The Powerhouses Behind Ellensburg

Saying the Ellensburg Downtown Association is a huge deal is an understatement. Three powerful ladies, Carolyn Honeycutt, Moly Jones, and Faith Mehal, handle 240 different local businesses.

So what does it mean to work with 240 different local business? Well, these three ladies are a non-profit and they work to revitalize and preserve the quaint downtown Ellensburg. Their main focuses is design, organization, economic reconstructing, and promotion. 

                           
Right now, EDA is promoting a Pint Night, a night where non-profit organizations can raise money for a specific cause. Pint Night is of course held at none other that The Iron Horse Brewery. During Pint Night, Iron Horse Brewery will donate $0.50 for every pint sold and it is also encouraged to have other revenue generating activities.

Gives you an excuse to go get a pint of Irish Death!

                                                                                      
Do you like to bike? EDA is also currently promoting a Like to Bike festival that will be held this Saturday, May 20. The festival includes a vintage bike show, a bike part swap meet, a bike “rodeo”, and an opportunity to fix a flat!                

This is such a small portion of what The Ellensburg Downtown Association ladies do. The staff is small, so they rely on community volunteers, and us–Central Communication Agency! 

For Central Communication Agency, we try and take a load off of our favorite ladies. This quarter we have helped them promote events at our Student Union and Recreation Center, build a website for a local business that previously lacked one, and create press releases.

                                            
Throughout the years, EDA has won many excellence awards and it truly shows through their work. Historic downtown Ellensburg is truly my favorite part of our little town, and it is nice that there is a non-profit organization that cherishes downtown as well.  

Why Your Local Community Food Bank Need More Than Just Food

                                                                      
In a town where the average household income is nearly half of what the U.S. average household income is and the poverty level is pushing 40%, resources such as community food banks can be a huge help.

Now, what if you were told that the town I was just referencing was a town that you called home? 

As a town, Ellensburg has struggled for at least two years to meet the U.S. average household income by almost 50%. This number is alarming. But have no fear, FISH Community Food Bank is here to make sure that everyone in our community goes to sleep with a full and content stomach. 

FISH Community Food Bank has had many food drives over the years where they have received generous amounts of food from local residents. On almost a daily basis, FISH Community Food Bank receives food donations in addition to the food supplied by federal programs through the USDA. However, FISH Community Food Bank needs more than just food donations in order to stay open and running–they need money.

The money that is donated can go farther than what you would be able to at a grocery store. I say this because food banks order and buy in bulk; with the nonprofit discount they receive in this process, they are able to make a dollar spread. This cash donation is also used to buy the perishable items that you cannot donates such as milk, fruits, and vegetables. Without this money, it is nearly impossible for food banks to provide a healthy meal.

Let us not forget that FISH Community Food Bank, and all other food banks, are a business and run like one. Heating, gas, electrical all need to be paid for by the end of the month. 

So, can the food drives and donate money instead