By identifying and reducing risk factors in the individual, school, community, and family domains and building protective factors to grow resilience in those same domains, youth grow up healthier and more resilient, reducing short term problems such as substance use, school dropout and long term burdens to families and society such as justice involvement, poverty and more. By weaving together supports in one place - we remove barriers to access concrete supports in times of need, build community for youth and residents and create a health community.

Evergreen Villages Community Center

Goals/Vision of the program

Evergreen Villages Community Center’s vision is that all community members at Evergreen Villages are supported, healthy, safe, and valued. Our goals for the program are to meet the needs of all residents, to create a safe and nurturing environment for all to thrive in, provide positive role models, and offer life skills.

What is offered

Youth Program
TOGETHER!’s programming at Evergreen Villages Community Center serves children and youth ages 5-18 by joining forces with community partners to align our resources and expertise to make sure every child has access to necessary academic, developmental, health and social supports. The youth program runs four days a week during the school year, three days a week in the summer and offers: 

  • Positive adult role models
  • Homework help and tutoring
  • Social-emotional skill building
  • Cooking classes
  • Enriching activities and fieldtrips
  • Garden Club **Coming Soon**

Resident Services
We partner with organizations such as the Thurston County Food Bank and Olympia Union Gospel Mission’s VegOut program to ensure children, youth, and families have food for day to day sustenance. Collaboration with Community Action Council provides energy assistance to residents during winter months. We also partner with SeaMar Community Health to meet physical and mental health needs, provide stress management and family involvement to prevent child abuse and neglect. We offer family engagement activities, host community building events, and referrals to much needed community resources.

Why its offered

We use the Communities that Care model research about risk and protective factors to improve youth and community outcomes. By identifying and reducing risk factors in the individual, school, community, and family domains and building protective factors to grow resilience in those same domains, youth grow up healthier and more resilient, reducing short term problems such as substance use, school dropout and long term burdens to families and society such as justice involvement, poverty and more.


Partners

  • Community Action Council provides energy assistance
  • Community Youth Services offers youth and adult volunteers
  • Olympia Police Department attends community building events
  • Olympia School District provides support for educational materials
  • Olympia Union Gospel Mission’s VegOut! program provides weekly fresh fruits and vegetables
  • SeaMar Community Health leads enrichment activities, cooking classes and stress management techniques
  • South Sound Reading Foundation visits the Center monthly, bringing books for all the kiddos
  • Thurston County Food Bank: We serve as a satellite site offering biweekly food distribution

How to Help

You can be a huge help to our program by volunteering! Check out these much-needed volunteer opportunities and let us know that you are interested by filling out the volunteer application.

Contact Johnna Knoerr
Email: jknoerr@thurstontogether.org 
Phone: 360-493-2230

You can join us in working towards the vision that all people are supported, healthy, safe and valued by making a financial contribution to support our efforts.