Washington foundation awards $15K to two Helena-area groups

Phil Drake

Two Helena-based service organizations were among 100 groups statewide to share $350,000 from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, it was announced Tuesday.

Helena Food Share

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Helena Food Share will receive $10,000 and The Salvation Army Helena will receive $5,000, foundation officials said.

The grants were given to food pantries, rescue missions, homeless shelters, and Salvation Army organizations across Montana to help the state’s “most vulnerable citizens during the holiday season,” foundation officials said in a news release.

Maj. Iva West, pastor and corps officer for the Salvation Army Helena, said they will use the money for their Christmas program and for providing food as well as toys and clothing for low-income families.

“We are just so grateful,” she said of the foundation’s gift. “They are so good to us.”

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West said these funds impact a lot of people’s lives in Lewis and Clark County.

Helena Food Share said it felt thankful and grateful as well. Spokeswoman Patty White said special gifts

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