Applications for UGN Funding in 2015 Available Online

The United Good Neighbors grant applications for 2015 funding are now available online.  UGN has a two phase process for agencies applying for funding.  The first phase is Certification and the second is Allocation. Certification allows an organization to qualify as an applicant for funding by ensuring that it meets a genuine health or human service need in Jefferson County, serves Jefferson County residents, and has sound financial practices.

Nonprofits applying for UGN funding for the first time in 2015, and those who have not applied for funding in the past three years must complete the Agency Certification Application 2015  and return it with all required attachments to UGN by January 15, 2015. New applicants are also required to have an on-site visitation from an Allocation Committee member.

Once your organization is certified, you may complete the 2015 Agency Application form which is due to UGN on or before February 17, 2015.

December 5, 2014 Certification materials and application materials available on UGN website.
January 15, 2015 Certification forms due in UGN office by 5 pm electronically, or in person.
February 17, 2015 Applications for funding are due in UGN office by 5pm electronically, or in person.
February 27, 2015 Allocations committee convenes to receive copies of applications & assignments.
March 2015 Applicants receive on-site visits.
April 2015 Allocations committee makes funding recommendations to UGN Board of Directors.
May 2015 First half of allocations funds are distributed to funded programs

Introducing the 2014 Campaign Cabinet and Campaign Chair!

We Are Honored to Announce the 2014 Fall Campaign  Chair and Cabinet:
The Campaign Cabinet is a group of prominent community members who represent the business and professional community, nonprofit organizations, faith based groups and other community groups in Jefferson County.  Members are chosen for their influence, expertise and involvement in the community.  The overall objective of the cabinet is to support United Good Neighbors goal to expand the UGN Annual Campaign, increase awareness of UGN’s impact and benefit to the community and support UGN’s mission to improve the quality of life for everyone in Jefferson County.

Steve Rafoth, 2014 Campaign Chaiir

Campaign Chair:

Steve Rafoth, Owner, Enclume

Cabinet Members:
Amy Smith, The Boiler Room
Claudia Edmondson, Camp Beausite
Joyce Cardinal, Jefferson Health Kris Becker, Jumping Mouse
Kim Hammers, UGN Board Penny Westerfield, Jefferson Health
Michael Sheehan, Wells Fargo Rita Hubbard, Port Townsend Paper


Thank You!

The UGN Fall Campaign is Underway!

We are excited to reconnect with our supporters this fall and share the good news about our work in the community.  Here are just a few things you can expect from United Good Neighbors over the next couple of months:
  • Your Donation Dollar Counts! We have an ambitious goal to raise $400,000 for this year’s campaign…and we are well on our way to reaching that goal!
    • Watch for the campaign brochure!  It should arrive in your mailbox this week.
    • Your Sneak Preview:  You can watch the 2014 Campaign Video. Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below.
    • The UGN Campaign presentations are underway.  Would you like to have UGN present to your business or community group? Contact Debbie at 360-385-3797
  • Keeping you up-to-date: we’ll have regular stories and updates in the Leader and the PDN.  And we’ll keep you up-to-date on our campaign results with our UGN Newsletter.  Stay tuned.
  • Be a voice for UGN in your community. You can be a UGN Ambassador! 

Every Donation Dollar Counts!

You can be a part of achieving our $400,000 campaign goal! Every donation dollar does count…your dollar makes a difference!

Here’s the good news: as a collective, we have already raised $225,000 this year! We are well on our way to achieving our campaign goal.  Our focus this fall is to raise the remaining $175,000.  And we are confident that we can do it!  We are, after all, one of the most engaged and caring communities ever!
As a supporter, what can you do to help UGN achieve our Goal?
  • Watch for you campaign brochure to arrive in the mail
  • Watch UGNs Campaign video and share the link with friends.
  • Consider increasing your donation this Fall.
  • Encourage (maybe even challenge) your friends, colleagues and community members support UGN
  • Invite a UGN representative to come and speak to your community or business group.
  • Ask your neighbor if they’ve seen the United Good Neighbors Brochure and tell them how your investment dollars support friends and neighbors!
  • Engage with us on Facebook and share campaign news through you networks
  • Where your UGN t-shirt (contact UGN for a free t-shirt, if you don’t have one already)
  • Watch the thermometers around town inch towards our goal and smile, knowing that donation dollars improve lives in Jefferson County!


2014 UGN Campaign Brochure – Watch for it in the mail!

2014 UGN Annual Campaign Video

The 2014 Day of Caring Makes an Impact!

Wells Fargo Crew at PTHS Food Bank Garden

Wells Fargo Crew at PTHS Food Bank Garden

On September 12th more than a hundred community volunteers gathered at Mountain View Commons Gymnasium to celebrate the 4th Annual UGN Day of Caring!  The mood at the Day of Caring kick off event was festive!  Volunteers were eager to head out to the 16 projects to devote 3 hours working with a local nonprofit to complete projects ranging from landscaping, deep cleaning, facilities maintenance and painting.

We would like to Thank Wells Fargo for sponsoring the 2014 Day of Caring event!

Wells-FargoUGNs Day of caring provides an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to engage with individuals, businesses, schools and community groups who want to invest 3 hours of time and service to a support their local nonprofits.  It’s a win-win for everyone involved.


The Kick-off Celebration:

Festivities began at 8:30 am at Mountain View Commons with a Kick-off celebration.   Day of Caring volunteers gathered in the Gymnasium as Mayor David King read a Day of Caring Proclamation and United Good Neighbors thanked Wells Fargo for their generous sponsorship of this year’s Day of Caring.   UGN also announced the winners of the 2014 United Good Neighbor Awards

United Good Neighbor 2014 “Good Neighbor” Award Winners

At UGN we know that volunteers are essential to the successful delivery of services that help to improve lives and build stronger community.  Each year we invite community groups to nominate a volunteer or group of volunteers who represent the outstanding volunteerism in our community.  We are pleased to announce the selection of 3 Good Neighbor Award Recipients in 2014:

From Left to Right: Marla Overman, Cindy Lesh and Don Lee (accepting the Good Neighbor Award on behalf of the ECHHO Volunteer Corps)

From Left to Right: Marla Overman, Cindy Lesh and Don Lee (accepting the Good Neighbor Award on behalf of the ECHHO Volunteer Corps)

Marla Overman: Nominated by Amy Smith, Executive Director at The Boiler Room.  Marla has been a volunteer with Boiler Room since 2010. She served as an intern and then General Manager during a period of upheaval at the Boiler Room and then transitioned back to a volunteer role on the Board and is now serving as Board Secretary.  Marla’s volunteer time has included everything from working behind the counter, making soup for free food programs to performing in a play to benefit The Boiler Room.  Marla has tirelessly shown compassion, respect and tolerance to all at the Boiler Room.  Marla has served on the Board of the Jefferson County Community Network, organized volunteers for UGNs Day of Caring, done volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, the Port Townsend Main Street Association and Dove House.  She has organized food drives, participated in toy drives and organized a team for Alzheimer’s Awareness Week,

Cindy Lesh:  Nominated by Alta Crawford of the Jefferson County Literacy Council.  Cindy is a well-respected “Champion of

Literacy”.   She earned this title through her work with 3 major literacy forces in Jefferson County.  Cindy developed the “Basket of Books” program into a valuable literacy effort that extends from one end of Jefferson County to the other providing 77 attractive, volunteer-maintained literacy baskets  for children and parents to read in restaurants, medical offices, social service agencies, clinics and commercial establishments.  In spite of multiple and serious health challenges, Cindy managed to do an outstand job of maintaining, expanding and enhancing the Literacy Council’s Basket of Books program, including recruiting and training new literacy volunteers, developing new community partnerships and partnering with a tri-county early childhood organization to include childhood dental hygiene information in all of the 77 baskets.  Cindy has served on the Jefferson County Library Board for Five years, helping to bridge partnerships across the library, the Friends of the Library and the Literacy Council.  Cindy embodies the volunteer spirit.  You can always count on her to get the job done, get it done right and get it done quickly.

The ECHHO Volunteer Corps:  Nominated by Ken Dane, Executive Director for ECHHO:  In 2014, 60 volunteers performed roles that are integral to ECHHO’s mission. Volunteers served more than 1,000 people, served nearly 4,000 hours doing direct service and drove more than 53,000 miles on behalf of County residents.   Collectively, tis compassionate group quietly serves the many needs of our senior and disabled population.  In January 35 different ECHHO volunteers helped a disabled spouse visit their partner in the hospital and providing additional help with errands.  Between January and July, volunteers made more the 135 trips to help this family, giving over 250 hours and driving 5,000 miles.


2014 Day of Caring Volunteer Groups and Projects

After the Kick-off celebrations, teams of volunteers fanned out across our community to complete a 3 hour Day of Caring project at one of 17 projects.

  • Port Ludlow Associates made The Boiler Room “look pretty” just in time for the PT Film Festival

    The Business Guides and UGN Board paint benches at Camp Beausite

    The Business Guides and UGN Board paint benches at Camp Beausite

  • NAMI and Dale Kuenig brightened up the  ECHHO Reception area with a little paint.
  • The Boiler Room volunteers worked on a Fall deep clean at the Port Townsend Food Bank
  • The Boiler Room volunteers worked with OlyCAP to Let the Sun Shine in For Seniors at South Seven Senior Project
  • Swan School students and The Boiler Room volunteers at The ReCyclery to Paint the Town! Actually, they painted the ReCyclery shop and cleaned up the grounds!
  • Swan Kids at brought a smile to Life Care Center residents by singing songs and sharing stories
  • Swan School  did some much needed weeding at the Bell Tower-for PT City Parks
  • Swan Kids and Richard and Karen Ciccarone assembled food bags for the Backpack for Kids Program
  • Swan Kids Cleaned up the new YMCA administrative office space.
  • Swan Kids Kept the Produce Coming at the Food Bank Garden at Mountain View
  • The Wells Fargo team brought the weed warriors out in force and cut back the grass and weeds around the garden perimeter at the PTHS Food bank Garden
  • Local 2020 Gleaned 260 pounds of corn at Dharma Ridge Farm for the OlyCAP South Community Harvest
  • The Business Guides  painted benches at Camp Beausite!
  • PT Rotary volunteers Fancied up Fort Worden by washing windows and power washing steps and sidewalks
  • Boeing Blue Bills- Building a wheel chair ramp for a local resident
  • PT Kiwanis and the Local Bar Association  volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on the construction of the second Chimacum house. They  spent the day siding and painting the house to get it ready for move-in right around Thanksgiving

A Special Day of Caring project:

  • The Boeing Blue Bills organized a “Sharing the Goods” Drive- to  collect house hold items for the  OlyCAP and Dove House transitional housing programs. 


Are you interested in Joining us for the 2015 Day of Caring event? Mark you calendar for September 11, 2015 to save the date!  You can also contact Nikki Russell at and she will add you to our Day of Caring contact list.

For businesses and community groups:

Day of Caring is a great way for your staff or members to bond while they learn more about a local nonprofit and work together to complete an essential project for the nonprofit.  For individuals interested in engaging with our community and local nonprofits, Day of Caring is a great way to get involved!

For local nonprofits:

Day of Caring is a great way to connect with the community while getting an essential project accomplished.  Think of how much a group of enthusiastic volunteers can accomplish in 3 hours of time!  Not only can volunteers help you complete an essential project, Day of Caring is an opportunity for you to showcase your organization’s mission and accomplishments.  Connect community volunteers to your mission!