Pacific Northwest Opportunities Fund
PNWOF, or the Pacific Northwest Opportunities Fund, is a program for dues-paid clubs in the district to apply for a grant to fund a large-scale service project. Grant amounts range from $100 to $1,000 and cover up to two-thirds of the anticipated total cost for the service project. If your club has ambitions to make a long-lasting impact on your community, but your financial situation doesn’t allow you to fund such a project, PNWOF is an ideal program for you!
The PNWOF application officially opens each year on September 1st and remains open until October 31st at 11:59 PM. We notify grant recipients in November and announce winners during DCON in the spring after the funded projects have been completed. When preparing your application, be mindful of the deadline because it approaches faster than you may expect.
The PNWOF Grant Application opens on September 1st and closes on October 31st. If you have any questions about PNWOF, contact the PNWOF Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022-2023 PNWOF Grant Recipients
Auburn Riverside High School - Homeless Care Packages
Auburn Riverside High School was awarded $100 for their Homeless Care Packages project. The club used the grant to purchase supplies for care packages to help support local high school youth experiencing homelessness. Each care package included basic necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair elastics, deodorant, hand warmers, and socks. These supplies were all put inside a reusable tote bag for the recipient. They donated the bags to the Coffee Oasis – The Loft Youth Center, in Tacoma that provides a safe and encouraging place to live for homeless, struggling youth.
Century High School - Hygiene Kits for Houseless
Century High School was awarded $700 to fund their Hygiene Kits for Houseless project. Each hygiene kit consisted of socks, deodorant, and wet wipes inside cinch bags. In order to prioritize the safety of their recipients, each bag contained antibiotic ointment to help with infection in the case of any injury. The hygiene kits were donated to a partnering agency in Washington County – Project Homeless Connect to provide for the distribution to those in need.
Clackamas High School – Winter Blitz
To support local families, Clackamas High School was awarded $1,000 for their annual service project called the Winter Blitz. This year, the project was able to provide a holiday Christmas experience (with food and gifts) to over 600 families in the local community. The Clackamas HS Key Club partners with the local business community and other community service organizations in the area all year long to collect donated items for this community wide service project to be able to provide the greatest possible impact during the holiday season.
Coeur d’Alene High School – Family Promise Holiday Giving Event
For their holiday season project, Coeur d’Alene High School was awarded $750 for their project “Family Promise Holiday Giving Event”. The project was designed to help local needy families during the winter months. The club used the grant along with funds from their sponsoring Kiwanis club, to purchase winter clothing, jackets, gloves and pants for adults in need, while being able to provide toys to children to brighten their holidays.
Ephrata High School – Help Heal Harm
Ephrata High School was awarded $1,000 to help fund their Help Heal Harm project. With the grant funds, local donations and local Kiwanis support , Ephrata High School was able to purchase 240 blanket kits that were donated to a local abuse center to help heal and support abuse victims. The club made this a school-wide project, where it brought the school community together to support the victims in their local community. This provided an even greater community impact for this project.
Hanford High School – Homeless Shelter Blanket Making
Hanford High School was awarded $750 to fund their Homeless Shelter Blanket making project. The club used grant funds to purchase the needed fabrics and supplies to make the blankets. Volunteers from the Hanford High School Key Club then made and assembled the blankets in big work parties. These blankets were then donated to homeless shelters in their local area to help those less fortunate in their community through the colder winter months.
Ingraham High School – Hygiene Kits
Ingraham High School was awarded $500 to fund their Hygiene Kits program. Combined with the club’s fundraising efforts and community support, the Ingraham HS Key Club was able to provide the supplies needed to create 60 hygiene kits with the grant. The Hygiene Kits consisted of shaving cream, disposable razors, flushable wet wipes, soap and shampoo all inside of reusable backpacks. These kits were then donated to Facing Homelessness, a local non-profit organization in the Seattle area, for distribution to those in need.