"Weyerhaeuser donates $10,000 to family centers"

"Federal Way Family Centers received a $10,000 corporate donation this week that will help provide programs that assist poor and low-income families.Forest industry giant Weyerhaeuser has donated $10,000 through its community outreach and philanthropic arm called Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation.This is something that Weyerhaeuser thought it was important to do, said Liz Crossman, vice president of Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. We're a member of this community, it's health and welfare is important to this company.The grant will be distributed over two years, with $5,000 to be used this year and $5,000 for 2001. Money will support programs in area apartment complexes that include after-school tutoring, parenting classes, health talks, literacy programs, computer literacy programs and English as a Second Language classes.Federal Way Family Centers program coordinator Christi Hnat said the grant money was more than welcome and will come in especially handy when working with families and students near Mark Twain Elementary School. We're working on as much outreach as we can there, Hnat said. We've been able to serve a lot of children through ESL classes and family events.Hnat estimates about 750 low-income families will be helped by the grant money. Our mission is to develop a network of neighborhood centers to strengthen the community and family, she said.To promote stronger a community, Federal Way Family Centers also offers family activities such as reading nights or family book parties that get parents and their children to interact.Family centers volunteer Dean McColgan said the Weyerhaeuser money came at the right time - near the end of the school year.By providing these programs on site we've addressed the issue of limited transportation and childcare for these families, McColgan said. Weyerhaeuser has once again shown their commitment to community needs.Family centers are located in three complexes, Laurelwood Gardens, Waterstone Place and Appian Way in Kent.Last year Weyerhaeuser donated $1,500 to the centers for a literacy program as well as $5,000 in 1998. The Weyerhaeuser foundation was established in 1948, and has donated more than $127 million to communities in areas where the company operates."

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