Teri Myers of Backpacks for Kids of Port Orchard (left) receives a ceremonial check from Shawn Gilfedder, president/CEO of Kitsap Credit Union, for the nonprofit’s program during the Cash & Dash event in Bremerton. (Kitsap Credit Union photo)

Teri Myers of Backpacks for Kids of Port Orchard (left) receives a ceremonial check from Shawn Gilfedder, president/CEO of Kitsap Credit Union, for the nonprofit’s program during the Cash & Dash event in Bremerton. (Kitsap Credit Union photo)

Cash & Dash event provides $130,000 for area nonprofits

Kitsap service agencies, programs receive welcome donations from Kitsap Credit Union event

PORT ORCHARD — The Kitsap Credit Union-sponsored Cash & Dash event in Bremerton Monday featured a bountiful announcement by organizers: Approximately $130,000 was donated to the program, which will distribute the funds to 25 nonprofit organizations in Kitsap, Jefferson, Mason and Pierce counties.

Two Port Orchard nonprofits — South Kitsap Helpline’s food bank and Backpacks for Kids — each received $5,000 from the bank. Other backpack recipients included ShareNet in Kingston; North Kitsap Fishline in Poulsbo; Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton; Bremerton School District; Central Kitsap Food Backpack 4 Kids; and Coalition of Churches in Belfair.

According to organizers, a growing number of students have been registering for free and reduced lunch programs in the counties. To help ease the financial burden on these families, Kitsap Credit Union has offered a Skip-A-Pay promotion to qualified members to raise funds for local Backpack-For-Kids feeding programs.

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