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Garfield Ambulance Memorial Fund and Garfield County Health Foundation Fund join forces


February 13, 2020

WALLA WALLA, Wash.–The Garfield Ambulance Memorial Fund (GAMF) has joined the Garfield County Health Foundation Fund (GCHFF) at the Blue Mountain Community Foundation (BMCF) with a fund transfer of $38,557.70. This financial melding is to strengthen and improve the health and well-being of the people of Garfield County.

The Advisory Committee to the GCHFF, Leta Travis, Gary Houser, Louise Munday, Muriel Bott, Mike Field, Wynne McCabe, Bob Cox and Chris Munoz, welcomed the transfer of the funds to the Community Foundation. Lisa Gingerich met with the Advisory Committee at the Pomeroy Grain Growers on Monday, February 3.

“People associated with the Ambulance Memorial Fund and the Advisory Committee thought that Pomeroy and Garfield County residents would be better served by having an active charitable fund encouraging continued donations, which the Community Foundation does.” said Kari Isaacson, Executive Director of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation.

“The Fund remains dedicated to projects to help transport hurt or ill residents, and will be available for key capital and equipment projects that are intended to be used in emergencies by the Fire District and others,” said Wynne McCabe, member of the GCHF Fund advisory committee. “In addition, we hope it will be more visible so it won’t be forgotten when families choose a charity for memorial gifts in the name of a loved one. My father, one of the founders of the Fire District many years ago, saw the need for private support of such an important community service.”

The funds at BMCF dedicated to Garfield County mean that more ongoing support is available to local public and private agencies. BMCF has a long history of making grants here for a wide variety of purposes. Garfield County Health Foundation Fund is a good example of this, and donations are welcome. The larger the fund, the more ongoing support is available for the community.

Garfield County Health Foundation Fund not only encourages donations but also makes grants, all dedicated to the health and well-being of Garfield residents. The Fund will make grants up to $18,000 in 2020. It is accepting proposals for grants from public agencies and charitable organizations for that purpose until the deadline February 28, 2020.

For more information contact BMCF at [email protected] or 509-529-4371.

To make donations to the Ambulance Fund or the Garfield County Health Foundation Fund please visit http://www.bluemountainfoundation.org and click on “Donate” button, and write in the fund you wish to support. Or make checks payable to “BMCF–Garfield Health Foundation” or “BMCF–Ambulance Fund” and mail to P.O. Box 603, Walla Walla, WA 99362.


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