Feel Good Friday: COVID Relief, a Virtual Festival, and a Belated Valentine’s Celebration

Kaiser Permanente Grants $4 Million to Address Economic Inequality

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington has launched an initiative to combat ongoing racial disparities in access to economic opportunity in the communities it serves. The initial three-year, $4 million investment will focus on communities that have endured decades of underinvestment and will support them in overcoming systemic and structural economic disadvantage. Learn more about this initiative here.

Pierce County Connected Partners Distributed $6.2 Million in 2020

2020 was a difficult year. In Pierce County alone, more than 37,466 people have tested positive for COVID-19, with more than 525 deaths. The Aligned Philanthropies and donors of Pierce County Connected distributed $6.2 million to 174 organizations and entities providing services to address urgent needs. Learn more about its aligned philanthropic response here.

PLU Nursing Students Vaccinate 1,200 People

Pacific Lutheran University nursing students recently vaccinated about 1,200 people during a one-day campus event. Co-hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, PLU, MultiCare Health System, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, the event was the result of targeted outreach to community members who face access and equity barriers to healthcare. Learn more here.

Northwest Flower & Garden Festival Blooms Virtually

This year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Festival will sprout a hub of resources for education and shopping online rather than in-person. The annual gardening event will launch on Feb. 19 as the Virtual Garden Shop. Participants can use the website to connect with over 300 local businesses specializing in areas including landscaping, wildlife products, and outdoor structures. More here.

Celebrate a Belated Valentine’s Day at PDZA

Though Valentine’s Day has passed, you can still celebrate the day of love at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium this weekend, Feb. 20-21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The original Love at the Zoo event was scheduled for Feb. 13-14 but was canceled due to the snow. More here.

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