United Way, CVH Foundation team up to offer $150,000 to support Oso victims

ARLINGTON — As part of their work to support the communities affected by the 530 landslide nearly six weeks ago, the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation and United Way of Snohomish County announced recently that they are working together to expand their ongoing efforts to provide direct support to the Oso community.

The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation is giving $75,000 to the Oso Community Chapel, to help small businesses particularly hard hit by the closure of State Route 530. United Way of Snohomish County is giving $75,000 to the Oso Fireman’s Association Mudslide Fund, to help families and individuals affected by the 530 landslide.

“This really means a lot. We still have families that are hurting, that have real needs. This will help us help our community for the long term,” said Oso Assistant Fire Chief Toby Hyde.

“This grant from the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation addresses the emerging need for economic relief for small businesses in Oso.  We are delighted to participate in supporting our community,” said Barbara Tolbert, CVH Foundation president and Arlington Mayor.

Both groups have already provided funds for Oso families through the Arlington Family Resource Project, which will start working closely with the Oso Fire Department to distribute funds locally.

“When we met with Pastor Gary Ray, Chief John Harper and Assistant Chief Hyde last week, we learned that there was still a great need for direct help in Oso,” said Dennis Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. “We knew that the CVH Foundation had close ties to the community as well. Coordinating our efforts with them couldn’t have been easier.”

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