On Friday, June 26th, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe said it will send out checks totaling nearly $1 million to nonprofit organizations that were hit the hardest during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Nearly $400,000 of that will go to Snoqualmie Valley nonprofits.
Snoqualmie Tribal Chairman Robert de los Angeles said, “The Snoqualmie Tribe prides itself on giving back to the community, because it is a cultural value of ours. The Snoqualmie People have always been here and will always be here. We are committed to investing in the Snoqualmie Valley community and lifting each other up during these times.”
This year’s recipient organizations applied in the Winter of 2020 for projects and initiatives focused on specific categories, including Veterans, Arts & Culture, Native Services, Family Services, Salmon Habitat Restoration & Protection, Environmental Education, and the Snoqualmie Valley. More than 200 different nonprofits applied for the funding.
Tribal Treasurer Christopher Castleberry explained, “These organizations support individuals who need help the most. It is vital to the Snoqualmie Tribe that these critical service delivery organizations are supported and able to continue to serve those in need. Even with this funding from the Tribe, these Snoqualmie Valley organizations are inadequately funded to fully ensure that the health and safety needs of all individuals in the Valley are met. Providing resources to these organizations should be a priority to us all.”
According to a news release, Snoqualmie Valley nonprofits receiving funding include the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, Mt Si Senior Center, Encompass Northwest, Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, Mt Si Lacrosse Club and Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services.
In addition to the funds donated to Snoqualmie Valley organizations, the Snoqualmie Tribe also made donations to organizations serving the entire Puget Sound region, including the Environmental Science Center, the Pacific Science Center Foundation, Washington’s National Park Fund, Tavon Learning, Northshore Senior Center, the Greater Maple Valley Community Center, Making a Difference Foundation, Friends of Youth, Food Lifeline, Compass Health, Byrd Barr Place, Brigadoon Service Dogs, Trout Unlimited, Oxbow Farms, and Mid Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group.