All right!!!! Our board had it's first meeting and we are calling it a success. I have been elected President, Dustin Stecker as Vice, Dave Woods Treasurer and Angela Shaw Secretary.... Our other directer Kari Louk was not able to make it..... I told everyone that whoever didn't show was getting elected to something but some how she got lucky. Dustin brings the world of music to our program with years of experience working with bands throughout the Northwest. Dave Woods held his own company in Olympia and has all the software we will need to track our books. Kari Louk has been a drug and alcohol youth councilor for over twenty years. And Angela has dedicated as much time as needed while seeking her nursing degree. Me, well I am lovable and have the drive and passion to get this going. After all this is to honor my son and help all those who are struggling out there.
To recap what you have helped us accomplish, we are licensed as a non profit with Washington State, we have our EIN and UBI numbers (tax related numbers to operate) we have applied for tax exemption 501C3 status with the IRS (that was expensive), we have our Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation and Conflict of Interest policies in place.
I am proud to announce that Cushions will also have a website coming very soon (appears to be necessary when applying for tax exempt status.... bet it wasn't twenty years ago :)) That said watch for www.tricitycushions.org
to be coming online with in the next month.
One of our dear friends Christy has set up a recurring monthly contribution (SHUTOUT)... if others could see it in their heart to do the same it would truly benefit the kids here in the Tri-Cities. Our resources have quickly been depleted but if and WHEN we receive tax exempt status we will be hitting it hard. I have been trying to send out thank yous for all contributions, these show the amount you donated and should serve as a receipt for charitable donations when you file your taxes.
Thank you everyone for your continued support. Please keep our effort in your prayers.