Sunday, July 21, 2024

Pateros mayor presents OCLTRG Certificate of Appreciation to CVH


CHELAN – Pateros Mayor, Carlene Anders, made a special appearance on behalf of Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG) at the Cornerstone Building offices of Chelan Valley Hope (CVH) at 417 S. Bradley last Thursday, Feb. 23, to present the organization with a Certificate of Appreciation of its donations and help for survivors of the 2014 and 2015 wildfires.

Anders, who also serves as executive director of OCLTRG, made the presentation to CVH outgoing president, Lynne Worley, and CVH Director, Sharon Lukacs.

The acknowledgement, framed in a black shadow box reads in part: “For Great Partnership, Support and Commitment to Serving Community Members recovering from the Wildfire Disasters of 2014 and 2015.”

The frame also contains samples of burned items recovered from wildfire home sites.

CVH a 501(c)3, got its start in 2008 when organizers were looking for a way to better serve under-resourced Chelan Valley families. Following the 2014-15 wildfires CVH served as a hub for fire relief efforts.

“Sharon has been involved with us from almost the very beginning,” Anders said of Lukacs’ involvement in OCLTRG. “She is one of our most senior members and last January became our treasurer.”

Lukacs and CVH participate in the weekly telephone conference meetings of the Unmet Needs Roundtable that continues to provide a funding source for fire survivors.    

“It’s the way our Disaster Case Managers (DCM) get their funding,” Anders said. “Over a million dollars has been contributed so far.”

Other groups that participate or have participated in the weekly teleconferences include Red Cross, United Methodist Church, Okanogan County Community Action Council, Catholic Charities, Room One, United Way, Community foundation of North Central Washington, and Carlton Complex Assistance Network, to name a partial list.

The funding partners have a sit-down meeting at 9:30 a.m. every third Friday of the month at the Pateros Fire Hall.


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