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Spotlight: Blues performers plan benefit concert

Some of the area’s best and best loved blues acts will gather for Blues for Yo, a benefit concert from 3 p.m. to midnight Aug. 12 at Daley’s Cheap Shots, 6412 E. Trent Ave., in Spokane Valley. Gary Yeoman is a Spokane native, blues guitarist and frontman for local blues outfit Voodoo Church. He was riding his motorcycle on July 21 when he encountered three deer in the roadway. He tangled with a fawn, which sent his bike spinning end over end, said bandmate Ryan Dunn.

‘Art for Radio’ gives visual element to spoken-word ideas

On Main Avenue in downtown Spokane, there are two nonprofit organizations motivated to expose others to things that are often overlooked by mainstream media. KYRS-Thin Air Community Radio broadcasts from 35 W. Main Ave. Dozens of DJs spin every type of music imaginable and voices lead relevant discussions, all heard on 92.3 and 88.1 FM or streaming online.

A new place for helping kids, families

The Salvation Army Spokane on Wednesday opened a newly renovated facility on its campus to provide counseling, family visitation and education under one roof. The facility, called the Nurturing Center for Children and Families, will centralize counseling and therapy program services that previously were spread out around the campus.

Students find Western Governors University

Flexibility, affordability and credibility were the key reasons two Spokane-area residents gave for choosing to enroll in Western Governors University Washington. But reputation was also a factor. “I spoke to several students before I chose to go there,” said Spokane Valley resident Brent Gregory, a recent graduate. “I did a lot of Web research and found all positive feedback.” WGU, which is accredited nationally and locally, was endorsed by the Legislature a year ago to expand post-secondary options for the state’s students. The nonprofit college receives no state funding and offers 50 bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs in business, information technology, education and health care. It’s the only online university endorsed by Washington.

Program gives kids a home in times of need

Taiyo, 3, and Navarro, 4, are, for the most part, normal little boys, inquisitive, gregarious and energetic, if not a bit rowdy at times. But their mother was forced to flee an abusive situation. With little outside support and no job, the family became homeless.

City boosts funds for social service grants to nonprofits

For more than a decade, Spokane’s political leaders have said they shared the goal of providing 1 percent of the city’s budget to social service agencies. For more than a decade, the city hasn’t met that goal.

Nonprofit’s cakes help kids in need

Everyone knows what it’s like to read about a great organization in a magazine and wonder if Spokane couldn’t benefit from something like that. Sometimes that’s as far as it goes, but not for Kelly Eggleston. When she read about Georgia-based Free Cakes For Kids, she knew right away she wanted to get involved. “I picked up the phone and called the lady in Georgia,” said Eggleston. “And then it went on from there.”

Nonprofit offers free prom gown of choice for special night

There has already been a flood of girls looking for beautiful dresses, but then there was a real flood. When Julianne Sullivan arrived at Julianne’s Prom Closet early Monday morning, she found water seeping through the ceiling of her basement location and running down the wall. An icemaker somewhere upstairs in the building had malfunctioned and now Sullivan was frantically hauling racks full of beautiful ball gowns out of the room.

STCU gives $1,000 to Basset Rescue

Spokane Teachers Credit Union recently donated $1,000 to Washington Basset Rescue when the nonprofit group received the most votes in an online version of STCU’s “Who do you love?” giving program. Beginning on Valentine’s Day, the credit union asked visitors of its Facebook site to vote for the local nonprofit they’d like to receive a $1,000 check. The basset hound rescue group received 759 votes. The online program nominated 85 organizations.

Kootenai Humane Society seeks to replace medicine

A refrigerator at the Kootenai Humane Society in Hayden was accidentally left open recently, causing a number of expensive veterinary medicines to spoil. The nonprofit organization is asking for the public’s help replacing the expensive medicines, including rabies vaccines and other dog and cat vaccines.

Nonprofit gives instruments, lessons to low-income students

Tasha Cummins never knew she wanted to play the bass until the instrument was put in her hands. “I didn’t even know what the strings were and could barely pick it up,” the 17-year-old said. “I’ve actually learned a lot.”

Woman solicits donations for Pet Assist 911

A new group called Pet Assist 911 has popped up with promises of free pet food and money for emergency vet care for those on unemployment or other government assistance, but the organization hasn’t registered as a nonprofit and other claims it makes appear to be unfounded. The group is run by J.C. Montgomery, who says she is a recent transplant from Ohio.

Conference aims to help nonprofit groups

Next Thursday representatives from area nonprofits will attend the first Inland Northwest Nonprofit Conference at the Spokane Masonic Center. Hosted by AE Consulting, the conference aims to bring together experts in the field of fund development with those most in need of their advice. Andrea Estes of AE Consulting said, “This is a new event for Eastern Washington. I’m a Spokane native, but I lived in Seattle and worked for a nonprofit. I attended conferences like this and gleaned a tremendous amount of valuable information from them.”

Charities not likely to fill gaps

OLYMPIA – When Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a budget that cut many programs that help Washington state’s poor, she said that it was “up to us as a community” to help fill the gap that would be left by state government. “State government can’t do it anymore,” she said at the time. “It’s up to the nonprofits, it’s up to the faith community, it’s up to us. It’s up to our families and our friends and our neighbors to help out those we know, and those we don’t know or never met.”

Nonprofit donations difficult to predict

When it comes to asking people for money to support their social, cultural and educational missions, nonprofit organizations face mixed signals. On the one hand, a ranking of the nation’s 400 biggest charities released this fall shows donations dropped by 11 percent in 2009. It was the worst decline in the 20 years since the Chronicle of Philanthropy began keeping a tally. An earlier report by the Giving USA Foundation found overall charitable giving – including giving to private foundations and smaller charities – declined 3.6 percent.

Summer program teaches kids job skills, community support

It’s early on a warm Friday morning in the West Central neighborhood. In a yard around a little white house, a flock of teenagers are busy digging and pulling weeds, composting, feeding chickens and sweeping garden paths. They are chatting while they work and they are getting things done. The group is this summer’s graduates from Project HOPE’s Green Collar Jobs Youth Corps Program which is based at Riverfront Farms, a community-based at-risk youth and gang prevention program on West Boone Avenue.

United Way sees donations rise

Spokane County’s United Way has raised $4.7 million from businesses and residents to fund programs that do everything from helping children prepare for school to offering job counseling for adults. The charitable organization said the donations were 4 percent more than the prior year, marking the largest year-over-year gain in 15 years.