ICSEW Drive Supports Victims of Domestic Violence, Local Businesses Amid Pandemic


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Updated on December 9, 2020

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) is sponsoring a gift card and supplies drive for organizations that provide services and resources to women and individuals who are victims of domestic violence. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, police departments and civic groups are reporting a spike in domestic violence cases. Mandated stay-at-home orders have put victims in close proximity to their abusers.

“This is an opportunity to help empower Washingtonians who are taking the difficult steps to protect the wellbeing of themselves and their families. These are strong, brave individuals, and to be a part of bettering their lives falls in line with so many of ICSEW’s values,” said ICSEW Public Outreach Co-chair, Jasmine Pippin-Timco.   

The drive started Oct. 1, the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The drive will run until April 30, 2021, with a possible extension through summer if needs remain dire. Recipients of the gift cards so far are the following organizations:

“This is a great opportunity to make a difference twice with one gesture as many local businesses are struggling to stay afloat through this pandemic,” said ICSEW Public Outreach Co-chair, Debra Lefing. “Donating a gift card helps a domestic violence survivor obtain meals or supplies and gives a much-needed boost to a business owner.”

How to Participate

If you are an individual who would like to donate a gift card, simply reach out to a local business or restaurant near you to purchase the card and mail to the desired organization below. Any business that carries grocery items, diapers & wipes, personal hygiene items or cleaning supplies would be useful. The organizations also need gift cards for restaurants, takeout, and fast food locations for food. During the holiday season any gift card can be donated as the families receive them as a Christmas gift, in some cases these are the only gifts children receive.

If you are an immune compromised individual or do not feel comfortable purchasing a gift card in-person, the ICSEW’s Annual Charity Drive page will have an updated list of businesses that offer no-contact purchase options starting December 7. If you are a business that would like to be on this list, please see the section below for businesses for how to participate. ICSEW is coordinating with businesses to arrange delivery of gift cards to specific organizations..

For Individuals: To ensure safe, no-contact delivery, ICSEW is encouraging the public to mail gift cards to charitable organizations for local businesses that carry items in need.

Western Washington:

Eastern Washington

  • New Hope (Grand Coulee, Moses Lake, Mattawa, Othello, Quincy, Royal City) C/O: Tina Steinmetz 311 W 3rd Ave, Moses Lake, WA, 98837
  • YWCA Spokane (Spokane County) C/O: Jennifer Haynes-Harter 930 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA 99201
  • YWCA Yakima (Yakima County) C/O: Miriam Saavedra 818 W Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98902

If you are a local business and would like to participate in the gift card and product drive or be added to our list for contact free purchases please contact the ICSEW’s Public Outreach Subcommittee Co-Chairs. For western Washington businesses please contact jasmine.pippin-timco@lcb.wa.gov. For eastern Washington businesses, please contact debra.lefing@atg.wa.gov.  

For more information about the gift card drive, please visit the ICSEW’s Annual Charity Drive webpage, https://icsew.wa.gov/events/charity-drive/

The ICSEW’s Public Outreach Subcommittee has a vested interest in supporting community organizations that share the ICSEW values of Wellness, Advocacy, Leadership, Integrity, Fostering growth and Empowerment.

About the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women:

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW is made up of governor-appointed state-employees from various agencies. The ICSEW seeks to better the lives of state employees through advocacy, outreach, opportunity, and by advising the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed women.

Mission: To better the lives of state employees by advising the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed women.

Vision: Enriching lives through advocacy, outreach, and opportunity.

For more information about the ICSEW, visit, https://icsew.wa.gov.

ICSEW is Recruiting a Public Outreach Chair


ICSEW is looking for someone to lead its Public Outreach subcommittee!

The subcommittee chair is a non-paid volunteer position and is part of the ICSEW Executive Board.

This position will give you you  opportunity to help shape how ICSEW serves state employed women.

Some of what you’ll do:

  • Help members of the public understand the work of ICSEW
  • Coordinate tabling events at information fairs sponsored by state agencies
  • Collaborate with executive board members on decision-making activities
  • Hone your leadership skills by leading a subcommittee

The ideal candidate will enjoy interfacing with the public, have an eye for details and like logistics and event planning.

Applicants must be an ICSEW representative or alternate representative in good standing. To apply,  send an email to icsew@ofm.wa.gov that describes what interests you about the position, what skills you’ll bring to the position and what skills you want to develop. Make sure to include the words “Public Outreach Chair” in the subject line.

The recruitment is open Nov. 26-Dec. 17. 

Read more about our Public Outreach Subcommittee here.

Review Bylaws, Article 5 – executive board, Policy 120 and procedure 120.1 – Appointment of board members and Policies and Bylaws, 800 Public Outreach Subcommittee, pg 44.

ICSEW Collects $11,668 in Hygiene Products for YWCA Other Bank

four women holding toiletries products

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women’s (ICSEW) recently collected $11,668 worth of personal hygiene and cleaning products for the YWCA of Olympia’s Other Bank.

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:

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)

Annual Toiletries Drive July 10-21

ICSEW Toiletry Drive 2017

It’s that time again!  Our annual toiletries drive for The Other Bank kicks off on July 10.  Attached is a flyer to help spread the word and encourage our co-workers to join in the effort.

The Other Bank in Olympia provides free personal hygiene products to more than 20,000 local low-income individuals and families annually.  These products are necessary items that cannot be purchased with food benefits and are essential to maintaining optimal health and personal care. More than 95% of their hygiene products come from donors.

Highly Needed Items:
•Laundry Soap
•Dish Soap
•Shaving Cream

Other Items:
•Menstrual Pads and Tampons
•Diaper Wipes
•Paper Towels
•Liquid Hand Soap (no bar soap)
•Travel/Trial Size Hygiene Kits (unopened)

All items must be unused. Partially used products will not be accepted.

The Other Bank can no longer accept the following: cosmetics, hair styling products/tools, perfume/cologne, medicine, contact lens solution, supplements/vitamins, toys, food.

If you are unable to contribute to The Other Bank, but would like to donate to your local YWCA, please visit http://www.ywca.org/site/apps/kb/cs/contactsearch.asp?c=cuIRJ7NTKrLaG&b=7527667&state=WA&submit=submit for a list of local YWCA associations.

As your agency coordinator, I welcome your questions and thank you in advance for your generosity.  In 2016, this drive collected $10,800.00 worth of toiletries to help women and families in Thurston County.  Let us work to make the 2017 drive an even bigger success.

ICSEW Toiletry Drive 2017 Adobe PDF Document

Donation Receipt Adobe PDF Document

2016 Annual Toiletries Drive for Olympia YWCA

This year we are kicking off our annual toiletries drive at Conference!

ICSEW Toiletries Drive August 16 — September 2, 2016

Highly Needed Items

  • Laundry Soap
  • Diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6)
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet Paper Tissue-Kleenex
  • Paper Towels

Other Items Pull-ups

  • Razors/Shave Cream
  • Tissue – Kleenex
  • Lotions/Moisturizers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Q-Tips
  • Liquid Hand Soap (no bar soap)
  • Toothpaste
  • Dish Soap
  • Travel/Trial Size Hygiene Kits (unopened)

The Other Bank no longer accepts the following donations: cosmetics, hair styling products/tools, perfume/cologne, medicine, contact lens solution, supplements/vitamins, toys, food.

For more information about The Other Bank, please visit http://ywcaofolympia.org/program/other-bank.


Eastern Washington 2016 Public Service Recognition Event at National Guard Spokane Readiness Center

By Karin LaRue Johnson, WMD

On May 5, 2016 the Washington Military Department (WMD) hosted the 2016 Eastern Washington Public Service Recognition Week Event at the Spokane National Guard Readiness Center. Approximately 275 public servants from various state agencies across the Spokane area attended and had an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of their peers, receive information on benefits and programs, and learn about committees and organizations supported by state employees.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) Honor Guard opened the event, where employees enjoyed a hot dog lunch with all of the fixings as well as dessert. The festivities included a Cake Walk, Chair Massages, a Show and Shine Car Show, Cake Decorating and Best Salsa contests. Several local vendor booths included the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW), the Spokane Empire Football Organization, Spokane School of Massage and the WA State Employees Credit Union (WSECU).

The week was filled with celebrations and events all around the state, with award ceremonies culminating the honors. Mr. Mike Frucci, WA State Department of Transportation Eastern Regional Director, emceed the event and presented the Extra Mile award to the Employment Security Department, WorkSource Spokane WorkFirst team. Congratulations to this very deserving group!

A special thank you to this year’s event sponsors: WSECU, DOC, Costco, Public & Technical Employees Local 17, WSDOT and WMD.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the volunteers from various agencies that came together to make this year’s PSRW event a success!

It’s Women’s Health Week & and TODAY is our Annual Health and Wellness Fair

Wednesday, May 11th is our Annual Health & Wellness Fair: Stepping Stones to a Healthier You!

Please join us from 11:00-1:00p at Labor & Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW, Tumwater.

There will be 48 area vendors hosting information booths where attendees will have access to free health screenings, informative presentations, and great prize giveaways!  Vendors will cover a variety of health and wellness topics including, personal health, family assistance, eye care, financial planning, time management, chair massage, fitness and exercise, nutrition, and garden raised food, just to name a few.

Come and learn how small steps can lead to ‘stepping stones’ for a healthier you!

To view Governor Inslee’s proclamation click here ICSEW health fair flyer



Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016

This week Governor Inslee signed proclamation to celebrate this year’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day to support and encourage all state agencies participation on June, 23rd.  Resources are available at http://daughtersandsonstowork.org/.

The theme for 2016 is “Sparking AHA! Moments.”

Thank you Governor Inslee for your continued support in this meaningful day.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2016