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Public invited to celebrate World Refugee Day at Edmonds College

World Refugee Day

EDMONDS—Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest invites the public to join the celebration of World Refugee Day 2024 in collaboration with Edmonds College. This event is proudly sponsored by Snohomish County, Snohomish County Health Department, and Lynnwood Food Bank. World Refugee Day is observed globally every year on June 20. It was first celebrated in 2001 […]

VOA and Rick Steves break ground on new Lynnwood Neighborhood Center

Lynnwood Neighborhood Center

LYNNWOOD—Several community partners, including Volunteers of America Western Washington, travel writer Rick Steves, Snohomish County, the cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Edmonds, and state and federal delegates, broke ground on the new Lynnwood Neighborhood Center at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, Thursday, April 18 – commemorating a project ten years in the making. Volunteers […]

New Lynnwood Neighborhood Center to begin construction this April

Lynnwood Neighborhood Center

LYNNWOOD—Volunteers of America’s new Lynnwood Neighborhood Center is set to begin construction this upcoming April 15 which will serve over 20,000 community members annually, from the most vulnerable needing support to at-risk children and youth. “The Lynnwood Neighborhood Center is a true partnership between the faith community, the local businesses, the local community members and […]

Annual Stuff-a-Bus event returns to Everett Fred Meyer

Stuff-a-Bus everett

EVERETT, Wash., December 11, 2023—The Silver Lake area Fred Meyer store successfully wrapped up its annual Stuff-A-Bus Food and Toy drive on Sunday, December 10, in partnership with Everett Transit, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 883 (ATU 883), and Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW). For three weekends after Thanksgiving Day shoppers had the opportunity to […]

Annual Stuff-a-Bus returns to bring holiday cheer to families in need


EVERETT, Wash., October 29, 2023—For three weekends after Thanksgiving, Volunteers of America Western Washington, in partnership with Fred Meyer, Everett Transit, and ATU Local 883, will host the annual “Stuff-a-Bus” toy and food drive at Fred Meyer, 12906 Bothell-Everett Hwy near SR 527 in Everett. Shoppers will have an opportunity to load an Everett Transit […]

Brian Smith, VOA CEO, prioritizes housing, mental health, and child care

Brian Smith VOA

EVERETT, Wash., July 12, 2023—Brian Smith, President and CEO of Volunteers of America (VOA), was appointed to his position last May and has been met with multiple successes since. From distributing over $100 million in relief funds to introducing the 988 suicide prevention line, Smith is off to a good start. The 988-line, Smith said, […]

World Refugee Day celebrated thanks to RISNW and EvCC

World Refugee Day

EVERETT, Wash., July 3, 2023—On Tuesday, June 20, Everett Community College (EvCC) in partnership with Refugee and Immigrant Services NW hosted a World Refugee Day celebration. The event featured speakers including Snohomish County Councilwoman Megan Dunn, Lynnwood City Councilwoman Julieta Altamirano-Crosby and keynote speaker Phuong Vu. Performances were by Destinee Fijian Dance Troupe, Yolihuani Aztec […]

VOAWW celebrates opening of regional food distribution center in Arlington

voaww food distribution center

ARLINGTON, Wash., June 25, 2023—Community leaders gathered to celebrate Perdue Farms presenting a donation to Volunteers of America of Western Washington (VOAWW) for its new Food Distribution Center in Arlington on Friday, June 23. The 79,000-square-foot facility, located in the Raine Building, serves as Snohomish County’s distribution center for its 19 food banks. In 2022, […]

Lynnwood holds roundtable on homelessness and drug addiction

lynnwood drug roundtable

LYNNWOOD, Wash., June 23, 2023—The City of Lynnwood held a roundtable discussion on homelessness, mental health, and drug addiction Wednesday, June 22, featuring the Lynnwood City Council, Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell, and behavioral and treatment specialists working with the Lynnwood Police Department, South County Fire, Verdant Health, Compass Health, Volunteers of America, and several city […]

Larsen sees firsthand the strength of partnerships in preventing student hunger

Nourishing Network

EDMONDS, Wash., June 6, 2023—Representative Rick Larsen met with Edmonds School District Superintendent Rebecca Miner and two community partners—Nourishing Network and Edmonds Hub—on June 2, to understand the district’s unique budget challenges and to learn how the community comes together to provide nutritious meals to students and families to prevent hunger. Also, during his visit, […]

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