Spark Grants seek to connect and impact the Greater Tacoma community in as many ways possible - from tools to literature! Along with Tacoma Tool Library, another recent Spark recipient is Creative Colloquy Crawl. On October 7 this inaugural literary event will gather more than 30 local writers in 9 venues across Tacoma for a night of local literary immersion. The Crawl will provide an exciting opportunity to meet local authors, connect with the written word, and celebrate the South Sound’s rich talent. The line-up of genres is as diverse as Spark grantees themselves, including young adult, science fiction, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, poetic prose and the list goes on!
People have been “Doin’ the Puyallup!” since the fair was first conceived in 1900, with the goal of advancing the interests of agricultural, horticultural, dairying, stock raising, mining, and manufacturing industries of the Puyallup Valley. Since then, Pierce County has changed and the Fair has changed, supersizing to meet the ever-more-complex and diverse interests of the population of this area.
Lately, it feels like not a week goes by without another national news story about tension, and sometimes violence, between police and citizens – in particular, citizens of color. In an effort to avoid this fate, and instead proactively work to build a positive relationship between law enforcement and our community, the Tacoma Police Department and City Manager launched a new initiative this month, Project Peace.
Stories and studies abound describing the next generation’s search for meaning and desire to make the world a better place.
Sparks are flying in Pierce County thanks to the most recent Spark Grant recipients! Have you seen all the amazing things they’re doing?
Did you know that in 2014, 72% of total charitable giving in the United States came from individuals? People like you? Your children? Your neighbors across the street?
Have you ever sat with family, friends, colleagues, clients, and listened as they talked about how they wanted to be remembered? Have you heard them mention leaving a scholarship fund, or support for their church, or their alma mater, or the local food bank, or to help the homeless, or animals, or any of thousands of other community causes? Have you felt their desire instill charitable thinking in their children? Have you wondered how to help them accomplish these goals?
The Community Foundation is visiting coffee shops across Pierce County to share information on grant opportunities for individuals and nonprofits. The office hours are set-up in an informal ‘open house’ style, so feel free to stop by whenever your schedule allows.