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Nonprofit gifted two vans for the holidays


Last updated 12/20/2017 at Noon

Pictured left to right, Kurt Campbell of Campbell Autogroup, Katie Thielman, and Todd McNeal, executive director of Hand in Hand, Oleg Vakulchik, Robert Malone and Kevin Hanford, board of trustees for the Employees Community Fund of Boeing.

The holidays are a season of giving, and Campbell Nissan of Everett and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound showed they were in a giving mood last week.

The Everett nonprofit Hand in Hand was on the receiving end of the two groups’ generosity.

Hand in Hand received a donation of two 15-passenger vehicles from Kurt Campbell at Campbell Nissan of Everett and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound (ECF) on Friday, Dec. 15.

“The Boeing employees have a community fund and purchased Hand in Hand a brand new 15-passenger van from Campbell Nissan,” Todd McNeal, executive director of Hand in Hand said. “When the owners, Kurt and Cari Campbell found out, they matched the Boeing employees’ gift and purchased Hand in Hand a second van.”

Hand in Hand helps numerous children in Snohomish County through their many programs.

The organization has three main programs: Safe Place, Selah Homes and the Village Impact Project.

Safe Place is for the immediate needs of foster children during their first 72 hours of removal from their homes. This includes shelter, food, medical care and comfort while their social worker finds them placement.

In circumstances where 72 hours may not be enough to find placement for a child or a sibling group, that’s where Selah Homes comes in.

Selah Homes provides foster care for up to 28 days while long-term placement is sought.

The third program, the Village Impact Project, has been reaching out to families and service providers in the area, with the goal of building strong connections.

This allows the project to support children and families before situations reach the point of children being abused, neglected or in a situation where their needs aren’t met.

The project does this through events such as field trips and weekly community clothing exchanges and an emergency food program.

Hand in Hand also offers resources like support groups and a resource center, which connects foster families and children with other community resources.

According to Katie Thielman of Hand in Hand, the two vehicles donated by Boeing and the Campbell family will be used to provide transportation to clubs, events, medical appointments and soccer practice and games for the numerous children who Hand in Hand serves in their numerous programs.

The ECF is an employee-owned and managed program that was represented at the vehicle donation event by Oleg Vakulchik, Robert Malone and Kevin Hanford, who all serve on the ECF board of trustees.Starting in 1951, Boeing employees have contributed over $600,000,000 to numerous nonprofits in the greater Puget Sound area.

ECF grants allow health and human service agencies to purchase necessary equipment, renovate their facilities and build new construction that benefit their clients.

ECF also funds the local United Way that invests ECF dollars to support hundreds of nonprofit programs.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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