GiveNCW

Working together for the place you love.

There’s nothing usual about these times. There is something very unusual about the Methow Valley.

It’s a place where the word TOGETHER still means something.

In this Valley you can see neighbors helping each other, organizations collaborating rather than competing, folks volunteering, and people choosing to give generously.

Give Methow is more important than ever. We hope you’ll be as generous as you can supporting the nonprofit missions you always have and hopefully finding some new ones that inspire you! Because, in this time of distance, we have never seen more clearly just how much we are in this together.

How to Donate:
  • Click on the Donate button next to the organization(s) you want to support.
  • 100% of your donation goes to the nonprofits you support – we take care of the credit card fees.
  • You will receive an email confirmation of your gift immediately after your donation, and a second detailed tax receipt will follow.
  • We will share your contact information to the organizations you support so they can send you special recognition and thanks. If you do not wish your information to be shared, you can choose to be anonymous and we’ll keep your donation private.
  • Consider Giving to All! If the spirit of Togetherness moves you, it’s easy to give to all of the Methow Valley’s nonprofits through the Give to All Stretch Pool.
  • Win $$ on Funday Mondays! Each time you donate on a Monday, your name will be entered to win $500 to use on Give Methow any way you choose! BONUS: If you give to the Give to All Stretch Pool anytime, you'll get an extra name in the hat each week!
  • It's easy to give from your CFNCW Donor Advised Fund! Just login to your account, click on “Give Campaigns”, and "shop" the nonprofits you want to support. It’s fast, easy, and fun! Learn more about our Donor Advised Funds.
  • Need Help? Call (509) 663-7716 or email jennifer@cfncw.org and we will be happy to assist you!

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Support ALL Give Methow nonprofits in one gift! Your donation to the Give to All Stretch Pool will be added to $30,000 donated by an anonymous donor and CFNCW to stretch your dollar! At the end of the campaign, the total amount will be disbursed among all Give Methow nonprofits equally.
 
 

Give Methow Nonprofits

Aero Methow Rescue Service
Trusted, Caring, Professional

While drinking your morning coffee, your right arm suddenly becomes weak and you drop the coffee cup. The words coming out of your mouth don't sound right. You are gripped with fear and reach for the phone to call 911.

Your elderly loved one has fallen and yells for help. They begin to feel heaviness and pressure in their chest, their breathing becomes labored and they feel nauseated and weak. You reach for the phone to call 911.

Wherever and whenever people are sick or injured, our dedicated emergency responders answer the call with quality and compassionate care. We teach injury prevention through safety training and community education, comfort frightened patients and their loved ones, and care for our neighbors and visitors as if they were family. Each day brings new challenges. Your thoughtful and sincere donation in support of our mission is needed, appreciated, and will truly make a difference.

 
Funded
15,459.00
 
American Legion Post 0143 Methow Valley
Help Support Veterans and their Families
The Methow Valley American Legion has for over 100 years been supporting the Veterans, families of Veterans, and the children of active duty and veterans. We need your support to continue this work, rejuvenate the post building and add programs to keep the kids busy and help them in life.
 
Funded
1,040.00
 
Cascadia Music
Building Community by Sharing the Joy of Music!
Music lifts us up, brings us together, and opens the door to lifelong learning and enjoyment. Our community ensembles are multi-generational, and welcome all with a desire to learn more about music. Our Cherrington Scholarship Fund ensures that music lessons are within reach for all families, and provides prizes for Merit Awards in music. Online workshops and classes are bringing us together to learn and grow. Cascadia is the place for local musicians to connect with each other, with industry professionals, and to share their latest projects and releases. Your donations support local music, lifelong learning, and a thriving community of musicians.
 
Funded
5,595.00
 
Classroom in Bloom
Support Your School Farm and Watch Our Children Grow!
There are not many schools in our country that have what we have - a school farm focused on children, food, nutrition and science. You have prioritized these aspects of our children's education here in the Methow Valley - a school farm that grows as our children grow: they both need love, respect, nurturing, and tending to grow healthy and strong. At the end of each season, we have students reflect in their garden journals and here is what they told us: Clare describes "...it is so amazing watching the garden grow since I was in 2nd grade and watching it evolve." Lucy reflects that "this is a place I will remember forever". Sophia describes, "getting your hands in the dirt makes me feel free." River explains, "what I love most is being outside and the smell; doing work, it's almost like it calls me." And Clara illustrates that she loves "being outside and harvesting and eating the food". We couldn't agree more.

This year, we have an unprecedented demand for use of the garden as an outdoor classroom for teachers and students. Your GiveMethow gift will help us meet this demand while providing outdoor, education programs for our Methow Valley children when it is needed most.

 
Funded
13,600.00
 
Confluence Gallery and Art Center
2020-2021 Exhibit Season Support
Confluence Gallery was started by a small, forward-thinking group of artists in 1988 who felt the Methow Valley needed a place to bring the community together through the celebration of the visual arts. Since then, Confluence Gallery has become a cultural landmark in downtown Twisp curating 16 solo and group exhibits every year, showcasing the work of Okanogan County artists in a warm and inviting gathering space, inviting all segments of our rural community. In addition to our professional gallery space, Confluence Gallery also boasts an amazing array of jewelry, ceramics, textiles and other one of a kind items in the Gift Shop.

In 2019, local and regional artists were paid over $88,000 for work sold in the gallery and the gift shop. Through our work curating exhibits and the gift shop we have been able to make an impact on our local economy by putting money back in the pockets of working artists. Confluence Gallery's other programming includes a month long art camp for kids, business skills workshop for working artists, the Trashion Show, and Methow Valley Home Tour.

 
Funded
5,355.00
 
Cove Methow Valley Food Bank
Feeding and caring for the Methow Valley community.

In response to Covid19, every Thursday from 1-4pm, we are pre-packing bags of food and household provisions and kindly asking our clients to wait outside as we bring the food out to them. We have strategically placed seats outside, 6 feet apart, to allow us to briefly visit with our clients and share our triumphs and our struggles. Connections are critical during this time of uncertainty. During a regular week at The Cove, we serve 60 households. We have seen that number increase to 90 households as a result of the pandemic.

Our Friday Food program has paired with the school district and we are delivering supplemental weekend food to children in need. We had been serving 130 students before the pandemic and watched those number climb to 400. As we begin the school year, we anticipate the need to remain high with many families in greater need now than ever.

Aid & Assistance, which provides short-term, emergency financial assistance, has also increased. The need for assistance with utility bills, rent, medical bills etc. is ever present and we anticipate a continued need as people remain without consistent income and yet daily living expenses continue to mount.

The Methow Valley has been hit hard by the financial ripples of COVID19. Financial stability in rural areas like the Methow is tenuous during the best of times. We will continue our efforts to support our neighbors in need and remain committed, and steadfast, to our mission of feeding and caring for the Methow Valley while honoring and respecting one another at difficult times in our lives.

Together, we can sow seeds of action and provide vital resources to our community, the children and our neighbors in need.

 
Funded
22,450.00
 
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Making the Methow the Best Place to Ride in Washington

Like most organizations, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance-Methow Chapter (EMBA) has had a challenging but encouraging year. One of the benefits has been finding time to reflect on the vibrancy and strength of our Methow Valley community. We are all in this together!

2020 has been a challenging year on several fronts. Due to COVID 19, we were unable to engage in our typical fundraising effort, nor were we able to utilize our volunteers to assist us with new trail projects and existing trail maintenance. This has left EMBA without our usually dependable operational funds and volunteer labor force for the remainder of 2020.

The Methow Valley has seen exponential visitation and trail usage this summer, due to allowable COVID activities, travel restrictions, etc. That, combined with an extremely dry riding season, has created an enormous maintenance need throughout the Methow Valley, without the practical means to complete the work needed.

Your gift today will help us specifically address the trail maintenance needs beginning this fall. Priority trails include: Wild Turkey, Pete's Dragon, Bear Mountain, Middle Fork Beaver Creek, Lightning Creek, Blue Buck, and West Fork Methow. Thanks for your support!

 
Funded
5,330.00
 
Friends of the Pool
The First Wave of Many Small Ripples to a Big Splash!

Did you miss the pool this year? We sure did. If you are like us, SUMMER'S NOT COOL WITHOUT THE POOL. That's why now, more than ever, we need your support- we can't afford to have a Methow Valley without a pool. Our beloved Wagner Pool is aging. Our goal is to build a new pool by 2024.

Friends of the Pool is in the initial stages of our Big Splash! The Big Splash! is a community visioning, planning, and building campaign to construct a new, 21st Century pool for the Methow Valley. We need seed funds to cover our overhead for this planning process and ensure a healthy start to building a new pool for the Methow Valley. A small drop makes a ripple, many ripples make a splash. The Big Splash upon us, help us ride the first wave!

 
Funded
9,577.01
 
Friends of the Winthrop Public Library
We're Building a Library! Your Gift Will Help Open its Doors
Friends of the Winthrop Public Library (FOWL) is creating, funding and building a new library—a vibrant and essential hub for our community's future, and a place to GATHER together, CONNECT to technology and DISCOVER all that libraries offer to everyone. This summer--after several years listening to the community's needs and planning for the library--FOWL was able to start construction! Thanks to hundreds of supporters, over 90% of the necessary funds were raised. But when the pandemic struck, we delayed asking for support from the entire community. Now we are asking everyone to help us reach the finish line - every donation will build this library!
 
Funded
15,934.00
 
Jamie's Place
A Real Home in the Methow for Long-Term Care
At Jamie's Place, we face the reality that the aging population in the valley will need long-term care but doesn't always have the means to pay for it. We have an increasing number of applicants who are low-income and qualify for Medicaid. However, Medicaid only provides 50% coverage for residents of Adult Family Homes. Your gift allows us to realize our belief that those who want to should be able to live at Jamie's Place, regardless of ability to pay. Our two houses are based on the Green House model, a national organization that promotes non-institutional environments where residents can live with dignity, comfort and companionship, and still be a part of the larger community. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on all of our lives, but we are thankful that we have avoided any infection at our homes due to the diligence and hard work of our staff and our families. Thank you for supporting Jamie's Place and all the wonderful organizations that make this valley a place where all the stages of life are vibrant, celebrated, and supportive of each other.
 
Funded
12,800.00
 
Little Star School
Providing Childcare and Early Learning During the Pandemic
For the past 38 years, Little Star has put children and families first. This year is no different. With reduced class sizes and many new safety procedures in place due to COVID 19, our dedicated teachers and staff have served children and families throughout the pandemic with much needed childcare and early learning experiences for our valley's youngest children (ages 6 weeks through kindergarten).

With your support, we will continue to be a refuge for joy - both for our children and our families - during this tenuous time. With a loss of revenue from reduced class sizes, we are operating with a deficit this year and your support is more important than ever. From financial aid for families, to parent support classes and teachers' wages, to the ongoing care of our beautiful classrooms, your generosity ensures that we can continue to be here for our community. Thank you!

 
Funded
15,955.00
 
Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation
Help Support Our Mission!

Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation exists for winter sports education for our community through the operation of a safe, affordable, family-friendly mountain destination for today and future generations. We are a non-profit, volunteer-based organization, that promotes a life-long passion for outdoor winter recreation through education.

We seek to balance the affordability of community access with covering our ever rising costs. Our annual auction and gala "Taste of 3 Valleys" supports this balancing act, but unfortunately this year we could not host it due to COVID 19. Coming off a short season last year has not helped, either. We are asking for your support for our operational fund as we prepare for a winter season during the pandemic. We expect significant expense in buying PPE for our staff and patrol, as well as making the Loup as safe as can be. We appreciate your consideration and support!

 
Funded
7,080.00
 
Methow Arts Alliance
Methow Arts reaches 3,000 Okanogan students!

Your donation ensures that ART remains a VIBRANT component of our kids' education.

Due to the demands that COVID has placed on school district budgets coupled with new challenges from recent fires, the majority of elementary school students across Okanogan County are at risk of losing their access to the arts education programs Methow Arts typically provides.

We need your support! Methow Arts won't let this happen. We are dedicated to supporting arts learning for students in both remote and hybrid learning environments, giving children continued access to vital forms of creative self-expression in times of stress, change, and uncertainty.

Here's what your donation will support: 1) Wages to local teaching artists who will develop and film art lessons for remote learning, creating access to the Arts across the county; 2) Weekly in-person art instruction at the Methow Valley Elementary School; 3) Over 3,000 art packets with watercolor paint sets, brushes and paper for students to use at home in conjunction with art lessons across the county.

Methow Arts, art grows here.

 
Funded
9,855.00
 
Methow At Home
Supporting Residents Who Wish to Age in Place
Methow At Home serves our valley's aging population. During COVID-19 we have worked continually to ease the burden of social isolation for our vulnerable members through regular phone calls, grocery buddies, a flourishing virtual education program, socially distanced visits, meals, support groups and more. We have fulfilled over 900 services thus far in 2020. With regular information outreach and the engagement of our incredible team of volunteers, we do our best to keep our community's spirits high in this trying time. Help us to further expand our service to the community to meet the continuing challenges we know we will all face moving into 2021. Methow At Home offers full and partial grants so that financial limitations need not be a barrier to membership. Thank you for supporting Methow At Home!
 
Funded
11,225.00
 
Methow Beaver Project
Students in the S.T.R.E.A.M.

The Methow Beaver Project (MBP) is asking for your support in implementing a new outdoor based High School elective called “Students in the STREAM” (Science, Technology, Restoration, Engineering, Art and Math) in response to climate impacts, COVID-19, and resulting education challenges. Students in the STREAM is an accredited high school program that will provide students with a unique opportunity to engage in real-world, hands-on, place-based watershed conservation and restoration action from inception to completion. Through this class, we want every student to know why beavers and their dams are an extremely important feature on our landscape. Beavers store precious water for slow release, provide essential habitat for wildlife like fish, birds, deer, and amphibians, and naturally restore landscapes and streams altered by resource extraction and wildfire. Recent large wildfires have significantly altered important stream functions across much of our watershed, making it nearly impossible for beavers to do their important work. Our restoration efforts that mimic beaver activity accelerate stream recovery in fire impacted areas and promote natural re-establishment of dam-building beavers and all of their ensuing ecological and community benefits. We want to provide high school students the opportunity to participate in this critical conservation work and experience the satisfaction of helping to restore resilience and function to our shared watershed.

Through inquiry learning, Students in the STREAM will apply innovative methods for restoring natural processes in stream systems and actively participate in each step of the project: planning, designing, budgeting, implementing, constructing, and evaluating the impacts of their efforts. Students will present their scientific results and individual discoveries to the local community to broaden their experience with science communication and educational outreach.

We want to engage high school students more deeply in critical watershed conservation and restoration work by providing an invaluable in-person educational experience. We believe this experience will help shape student appreciation and understanding of our complex ecosystem, evolving environmental challenges, and impactful, meaningful career choices. Together, we can inspire people to restore and steward healthy and sustainable watersheds in partnership with beavers, the original ecosystem engineer.

 
Funded
6,065.00
 
Methow Conservancy
Inspiring People to Care for the Land of the Methow Valley
When you are living in uncertain times, it's good to know there are a few things you can count on. Whether you count on the Methow Valley to ground you, to inspire you, or to sustain you, it is a place and a landscape that speaks to you. The Methow Conservancy is your local land trust, here to protect the rivers, forests, hillsides, and scenic views that you love. Your support has helped us permanently protect more than 10,000 acres of wildlife habitat and fertile soils. You also help us respond to community needs – like our Farm to Neighbors partnership with The Cove, which is purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers each week so that 80+ families can go home each Thursday with high-quality, local produce. You've helped us adapt to the pandemic with virtual First Tuesday programs, the new on-line Backyard Bulletin, and our support for farmers finding online platforms for sales. Together, we'll make sure that what you love about the Methow Valley is something you can count on forever.
 
Funded
28,305.00
 
Methow Housing Trust
Create Permanently Affordable Homes for Methow Valley Residents!
The waitlist for Methow Housing Trust homes continues to grow, and we need ongoing community support to meet this demand. Give today to keep us on track to complete 21 permanently affordable homes by 2021!
 
Funded
10,640.00
 
Methow Recycles
Reduce and Reuse for a Resilient Valley and Resilient Planet!

Reduce and reuse come before recycling for good reason, but they can sometimes feel harder to do. When COVID-19 pitted reuse against safety, many of us were and continue to be really challenged by this. What our experience revealed, however, is that we are more committed than ever to reducing waste, and we are not going backwards! We are seeing this valley-wide and nation-wide.

Our remodeled recycling program is well on its way to being self-sustaining through pay-as-you-go, prepay through membership, or through your monthly subscription to curbside collection. However you pay for your recycling, that pays for recycling only. Methow Recycles is doing a lot more for the valley than recycling, and everything else we do is made possible by your gift of support.

Methow Recycles is the voice you trust to show you the way to reduce your waste footprint. We provide practical, hands-on, and significant ways to make a difference through Our Tool Library, Repair Cafes, and Take it or Leave it waste prevention programs. We're committed to helping young learners do their part through our popular MV Elementary School Green Team. COVID-19 has made this more difficult too, but we are no less committed, and neither are those students! Our Community Eco-Leaders, engaging social media presence, and electronic newsletters provide guidance, inspiration, and useful information.

Every day the creative ways you are reusing, re-purposing, and repairing inspire us to do more.

You've asked about composting and this year we've been studying the potential for an organics solution for the valley. Our findings will be ready to announce soon. All of this work helps you do your part to make our planet and our community more resilient.

With your support, reduce and reuse will continue to be more and more of "what we do here!"

 
Funded
14,710.00
 
Methow Trails
Winthrop to Twisp Community Trail

Methow Trials is entering its second year of spearheading an effort to develop a trail connecting the towns of Winthrop and Twisp. The trail project would make a vital connection within the Methow Valley, providing a safe route to schools, an alternative to driving, and a key recreational connection to many valley amenities. We believe this trail will contribute to the local economy, better connect our communities, and will promote physical and mental health within our county.

We are excited to report that to date, through our scoping work, there have been 35 parcel owners who have said "yes" to having the Winthrop to Twisp on their property. These parcels represent four linear miles of the proposed ten-mile trail. In addition, over 63 businesses, agencies, and non-profits and 140 residents have publicly endorsed the project. The momentum for this trail continues to build and it couldn't come at a better time as the Methow Valley community seeks access to more ways to safely spend more time outside locally.

In our community outreach survey, 93% said that their quality of life is significantly improved because of the Methow Trails network. We have always known that access to trails and outdoor recreation is crucial to mental and physical health, and this is especially apparent since the start of the pandemic, as we have observed a sharp uptick in trail use throughout the valley.

A trail connection between Winthrop and Twisp will help more valley residents easily access this amazing network of trails. Funds raised will directly support continued scoping, outreach, and development of sections of this trail.

 
Funded
15,965.00
 
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
25th Anniversary Season
The Chamber Music Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary next summer, welcoming professional musicians from around the world for performances throughout the Methow Valley. Donations from Give Methow will help fund the Festival's extensive outreach program, including free concerts in Mazama, Winthrop and Twisp.
 
Funded
1,450.00
 
Methow Valley Citizens Council
Building a Resilient Methow

The Methow Valley and the wonderful community living here are on the front lines of climate change. We are seeing an increase in large wildfires, prolonged smoke events, decreased annual snowpack, and seasonal water shortages. This is having a profound effect on the valley and those who live, work, and play here.

To overcome these challenges and create the future we want to see, we must first imagine it. Over the past year, the Citizens Council has been leading a collaborative effort to develop a visionary Community Climate Action Plan. This historic project will reverberate through generations as it empowers, educates, and mobilizes citizens of all ages to build a climate-ready future for the Methow.

Your donation will help the Methow Valley build the future we want to see and build resiliency within every aspect of our community, through: a vibrant and green public lands and forests, where wildlife thrive, and people can find refuge, renewal, and solace; a healthy airshed, where we all can breathe pure mountain air year-round and protect our most vulnerable community members from smoke; enough cold clean water that can sustain our rivers and fish, while allowing our community to support local food production and sustainable, thoughtful development; and a resilient, engaged community that powers itself with diverse sources of clean, renewable energy and reduces its dependence on fossil fuels.

 
Funded
23,076.20
 
Methow Valley Community Center
Help Light Up Our Gym!
We are excited to continue our lighting project with Phase 2. This will light up the stage for events with LED lights. Phase 1 focused on lighting the front of the stage from protective cages hanging from the auditorium ceiling. Now we will concentrate on stage lighting with the PNTA group out of Seattle.
 
Funded
7,025.00
 
Methow Valley Education Foundation
Invest in the Future of Methow Valley Students

The cost of higher education keeps rising, and many Methow Valley students struggle to finance their post-high school education. It's harder than ever for students this year. Jobs they counted on to earn money have disappeared because so many businesses have closed or cut back due to Covid-19. Many parents are struggling financially and are less able to assist with higher education costs. During this difficult time, our students need help more than ever to gain the education they need to build their futures. Your donation will help to fund the cost of a full $12,000 four-year scholarship.

Each scholarship provides $3,000 per year, for up to four years of the student's educational program at vocational and trade schools, community colleges, and universities. Applicants are evaluated primarily on financial need, with secondary consideration given to academic achievements, community service, and employment history. Students come from Liberty Bell High School and the Methow Valley Independent Learning Center, as well as older students returning to school.

Since our founding in 1984, the Foundation has provided over $1 million in scholarships to hundreds of hard-working students. All scholarships are made possible through donations, and 100% of every donation goes directly to educational scholarships. Administrative costs are covered by an all-volunteer board of directors.

 
Funded
12,975.00
 
Methow Valley Interpretive Center
Recognizing Tribal and Natural History of the Methow Valley

The Methow Valley Interpretive Center is a place for all ages to make discoveries, hear and share stories. Take a journey through time to ocean-covered lands rising up to become towering peaks. Puzzle over rock messages from unknown people who traveled on ancient pathways. Learn about those who have called the Methow Valley their homeland for over 8,000 years. Tour the native garden filled with hundreds of plant species found in the Methow then rest in the cool, quiet native pit house.

Your donation to MVIC will help support us as we offer free educational programs both in-person (health and safety allowing) and online. Through the displays at the Interpretive Center, monthly lectures, native garden tours, gathering of culturally important plants, and public school support, we connect in-person and deepen our understanding together. Getting together is important but not always prudent or possible so we have created virtual programming which includes "Last Sunday" presentations and monthly culture and ecology episodes called "Notes from the Center." All are available free on our YouTube Channel.

Your gift will also support further development of online programming including virtual tours of the Interpretive Center and Native Garden, and online materials to support public school education. In addition, the Methow Valley Interpretive Center runs the Methow Artifact Research Project and recently started a youth development scholarship for Methow Tribal descendants.

We depend upon your generosity to support these programs and so much more. Please help us as we share important stories on the natural history of this place and the Native Methow perspective on what it all means.

 
Funded
5,495.00
 
Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation
Providing Affordable Access to Youth Skiing Opportunities

Your donation will help nurture the youngest members of our ski community by providing affordable access to high-quality cross-country ski program. Each dollar raised will reduce tuition costs and provide tuition assistance for Ski Cubs, the after-school, learn-to-ski program held in conjunction with Methow Valley Elementary, and the Methow Valley Nordic Team, a season-long program for beginners to experts in grades 1-12.

With all the changes of 2020, outdoor activity remains a healthy outlet for physical, social, mental, and emotional development. Making sure all children can be involved is critical for the health and well-being of our community. Thank you for making it easier for our youth to experience the wonders of sliding on snow and the magic of a Methow Valley winter.

 
Funded
9,800.00
 
Methow Valley Riding Unlimited
Rebuild, Recover, Return with the Power of Horses

For more than 25 years, Methow Valley Riding Unlimited has built relationships between humans and horses that provide opportunities for growth, healing, and empowerment. We make the best horsemanship instruction, care, training and coaching accessible to a diverse community of horse lovers in the Methow Valley and the communities of Okanogan County. MVRU programs include therapeutic, sport, and recreational riding.

The pandemic of 2020 has impacted MVRU in ways we could not have imagined. We are staring down a financial loss of more than $30,000 due to forced programming closures during our main revenue-generating season. MVRU operates with narrow margins and reinvests lesson and program revenue directly into our beloved horses and community.

Now, WE NEED YOU to help ensure MVRU can keep our two-legged and four-legged staff members together, feed and care for our herd, and ensure MVRU is ready to welcome everyone back next spring.

 
Funded
7,637.14
 
Methow Watershed Foundation
Providing Essential Water Information and Engaging Citizens

We invite you to support the Methow Watershed Foundation as we assist and advise in managing sustainable water resources with a balance between human and ecological need. Our mission is realized through several projects, and through sharing information with the community and local governments. We recently completed Water 2066: A Vision for the Methow, (see the Final Report on our website!) and are continuing work on a voluntary exempt well water metering project. We also have made strides toward permanent staffing and leadership, as we define the needs of the organization and clarify our vision. Not surprisingly, our work has been slowed by Covid 19, delaying meter installations, and curtailing in person meetings, which were productive opportunities for planning and learning.

Water 2066 provides a deeper view of community needs and priorities, as well as the views of decision-making interested parties for our water. The information will be used in a multi-stakeholder consensus process slated to begin in the next year. The Water Metering project measures the water used from volunteer property owners' exempt wells. A more accurate number can be applied our database of all available building lots and will inform changes needed for water use policy and the decisions of local water managers. As we move into a future certain to be impacted by climate change and more growth coming to the valley, it is more important than ever to understand the status of our supply and initiate needed changes of its management. Partner with our hard-working volunteer Foundation and Council, and support our limited staff to achieve our vision of sustainable water supplies for agriculture, people, and our wild environment.

 
Funded
4,000.00
 
Northwest Outward Bound School
Life-changing Experiences for Methow Valley Youth
For decades, NOBS has offered life-changing experiential and outdoor programming from our base camp in Mazama. Your support will go towards our Methow Valley School District partnership that provides outdoor recreation and education programs for students such as rock climbing, hiking, and camping. These programs teach character development, leadership, service, and social-emotional skills – skills that are particularly important during and after COVID-19, which has created a social-emotional learning gap for youth. Due to our longstanding relationship with our school partners, we are uniquely positioned to serve youth during a time when they need social-emotional support the most.
 
Funded
2,645.00
 
Public School Funding Alliance
Methow Schools Need Our Support More Than Ever
Each year, with your generous support, PSFA funds over $80,000 of inspiring and enriching programs that help students learn about their world and be more connected with one another. In response to these challenging times, PSFA is committed to working closely with teachers to support, when appropriate, more small group outdoor learning experiences, tutoring and after school programs with guest instructors and materials needed to make learning more relatable and fun.
 
Funded
16,030.00
 
Room One
Direct Service, Prevention, Advocacy and Community Partnership
Here in the Methow Valley, Room One has been working since 1998 to provide support that makes a difference in our neighbors' lives. This work is important. Room One is a safety net for our neighbors, offering health insurance navigation, domestic violence safety planning, family support, affordable or emergency housing resources, access to mental health care, and so much more. In addition to providing critical support when our neighbors need it most, we take the pulse of our community's needs and advocate together for programs and resources that move us toward a community in which all people have the opportunity to thrive. Along with partners, we develop healthy relationship workshops, parenting classes, and collaborate to support those most vulnerable across the generations. We work together to be responsive to community, partners, and neighbors as we navigate crises that impact us all. Resilience takes all of us.
 
Funded
18,785.00
 
Shafer Historical Museum
Bring New Kids Activities and Stories to the Museum

Although the museum closed to visitors for the 2020 season, we have been busy behind the scenes! Volunteers have preserved hundreds of historic photos, which you can browse online (with thanks to past GiveMethow donors). Five students from WWU and UW interned at museum this summer, helping us survey our membership and add information to the website. We created exhibits and programing celebrating 100 years of women's votes, bringing them out of the museum and to the park and online. We helped to locate and identify local birthplaces and ancestors for people who were searching out their family histories. And in the works for the next year, we're making big plans for new kid's activities, science and engineering lessons, sharing hyper-local neighborhood histories, and uncovering stories yet untold of Valley residents and events.

Your donation will make these enlivening plans a reality in these tough times! Funds will support materials and staffing for new children's (covid-safe) hands-on activities, for local kids to interview Valley elders about their childhoods, to train docents for interactive tours, and to research the lives of people whose stories have been absent in Methow Valley history. The SHM wants to show today's youth that history isn't just rusty old stuff, but is full of stories with valuable lessons for current and future generations: stories about survival, about solving problems, and about how the past helps us make sense of the challenges we are dealing with in the present. Your gift today will touch the future!

 
Funded
4,850.00
 
The Merc Playhouse
Help The Merc Re-imagine Live Theater Viewing!

It's been an uneventful year at The Merc. As in, no events. Our programming has been completely derailed and we've been staying afloat by hibernating. We aim to change that and make the proverbial pivot sooner than later, but before we can resume any programming, we need to make some changes in our space to keep audiences as safe as we can. Your donation will help us complete projects that will get our facility compliant with state guidelines and get us open as soon as we can.

The details are many, but our plans include one big, dreamy thought: our seating. Sick of sitting in the audience with a spring in your butt? Yeah, so are we. The chairs in our audience area have served their purpose for a long, long time. Too long. It's time for an overhaul! Yes, the chairs are old and in disrepair, but more importantly, we need to provide the safest audience experience possible! New chairs will help that effort.

Imagine flexible audience seating. Patrons can sit with their "Pandemic Pod," and maintain a safe distance from the pods around them. We can arrange the audience seating so you can see around the heads in front of you! What if we even had the funds to purchase bistro tables to provide concessions at your seats and you could avoid a bottle neck in the concessions area? When the pandemic is over, we still have the flexibility to fill the auditorium as we always have, or dial the seating down for more intimate experiences. Imagine it.

Your donation will go toward all of the work we have to complete to re-open, and if we raise enough, we will be able to see this dream of new seats become reality! Any donation of $300, or more, buys a chair with your name on it. It can be a scavenger hunt of names when we are all back in The Merc again!

Please help us get back to providing live theater in the safest way possible. Thank you for your donations!

 
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14,015.00
 
Twisp Valley Grange
Keep the Grange Going for Our Next 100 Years
The Twisp Valley Grange has supported the Methow Valley community for more than a century. The Grange hosts Candidate Forums and sponsors family-friendly events like the Santa Breakfast. In normal times, the Grange Hall offered a low-cost welcoming venue for activities – senior exercise classes, dances, celebrations, Manger Mall, and more. With Covid-19, we've lost our lost rental hall revenue and we could use your help. Thank you for the support that will allow us to continue helping the community for the next 100 years.
 
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4,715.00
 
TwispWorks Foundation
Help the Local Economy and Methow Valley Businesses Impacted by the Pandemic
TwispWorks has helped more than 500 local businesses and sole proprietors weather the impacts of COVID 19 through targeted outreach that connected businesses to hundreds of thousands of dollars in relief and recovery support. We created an emergency grant program, providing over $90,000 in grants to 57 businesses. We’ve called, emailed, texted, and made over 1,500 connections with local businesses since March and it has opened doors to future programming, partnerships, and impact we could never have imagined. But we need your help to continue!
 
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17,550.00
 
Winthrop Kiwanis Foundation
Playground Shade Covers
It's a long, hot summer in the Valley and our Kiwanis playgrounds are so popular but unfortunately they are missing an important part: shade! And that's what we need to create with your help. Our parks are used by so many in our community - babies using swings for the first time to youth looking for a fun, safe place to move. With shade covers we can extend the days our parks can be enjoyed!
 
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2,840.00
 
Winthrop Rink
Winthrop Rink Vinyl Underlay Upgrade
From our humble beginnings at the Winthrop Barn parking lot to our current completely outdoor refrigerated NHL sized ice rink, the Winthrop Rink strives to deliver quality winter recreation programs for youth and adults- ice skating, ice hockey, and free style figure skating to name a few. This year, as we all seek outdoor recreation activities to better our physical and mental health, we ask your help to purchase a new environmentally friendly vinyl mesh underlay for our ice rink. This underlay will replace single use vinyl hockey lines, eliminate use and disposal of latex paint to paint the ice, and require less ice depth, less refrigeration, and less electricity. We will also maintain our flexibility to deliver programs and operations during abrupt weather changes, unpredictable power interruptions, and uncertain public health mandates. The Winthrop Rink is proud to invest in our facility and our community. Your support in this investment is critical, and we cannot thank you enough!
 
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8,026.11