Thank You from Everyone at VYFS

2017 Gifts and Grants

King County "Best Starts For Kids Grant - $100,000

VYFS is thrilled that King County "Best Starts for Kids" has provided a $100,000 grant to fund the work of the Vashon Early Learning Coalition (VELC), a group of early childcare providers. VELC members will work with VYFS’ Family Education and Support Services (FESS) program to help improve their support of Island children and families.  VYFS and many others have been working with the County to help them understand the significant needs Islanders face. We are grateful to know that the County understands our needs and has taken this bold step to address them. 

Medina Foundation - $25,000 Grant

VYFS thanks the Medina Foundation for their generous grant of $25,000 for General Operating expenses.  VYFS provides critical services for the Island's most vulnerable residents, and this grant helps fund the overhead necessary when serving nearly 14% of Island residents. 

The Norcliffe Foundation - $20,000 Grant

VYFS thanks the Norcliffe Foundation, which has pledged $20,000 over the next two years to support the expansion of Vashon Kids services for children in 4th, 5th and 6th grades. “We are serving 4th and 5th graders already,” explained Vashon Kids Director Dalinda Vivero, “but with this funding we will be able to expand our services, include 6th grade program alumni, and create Orca Kids, which engages these older students every day.” This funding helps us create programming specifically to keep the older kids motivated and interested in the activities we offer.

The Northwest Children's Fund  - $12,000 Grant

VYFS is excited to announce a new home visitation program for newborns on Vashon, made possible through a $12,000  grant from the Northwest Children’s Fund “Our vision is to establish a home visiting program, where a family advocate meets with every new family on the Island, provides them with a Baby Box, acts as a parenting resource for new moms and dads, and helps to connect them to other resources,” said Kathleen Barry Johnson, VYFS Executive Director. VYFS is grateful for the support from the Northwest Children's Fund that will allow us to plan this exciting new program.

The Sheepdog Classic - $8,000 Grant

VYFS  received an $8,000 grant from the Vashon Sheep Dog Classic, in recognition of the volunteer effort organized by the agency to help operate the 2017 event. The gift, which was larger than last year, will support Vashon Kids operations. “This was an amazing year, with a lot of volunteers and record attendance. We had an expanded role and were thankful to The Sheepdog Classic for the chance to participate,” said Kathleen Barry Johnson. “I have to add my gratitude to Catherine Sullivan, who helps organize and train the volunteers, Laura Rollins, a VYFS staff member who pours hours of her time into the event, and of course every volunteer who made this possible.”

MultiCare Community Partnership Fund Grant - $5,000

VYFS is grateful for this grant for our Uncompensated Care program, a program which ensures that all those who need care can access care, regardless of their ability to pay for services.  This program is in alignement with MultiCare's mission of "Partnering for Healing and a Healthy Future."

The Moccasin Lake Foundation - $5,000 Grant

VYFS thanks the Moccasin Lake Foundation for providing $5,000 in grant funds for our new Orca Kids program. This program is part of Vashon Kids, and provides specialized curriculum, field trips and activities for 4th-6th graders.

Medina Foundation - $2500 Surprise Grant

VYFS received a great surprise! In honor of the 70th Anniversary of Medina Foundation, VYFS was awarded a grant of $2500. The Medina Foundation is a family foundation that works to foster positive change in the greater Puget Sound area.

Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund - $2,000 Grant

VYFS thanks the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund for their grant of $2,000 for General Operating expenses.  Often grants funding General Operating expenses are rare, and we are grateful for these funds that allow us to provide critical services for Islanders. 

Windermere Real Estate - $1500 Sponsorship

Thanks to Windermere Real Estate on Vashon for their 2nd annual sponsorship of the VYFS Holiday Campaign.

Pam Ingalls - Generous Donation from Painting Sales

VYFS thanks well-know Vashon Island artist Pam Ingalls for her generosity in providing the agency with the proceeds from her recent show at The Hardware Store Restaurant. These funds will be used to provide general operating expense for agency programs.