dates and times, also check our News and Events page.
SAIL Exercise Program
An instructor will lead this class to stretch and strengthen your balance and muscles to prevent you from falling.
This free class provides increased flexibility and coordiantion exercises as well as a positive soical environment.
Once a month participants learn about health issues, also have potluck luncheons.
Movie and Popcorn Night (not started yet)
Enjoy a move and indulge in freshly popped popcorn. Please keep you eyes peeled here for upcoming dates and times and check our News and Events page.
Dancing Workshops (not started yet)
Are you interested in dancing, but don't have the time or means to make it to a class? Fear not! we will be offering dance workshops that will lead you through some of the fundamentals in dance movements. These workshops are designed for youth and adults. The workshop will be exciting and easy-to-learn, and provide participants fun and exercise! Keep you eyes peeled for more infomation, upcoming dates and time, check our News and Events page.
Looking for a way to get active, socialize and have some fun? EVCSFB will be offering recreational activities, board and card games, puzzle nights, entertainment, social activities, shuffleboard, tournaments, Wii bowling and many other options for you to have fun and participate in.
EVCSFB has a full service kitchen available for rent and hall for special events, such as children's birthday parties. Our Baking Birthday Cupcake Party give a unique creative idea for your child's next birthday. Children, parents and party guests can bake cup cakes and decorate together. Facility is available for classroom, conference and workshops. Rental availability is subject to internal program activities. Renter must provide tablecloths, plates, serving dishes, cooking utensils, and silverware. Contact 509-784-7117 for rental policy, rates and availability. You must contact us 3 months in advance to rent the facility. Please keep your eyes peeled here for further information, upcoming dates and time, check our News and Events page.
EVCSFB offers numerous special events and activities throughout the year. Check here for information and upcoming events.
'We Care To Give' Shop (not started yet)
Shop the Entiat Valley Community Services FoodBank 'We Care To Give' Shop and you are not only supporting the food bank and it's programs - you are also supporting th community. Most of the items in the 'We Care To Give' Shop are made with love by both adults and kids in the Entiat and surrounding community and since it stocked by local artists and craftsmen you never know exactly what you will find.
Every day is an adventure with new and exciting products from trinkets to treasures of love. Check back often to see the latest additions. The 'We Care To Give' Shop is a non-profit rural marketplace offering works of art, homemade gifts, jewelry, clothing, furniture and more. We focus on making a difference in our community and for those we help. Your support helps EVCSFB and the community by purchasing products from our little gift shop!
In addition to homemade gifts, donations of product, furniture, appliances, computers, kitchenware, electronics, housewares, and clothing are given to EVCSFB to help needy families, if we cannot distribute the donations to needy families within 9 months, that product is put into our 'We Care To Give' Shop to raise revenue for EVCSFB to provide services, food, and programs to needy people. Therefore, creating a win-win situation that benefits the community, people in need and EVCSFB to remain self-sustainable. When you shop at 'We Care To Give' Shop, you are shopping to feed and provide services to families!
'We Care To Give' Shop gives opportunities to provide revenue for donated used items, job skills and training people with little income or limited job skills, therefore it is called 'We Care To Give'. It gives used items a chance to be given to the needy, and unskilled, unemployed people a chance to give their time to become skilled and employed!
The 'We Care To Give' Shop provides 8 weeks of job-training to people of limited income or job skills and provides participants with training in retail sales to further their opportunity for employment. The program in conjunction with Employment Options Program is 10 weeks long and consists of 3 months of job training. In addition educational opportunities are offered in GED, computer skills, math and ESL. The program is tailored to address the needs of each trainee/student and a specific plan developed once accepted into the program. Program will include: 5 hours a week of unpaid volunteer work at the shop; students must attend and complete Employment Options Program and job search. Employment opportunities will be available at the end of the program to help trainees become employed. We provide job training to 8 people annually.
All candidates for the job training program must complete and meet certain requirements prior to being considered. For information on when the program will be offered, dates and times check our News and Events page.
Every month, needy neighbors rely on EVCSFB for nutritous food, clothing and direct-services. Your donations help provide low-income families, elderly, children and individuals with food, services and the most invaluable resource of all, hope. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Entiat Valley Community Services FoodBank is a 501 c 3 nonprofit charitable service organization, EIN: 26-0901943. Your gift is tax-deductible.
We also have online auctions, Entiat Valley Community Services FoodBank Auction will be held at various times during the year. We will have a variety of items including furniture, home accents, jewelry, paintings, glassware, dishes, clothing and other accessories. All funds raised will go to EVCSFB for programming costs for our services. Check back to see when the upcoming date is and check our News and Events page.
Friends & Neighbors Community Cafe' - (not started yet)
Friends & Neighbors community cafe exist to feed each and every person who walks through our doors with dignity regardless of their ability to pay. Our Cafe' is about working together, shoulder to shoulder with our neighbors, community and friends to confront hunger, poverty and homelessness. Simply put, in these unstable economic times, we will feed anyone. Our community cafe is meant to raise the level of awareness about food nutrition and insecurity. The community cafe' is in a restaurant setting that maintains one's dignity and fills people with nutritious food.
How does it work? The concept is designed to make food accessible to everyone regardless of their means. The cafe' does not have prices. Instead, we provide suggested donation amounts to help customers understand what it will take for us to operate the cafe and be self-sufficient. The customer decides what to contribute into our donation bin. Those without any means to contribute have the option of donating an hour of their time to volunteering in our cafe in exchange for a meal, however, this is not required.
Why did you start a cafe? Entiat was in great need of a 'heartbeat' a gathering spot for people to meet, enjoy conversation, fellowship and good food. A place where food is affordable, home-cooked meals, cheerful, friendly, place for all people to gather, meet, enjoy socializing and community events.
Several restaruants closed over the years, and people found themselves with no place to eat breakfast, or gather together for coffee and conversation. The need for a place to eat, and connect was going unmet. The community, especially the elderly began to feel a sense of disconnect, became isolated from the community along with a general sense of economic despair. Each time a business closed, it meant reduced traffic for all the other businesses in town. With the efforts of many volunteers we decided to establish the Friends & Neighbors Cafe' where people can eat good food, enjoy conversation and connect to the community. What still remains is a need for ongoing volunteer help, meal sponsors, financial contributions to cover general expenses and food purchases.
Additionally, we need donations of kitchen equipment, commercial stoves, ovens, dishwasher, utensils, pots and pans, silverware, dishes, etc. We hope to have the 'Friends & Neighbors' Cafe' open this fall. With your help of financial contributions, volunteer help we can make this a reality. Please consider a donation today to help us help others. Thank you!
Check here for more information, dates and times for the opening of the Cafe'. If you would like to donate or volunteer visit our Contact page.
Links To Social and Community Services
Washington Connection - Food Stamps and Social Services
Chelan/Douglas County Community Action Council
620 Lewis St - Wenatchee, WA - 662-6156