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Our Unit helps support TRAILSEEKERS which is a local group whose goal is to empower children and strengthen our community. At any given time, Trailseekers is helping nearly 500 "at risk" children and their famillies. While these children are just like any other kids, most come from broken homes. Many are surrounded by drugs, alcohol or violence. Some are not sure where their next meal is coming from. While each of these children has a unique story, the common thread among them is that all of them need to be loved.

Each year forty-two new Trailseekers are brought into the program. Children between the ages of five and eight are primarily identified by educators, counselors and clergy. The first year these 42 newly identified children are given a five day camp experience at Orcas Island with a one-on-one high-school mentor. Trailseekers offers weekly gatherings which serve as followup to the Orcas Encampment. Trailseekers are allowed to stay in the program until they are eighteen. Now many of our high-school mentors were Trailseekers themselves.

Our unit helps to provide the sack lunches and personal bags each child will take on his trip to Orcas Island. Each child's bag includes a bright blue sweat shirt, two new underpants and pair of socks, a bath towel, washcloth, hand towel, large tube of toothpaste, toothbrush, comb and small shampoo.
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MANY OF OUR MEMBERS ALSO SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING MANY TOYS FOR TOTS AT
CHRISTMAS AS WELL AS FOOD FOR THE LOCAL FOOD BANKS.

"This past year we were honored to give donations to the following organizations: The Last Mile, Central Washington Ag Museum, Trailseekers, Pegasus Project and Madison House/UGM for needy children."

Last year we gave a total of $10,000 in grants to our active members to be used for the benefit of students. Applications for this year's grants are now available..



 


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