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This year I donated my gift card to the Jefferson Valley Community Foundation. They put on one big fundraiser to raise funds to help other organizations with things like reading programs, equipment for search and rescue, equipment for the swimming pool, and equipment for the school (just to name a few things). It is an important group within the small community of Whitehall where resources are limited.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has done a wonderful job giving back to individuals and organizations of many communities. I want to say thank you for involving your employees in The Pay It Forward program.
I have donated my giving card to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic fibrosis is a rare and fatal genetic disease. The disease causes persistent and debilitating lung infections and stops the absorption of food, which often leads to premature death. Due to minimal federal and pharmaceutical funding, cystic fibrosis research is largely dependent on private donations such as the pay it forward program. Many strides have been made to improve the life expectancy of cystic fibrosis patients as the average age of survival has doubled in the past 30 years. However, a cure is out of reach without continued donations.
With the Pay it Forward card I was able to purchase merchandise that was auctioned off at the Butte Cystic Fibrosis NCAA March Madness Calcutta. The items auctioned off totaled $650 dollars with 100 percent of the proceeds going to cystic fibrosis research.
I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to give back to a cause that is close to my heart. I have two relatives (siblings - age nine and one) in Butte that were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis shortly after birth. Donations towards cystic fibrosis give these two and their family hope that one day this disease can be cured.
After hearing about a family losing all benefits while chatting with Watson Children's Shelter, I was more than happy to Pay it Forward to this family. The gift helped reduce financial hardship for their current needs and then some.
My partner and I enjoy playing music in our free time. We are what you call Weekend Warriors in an acoustic duo called Miss Bones. A little while back, we partnered with community members to raise funds for ukuleles for the middle and high school music classes in Idaho City, population 706. Being a musician with a background in education, I have an understanding of what it takes to maintain a quality music program. My giving card was given to the Idaho City Middle and High School music department. Music education and community was a no-brainer for me. Music has enriched my life and music in the community will enrich many more to come.
This year my giving card went to Missoula Sentinel Highschools theater department. The students always put on great shows on such a small budget I figured the extra money would help them fill in the gaps.
I used my giving card to help out my mother in law who has been fighting breast cancer since last year.
We decided this year to pay it forward to our children’s elementary school, knowing that as we came out of the pandemic that that had many areas that could use improvement. This is the story on how the funds were used from the school principal.
The gift card generously donated to Russell Elementary School was used for several small projects that will have a large impact on students in the 2022-2023 school year and beyond.
With the donated funds, the school was able to replace old playground equipment that was no longer functional, such as new soccer goal nets.
We are also able to buy several new pieces of playground equipment that will be accessible to students of all ages and abilities. These include new soccer balls, new basketballs, new frisbees, new 4-square balls, a new ball pump, etc, just to name a few.
Russell Elementary is extremely grateful for the generous gift.
I gave my "Pay it Forward" card to a local company located next to the Missoula Yard. This individual suffered a loss to his business when a homeless person set it on fire, and insurance didn't cover most of the damages. Upon randomly meeting and speaking with this business owner, I learned he had volunteered and donated his time, equipment, and paid his employees to help build a park here in Missoula. I thought I would pay-it-forward to him, as he had paid-it-forward.
When I was chosen for the 2022 Washington Corporation “Pay It Forward” program, the first idea I had was to donate it to the West Elementary School in Butte to help pay for lunches or clothing for some of the kids that couldn’t afford these things. I sent an email to the principal of the school, Pat Kissell, asking if that would be of benefit to some of the kids from lower income families or if he might have other ideas.
Pat has been successfully operating this school for nearly 20 years and I figured he certainly would know what things were needed there. I found out that due to the generosity of this community, breakfast and lunches are already paid for. What I didn’t know is that West Elementary has what is called an “Angel Fund” that covers the costs for school related items that some of the children from lower socioeconomic status levels sometimes cannot afford. This fund consists of donations made by faculty, school employees, and parents of the school.
The idea Pat had was to use this donation to help cover the costs for the second graders to visit the Museum of the Rockies. This generous donation from Pay It Forward made it possible for the entire class to go without draining their Angel Fund. Now the entire second grade can go to this museum and experience something outside of their world that may trigger an interest in science and engineering. And who knows? Some of these kids may grow up to be the next Jack Horner in paleontology or Carl Sagan in astronomy due to their exposure to dinosaurs and the planetarium.
They were very appreciative for this donation and would like to thank the Washington Foundation.
This year, I made the decision to give the Pay It Forward gift card that I received from your Foundation to my mother. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2021. In September, she underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Shortly after the surgery, her doctors started her on chemotherapy treatments which continued until January of this year. After finishing the chemotherapy treatments, my mother then had to go through radiation treatments which continued through February and I am happy to say that in March, her Doctors declared her cancer free! Though this is a successful story of a cancer survivor, the mental, physical and financial toll that the cancer and the treatments had on my mother, my father and the rest of our family was enormous. I feel very fortunate that I received the gift card from the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and that I was able to Pay It Forward to my mother. Thank you for this generous gift.
We chose to Pay It Forward to a young, single mother whose daughter was diagnosed with a heart issue. She had to travel to the Seattle area and spend a considerable amount of time pre and post surgery. The card benefitted them tremendously to help defer expenses tied to travel, motel/living arrangements, eating, etc.
They were extremely grateful and the surgery was a success!
Thank you for helping make a family's life better and brighter!
The Pay It Forward Giving Cards are just amazing! It gives us, the employees, a chance to donate money that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford, to an important cause, close to our hearts. The donation I made this year was my most-rewarding!
My donation went to Missoula Aging Services in memory of my parents who were blessed with receiving the Meals on Wheels services. My parents loved visiting with the delivery folks, enjoyed the convenience of the meals and appreciated the special gifts they received on holidays and special occasions. Remembering how much these services meant to them, was a catalyst for my donation.
Below is an excerpt from the Thank You card I received:
“…Thanks so much for your recent gift to Missoula Aging Services in memory of your parents, Gordon and Fay Robertson. Your generosity is
greatly appreciated. Your support will help us provide critical assistance to our older neighbors, so they age at home and remain engaged in
community life. As the number of older adults in our area grows, the needs are growing too. In the last two years, the need for Meals on
Wheels alone, increased by 66%. We’ve also begun a Memory Support Program to help the rising number of people with Alzheimer’s and their
family caregivers, as well as training older adults to use technology to access health care and stay connected to friends and family. We wouldn’t
be able to provide essential services like these without donors like you. Your gift makes a powerful difference...”
Thank you to the DPW Foundation and staff for making this donation possible!
A friend in Missoula is originally from Romania and keeps in close touch with cousins there. Starting from the very beginning of Russia's war on Ukraine, her cousins and like-minded friends, community members, and church family launched grassroots aid to refugees streaming in from Ukraine. My grandparents and great-grandparents also fled Ukraine in the chaos & unrest of the early 1900s, so this cause is particularly meaningful to my family. Current shared photos and social media posts keenly illustrated the vast and growing need, as well as the outpouring of kindness and help provided to strangers by regular people working together. They rounded up every imaginable basic need, from baby food and diapers to untold number of mattresses and bedding to be laid out in local churches and community buildings. A bigger commercial van had to be purchased to keep up with the supply flow. Because of my friend's relationship to actual volunteers, I knew funds went directly to a legit volunteer coalition doing hands on work, purchasing, & distribution, with no loss for administrative fees. And a current money transfer app assured funds arrived almost immediately. Thank you DPWF for this bonus opportunity to help causes close to our hearts!
I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of the Giving campaign. My wife is a nurse at Children Healthcare of Atlanta - Georgia. Last year, a husband (Chris Dukat) to one of her coworkers lost his 11 year battle to pancreatic and lung cancer. He was truly a champion and they called him Superman. He never stopped fighting this horrible disease. He loved his family and was able to spend 11 more years with his wife and 3 children, and that in itself is a gift. The type of cancer he had can be passed on to his children. His family holds fund raisers each year for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of their father/husband.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s mission is to take bold action to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer by advancing scientific research, building community, sharing knowledge, and advocating for patients. PanCan’s vision is to create a world in which all patients with pancreatic cancer will thrive.
Your generous contribution went to this nonprofit organization in honor of a hero.
I chose to “Pay It Forward” to my neighbors’ family. Unfortunately, they quickly lost a mother/wife to cancer at the age of 55. I am thankful to the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation for the opportunity to pass this on to a great family in their time of need.