Charity & Grassroots in East Central

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Spokane Riverkeeper and the region’s designated riverkeeper, Bart Mihailovich, work to protect and preserve the waters of the Spokane River. The organization educates the public on how to prevent damage to the local ecosystem and actively works to rehabilitate areas of the watershed that have deteriorated. Along with volunteers and interns, Bart conducts field research on the status of the water and plant life and organizes projects to remove pollution and rebuild the local habitat.

35 W Main Ave
Spokane,
WA
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A grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the environment in the Inland Northwest, The Lands Council serves as a leading conservation voice in the region. In addition to protecting thousands of acres of public land—and thus helping preserve local forests and wildlife—The Lands Council funds Project SUSTAIN, an effort to provide local students with outdoor, hands-on learning activities.

Project SUSTAIN combines in-class lessons with field trips to teach students about forests, water, wildlife, and sustainability. Through this program, students have planted nearly 2,000 trees and potted more than 50 seedlings. For leader Kat Hall, the real joy of the project is seeing the direct effect on students as they plant trees along a waterway in the Saltese Uplands or build and race their own solar-powered mini cars.

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25 W Main Ave
Spokane,
WA
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Voted Best Sports Bar by KREM, Heroes and Legends allows for supreme sports viewing, with more than 30 flat-screen TVs for absorption-by-eyeball and a plethora of pub fare to feed your undefeated stomach. Peruse Heroes' menu for hunger-quenching appetizers, such as 10 simmering homemade cream-cheese jalapeño poppers ($8.50). Heroes and Legends' burgers are composed of seven-ounce fresh-ground patties served on a cornmeal kaiser bun with a side of french fries (substitute soup or salad for $1.50 or onion rings for $2); the Black and Blue garnishes its grub with Cajun spices and sprinkles it with blue cheese crumbles ($9.75). Show an opposing fan how the Seahawks are going to obliterate his or her team by spectacularly intercepting his or her order of barbecue chicken pizza, topped with bacon, pineapple, red onion, mozzarella cheese, and diced tomatoes ($10.99 for 10" small, $17.99 for 15" large). For an adult beverage, Heroes and Legends' full bar serves up 24 beers on tap—one for each cycle in the Chinese solar year—including brews from Kokanee and Alaskan Brewing Co., as well as fruity margaritas and potent cocktails.

825 W Riverside Ave
Spokane,
WA
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Peak 7 Adventures aims to help youth realize their mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional potential through outdoor adventures that remove them from their comfort zones and let them experience nature. Working with local schools, community centers, at-risk homes, and foster homes, Peak 7 Adventures exposes underserved youth to engaging trips and tours. It provides all the necessary transportation, lodging, food, and gear for each participant and employs guides certified in first aid and CPR. In the wilderness, underserved youth and youth who have experienced homelessness can take risks, build friendships, and develop self-confidence. The trips explore the natural environs of the Pacific Northwest through a variety of activities including rafting, kayaking, hiking, and camping.

6710 N Pittsburg St
Spokane,
WA
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For 50 years, SNAP has led efforts to reduce poverty and homelessness in the Spokane area. In 1966, Father Frank Bach established three community centers to help local families in need. Over time, the organization grew and began to broaden its focus beyond alleviating basic needs to include in-depth forms of assistance as well. Today, SNAP's staff members work with people experiencing homelessness to find housing and take steps toward achieving self-sufficiency. SNAP's services include money management workshops, small business development, weatherization work, energy-efficiency loans and food grants— as well as family-development and life-skills classes to teach families how to achieve stability in their rental situations.

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3102 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane,
WA
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The YMCA of the Inland Northwest hosts family-friendly pool parties, welcoming pint-size party-goers to explore a lazy river, splash in the wading-pool playground, and cavort in private party rooms. Fifteen minutes prior to party time, soiree hosts load the party room with refreshments and await revelers for one boisterous hour of cake, gifts, and instructions on avoiding lap-pool sharks. For the next 1.5 hours—the required time period for sanctioned games of Marco Polo—tykes recline in inner tubes for a float down the lazy river or submerge ankles in the wading-pool playground. Posses of tykes blitz enemies with various sprays and self-tipping water buckets, and 30-foot water slides beckon pint-size swimmers and hamsters bored with conventional cage tubes. The YMCA provides fully trained and certified staff members to supervise splashing, but encourages parents or guardians to attend at no additional charge.

10727 N Newport Hwy
Spokane,
WA
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