MultiCare awards $322,500 to 31 local nonprofits

MultiCare Health System’s new Community Partnership Fund has awarded its first round of grants to South Sound organizations.

The fund, which started in the spring, is $500,000. The grants awarded recently were a combined $322,500 to 31 local organizations, according to a news release.

Groups from Pierce, South King, Kitsap and Thurston counties were awarded grants. They include Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, NW Furniture Bank, South Kitsap Soccer Club, Covington Domestic Violence Task Force and Emergency Food Network.

The smallest grants were for $2,500, a MultiCare spokeswoman said, and the largest was $50,000 to the Foundation of Tacoma Students.

Others, with project examples, are:

▪ Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children: $25,000, to provide dental care and oral hygiene to 190 patients.

▪  The TEARS Foundation: $10,000, to assist low-income families with funeral expenses for babies.

▪ NW Furniture Bank: $5,000, to support the operation of the bank that provides furniture for the homeless, domestic violence victims and low-income families.

▪ Rebuilding Together South Sound: $5,000, to support the home modification program in 40 homes.

▪ East Pierce Fire and Rescue: $10,000, to support the Sentimental Journey program and expand the number of people served. The Sentimental Journey affords one-time, free rides to hospice patients who can’t travel by private vehicle.

▪ Auburn Youth Resources: $15,000, to support a group therapy room. Auburn Youth Services is a fully accredited mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, youth and young adult residential center serving south King and north Pierce counties.

The Community Partnership Fund focuses on building partnerships that contribute to the health and vitality of our community in areas such as health improvement, economic well-being, education and the arts, the release said.

The money comes out of MultiCare’s operating margin, which is what nonprofit organizations call profit. “This is one way MultiCare is reinvesting in the community,” spokeswoman Marce Edwards said.

“We know that there are many determinants of health beyond access to health care,” said Bill Robertson, CEO and President of MultiCare.

Community organizations registered as a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) with the IRS are eligible to apply for single or two-year grants. A group of MultiCare leaders reviews requests throughout the year.

Kathleen Cooper: 253-597-8546