Clark County Fair attendees can help support area charities and win prizes inside the Plexiglas phone booth in front of the Exhibition Hall during this year’s fair when they participate in the Catch-A-Coupon for Charity booth.
This is the second year the Catch-A-Coupon booth has been set up at the fair and Matt Ferris, marketing manager at the fair, said this activity was created in an effort to support very small nonprofit organizations.
“It allows nonprofits to put themselves out there,” Ferris said. “It also allows businesses to drive traffic to their location by offering up their coupons, and the nonprofit that works the booth that day gets to walk away with a little cash. The whole point is to support nonprofits.”
Fair goers who participate in the Catch-A-Coupon booth have a chance to catch a variety of coupons that are redeemable for gifts and prizes for a small donation. Each participant enters the booth with one hand tied behind their back while a large fan whips the coupons around.
Nonprofit organizations that had turns with the Catch-A-Coupon booth during the first few days of the fair included ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center, the Trey Foote Foundation, The Giving Closet, Dream Big Community Theater and Youth Efforts Against Hunger (YEAH). The following organizations will be working the booth during different specific days of the fair. Information about each organization is from the Clark County Fair website.
• Wed., Aug. 8, NW Women’s Foundation: The NW Women’s Foundation (NWWF) is a nonprofit organization that was established in 2008 by a core group of women with a desire to get women in the area involved in philanthropy on a grass roots level. They are committed to fundraising for programs that benefit women and have positive and lasting outcomes for them and their families. The goal of NWWF is to offer a helping hand of support that strengthens and encourages women who experience unexpected difficulties and need assistance while they fulfill their roles as mothers, wives and work outside the home. Donations received through NWWF impact the lives of numerous women while creating stronger and sustainable communities for them and their families. Visit their website at www.nwwomensfoundation.weebly.com/.
• Thurs., Aug. 9, Furry Friends: Furry Friends is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1999. They are a no-kill organization and also don’t send their animals out to shelters that euthanize for population control. Their mission is to help homeless, abandoned and abused pets by providing education in the community, spaying and neutering, foster shelter and medical care until pets are placed in new homes. Furry Friends has been able to accomplish many of their goals due to the support and generosity of their members, volunteers and the general public. The work of Furry Friends can ensure that animals who come into their care will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid or in pain. Visit their website at www.furryfriendswa.org.
• Fri., Aug. 10, Martha’s Pantry: Founded in 1986 as an outreach at MCC of the Gentle Shepherd, Martha’s Pantry is the only non-government agency in Southwest Washington serving those living with HIV and AIDS. These individuals and families are referred to the organization by a Clark County case manager. Martha’s Pantry provides food for 60-80 client families each month and distributes personal hygiene items, household cleaning supplies, pet food, food preparation and storage items, as well as clothing and household items donated to the pantry. The pantry is an all-volunteer organization funded entirely by donations and grants. Visit their website at www.marthaspantry.com.
• Sat., Aug. 11, Innovative Services NW: Innovative Services NW is a nonprofit organization that values, assists and supports children, adults and families in the community who have disabilities or other disadvantages. They do this by offering a continuum of services, including therapy and childcare for children; employment training and job support for teens and adults; intervention, education and support for families; and adult day health care for senior citizens and adults requiring daytime assistance. Innovative Services NW has been providing services in Clark County for more than 48 years. Visit their website at www.innovativeservicesnw.org.
• Sun., Aug. 12, Second Chance Companions: Founded in 1993, Second Chance Companions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit pet organization dedicated to helping animals in Southwest Washington and the Portland Metro area. They are a humane, no-kill organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Although they don’t run an independent shelter, they feed, care for, adopt out and spay and neuter as many animals as possible. In addition, they educate the community and are always seeking volunteers and resources that help them to accomplish their mission. Second Chance Companions emphasizes helping the animals in the community through their Spay/Neuter Program, Adoption Program and AniMeals Program. They are currently unable to meet the cat food needs, so any donations of extra cat food is always appreciated. Visit their website at www.sccpets.com.