Victim Support Services is excited to announce a new partnership with United Way of Snohomish County. United Way of Snohomish County has not funded services for victims of crime in the past, but is recognizing the increased need for these important services. We are thrilled to have been chosen to receive $15,000 for the next three years from United Way of Snohomish County. This money will be used to provide victims with a trauma counselor. This grant allows us to provide a service we have been unable to offer in the past. Our partnership with United Way of King County was recently featured on King 5 News.
We’ve also been the recipient of two more exciting grants recently. We’ve received continued support from Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, and new support from The Norcliffe Foundation. Each group granted us $10,000 which will be used toward operating funds. This allows us to keep our doors open, and our lights on so that we can continue to serve victims of crime as they make their journey from victim to survivor. Victim Support services is grateful to Tulalip Tribes and The Norcliffe Foundation for their support, and for recognizing how important our services are to the community.
New funding opportunities and program growth are exciting news both for our agency and those who we serve. However state and federal funding cuts continue to loom large over the agency. Due to these cuts VSS is expecting a budget shortfall next year of $157,000 in operating funds. With an already lean budget, there are not many more corners to cut. We would love to move away from government funding, and find support with foundations, and community members. We continue to seek grants which will fund these operating costs, as well as trying to inform the community about our current budget situation. Victim Support Services provides valuable services to our communities, and we are confident that many individuals and foundations who recognize this value and help us continue our work by supporting us financially. We are thankful to Washington’s Most Wanted and The Everett Herald for running stories about the work our organization does, and the need for continued funding.
Click here to see the Washington’s Most Wanted Story
Click here to read about is in The Everett Herald
Click here to see the story from King 5 News