The Lilac Bloomsday Association presents the 38th running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run.
The 5 core tenets of the mission of the Northeast Community Center focus on health, education, economic development, social issues, and recreation—all of which align with the goals of the running community. That makes us particularly proud to have been chosen as the Official Bloomsday Charity for 2014 and to be able to work with this new partnership. The support that each Bloomsday participant provides will help families throughout Spokane—especially those in the Northeast neighborhoods—become and remain self-sufficient.
Services that help our families achieve that goal are provided by agency partners working in the NortheastCommunity Center. The most recent addition to those services was the opening of a full-scale health care center that includes primary medical, dental care, and a pharmacy to support the patients of both clinics. Our early childhood learning programs include a NAEYC accredited full day child care, including children with special needs, and six classrooms for Head Start. WIC, the Food Bank, and our CommunityGarden address issues of food insecurity. Emergency energy and housing needs are met through the programs of SNAP. There is counseling available on-site for youth that may be substance abuse involved, and both educational and recreational programs to support our seniors.
In the coming year the center will be focused on developing a program concept that will allow middle and high school youth access to technology for homework completion and credit retrieval, as well as opportunities for adult learners to achieve their high school credential, prepare for the workforce and be better able to support themselves and their families. The Corporation for National Service has provided an Americorp*VISTA volunteer to help us launch job clubs, a program designed to support those that are seeking employment.
Through your support we will be better able to continue our 31-year tradition of responding to the needs of families and to accomplish projects such as a playground upgrade. We are deeply grateful for the support that Bloomsday participants will provide to the NortheastCommunity Center and honored to have been chosen as Bloomsday’s Official Charity for 2014.
--The Board, Staff and Families of the NortheastCommunity Center
Bloomsday's support of the Northeast Community Center this year is part of an overall commitment to non-profit organizations and programs that benefit the community. Over the years, organizations given Official Bloomsday Charity designation (and funding from donations from Bloomsday participants) have included Friends of the Centennial Trail, Team Parkinson & Parkinson's Regional Center of Spokane, Eastern Washington Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Cancer Patient Care, YMCA/YWCA Capital Campaign, SNAP, Hospice of Spokane, Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center.
The Lilac Bloomsday Association is itself a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission "To promote national and international sports competition and fitness education for the civic betterment, social improvement, and physical well-being of the general public." Among the programs Bloomsday supports as part of this mission is the 10-week Fit For Bloomsday run-jog-walk program that is implemented each year in about 70 elementary schools, with over 7,000 kids participating. Bloomsday also sponsors the All City Elementary Cross Country Meet each fall, where nearly 1,000 children compete. And Bloomsday also sponsors travel each year for 30 of the region's top cross country runners to compete in the Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championships in southern California.
In addition, Bloomsday supports nearly 20 non-profits every year by giving them donated booth space in the Trade Show (and paying for setup of those booths). So whether producing an event that encourages health and wellness, supporting youth fitness activities, or giving a boost to other non-profit organizations, Bloomsday remains committed to playing an active role in the life of the Greater Spokane community.