Beware of Charity Rip-Offs Following Wildfires

DUPONT – With relief efforts underway in Washington’s Carlton Complex fire, Better Business Bureau along with Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman urge consumers to be on the lookout for bogus charities and scammers trying to capitalize on a natural disaster.

Officials warn of slick con artists who pose as agents for official-sounding charities and target well-intentioned donors who want only to help the victims of the fires.

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Workshop offers tips for scam prevention

Seniors are the target of choice for scammers and other crooks. Financial scams often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they’re devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses. And it’s not just wealthy seniors who are targeted. “Scams, Schemes & Swindles: Surviving the Onslaught of Crooks” is an interactive presentation to help consumers be alert and aware of the most successful techniques that the scammers use and the risks of falling victim. The event will be held four times in August: [Read more...]

Scavenger Hunt and Edible Tour at Organic Farm for Youth Volunteer Event

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LAKEWOOD — Does getting kids to have fun eating vegetables and pulling weeds sound like a cruel joke to you? Not to Emergency Food Network­, which will host Youth Days at its Mother Earth Farm Aug. 16. Participants will take an edible tour, participate in a farm scavenger hunt and volunteer weeding project for the second and final event of the summer.

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Congressman Denny Heck Applauds Confirmation of VA Secretary

Today Congressman Denny Heck, D-Wash., applauded the vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Robert McDonald as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the bipartisan agreement reached for final passage of the Veterans Access to Care Act.

“With his mix of private sector and military experience, I’m encouraged that Secretary McDonald will be the change agent the system needs moving forward,” Heck said. “I hope we can now better prepare for and react swiftly to the changing needs of our veterans.” [Read more...]

Breaking Hunger Trap Shooting Tournament Targets Food Insecurity

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LAKEWOOD — Finding fun, fresh, innovative ways to combine people’s passions with their giving is tough in a landscape of golf tournaments and auctions. To accommodate the increase in demand for food at the 60 food banks, meal sites, and shelters that Emergency Food Network (EFN) serves, Board Member Darren Schuldheiss took aim at combining two of his passions: fighting hunger and shooting clay pigeons out of the air.

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Volleyball Officials Needed

The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. A comprehensive training program, starting August 21st, is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive. [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s Association Town Hall Planned

On August 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Fox Auditorium at Kootenai Health, 2003 Kootenai Heath Way in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington and Inland Northwest Chapters will hold a town hall meeting to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities, including the National Alzheimer’s Plan, an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health in Washington State, a new initiative to improve health care for “dual eligibles”, older and disabled Washingtonians who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. [Read more...]