Building Our Community
For fifteen years, OVCF has been building community by supporting vital nonprofit services through grant making, fiscal sponsorships, and building strong collaborations for collective impact.
Healthy Communities Coalition
In December 2014, OVCF awarded a $3000 grant to the Sequim Food Bank to launch a Healthy Communities Coalition (HCC). The funds were used to 1) conduct the first-ever Visitor Needs Assessment to learn more about the specific needs of the food bank customers, 2) explore the value of creating a community-wide collaborative effort to address common food-related health problems like obesity, diabetes and hypertension.
The Coalition has convened several times since June 2015 with the commitment to implement community-based health and nutrition education efforts – because food is the medicine that provides good physical and mental health. It is moving full-speed ahead to implement a community-wide health improvement effort dubbed “Ready-Set-Go 5210” and working to lay the groundwork for measurable improvements in the health and well-being of residents.
In addition to the Sequim Food Bank, Coalition members currently include the Sequim School District, the City of Sequim, Olympic Medical Center, Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic, Molina Healthcare, Nourish Restaurant and OVCF.