Breast Diagnostic Center has opened the “Our Community, Your Choice” polls once again for area non-profits. The company will award two winners a first and second place cash prize.
“Our Community, Your Choice,” a people’s choice contest, is brought to Federal Way, Auburn and surrounding communities by the independent mammography clinic Breast Diagnostic Center. The company believes the best way to positively impact our communities is by supporting the non-profits that serve the area. “Our Community, Your Choice” is designed to give the power to choose the winning organizations to Breast Diagnostic patients and the community at large.
Breast Diagnostic staff members nominated four local non-profits for the contest. Nominees include 2014 winners Angel Wings Foundation and the Auburn Food Bank, as well as newcomers FUSION – Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy and Communities in Schools of Federal Way. Staff have always sought to choose organizations that directly impact the communities Breast Diagnostic serves. This year’s nominees positively impact the lives of kids, adults and families in their respective neighborhoods, making a difference on a hyper local level. The first place winner will receive $1,500 and second place will be awarded $500.
Communities in Schools of Federal Way is focused on dropout prevention, in line with the national CIS organization’s mission. Students from the Federal Way School District are surrounded by a community of support both inside and outside of the classroom, through a network of CIS affiliates, site coordinators and collaborative partners. In 2014, CIS Federal Way assisted 8,350 students, making a major impact on the community. To learn more about CIS Federal Way, visit www.federalway.ciswa.org.
FUSION has been housing homeless families for over 20 years, beginning with one housing unit in 1993 and growing to 17 today. FUSION offers a package of housing and social services to clients. Through a partnership with Catholic Community Services, families receive comprehensive support services. Each family is housed in a fully furnished home and partnered with a social worker to build a skill set, overcome barriers and create a new, successful life. More details can be found at www.fusionfederalway.org.
The Auburn Food Bank began its mission in 1930, when neighbors came together to support one family after a house fire. Eighty-five years later, the food bank has grown exponentially, providing not only groceries but also hot suppers twice per week to individuals and families residing within the Auburn School District boundaries. In addition, clients also have access to personal hygiene products and other forms of assistance. To learn more about the mission of the Auburn Food Bank, visit www.theauburnfoodbank.org.
Angel Wings Foundation is unique in its mission to serve families who experience life-changing events, working from the foundation and belief that one small difference can lead to greater things. AWF recognizes how events, such as illness, can impact families who are not in dire straits but may be unprepared for the unexpected. “The Legacy Project” and “Random Acts of Kindness” programs have helped the organization to expand an already successful track record of directly assisting families whose lives have been altered. Visit www.awfdonate.com for more information.
“Our Community, Your Choice” is now on its third round of giving back to the non-profits that support and enhance the communities in which we live, work and play. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit www.breastdiagnostic.com and www.facebook.com/BreastDiagnosticCenter to vote for the nominee of their choice. Patients may also vote by ballot in either Breast Diagnostic office.
Breast Diagnostic Center has been in business since 1980 with offices in Auburn and Federal Way. Drs. Tim Blackwelder and Mike Ulissey took over the practice in 2012 and have implemented several charitable giving programs, including “Empowered for Life: Women Standing Up for Early Detection,” an awareness and fundraising campaign in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Diagnostic patients purchased paper dolls in honor or in memory of anyone who has faced cancer. The company matched each donation and presented a check to Valley Girls and Guys of Ravensdale in November.