Skagit Mount Vernon Rotary Foundation Donates $50,000 to Community Action

Photo: Skagit Rotary members: Bob Taylor (left), Susie DeVries, and current president Ray Horak

Mount Vernon, WA – The Skagit Mount Vernon Rotary Foundation has awarded Community Action $50,000.00 to their comprehensive capital campaign to create a major new human Services Center in Skagit County.

Bill Henkel, Executive Director for Community Action of Skagit County wrote in a press memo “This gift will leverage and be combined with other local Rotary donations to develop a “kid’s safe zone” in Community Actions’ new services center, where parents can safely leave their children while being assessed and receive services. This child’s space will allow parents facing crises to share their stories and sensitive information without re-traumatizing their children, while providing parents with the calm break and support they need to set and work towards their life goals.”

Community Action is dedicated to developing a more ideal facility to best serve the  community and has located an existing building that meets the need. The current facility more than doubles our service and partnership space, is structurally sound, requires only modest renovations, and is a cost-effective solution. Our ambitious timeline is to purchase by March 2018 and finish renovations for a target move-in date in late 2018.

“We are so thankful for the support and generosity of Skagit Rotary Foundation as we help people help themselves and each other,” said Henkel.

Photo: Skagit Rotary members: Bob Taylor (left), Susie DeVries, and current president Ray Horak


Community Action fosters and advocates for self-sufficiency among low-income people in Skagit County. Now in our third decade of service to our community, Community Action groups our circle of support into eight areas: Family Stability; Housing Support and Homeless Prevention; Financial Stability; Employment Skills; Education and Literacy; Health; Food and Nutrition; and Community Engagement. Our mission-driven agency stabilizes lives, equips people for success, and strengthens our community. Visit for more information.

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