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Peninsula Home Fund draws generosity

Over $57K given so far

Generous donors have provided $57,729.54 so far to the Peninsula Home Fund.

The fund, now in its 34th year, continues to be fueled by neighbors helping neighbors, with donations going to help people living in Clallam and Jefferson counties who are trying hard to make ends meet but have come up short.

This year residents have more ways to give than they have in the past. They can mail checks to the Peninsula Home Fund along with the coupon attached to this story. They can donate with a credit card online by clicking on the Peninsula Home Fund button on the peninsula dailynews.com homepage. (Scroll way down). Donations also can be made to the Peninsula Home Fund account at any First Fed branch.

As always, donors will be listed in updates published in Peninsula Daily News throughout the campaign, which ends in January.

Gifts can be listed anonymously, by name only, by name and amount, or in honor of or in the memory of another.

Funds will be dispersed by Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) to North Olympic Peninsula residents in need.

The donations fund needs that range from gasoline to get to work, school or medical appointments; rent or utilities; food, clothing or other shortfalls.

The Peninsula Home Fund is “hand up not a handout.” it is for the unexpected expense that doesn’t necessarily fit into a category. It can help bridge the gap between making it this month and going under for a family or individual who can then continue improving their lives and go on with being or becoming productive members of society.

Money is used to give families and individuals from Port Townsend to Forks, from Quilcene and Brinnon to Sequim, Joyce and La Push a hand up, not a handout, to get through an emergency situation.

The only money ever taken from the fund is to assist OlyCAP with administrative costs. Every penny goes to OlyCAP, which this year will take 10 percent to assist with administrative costs.

The annual campaign extends through the holiday season. All contributions are federally tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law for the year in which the check is written.

How to apply

The best way to request assistance from the Peninsula Home Fund is to fill out an online inquiry.

The “Ask for General Assistance” button at www.olycap.org will take you to the request form, or you can go directly to olycap.formstack.com/forms/general_inquiry.

If you are unable to access the internet, you may call OlyCAP offices in Port Angeles — 360-452-4726 — or Port Townsend — 360-385-2571, regardless of which county you reside in, and the front desk staff will fill it out on your behalf over the phone.

Cherish Cronmiller, OlyCAP’s executive director, oversees disbursements from the Peninsula Home Fund.

Every donation, no matter the size, makes a difference. It creates a safety net for Peninsula residents when there is nowhere else to turn.

From children’s pennies to checks for thousands of dollars, the generosity of Peninsula Daily News readers makes a positive difference.

Donor list for week ending Nov. 29, 2023

NAME AND AMOUNT

• Anna Murakami, Port Angeles, $50

• Trinity United Methodist Women, Port Townsend, $100

• Maria White, Port Angeles, $100

• Ken Hays, Sequim, $500

• Jackson Williams. Sequim. $500

• Jim’s Pharmacy, Port Angeles, $195

• Rotary Club of Port Angeles, Port Angeles, $155

• Kristin Larson, Port Angeles, $200

• Erika Andrews. Port Angeles. $108

• Jessica Ryan, Port Angeles, $150

• Matthew Fidanzato, Port Angeles, $100

• Carl Mountain, Sequim, $50

• Doris Bellamente, Port Angeles, $150

• Paul T. Happel and Susan I. McKay, Port Townsend, $500

• Dungeness Women’s Golf Association, Sequim, $1,000

• Barbara McColgan, Port Townsend, $500

• Kitsap Credit Union, Bremerton, $131.32

• Donald Naddy Fund – Clallam County, Port Angeles, $3,500

• Nancy Felix, Devonport, $950

• Judy and Joe Price, Sequim, $2,000

• Stephenie Bennett, Port Angeles, $50

• Stephanie Hilt, Port Angeles, $25

• John Brewer, Port Angeles, $20

• Connee Foster, Port Angeles, $204.56

• Cynthia Ross, Port Angeles, $100, In honor of Benji Astrachan and River Run Farm for food donations by gleaning to those in need

ANONYMOUS

• Port Angeles, $250

• $37,500

• Port Angeles, $5,000

• Port Townsend, $102.53

• Port Angeles, $102.53

• Port Angeles, $20

• Sequim, $100

• Sequim, $1,000

• Port Ludlow, $5.60, In memory of April Frankenberry

• $10

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