Walmart Provides Disaster Relief for Communities Affected by Washington Wildfires

Walmart will provide $25,000 in grants to three local disaster relief organizations in regions of Washington State affected by recent wildfires

CHELAN, Wash. (August 12, 2014) – In response to the recent wildfires that have devastated parts of northern and central Washington, the Walmart Foundation has pledged $25,000 in grants to three local disaster relief organizations.

“Our deepest condolences go out to those affected by the wildfires in Washington,” said Madeleine Havener, vice president and regional general manager for Walmart. “At Walmart, we value each and every community we are a part of and we hope that these grants will help lessen the difficulties these communities are facing in the wake of the fires.”

“Our hearts go out to those affected by the devastating wildfires in Washington,” said Madeleine Havener, vice president and regional general manager for Walmart. “At Walmart we care about each and every community we’re a part of and, as communities work to repair the damage, we’re proud to play a role in their recovery through $25,000 in contributions to local organizations providing assistance to those hardest hit by the wildfires.”

This season’s wildfires are some of the most devastating the state has seen – destroying nearly 300 homes, burning at least a quarter-million acres, and costing nearly $50 million in fire suppression efforts.

Thanks to Walmart, the Okanogan County Community Action Council will receive a $10,000 grant to go toward providing assistance for one of the communities hardest hit by the fires. Chelan Valley Hope, a partnership of organizations that provides charitable and educational services to the Chelan Valley community, and the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, a philanthropic organization benefiting three of the most devastated counties in Washington, will each receive $7,500 from the Walmart Foundation.

Walmart’s leadership in providing disaster relief has long been recognized as one of its top philanthropic efforts and Walmart intends to continue those efforts throughout the state of Washington to help local communities get back on their feet.

About Philanthropy at Walmart:
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than 1.3 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

About the Okanogan County Community Action Council:
For the last 47 years, OCCAC has been a cornerstone of the community effort to end poverty. From providing emergency services to low income families in crisis to services that help build individual skills with the goal of self-sufficiency, OCCAC fights poverty through education and empowerment. OCCAC is comprised of volunteers, staff, board, and clients.

About Chelan Valley Hope:
The corporation is a combination of faith-based and secular community organizations formed for charitable and educational purposes. Purposes to offer compassionate referral assistance; advocacy in accessing services; and promotion of new resources that reach underserved and vulnerable residents in the Lake Chelan Valley and adjacent areas. Services are offered in a manner which treats each person with dignity, respect and offers each individual the right to choose services they wish to partake in (physical, social and spiritual).

About the Community Foundation of North Central Washington:
The Community Foundation of NCW is a philanthropic organization that helps individuals, families, businesses, and agencies support charitable causes throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. We manage a permanent endowment that will provide the resources necessary to meet the needs of our region and enhance our communities to preserve and improve our quality of life.

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