The Other Bank distributes personal hygiene and cleaning items to more than 13,000 low-income individuals and families in Thurston and surrounding counties each year. About one-third of recipients are children under 13. None of the items the Other Bank distributes can be purchased with food stamps.
The ICSEW’s public outreach subcommittee coordinates several public outreach activities, including toiletries drives, food drives and community projects each year.
ICSEW members from 13 state agencies participated by placing collection boxes at their worksites between May 20 and June 7, 2019.
Individual Agency Collection Totals:
- Department of Health: $6,376
- Health Care Authority: $3,094
- Utilities & Transportation Commission: $1,069
- State Investment Board: $207
- Department of Corrections: $189
- Washington Technology Solutions (WA TECH): $172
- State Auditor’s Office: $148
- Office of the Insurance Commissioner: $123.50
- Department of Retirement Systems: $116
- Labor & Industries: $64
- Washington State Patrol: $57
- Washington State Lottery: $54
- Department of Ecology: 250 travel size items (The YWCA of Olympia does not assign a dollar value to travel size items)
About the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women: The ICSEW’s mission is to better the lives of state employees through advocacy, outreach and opportunity. It also advises the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed women.
The ICSEW offers several free and low-cost professional development trainings and activities each year related to its core values of leadership integrity, fostering growth, empowerment, well-being and advocacy.
About the YWCA of Olympia: The YWCA of Olympia is an approved and registered Washington State Combined Fund Drive Charity. (CFD #0315497). Its mission is eliminating racism and sexism to advance the economic, social and political status of all women and girls. Itd core values include collaboration, courageous leadership, intentional action, respect, racial inclusiveness, and social equity. For a list of programs visit the YWCA of Olympia’s program page.
Editor’s Note: As of July 1, The Other Bank is now operated out of the Thurston County Food Bank, 220 Thurston Ave. NE in Olympia. Distribution dates for items will be from 11 and to 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month during the summer months (July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17). The level of service and day of operation for the Other Bank will change later this fall. If you have questions, please visit www.thurstoncountyfooodbank.org or call (360) 352-8597. Thurston County Food Bank (CFD #0316378)