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Washington Connection Community Partnership Program

  Upcoming Events

FREE Washington Connection Community Partnership Trainings

  • Level I and Level II Certificated Trainings

Date

 City

Contact

 Dec 12, 2014: Tacoma Jarret
 Dec 17, 2014: Spokane Leslie
 Dec 18, 2014: Seattle Kathy

 

Please contact your Regional Consultant as shown for more information on the trainings or to register. Please see the  Regional Map to locate your consultant.

        

 Region  Name/E-Mail Phone 
 1- East Side  Leslie.Stickel@dshs.wa.gov  509-227-2227
 2- North  Kathy.Tan@dshs.wa.gov  206-272-2164
 3- South and West   Jarret.McGill@dshs.wa.gov  253-476-7040

 

  • Partnership Subcommittee Forum

February 23, 2015

 

During Webinars we discuss enhancements to the Washington Connection web portal, Community Partnership updates and helpful tips from our consultants.

The webinar will be held at multiple locations, please contact your consultant as listed above for more information.

 

Contact Stephanie Hill, Program Manager at Stephanie.Hill@dshs.wa.gov to find out more information about registering to become a Community Partner!


PARTNERSHIP IN FOCUS

Tacoma Backpack Outreach

2,700 honored guests joined the Tacoma Backpack Outreach for a day of carnival games, barbequed hot dogs, live music and more on August 23rd 2014.

15 churches and 30 community organizations gathered to help students in the Tacoma area get ready for school.  With the help of 430 volunteers, they distributed 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, 2,000 lunches and 1,300 pieces of clothing.  Additionally, a team of stylists gave 180 haircuts, and a medical team conducted 37 sports physicals. At least one person was hired for a new job.

Last year, this event was successfully hosted under the umbrella of the Convoy of Hope, an international, faith-based, humanitarian organization.  However, due to financial challenges, leadership of the Tacoma Backpack Outreach opted to redirect.   Despite the new name, "we remain committed to the same mission and meeting the same need," said Makena Quinn, coordinator for the outreach.

At the previous night's volunteer rally, each volunteer received a penny as a reminder to love one person the next day.  Thinking about their two thousand neighbors who would visit the next day can be overwhelming.  But, with such an achievable goal in their pocket, the Tacoma Backpack Outreach hopes they were able to make every person who came feel like an honored guest.

The event was made possible by support from a number of sponsors, including a generous grant from the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation.

For more information and updates about next year's event, connect with the Tacoma Backpack Outreach at www.facebook.com/tacomabackpackoutreach.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The Referral Communications Committee, consisting of members from the Department of Social and Health Services, Home and Community Services, Health Care Authority, Health Benefit Exchange and community Lead Organizations have created a Cross Agency Desk Aid to assist our staff and partners in referring clients to the correct agency for the services they seek.

Please see it here.   

 

In addition to the Cross Agency Desk Aid, the Committee has also created a promotional document meant to help clients navigate the systems to find the services they are seeking. This document is called "How Do I" and can be found here:http://www.dshs.wa.gov/pdf/publications/22-1574.pdf.

 


Are you a Community-based Organization wishing to provide additional services to your customers?

You are invited to join Washington Connection where people can easily and securely learn about and apply for a broad array of services and benefits online such as:  food, cash, and medical assistance; child care subsidies; long-term care services and support; and drug and alcohol treatment.  Washington Connection also provides contact information and links to other services that require a different application process.

Being a partner, you will: periodically receive updated information related to services or features   supported by Washington Connection, have a local contact for your questions, have the opportunity to attend community partnership meetings, network with other organizations, and provide feedback about Washington Connection.  You may also receive technical assistance and marketing materials as needed.

There are two partnership levels that describe the investment you would make to help applicants. 

Service Level 1: 

Host Organization (assist with one or more of the following functions)

  • Display posters and printed marketing materials about Washington Connection
  • Provide applicants with access to a computer with an icon to Washington Connection on the desktop
  • Provide applicants with assistance in answering questions about the Washington Connection website

Service Level 2: 

Assisting Agency

  • Display posters and printed marketing materials about Washington Connection
  • Provide applicants with assistance in completing and submitting the online application (To protect the confidentiality of client information, Assisting Agencies will be required to fill out a Data Share Agreement and Non-Disclosure forms.)

In addition to choosing a service level, your organization must select the type of access you are able to provide:

  • Limited Access   Your address will not be published.  (Provide access to Washington Connection to your customers only.)
  • Public Access   Your address will be published. (Provide access to Washington Connection to the general public.)

To join, simply go to the Washington Connection  site, look for Register as a Community Partner under the "Community partner resources" navigation panel.