54 grants valued at over $360,000
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund special message!
By the end of this year, the Fund will have made 54 grants worth over $360,000 to 36 direct service providers. The grant payments ranged from $100 to $47,000 each and this doesn’t include the future year pledges toward large, multi-year projects. The Fund’s first two full years since our mission expansion from affordable housing have yielded nearly $600,000 in funded grants and we’re on track to hit $1 million next year.The vast majority of the Fund’s resources still comes from us personally. But to those who have placed your trust in us and our community’s dedicated service providers to help improve the quality of life for many people in need, we sincerely thank you for your donations!But all good things must come to an end and for us that means our funds are exhausted for the year and our grants process is now closed for 2015. We will of course continue to fulfill our eight outstanding pledges and matching campaigns and manage other business. We will be accepting new requests beginning in early 2016.We will remain in touch in the coming months to spotlight some of the really great projects that are underway like the new AICC education center and computer lab below! We remain incredibly grateful to support such professional and dedicated service providers. We are more committed than ever to reducing poverty, expanding affordable housing and fostering a more dynamic and knowledgable constituency in the Inland Northwest.Best wishes for a peaceful and happy fall!
Sharon & Don
Calling all university faculty, students, staff, alumni and regents/trustees!
Double your donation!
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund special matching campaign!
If you don’t by now know about the firebombing of the Pullman Planned Parenthood health center, you might just live in a cave. Hey – no judgement! That seems like a pretty peaceful option these days.But it did happen and now it’s time to rebuild.Since so many of Planned Parenthood’s patients are young and low income people and the Pullman clinic sits just a stone’s throw from one of Washington’s great public universities, the Fund is tying it all together and leading a matching funds campaign! Every dollar donated by any WA or ID university student, faculty, staff member, regent/trustee or alum will be matched. The Fund absorbs all overhead costs through other donations so every gross dollar is matched one to one!
So please visit our Donate page and designate your donation to the Planned Parenthood Pullman Matching Campaign. If you have no university affiliation, no problem! Just forward this to someone you know who does. The out-of-pocket estimate to rebuild is $250,000 so we best get it going!
Thanks in advance for your generosity and support of quality and affordable reproductive health in Eastern WA!
Sharon & Don
p.s. There are still no suspects but the Arson Alarm Foundation and NW Insurance Council are offering a $10,000 reward for information about the arson that leads to an arrest. More info here.
Double your donation by giving to the
Planned Parenthood Pullman Universities Matching Campaign!Forward this to everyone you know who is a WA or ID university faculty, student, staff member or alum!Spread the word: Planned Parenthood will open a temporary open a temporary center Oct. 12 at 745 N. Grand Ave. #108 in Pullman to provide annual exams, birth control, testing for sexually transmitted infections and other services.
Like the Planned Parenthood of Greater WA & Northern ID Facebook Page!
Read about the scientists at UW who make life-saving medical breakthroughs through the use of fetal and other tissue donations.
American Indian Community Center
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund supported project!
New education department and computer lab open!
610 E. North Foothills Drive, Spokane
A message from AICC Executive Director, Lux Devereaux …
AICC kids & staff get productive at the new education center & computer lab!
The AICC education department and computer lab are set up and open for business. People are slowly migrating to the new center, including families and children. They are thoroughly enjoying the computer assistance and homework activities. We fully anticipate growing the program now that we are up and running.
We are very excited about the program particularly with its potential to become a permanent service here at the Center. Tutoring youth is one of the areas with limited services, especially with our Native American kids and teens. We thank the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund for their support.
Check out the full services of the AICC here.
Like the American Indian Community Center on Facebook!
Meet two of the estimated 30,000 former refugees in our area
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund important update
For Erick, Refugee Connections Spokane has done much more than help him navigate this strange land: it has given him the gift of usefulness, as well, by providing opportunities for volunteering and connection with fellow refugees.
Raad, newly introduced to the Refugee Connections Spokane staff, hopes his turn will come soon. He has a long list of projects he wants to begin to enrich Spokane’s cultural life, to give of his unique talents to a community that has given him his life.
Former refugees and the people who help connect us all
Worst of all, perhaps, for Raad, 60, an Iraqi refugee living in Spokane, are his feelings of utter uselessness when he has always given so much to the world. An artist, poet, and filmmaker, the scion of a well-known family, he was a respected teacher in his native Baghdad, and, as a refugee in Syria for three years, an art therapist who helped children process the horrors of war.His hands move constantly as he speaks, sometimes with tears in his eyes, of all he would like to give to Spokane, but cannot make the right connections, somehow. Sharing a small apartment, he has no room to make the glass and plastic art for which he was known until terrorists blew up his studio in an attempt on his life.After emigrating to Syria, he lived in Damascus, working as activities director at a community center and teaching art to refugee children who drew bombs and blood, gruesome depictions of war and terror. One boy made images of beheadings, over and over. Raad asked him why, and he said he’d seen his own father murdered.”I changed those children,” Raad says, adding that many of the children called him “godfather.” “I am proud of what I did for refugees, what I did for kids.”In Spokane since 2012, Raad is one of an estimated 30,000 refugees living in the city,
said Stephanie Zimmerman of the non-profit Refugee Connections Spokane, an organization working to help refugees assimilate and thrive in the community.The population comprises men, women, elderly, and children running for their lives-literally-from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Congo, Burma, Nepal, Russia, Ukraine, and other countries around the world.The list soon may expand to include Syria, since Barack Obama this week agreed to accept 10,000 refugees from that country, where bloody civil war has driven hundreds of thousands into Europe in a spectacular, devastating mass migration.For those who settle here, Spokane is the final stop in a journey typically long and fraught with danger. News reports have documented the drownings of groups trying to leave their countries by boat, and, recently, of refugees found dead in the back of a truck in Austria. Those who make it this far count themselves fortunate to be alive.Resettled by the organization World Relief via a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, refugees find themselves in an often-bewildering new world when they arrive, says Anna Bondarenko, outreach coordinator for Refugee Connections Spokane and a former employee at World Relief.After greeting them at Spokane International Airport, World Relief caseworkers help refugees find and set up a home, connect them with the state Department of Social and Health Services for benefits, help them find medical care, and help them find work. Some of the city’s biggest refugee employers include the Davenport Hotel, the Panda Express fast-food chain, and building manufacturing company Scafco, Bondarenko says.
Among their first-and most formidable-hurdles is learning English, which they must do to receive federal aid, Bondarenko says. But another challenge they face isn’t so easily remedied: Spokane’s notorious lack of ethnic diversity, and the biases that can result.
Too often, Zimmerman says, residents here view refugees with the same suspicious eye with which they see undocumented immigrants: as criminals and takers. In fact, though, many who come are here before they had no other recourse except death-and, like Raad, they want to give something back to the community.
Erick was 7 when his family, members of the Tutsi tribe, fled their village in Burundi, near Rwanda, in the wake of mass killings by Hutu tribesmen.
The parents and six children had no time to plan their escape, but simply walked away, leaving their possessions behind, fearing for their lives with every step. They marched for weeks, sharing food with others in the larger group, sleeping wherever they could, stripping the leaves from trees and trying to eat them, and, after crossing into neighboring Tanzania, knocking on doors to beg for food and shelter.
They lived this way for a year, said Erick, now 29, until the United Nations opened a refugee camp in Tanzania. Getting fed regularly and having a tent for shelter came as a great relief, but they yearned for home. Their one attempt, in 1997, to return to their village did not succeed.
“It was crazy. They were killing people,” Erick says. The family turned around and walked back to the camp, where it remained until 2004-a total of 10 years.
Although better than living in constant fear, life in the refugee camp was very difficult, Erick says. In Burundi, he said, his family grew rice, casava, bananas and other foods in the rich, fertile soil.
“We didn’t have to ask if we were going to eat tomorrow,” he says. “We were happy with what we had.”
In the camp, the family built a hut on a plot of land too tiny even for a garden, he said. Unable to grow their food, they relied on handouts of cooking oil, beans, flour, and other staples.
“In refugee camp, I was not happy,” Erick says. “Refugee camp was not a good time.”
Now, Erick is on the giving end of the refugee chain, translating and interpreting, helping new arrivals with errands in his car, and, this year, working in Refugee Connections Spokane’s newest program, the Refugees’ Harvest Project, in which 50 refugees from various backgrounds harvest donated produce and distribute it free of charge at the East Central Community Center.”It’s their way of saying, ‘Thank you, Spokane, for accepting us. Thank you for allowing us to be here. Now we’re going to give back to you,” Bondarenko says.The program embodies “what a civilized compassionate society does,” says Sharon Smith, co-trustee of the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, which endowed the Harvest Project with a $4,000 grant this year.
The philanthropic fund aims to alleviate poverty, among other causes.Smith also lauded the program for increasing awareness of Spokane’s refugee
community, which is largely invisible or misunderstood, she says. With the Spokane area expected to grow nearly 20 percent by 2030, diversity is certain to increase in our community, and tolerance will need to grow, as well, she adds.
“We need to start better understanding other people and adjusting to accommodate them if we are to live in wellness and prosperity together,” Smith says.Other Refugee Connections Spokane programs include:
- Elder Outreach Project, connecting elders to one another and to services
- Patient Passport Project, helping refugees document their medical conditions and histories in a “passport”-style brochure to carry with them, and
- American Law and Justice Workshop, helping them to understand the U.S. criminal justice system and their own rights and responsibilities.
For Erick, Refugee Connections Spokane has done much more than help him navigate this strange land: it has given him the gift of usefulness, as well, by providing opportunities for volunteering and connection with fellow refugees.”This is what I am looking for,” he thought when he began working with the Harvest Project.”I like for people to be happy,” he says. “I’m very happy to be in the USA.”Raad, newly introduced to the Refugee Connections Spokane staff, hopes his turn will come soon. He has a long list of projects he wants to begin to enrich Spokane’s cultural life, to give of his unique talents to a community that has given him his life.”I want to meet people,” Raad says, and describes the films he wants to make, the writing workshops he wants to give, the speeches he could deliver, the Arabic-language TV station he wants to start, with artist interviews, comedic films (“In my country, we like to laugh”) and even a cooking show.”I want to make activities,” he says, his hands moving, moving. “This is not right.”
This article was commissioned by the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund and written by Sherry Jones. Sherry Jones is an author and freelance writer living in Spokane. Contact her at email@example.com.
World Relief didn’t return our call for participation in this story, however, you may learn more about their role in our local refugee settlement process in a Spokesman-Review article
that ran online Friday.
Reproductive health care under attack in Pullman, literally
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund important update
An early-morning fire at Planned Parenthood in Pullman Friday was arson, according to the Pullman Fire Department and the Inland Northwest Joint Terrorism Task Force (Spokesman-Review
). The investigation is ongoing.Most Planned Parenthood health clinics have seen increased aggression since heavily debunked videos were released by an anti-choice group recently. A well-funded and organized anti-reproductive health effort has been particularly aggressive in Pullman for some time but it has ratcheted up recently.
The clinic has been targeted in spite of the fact that Planned Parenthood Pullman doesn’t perform abortions.
What was being aggressively protested and has now been physically destroyed is a quality reproductive health clinic that treats primarily low income men and women.
Anti-choice extremists have ginned up a hateful and destructive movement against reproductive health care that has gone too far in our own backyard. We hear over and over from people how they know these radical groups are wrong but they “don’t want to get involved” or it’s too “controversial”.
If you are not speaking out against these radical groups and their aggressive, misleading and violent rhetoric and actions, you are condoning violence. Leaders don’t let violence that affects our community’s health go unchallenged.
The good news!
The Pullman clinic operated out of a tent in the parking lot yesterday providing whatever care they can under those conditions. They are working now to find temporary facilities while they rebuild.
The Fund has a primary mission of reducing poverty by ensuring vulnerable people in the Inland Northwest have access to tools and resources to achieve sustainable well-being. Crucial to the primary care of poor and low income persons is access to all aspects of family planning.
We are more resolved than ever to stand with Planned Parenthood and ensure they continue
providing affordable, quality health care in the Inland Northwest.
Two primary factors contribute to women achieving their dreams: reproductive health care/family planning and education. We should be doing whatever we can to ensure women have the opportunities to achieve their dreams.
If you know of space that could temporarily accommodate these important health care services in Pullman, please let us know or email Tanya at Planned Parenthood.
If you want to learn more, meet with a Planned Parenthood team member or tour a clinic, let us know so we can help.
Women and men’s reproductive health needs your participation more than ever!
Typical health offerings
Vary by clinic
||UTI diagnosis & treatment
|STD testing & treatment
||Abnormal pap management
||Abortion – medical/surgical
||HIV testing & treatment referral
|Essure – permanent birth control for women
||PrEP – Pre-exposure prophylaxix
|Checkups for reproductive or sexual health problems
||Colon, prostate and testicular cancer screenings
|Jock itch exam & treatment
||Infertility screening & referral
|STD testing & treatment
||UTI testing & treatment
|Condoms & vasectomy
||General health care & routine physical
|Erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation including education, exams, treatment & referral
In 2014, 67% of patients seen at local Planned Parenthood Health Centers reported income below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level.
- Chlamydia rates in Spokane County are higher than WA State rates: 424.4 per 100,000 cases in Spokane County compared to the state rate of 363.4.
- Rates of gonorrhea were higher in Spokane County, with a rate of 68.5 per 100,000 cases compared to the statewide rate of 63.8.
- 48% of pregnancies in Washington are unplanned, and in 2010 public spending to cover unplanned pregnancies totaled an estimated $468 million, according to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
- The vast majority of HIV cases – over 92% – were sexually transmitted. Better education about prevention and testing could save lives, especially since a 2014 survey by the MAC AIDS Fund found that 33% of American teens do not realize that HIV can be sexually transmitted.
Planned Parenthood’s efforts in the Inland Northwest
In the Health Center:
The health centers in the Inland Northwest not only provide exceptional reproductive and complementary health services, they also provide face-to-face personalized education to each patient seen. Depending on the purpose of the visit, patients can receive pregnancy and STI information and prevention methods, pregnancy options counseling, health and nutrition information, an assessment of health risks based on family history and birth control information and options. Each patient walks out the door equipped with options, accurate information and the knowledge needed to make healthy decisions.
In the Community:
Planned Parenthood Community Organizers table at community events such as Earth Day Spokane, PRIDE Spokane, Unity in the Community, Spokane AIDS Walk, and GYT at EWU and WSU. At these events, they provide our community with health care resources and engage in important conversations about the legislation that impact access to comprehensive reproductive health services.
In the Classroom:
We don’t believe it’s enough to simply provide teens with dry facts – we also want to create an environment where teens can truly engage in learning about their health in a way that’s most comfortable for them. And for many teens, that means getting information from their peers. That’s where our Teen Council program comes in, training local high school students to be peer educators on the subjects of sexual health and healthy relationships. The council meets weekly with one of our Youth Development Specialists to learn about sexual health topics and receive training in group facilitation and presentation. They then take this information into the classroom, community events, and one-on-one interactions with their peers, helping spread accurate information about sexual health in an approachable and effective way.
Honest Education Makes a Difference! Did you know…
- Comprehensive sex ed leads to a 60% reduction in unprotected sex among teens.Teens who receive comprehensive sex ed are 50% less likely to experience pregnancy than those in abstinence-only programs.
- Friends of peer educators are also much more likely to use contraception. In general, teens who believe their peers are using condoms are twice as likely to use them.
- Peer educators are an important supplement to comprehensive sex ed – studies show they can be perceived as more credible than adult educators because they communicate in a more relatable way.
- Comprehensive sex ed is more effective in delaying sexual activity than abstinence-only programs – studies have found that 40% of students receiving comprehensive sex ed delay having sex, and 30% reduce the frequency of sex or return to abstinence.
The river is low – what you need to know!
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund endorsed campaign!
H2KNOW: Our Spokane River is Low
For tips on conserving water around your home see www.h2know.info.
H2KNOW Campaign co-organizer John Osborn, M.D. shared today that water levels in the Spokane River continue to drop near all-time lows. Meanwhile, City of Spokane water use is at an all-time high: 3.8 billion gallons in July, or 122 million gallons of water each day. “Our Spokane River is in trouble, and we must conserve water. We must use water wisely to help our struggling River and the wildlife, outdoor recreation, and businesses that depend on our River.”
The new “H2KNOW: Our Spokane River is Low” campaign to drive home the Aquifer – River connection and desperate need to conserve water made a big splash this past week by focusing on the record low-flow in our River. Billboards can be seen around town and our local news media covered the campaign kickoff. Here’s a roundup of recent river coverage:
August 6 – Spokesman-Review published this cover-page piece, and S-R’s Rich Lander’s encouragement. That same day Allison Flicker and crew at KHQ gave us great visuals and tips. And, Steve Jackson from Spokane Public Radio spoke about our River on radio.
August 8 – The Spokesman-Review, Editorial Board chimed in, and published a thoughtful and compelling opinion piece by John Roskelley and Carolyn Leon. And, KXLY helped viewers know about the flow on August 9.
“Once again, science and simple measurements are busting the myth that we have an endless water supply. We can’t continue to stick our heads in dry sand. People and policies must evolve and adapt. This drought is a wake-up call for the deepening crisis for our rivers and salmon brought on by climate change. We must all do our part to protect these waters that we so treasure here in the Inland Northwest,” said Carolyn Leon, co-chair of Sierra Club’s Upper Columbia River Group.
For tips on conserving water around your home see www.h2know.info.
And, if you’d like, you can Like and follow the H2KNOW on facebook at: www.facebook.com/H2KnowSpo
Contact: Jim Hedemark 206.790.6561
Getting sick shouldn’t risk economic security or safety!
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund supported policy!
** ACTION ALERT **
We hope you will read our detailed letter below to Spokane City Council Members about Spokane’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave policy.
PLEASE write the City Council with your comments.
This Tuesday, July 21, is another major deadline so time is of the essence. Please weigh in today!
July 19, 2015
Dear Spokane City Council Members:
We appreciate the opportunity to write to you today about Spokane’s Sick and Safe Leave policy.
The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund is a 501c3 charitable foundation working to ensure vulnerable people in our community have the tools and resources they need to achieve and maintain sustainable well being. Last year the Fund commissioned a robust, objective, third party survey to help us understand the needs of the people in Spokane County and their priorities. (Detailed results are attached).
— 87% of Spokane County residents (90% of Spokane City residents) believe working people who are sick or have sick children should be able to take paid sick days. The only thing that polled higher was equal educational opportunities at 91%. It was overwhelmingly supported by every demographic.
— 89% of Spokane County residents believe in making sure people can take a day off of work without penalty if they are sick with only 9% opposing. These results polled even higher than the need for criminal justice reforms that was next highest with 79% support.
The people of Spokane overwhelmingly want and need to be able to earn paid sick leave.
Everyone gets sick and everyone deserves time to get better without risking their economic security or safety. Currently about 40,000 workers in Spokane lack earned sick and safe leave, risking the health and safety of themselves, the public, and their families. Access to Earned Sick and Safe Pay reduces employee turnover, protects the safety of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, increases employee morale and productivity, and ensures workers don’t spread illnesses.
We were grateful for Thursday’s open house to get a full picture of the process used to form the policy, what has ensued since and what supporters and opponents have to say about its components.
During the meeting it was conveyed that the citizen task force team comprised of a wide variety of stakeholders both opposing and supporting the policy recommended employees earn one hour per 30 hours worked but the draft policy is set at one per 40 hours worked.
— This difference means it will take a full time worker eight months to earn 40 hours versus six months. This is even more pronounced when looking at part time workers who are often in more vulnerable and precarious situations.
We urge you to allow all workers to earn one hour per 30 hours worked.
Apparently the task force team also discussed an employee’s ability to earn as much as 72 hours per year of sick leave but the draft policy is set with the ability to earn only 40 with the potential to use those 40.
— 40 hours may simply not be enough especially for households with children. The minimum living wage in Spokane for one adult with two children is $52,333 . The median income is $49,233  and while unemployment rates have stabilized, median income has been falling here over the past several years. Our median income not even meeting a basic living wage indicates there are wide segments of our workers who are in very vulnerable living situations.
— While studies show average sick days taken are three per year per worker, but we all know people don’t get sick in averages. Some people need more and some use none and it stands to reason that the situation causing the longer leave is already straining the family in other ways financially and emotionally.
We urge you to revise the policy to allow an employee to earn and use 64 hours per year. At 64 hours, full time workers would continue earning sick pay nearly all year and if they don’t use it, the carryover will be available to the maximum the policy allows.
And last but certainly not least is the topic of exemptions. How do you pick and choose who sends their child to school sick, who can’t get out of a life-threatening situation at home, who can’t pay their bills, or who loses their job because they or a family member are sick? Not even one worker can be exempted from this policy.
— Allowing any businesses (not covered by collective bargaining agreements) to be exempt creates a class system of Spokane workers. Our community is already plagued with separatism with poverty neighborhoods of predominantly working people surrounded by concentrations of wealth just a mile away to the north and south. We’ve seen through past Spokane Regional Health District analysis the major differences the people in the poorer neighborhoods have in health care, prenatal care, and other factors critical to sustainable well being. We cannot exacerbate these disparities.
We do not see this through just the foundation lens but through a lifetime of managing small and large businesses with narrow profit margins and workers at every pay level. We have sat at the table defending paid sick leave and health care for employees against strong opposition. In every case the numbers were there to support the policies but the employer priorities and where money was spent was the question. It was a matter of priorities and a commitment to the people we employed and customers we served. Employers can look for ways to make this work or fight it at every turn. We speak from experience that it can work.
Furthermore, exempting business based on size is completely arbitrary. No evidence exists to show that workers in smaller businesses are less vulnerable or these businesses are less capable financially. And as for the implementation and management, many smaller companies use outside payroll processing firms that are well versed in these practices. Others that process payroll in-house are already performing similar and likely even more complicated calculations like employment taxes. We have full confidence that Spokane businesses are capable of managing this policy, but for those that need additional help, possibly Spokane business organizations could see providing assistance like workshops as a great value-added benefit to their dues-paying members. The Fund would possibly be able to assist in some way as well and let us know how we can help to ensure this policy is successful.
Relative to the support and enforcement side, it is once again a matter of priorities. The city budget process underway simply needs to allocate the necessary resources for start-up and ongoing support. Most of the smart and dedicated people developing the city’s budget have sick leave and other benefits and we are confident they will work to help ensure their neighbors have it as well. And we again speak from experience when we say the vast majority of workers will not abuse the system if the working environment is one of mutual respect and conducive to success for all parties.
As for the threats from businesses that they will move to other areas, there is once again no evidence to support this. Washington State and our region have experienced minimum wage and other increases over the past decades and has only flourished. Businesses that embrace their responsibility to our community’s wellness will benefit from increased worker loyalties and community health.
All workers deserve to earn paid sick and safe leave and should not be penalized by working for a certain size company. We must support the vast numbers of workers in our community to whom missing one day of work can make a difference between hanging on and falling apart whether they work for a large or small company.
We have heard the question asked as to why government should be involved in this in the first place. The answer is simple: because government is the primary protector of our safety, rights and liberties. We believe in capitalism but companies exist to make a profit. Workers are necessary for companies to achieve their goals and critical to their success. We are grateful that our local government is working to help us all balance the needs of companies and our residents to achieve sustainable well being in our community.
Sharon Smith Don Barbieri
Win/Win and the Fund partner for the 2nd year to help people build power in Spokane!
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund sponsored program!
Civic Engagement & Organizing Training:
Building Political Power in Communities of Color and other Underrepresented Communities
Wednesday, July 22 from 9am-4:30pm
At the Philanthropy Center
(1020 W. Riverside, Spokane)
Click here to register. Registration deadline July 17.
- Would you like your organization’s issues to gain the attention of voters & lawmakers?
- Does your organization exercise the power of its members during elections?
- Does your organization have the tools to craft a plan to register, engage, and mobilize voters – including your own members – to effectively change public policy?
- Do you know how your non-profit 501(c)(3) can engage the community and influence elections?
- Would you like to build more support and capacity for your campaign efforts?
- Would you like more volunteers and more leaders?
- How can we collaborate better together?
These are some of the issues we’ll explore at the Civic Engagement & Organizing Training!
Participants will increase their knowledge of civic engagement strategies, explore ways to engage volunteers in civic engagement and organizing work to increase the capacity of our organizations, and gain a greater understanding of the relationship between 501(c)(3)s, (c)(4)s & PACs. This training will lay the groundwork for crafting your own civic engagement plans.
Registration Fee Including Lunch: $10 for Greater Spokane Progress members, $15 for non-members. Scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis (email: Anne Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Space is limited. If you wish to bring more than 2 people per organization, please contact Anne.
To register, go to: http://bit.ly/1SbCLNG
Please bring your registration fee to the training. We accept checks (made out to the Washington Progress Fund), cash, or credit cards.
For more information, contact: Anne Martin, Greater Spokane Progress at email@example.com or 509-624-5657
The workshop is sponsored by the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund and organized by the Greater Spokane Progress Leadership Development and Training Committee.
The lead trainer will be Lisa Horowitz of StrategyWorks NW, LLC. StrategyWorks NW is a consulting firm based in Portland, Oregon that provides clients a range of services aimed at advancing policies and strengthening organizations. Lisa has been organizing, advocating and advancing social change at the state and national levels professionally since 1987 (her volunteer organizing work goes back much longer). She brings her expertise and energy to a range of trainings she has developed to help strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of progressive organizations. She serves as a coach and mentor to executive directors and organizers.She works with board members and staff to build stronger organizations. For more information on Lisa or the firm, visit www.strategyworksnw.com.
WSU gets $100,000 to promote healthy neighborhood homes
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund sponsored project!
By Terren Roloff, WSU Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. – Healthy housing is the focus of a novel collaboration between Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and its community neighbors, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund.
The “University-Community Partnership to Reduce Children’s Health Disparities” will foster student engagement, innovative practice at Spokane’s Teaching Health Clinic and research addressing healthy housing.
The project is inspired by WSU College of Nursing professor Patricia Butterfield’s research on substandard housing and environmental health risks.
The teaching health clinic is expected to be completed in early 2016.
“Our previous research, conducted in Montana and western Washington, reduced health risks to children by focusing on their living conditions and homes,” she said. “Now that work will take root in Spokane neighborhoods.”
Butterfield and WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown will co-direct the effort.
“It makes sense that students and faculty on our health sciences campus listen to residents’ health concerns and then work to address them,” Brown said. “We are grateful to the Smith-Barbieri Fund for this opportunity.”
“WSU Spokane has a student population of future health care professionals already oriented toward helping others and engaging in outreach activities,” said Sharon Smith, co-trustee of the fund. “The fund is excited to help them grow their excellent track record of commitment to the community.”
The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that focuses on eradicating poverty, expanding affordable housing and other quality of life issues in the Inland Northwest.
Specifically, the partnership will:
• Support community-based and epidemiologic research aimed at reducing housing-related health disparities in Spokane children.
• Create an inter-professional community of WSU Spokane health sciences students and faculty who are trained and interested in focusing on housing-related needs and health inequities to work with the neighborhood.
• Amplify the positive societal impact of WSU Spokane by extending the university’s reach into local neighborhoods.
• Lay the foundation for strong connections between clinical services and local residents’ needs.
An interdisciplinary student organization, the Health Equity Circle, is a key component of WSU Spokane’s strategy to build a relationship with its neighbors and learn about their needs and how best to initiate transformation. The students represent WSU and Eastern Washington University programs in a variety of health sciences.
University participants will work with neighborhood organizations, schools, the Spokane Regional Health District,and the Global to Local program, which already works with WSU and other partners to demonstrate the effectiveness of global health strategies to improve the health status of underserved local communities.
Matching challenge completed for Women & Children’s Free Restaurant!
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund sponsored project!
The Fund just fulfilled its $50,000 matching funds pledge to Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen! More than 30 donors giving $25 to $15,000 each participated in the match challenge resulting in a total of $100,000 to WCFR. This was the Fund’s second $50,000 donation to WCFR and fulfills our commitment just in time for them to start serving at the new location on June 2nd! Woohoo!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Well Timed Gift for Mothers and their Children
(Spokane, Washington) – May 8, 2015 – Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, A Charitable Foundation has a special gift for mothers and children in Spokane. They contributed $50,000 to Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen (WCFR) as the result of their match challenge issued to the community in support of WCFR’s capital campaign for a new home.
Focused on quality of life and attaining full future potential in the Inland Northwest, the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund saw the significance of investing in an organization that provides healthy meals for women and children. A child will struggle at school if they are hungry. They need healthy nourishment to learn and break the cycle of poverty.
Over the last 26 years, WCFR has operated out of the basement of a 100-year old church. They have grown from serving 20 women a week to a fully licensed restaurant that serves 45,000 meals annually in-house and through outreach meal partners. WCFR purchased the former Center Pointe building at 1408 North Washington and continues to seek capital campaign funding to complete the necessary renovations. A previous $50,000 Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund grant helped purchase the new facility.
“We are so pleased to see the community rise to our match challenge in support of this important organization,” said Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund co-Trustee Sharon Smith. “We support WCFR because they have a 26-year track record of providing a basic human need in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the state.”
“We are truly grateful to have received this generous matching donation.” said WCFR executive director Lisa Diffley. “The timing is critical as we wrap up the first phase of our building renovations. We’re very excited to welcome women and children for their first meal in our new home on June 2.”
Smith-Barbieri Fund partners with NAACP on Moral Mondays Northwest
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund sponsored initiative!
Check out this super cool new community forum from Spokane NAACP!
Moral Mondays Northwest will expand diverse networking on Spokane City TV and collaborate with key stakeholders in five game-changer issues of justice: education, criminal justice, health, economic sustainability, and political representation.
Moral Mondays Northwest will spark the first day of each week with a proactive focus on justice issues rather than returning to the workweek with a business as usual attitude. It will appeal to Spokane’s sense of ethics and highlight social justice as the moral imperative for the 21st century.
Follow them @SpokaneNAACP on Twitter and Instagram
Join the kick-off event: Spokane City Hall, May 11th, at 4:30-5:30
The Fund is honored to be the Title Sponsor of Moral Mondays Northwest.Now is the right time to do the right thing. Start each week with a fresh focus on justice.
Check out this example of what we’ll see from Moral Mondays Northwest!
Smith-Barbieri Fund Awards $20,000 to OneAmerica
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund sponsored program!
The Target: Assist Spokane’s undocumented immigrants with naturalization, administrative relief, and civic engagement through OneAmerica, Washington’s largest immigrant advocacy organization. Primary goals include helping these residents to live in dignity and earn a fair wage for their work.
When Martin Negrete was 12, his father took him to work at his manual-labor job. He wanted his son to see what an undocumented immigrant’s life is really like, in hopes that the boy would choose a better path for himself. The tactic worked.
What Negrete experienced: Seventeen-hour workdays in the hot sun with little to no water. Wages dependent on the number of containers filled, making for a frantic, constant pace of work always in pursuit of one more dollar — and at day’s end, pay amounting to less than minimum wage.
“We worked like dogs,” he says, “and were treated like animals.”
Today, Negrete, 21, is a student at Eastern Washington University, living the dream of college his parents worked so hard and suffered so much to give him, and an activist working for immigrants’ rights.
Among the organizations he supports: the nonprofit OneAmerica, Washington’s largest immigrant advocacy organization helping immigrants lift themselves out of poverty, agitating for legal reforms, and registering and encouraging eligible immigrants to vote. The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, A Charitable Foundation, recently awarded a $20,000 grant to OneAmerica so it could expand its work in Spokane and eastern Washington.
“We can talk about all kinds of things we need to do for immigration—protect our borders better, provide a path to citizenship, reform our processes” fund co-Trustee Sharon Smith says. “But at the very minimum, we should be ensuring that people in our community are not being exploited, and that immigrants know all opportunities available to them under the law.”
Immigrant men, women, and children are vulnerable to exploitation in Spokane and other communities in eastern Washington, OneAmerica executive director Rich Stolz says, forced to work long hours for little pay under substandard conditions—against the law, but rarely reported. By coming forward, a worker risks being deported, wrested from children, spouses, parents, or other family members, to a life that can be much worse.
“Undocumented immigrant workers live in constant fear of being torn from their families,” Stolz says. Anxiety can affect their children, as well, hampering their performance in school, Negrete adds.
How many undocumented immigrants call Spokane “home” isn’t known. Statewide, the number could be as high as 150,000, Stolz says. As many as 77,000 additional individuals may qualify for administrative relief under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA), a measure preventing parents of legal permanent residents from being deported. The measure, signed in November 2014, is on hold because of legal challenges. An estimated 8,000 residents of Spokane and surrounding communities are eligible for naturalization but for various reasons—lack of access to legal services, language barriers, low incomes—have not become citizens. It is estimated that a similar number of individuals may be eligible for administrative relief.
Meanwhile, Spokane’s immigrant population continues to grow. For those eligible to become citizens, if they naturalize their incomes may increase by 11 to 14 percent. State, federal, and municipal coffers swell with their tax dollars. They can achieve sustainable well-being. Many, especially those without legal status, struggle to survive.
Administrative relief, should it pass muster in the courts, should have a similar effect. It boils down to protecting immigrants from exploitive conditions, and providing them with opportunities to step forward and more fully contribute to their communities, have more choices with regard to employment, and provide for their families.
Becoming a citizen offers other benefits, too, including a sense of security and permanence. That security, Negrete says, frees immigrants to spend more of their income, boosting the economy.
The Smith-Barbieri Fund grant will help OneAmerica to assist Spokane’s undocumented immigrants with naturalization, administrative relief, and civic engagement. Helping them to live in dignity and to earn a fair wage for their work are primary goals, Stolz says.
By working with such potential organizations as World Relief and the Spokane Alliance and partnering with supportive business owners, OneAmerica hopes to stop employers and landlords in the Spokane area from taking advantage of undocumented immigrants—a situation that many have likened to slavery or indentured servitude.
“The conditions can be horrific,” Smith says. “We should try to do something to at least allow immigrants an opportunity to work and to feed their families. Their working conditions should be held to the same standards as everyone else’s. And the playing field for businesses should be the same.”
Adds Stolz: “This grant creates a huge opportunity for thousands of eastern Washington residents and their families to have a new lease on life.”
Racial and civic justice forum in Spokane April 14!
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund partner event!
“Race: The Power of an Illusion”
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund partner event!
Win/Win Network & Greater Spokane Progress
“Race: The Power of an Illusion”
Presented by Glenn Harris, President of the Center for Social Inclusion
A Nationally Recognized Racial Equity Training
Coming to Spokane
March 12, 2015
Race: The Power of an Illusion workshops have been conducted in cities across the United States. For the first time, this powerful training is coming to Spokane.
Greater Spokane Progress is hosting this training at a reduced rate to give non-profit and government leaders a chance to attend.
Based on the acclaimed PBS documentaryRace: The Power of an Illusion, this training is designed to develop a collective understanding of institutional racism vs. individual racism, define racial equity, and discuss the steps organizations and institutions can take to achieve racial equity.
Date: Thursday March 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Spokane. Exact site TBA.
Cost: $25. Discounts offered to Greater Spokane Progress members or large groups. Scholarships are available.
Space Limited: Workshop limited to 100 people.
Registration Details coming soon!
Eastern Washington University Women’s & Gender Studies
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund Sponsored Program!
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGS) and the Women’s Studies Center (WSC) organized the first Activist-in-Residence (AiR) Program in the 2013 academic year on the campus of Eastern Washington University. AiR supports a local or regional activist to work with WGS students and faculty, the Women’s Studies Center, and numerous other student groups, programs, and units throughout the University for one quarter each year. During one quarter, the Activist-in-Residence provides at least 8-10 activities, such as guest lectures or class presentations, presentations for the entire University community, workshops, activist projects, and other events. This unique combination of different disciplines from academia, different levels of students (undergraduate/graduate), community based organizations, and an expert Activist-in-Residence provides a rich experience for all involved. Check out upcoming AiR activities!