November 2023
Newsletter – Issue 73

As a non-profit organization, NWBDA is able to provide grants on an annual basis to other organizations or programs who provide economic or community development in the areas that NWBDA serves. This year, NWBDA was able to give away a grand total of $100,000 to organizations devoted to making an impact.

Familias en Acción – Portland, OR

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About Familias en Acción: Familias en Acción was founded in 1998, in response to the need for a culturally specific organization to promote health for Latino/x/e communities in Oregon. Their services include Community Health Work, Climate Health Equity, Food Equity Advocacy, and Sexual Health Education.

Familias en Acción’s Mission: The mission of Familias en Acción (Familias) is to strengthen the health and well-being of Latino families and communities in Oregon. Their Promise is to be Present, to Engage, and to be Relentless in the pursuit of health equity. Familias provides health promotion programs in Spanish, focused on climate resilience, nutrition and food advocacy, sexual health and HIV prevention, healthcare navigation, and workforce development for Latiné Community Health Workers.

Familias’ workforce development program provides health worker skill building and employment/income opportunities for Latinés through culturally and linguistically specific workforce development program for Promotores de Salud/Community Health Workers (P/CHW). The program includes: 1) training and support to secure state certification for participants; 2) continuing education opportunities; 3) career coaching and job placement support; and 4) technical assistance to other community based organizations (CBOs) seeking to implement certification programs in rural areas. Target populations for this work are women, minorities (Hispanic/Latina/x/e), and individuals in underserved areas (rural).

Grant Funds: Funds from NWBDA will help to fund a Workforce Development Coordinator position. This Coordinator will work alongside a team to manage all aspects of the Somos Salud training cohorts, including curriculum maintenance, participant recruitment, facilitation of the training and additional facilitator recruitment, coordinating program participants and partners, communications, scheduling, and database management.

Participant Quote/Testimonial: “The programs at Familias en Acción have helped me so much to improve my physical and mental health. I live in a rural area where health resources are very limited and programs like these, free and in our primary language (Spanish), have a great impact on our community. They give us hope and motivation to know that we are not alone and that there is support in our own language.”

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​NWBDA is so thankful to be able to give back to our community and help the world around us. We are incredibly grateful to our lenders and borrowers; thanks to their continued patronage, we are able to support others.

NWBDA is delighted to support these unique organizations who are striving to change their communities and make a better place for everyone. We encourage everyone to visit these amazing places and make your own impact.

“Small things done with great love will change the world.”

— Mother Teresa —

Western Washington

Elizabeth Rusnak
(425) 286-6673

Central Washington

Lisa Vincent
(509) 469-5040

Evan Heriot
(541) 228-5015

Western Washington

Mark Beppler
(425) 505-3263

Southwestern Washington/
North Oregon
Jim Bright
(360) 521-5704

October’s Loan Fundings

NWBDA funded 4 new
projects for the total amount
of $17,450,789

October’s Loan Approvals

NWBDA approved 3 new
projects for the total amount
of $9,870,450

In the month of October,
NWBDA helped
create 56 new jobs
in the local communities
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