Walkling memorial trust helps fund community groups in 2018

PORT ANGELES — The Ben and Myrtle Walkling Memorial Trust has announced that it will award more than $20,000 in community grants in 2018.

Myrtle Walkling, who died in 1992, created this trust in her will and funded it with more than $1 million. It was her intent that the income from the trust be used for charitable and civic projects that otherwise might not happen.

The 2018 grant awards include:

• Parenting Matters Foundation, $2,500 — Provide parenting education classes

• Guardian Institute, $2,500 — Start the Volunteer Guardian Advocate Program, training volunteers to be guardians to vulnerable adults.

• Joyce Community Education Foundation, $2,500 — Purchase equipment for the culinary arts and wood shop programs of the Building Careers project.

• Olympic Medical Center Foundation, $2,000 — Capital funds campaign to expand the OMC Cancer Center.

• Sequim Food Bank, $2,000 — Purchase turkeys for the Family Holiday Meal Program.

• Peninsula Behavioral Health, $2,000 — Purchase medical supplies, including Hemoglobin A1C kits.

• Peninsula Friends of Animals, $2,000 — Purchase a Tuff Shed storage building to store pet food donations.

• Serenity House of Clallam Count, $2,000 — Support four units of clean and sober family shelter.

• The Answer for Youth (TAFY), $2,000 — Purchase a new surveillance system.

• Clallam Mosaic, $1,300 — Implement a food education program for individuals with developmental disabilities.

• Rainforest Council for the Arts, $500 — Printing class by artist Paul Blake.

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