We Give Two Cents
Our Two Cent Campaign launched in November of 2018 and has provided more than $50,000 in support to more than 20 local nonprofit organizations whose missions are to improve the quality of life in our area.
What is the Two Cent Campaign you ask? It’s a new initiative where we donate two cents to a local charity for every customer debit card transaction. The benefiting charity changes each month all you have to do is continue the things you love like shopping, eating out and grabbing a movie with friends.
Two Cent Beneficiaries
Below is a complete list of all the organizations we’ve supported so far:
November 2020: Homeless Backpacks
Homeless Backpacks is a non-profit 501c3 corporation committed to ending homelessness, by giving teens the help they need so they can focus on school, go on to graduate and become contributing citizens.
The organization provides food for the weekend to homeless teens in Thurston county. Some teens are in government-supported meal programs during the school day, but on their own on the weekend. Each week, volunteers deliver food bags to local middle and high schools in Lacey, Tumwater and Olympia, as well as K-12 in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino and Rochester.
Each bag has enough food for the weekend, including macaroni & cheese, tuna, ravioli, ramen noodles, chili, fruit cups, granola bars, oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate milk and assorted snacks.
October 2020: South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity
South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International.
Founded in 1989, SPS Habitat serves the very-low income families whose dream is to own their own homes and self determine their own futures.
Working with donors and volunteers, SPS Habitat Develops and builds affordable housing communities in Thurston County.
To date SPS Habitat for Humanity has completed four developments and more than 50 houses. They are currently building Deyoe Vista, a 33 single family home development in Lacey and are starting to work on a new townhouse community in Tumwater.
September 2020: Thurston Volunteer Legal Services
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services (TCVLS) provides free legal advice and information for civil (non-criminal) matters to low-income residents of Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. The organization’s volunteer attorneys can advise clients by appointment at free evening legal clinics in Olympia, Shelton, Aberdeen, and South Bend.
August 2020: South Sound YMCA
It takes a village to raise a child. For thousands of children each year, South Sound YMCA is that village. This year, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the YMCA cancelled their annual fundraising auction.
The pandemic is creating a much greater need for us to come together as a community – as a village. Since mid-March, the South Sound Y has led our region in safely implementing childcare programs that enable children to thrive, parents to work, and our community to stay safe. With nearly a quarter of childcare facilities closing statewide, the Y’s services are more important than ever. Our support through the Two Cent Campaign ensures all families can access this care.
July 2020: The Mayday Foundation
Medical expenses are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in America. Even with health insurance, local families are impacted by the unexpected expenses associated with a cancer diagnosis. The Mayday Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides immediate, practical financial support for Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor families coping with cancer while raising kids at home.
We believe no family should be forced out of their home or to file for bankruptcy as a result of a cancer diagnosis.
The Mayday Foundation wants to see a world without cancer-related financial toxicity.
June 2020: Dry Tykes and Wet Wipes
Dry Tikes & Wet Wipes is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Olympia, designed to supplement the diaper needs of low income families. Helping babies one diaper at a time.
May 2020: Interfaith Works
Interfaith Works (IW) is a non-profit association of faith communities and individuals of diverse faith traditions.
The organization has a long-standing history of bringing the human and financial resources of our local faith communities together with business and government agencies for the benefit of those in need.
April 2020: Behavioral Health Resources (BHR)
Behavioral Health Resources supports and strengthens individuals, families and the community by promoting mental health and substance use disorder recovery.
Mental health and addiction recovery are integral to overall community health. Through treatment, education and advocacy, BHR is a leader in addressing and meeting the changing needs of our community.
March 2020: Yelm Dollars for Scholars
Yelm Dollars for Scholars helps its hometown students achieve their educational goals by raising scholarship funds, establishing endowments, providing assistance with college readiness and the financial aid process and distributing scholarships each year. Each year Dollars for Scholars consistently provides more than $100,000 in scholarships to Yelm High School seniors.
February 2020: Learning Seed Foundation
The Learning Seed Foundation believes education is the pathway to achieving dreams. The Foundation is especially interested in assisting students of color in Thurston and Pierce Counties with financial needs that could prevent them from continuing their education. The Learning Seed Foundation focuses on good students with an interest in serving their communities who can often be overlooked for scholarships. Those who demonstrate financial need and reasonable progress toward graduation are eligible for renewable annual scholarships.
January 2020: North Mason Resources
North Mason Resources, located in Belfair, assists individuals in navigating to an improved, healthy and safe, lifestyle. The organization’s key objectives are:
- To help each client achieve self-sufficiency
- To partner with appropriate public and private organizations to meet the mission
- To raise the overall health of our community
- To reduce the number of homeless individuals in our area
- To act as a conduit for supplies and information to individuals and entities within our community
- To become a community where citizens work in cooperation to help those in need
December 2019: Concern for Animals
For over 37 years Concern for Animals has helped thousands of animals in Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties by providing services including but not limited to:
- Financial assistance for spay/neuter
- Financial assistance for veterinary medical care
- Pet Food Bank
- Adoption & Rescue
November 2019: The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound serves as a catalyst for charitable giving in Thurston, Lewis and Mason counties.
Since 1989, community residents have utilized the foundation to make their charitable gifts more effective. They provide maximum flexibility in establishing, managing, and distributing donor gifts.
Through their donors’ generosity, they support a wide variety of arts, education, health and human services, and environmental projects. They are one of the premier local sources for comprehensive charitable gift planning.
October 2019: Olympia Union Gospel Mission
The Olympia Union Gospel Mission began its work with the homeless and needy in 1995 through a street ministry outreach. Sandwiches and hot drinks were offered in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. The organization’s goal was and still is to share God’s love in practical ways.
Today, the Olympia Union Gospel Mission has numerous programs. Hundreds of men and women are served each week and OUGM is still sharing God’s love in practical ways. At the same time, the mission works to help individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
September 2019: Homes First
Since April 1990, Homes First has worked to increase the supply of affordable housing for community members in need. Homes First has purchased a variety of houses and apartments or duplexes and rehabilitated them. They continue to search for opportunities to partner with the local community to purchase and provide housing for the most vulnerable in Thurston County. They also work with variety of other non-profit organizations to provide housing and services for developmentally disabled community members and others who need a little extra support.
August 2019: Family Education and Support Services
Family Education and Support Services (FESS) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing the diverse sectors of the populations they serve. Originally incorporated in 1984, the organization’s mission is “To inspire healthy child development through the provision of quality family support services.”
July 2019: South Sound YMCA
Lasting personal and social change comes when we all work together. Every day, the South Sound YMCA works side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. This means providing our community with affordable resources for positive development, recreation, health and beyond.
June 2019: Child Care Action Council
The Mission of Child Care Action Council is to promote and nurture early learning communities where children and families thrive.
The organization’s vision is to serve communities where children are the focus and we all work together to assure that:
- Quality child care is accessible for all who need it
- Professional development for child care providers results in high quality child care
- Communities are engaged in supporting child care and early learning
- Parent education is provided throughout communities
May 2019: Enterprise for Equity
Enterprise for Equity has been helping people with limited-incomes and others start small businesses since 1999.
April 2019: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington
It’s the vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington that every child in our community realize their fullest potential. They believe, together we can make that happen. Your investment in our community, especially in ways that give kids a safer place to grow up, makes a BIG difference and that’s a BIG deal!
March 2019: Garden Raised Urban Bounty (GRUB)
GRuB grows healthy food, people, and community. With roots in the land, the organization creates opportunities for people to learn, lead, and thrive. GRuB envisions an equitable world where we are all nourished by healthy relationships, resilient community, and good food.
Each year, GRuB directly engages approximately 650 Thurston County residents of all ages in relationships-based programming around growing & preparing good food. GRuB primarily works with marginalized young people with low incomes and/or behavioral and disciplinary indicators of high ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) scores, families with low incomes, students, seniors experiencing hunger, tribal communities, and veterans.
February 2019: Community Youth Services
CYS, a United Way affiliate, has been a successful and established non-profit in downtown Olympia for more than 45 years, providing an array of services to help a wide range of youth: those in foster care, those who need help finishing their educations or getting a job or finding a safe place to live, and those seeking meaningful ways to connect with society in a positive way.
January 2019: Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County provide safe places for youth in our community to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals; life enhancing programs; character development experiences; hope; and opportunity. The Clubs provide a wealth of programs and activities to prepare kids and teens for real-world success. They believe by focusing on Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles, youth we serve will be better prepared to graduate from high school, go onto college, and thrive as adults.
December 2018: Family Support Center
Family Support Center of South Sound is a nonprofit 501c3 multi-service agency located in Olympia, Washington, founded in 1992 to provide families and survivors of violence with coordinated, supportive services in one centralized location.
November 2018: Thurston County Food Bank
It is the mission of the Thurston County Food Bank to eliminate hunger within our community.
The Thurston County Food Bank is governed by a Board of Directors, all community members. The organization’s service area includes the urban core of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, their surrounding growth areas and underserved parts of Thurston County. To reduce access barriers, the Thurston County Food Bank, in collaboration with community partners, operates eighteen satellite Food Banks.
The organization also operates mobile food banks at nine low income neighborhoods, primarily mobile home parks and apartment complexes. In partnership with four school districts, the Food Bank distributes weekend food bags at thirty three elementary schools and one Head Start Program. These school programs target homeless children. To promote childhood nutrition, the Food Bank currently supports three school gardens. The organization’s main location in downtown Olympia provides food using the client choice model which allows families to choose the food they want instead of receiving a pre-made bag.
Recommendations & Additional Information
If you are a nonprofit organization interested in being a Two Cent Campaign beneficiary or if you are a customer with a charitable recommendation, please reach out to us.