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Thank You Friends!

We’d like to extend a giant thank you to the 35 friends, clients, board members and community supporters who attended our Friends Appreciation Social last Wednesday, June 8th.

We are especially grateful to Urban Hardwoods for hosting us again this year. Thanks also to Il Terrazzo Carmine and Cloudburst Brewing for their generous donations of food and drink.

If you missed this event, please be sure and mark your calendar for our annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016.

We look forward to another year of connection and celebration with people like you who care about promoting access to assistive technology and economic opportunity for people with disabilities.

You’re Invited: June 8th Friends Appreciation Social

Friends Appreciation Invitation Postcard

We want to say Thank You! Join us next week for our Friends Appreciation Social. Experience the beautiful, natural ambiance of Urban Hardwoods Seattle showroom and enjoy free snacks and refreshments with friends, clients, sponsors, and community members who share your passion and support for Washington Access Fund.

Please RSVP: atravis@washingtonaccessfund.org or (206) 328-5116.

Wednesday, June 8th
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Drop in when you can make it.
Urban Hardwoods: 2101 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 map

Parking available on street or in the garage at 65 Leonora St.

Join Our Team

Washington Access Fund is now accepting applications for our 2016-2017 AmeriCorps position: Financial Sustainability Project Coordinator.

This is a unique opportunity for cutting edge work with a small nonprofit staff dedicated to helping people with disabilities purchase assistive technology and achieve independence.

You can find the full position description and information about the application process at http://www.washingtonaccessfund.org/join-our-team/.

Get FREE Tax Help

April 15th is less than a month away, have you filed your taxes yet?

Don’t worry, there’s still time and lots of free resources to help. However, we recommend you don’t wait until the last minute.

The United Way is offering a Free Tax Campaign from now until April 21, 2016 for households earning $62,000 or less. In King County alone, you can stop in to any of 24 locations with daytime, evening, and weekend hours for assistance in many languages provided by IRS certified volunteers. No appointments needed and no fees.

Not in King County, no problem! Visit http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ to find free tax help wherever you live.

To learn more about this program, including what items you’ll need to have on-hand in order to file your 2016 return, check out the IRS webpage or call 1-800-906-9887.

NEWS RELEASE: We’ve Expanded into Oregon!



Oregon Press Release

Washington Access Fund
 

For Immediate Release

 
 

Assistive Technology Loans
Now Available in Oregon

Do you know someone with a disability, living in Oregon, who could benefit from access to affordable assistive technology?

The Board of Directors for the Washington Access Fund announced that they expanded our successful Assistive Technology (AT) Loan Program to include people with disabilities and seniors (and their families) in Oregon. Oregon residents are now eligible for assistive technology loans up to $10,000.

Since 2004, Washington Access Fund has been helping provide access to affordable assistive technology to individuals with disabilities and their families in Washington State. Over the years, we helped our clients purchase wheelchairs, hearing aids, home modifications, vehicle modifications, computers, and more.

“We’re excited to offer Oregon residents the same access to affordable technology and a positive borrowing experience as the rest of our clients,” said Executive Director Jack Brummel. “We know there is a need for increased funding options and we look forward to working with our local partners to help provide them.”

Members of several nonprofit organizations supporting individuals with disabilities in Oregon are joining the Board of Directors of the Washington Access Fund. On January 25, 2016, the Board welcomed Joe Wykowski, Executive Director of Community Vision, Inc. in Portland and Susan McNaught, Ph.D., Board of Directors, Access Technologies, Inc. in Salem.

“This program is important and I’m happy to be a part of guiding and welcoming the Access Fund into Oregon,” said Susan.

Assistive Technology Loans can be used to purchase any technology that improves a person’s functioning and independence including wheelchairs, hearing aids, home and vehicle modifications, communication devices, medical equipment, computers, etc. Loans have a 5% fixed interest rate and no fees. Loan terms may extend to five years. The maximum loan size is $10,000.

Each loan is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must be able to pay back the loan, and all forms of income will be considered. Eligibility is not determined solely by income or credit history.

Applications are accepted online at http://www.nwaccessfund.org. For more information or to request a loan application to be mailed to you, please contact 1-877-428-5116 or info@washingtonaccessfund.org.

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About the Washington Access Fund

The Washington Access Fund uses asset-building tools like low-interest loans and IDA matched savings accounts to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington and Oregon. Washington Access Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Our Microcredit loans and Individual Development Accounts (IDA) matched savings programs can be used to purchase any type of assistive technology (i.e. hearing aids, ramps, wheelchairs, computers, etc.) and some small business equipment needs.

Media Contact:
Andrea Travis
Development & Communications Director
Washington Access Fund
100 S. King St, Suite 280
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 328-5116
Website: www.washingtonaccessfund.org
Email: atravis@washingtonaccessfund.org


Access Fund LogoOur mission is to promote access to technology and economic opportunity for individuals with disabilities in Washington and State. The Washington Access Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Washington Access Fund provides: Assistive Technology Loans, Business Equipment Loans, CCTV Rentals, and Matched Savings IDAs

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