Tulalip Tribes honor local charities

 

November 1, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary school teacher Chelsea Craig, left, leads her students in song to start off the Tulalip Tribes' Raising Hands celebration on Oct. 28.

The Tulalip Tribes charitable fund has donated $7.5 million in the last year to local organizations and held their Raising Hands Celebration to recognize the work done with some of those funds.

The Raising Hands event on Oct. 28 was held at the Tulalip Resort Casino with representatives from many nonprofit organizations there to be honored.

The celebration is meant to "recognize all those organizations and people who make a difference on behalf of people in your communities," said Marie Zackuse, chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes.

Tulalip Tribal board member Mel Sheldon Jr. said that the Tribes have received good fortune in recent years and hope to pass that fortune to their community.

"We're just so grateful for the good will that has come our way so we can share that common goal we have of working with each other for a better community," he said.

Last year's $7.5 million supported about 460 nonprofit and community groups.

"Since the formal inception of our charitable contributions fund we are proud to announce more than $84.2 million has supported the Puget Sound area in the state of Washington," said Zackuse.

Throughout the night the Tulalip Tribes highlighted six of the local organizations that have received help.

Organizations like Mom and Me Mobile Medical Clinics, which are mobile clinics with a mission to help the whole community.

"The clinic is open to anyone in need of care in western Washington," regardless of insurance status, said Teri Gobin, vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes.

"We want every individual to have medical care without worrying about insurance or co-pays," said Dale Clark, executive director of the organization.

"You're seen by a certified doctor and licensed nurse to get the care you need," he said.

Their services such as mammograms are helpful for those who would otherwise not bother with the preventative measures due to cost.

"I know several people whose lives could have saved by that," said Gobin.

Salish Sea Expeditions was another nonprofit organization recognized.

They provide boat trip lessons for local students interested in marine science.

"Their vision is for all citizens to experience the wonders of the marine environment," said Sheldon.

"Boat-based education is particularly unique because it forces the students out of their comfort zone and literally takes the ground out from under them," said Seth Muir, executive director for the organization.

Snohomish County Search and Rescue is a volunteer group meant to provide rescue efforts when all other emergency response options have been exhausted.

The group which does rescues with no charge is funded through donations and is powered by volunteers, who are sometimes put in dangerous situations.

"We certainly have times in our mission when we are trusting each other with our lives," said Snohomish County Search and Rescue board president Randy Fay.

The Seattle Children's Chorus, which provides community-based choir training, was also recognized.

"This program brings children together, bringing them pride, opportunities and a sense of belonging," said Gobin.

The chorus has travelled internationally and provides need-based scholarships.

The Recovery Café in Everett provides a community for those recovering from drug addiction.

Christopher Andersson

Tulalip Tribal chairwoman Marie Zackuse speaks at the Tribes' Raising Hands celebration on Oct. 28.

Those recovering from addiction "can pursue their healing and recovery together. Their underlying philosophy is that all people have value," said Sheldon.

Founder Wendy Grove based the organization on a similar program in Seattle and her own experiences.

"Driving through Everett I could see people that walked around and had no place to go," she said.

The Friendship Circle of Washington, which provides a place for local kids with special needs to have a community and build friends, was also honored.

They "empower special needs youth to live a corrective and independent adult life," said Gobin.

More information on the Tulalip Tribes' charitable fund can be found at tulalipcares.org.

 

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