Category: Vibrant Community

Jul
10

Partnering to Find Common Ground: Lyle Quasim, GTCF Board Alumnus

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:21pm

At Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we’ve seen how much more we can accomplish when we work together. Since 1981, community members have shared their commitment to a thriving Pierce County by partnering with GTCF to bring their vision to life and build a legacy for future generations. In our 2018 yearbook, Pierce County Partners, a > Continue Reading

May
8

Local Girls ‘Step’ Into Leadership Roles After School

Filed Under: Expanded Learning,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 4:09pm

The Vision Step Team after-school program at Sheridan Elementary almost never came to be. When only three girls signed up at the beginning of the year, Coach Chelsea McElory said some people urged her to try another school.  “You really need about ten girls to make it run full throttle,” Chelsea explained, “but these girls > Continue Reading

Apr
10

Partnering to Improve Access: Michele Johnson, Chancellor – Pierce College

Filed Under: Vibrant Community - Posted @ 10:48am

At Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we’ve seen how much more we can accomplish when we work together.  Since 1981, community members have shared their commitment to a thriving Pierce County by partnering with GTCF to bring their vision to life and build a legacy for future generations.  In our 2018 yearbook, Pierce County Partners, a few > Continue Reading

Apr
10

GTCF Spark Grant Recipient Tackling “Period Poverty” at Local Schools

Filed Under: Spark Grants,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 10:16am

  Sharon Chambers-Gordon was first exposed to the issue of “Period Poverty” through her own daughter’s experience.  “She was in Middle School when it happened for the first time, and she didn’t have any supplies with her.” Luckily the school nurse had a few sanitary napkins, but the nurse told Sharon it wasn’t something that > Continue Reading

Mar
7

Partnering to Leave a Legacy: Elaine Stafford & Shelby Clayson

Filed Under: Uncategorized,Vibrant Community,Women's Economic Opportunity - Posted @ 11:02am

At Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we’ve seen how much more we can accomplish when we work together.  Since 1981, community members have shared their commitment to a thriving Pierce County by partnering with GTCF to bring their vision to life and build a legacy for future generations.  In our 2018 yearbook, Pierce County Partners, a few > Continue Reading

Feb
7

Sparking Change Starts With Seeing The Need

Filed Under: Spark Grants,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 12:07pm

  Seventeen year-old Caleb Kamalu was volunteering at  F.U.N Food Bank in his hometown of University Place when he noticed food bank staff struggling to explain something to a customer. The woman had filled up her cart with more than the allotted amount of items, and a staff member was trying to explain that she > Continue Reading

Feb
6

Partnering For An Engaged Community: Bill & Della Robertson

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Uncategorized,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 2:01pm

At Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, we’ve seen how much more we can accomplish when we work together.  Since 1981, community members have shared their commitment to a thriving Pierce County by partnering with GTCF to bring their vision to life and build a legacy for future generations.  In our 2018 yearbook, Pierce County Partners, a few > Continue Reading

Jan
9

Hiring Locally Strengthens Local Organizations

Filed Under: Strengthening Pierce County,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 9:15pm

  As a high school math teacher in Tacoma, Tim Herron developed the Act Six initiative in 2002 to help his students succeed in college and return to lead in their community. Today, as the President of Tacoma-based nonprofit Degrees of Change—which now operates the Act Six initiative—he continues to build on that effort by hiring > Continue Reading

Dec
10

Spark Grants Light Up Communities

Filed Under: Spark Grants,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 11:59am

 It all started with a conversation.  Sandra Smith, a real estate agent from Buckley, says she was talking with her teenage daughter and a group of classmates about a lack of opportunity to contribute to community when the idea for Merry on Main was born.  “They all said, ‘We would [get involved] if there > Continue Reading

Nov
7

White River Community Grants Support Access & Celebrate Local History

Filed Under: Philanthropy,Vibrant Community - Posted @ 1:24pm

Longtime Buckley resident Marydale Brooks was a quiet philanthropist who worked closely with community members to support special opportunities in the White River community.  When Marydale passed away in 2018, her estate established the White River Hometowns Fund through GTCF as an endowment that will continue her work of supporting the local community for years to > Continue Reading