Friday, December 19, 2014



Hello Linda ,

This past Wednesday, the Rainier Community News website went  live at a launch presentation hosted at the Rainier Emergency Food Center. It has taken two years , starting with the idea, to bring it to life. It will still take time for it to grow into a site that is  driven  by and for our community. This can only happen if we all participate with involvement and ideas on how to keep it growing.

One of the main features is that it is FREE to participate with business ads, for sale ads and what's happening in our area.  We hope that the entire community will support and participate, making this a true community information center. PLEASE let us know your thoughts and participate where you can with ads, local history stories, information, links to your  web site, and your non profit group.

Please share this site with your friends and neighbors, church groups, civic groups and make it a great place to get the word out. Please visit and learn to navigate the web site. Some of the information, at present, is dated but put there to show  some of the features we have available .  

If you'd like to talk more or have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to call Juliette or myself for more information. Be sure to check out the meeting notes below and the PowerPoint presentation  here. 

Juliette: 360-446-9222
George: 360-292-5363  
George Johnson
RCC Chair

Mark your calendar: The regular coalition meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Rainier Emergency Food Bank.   

Rainier Community Cares: Working together to create positive opportunities and enhance community pride while promoting an alcohol - and drug-free environment for youth. 
New! Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Similar to 'First Aid' and  CPR, 'Mental Health First Aid' teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises

Earn 8 clock hours through ESD 113

Type in the session id (52671) and register

Open to school professionals, parents, and adults who care about youth. Must be 16 or older to participate.

WHAT:          First-ever training on mental health first aid in Rainier

WHEN:          January 8 and 22; February 5 and 19; 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

OTHER:         Snacks available!

WHERE:        Rainier High School 308 2nd Street West, Rainier Library Room

Mental health challenges - such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use - are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than 1 in 5 American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year. This nationally certified course prepares communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. This training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. Click here for more information on Mental Health First Aid. 

TAUGHT BY: Student Assistance Professional Chris Chitwood, with support by professionals at the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.
Contact Us:
Juliette Pia 
George Johnson
Coalition Coordinator for RCC
Chair of RCC
Rainier Community Cares is a community coalition supported by TOGETHER!

TOGETHER! engages and mobilizes families, schools and the community to advance the health, safety and success of our youth.
Pass on this information about the Rainier Community Coalition

Youth Mental Health First Aid Classes 2014

This is the first time mental health first aid training has been done in Rainier.

The Rainier Lions Club is sponsoring the "Youth Mental Health First Aid" classes in Rainier. This is being done through Rainier Community Cares and the Rainier High School.  

There is no charge for this course, which will be taught over 4 different sessions. January 8 & 22; February 5 & 19 from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM  at the Rainier High School Library Room.

Session ID #:        52671

FFA Food For All Results for 2014

Last year, 2013,  the Rainier Community Garden grew over 3,000 pounds which they donated to the Rainier Emergency Food & volunteers who worked in the garden.  The numbers aren't in for 2014.  

Look at the impact of FFA gardens nation wide:

WSU Master Gardeners Program 2015

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Caroling for Cans Sings Joyfully About Rainier

The Rainier Chapel parking lot was filled with cars when George drove up to meet the volunteers going "Caroling for Can."  Three truck load of singers on hay loaded trailers left the parking lot to sing around town.  

Thank you all for your joyful music!  You're an inspiration to us all! 

The article & picture below were submitted by Brandi Knight-Howell:

Brandi Knight-howell 12:59pm Dec 14

These kids worked very hard last night for a great cause!   Two hours of caroling in the cold for donations for the food bank! I am searching right now for a special patch for them to put on their brag vest for all their hard work! Also any cub scout that has not earned their messenger in the piece patch, earned it last night. Please let us know so that we make sure we have it for them at the next pack meeting! Good Work boys and also to all the siblings and family that also helped!

Note:  We will deliver a truck load of food to the Rainier Emergency Food Center tomorrow & let you know how many pounds of food we collected.  George J.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Caroling for Cans 2014

The Rainier Lions Club will be “Caroling for Cans” this Saturday night in Rainier.  We will be joined by the FFA, Boy & Cub Scouts, Mormon Church members, Rainier Emergency Food Center, as well as others in Rainier in singing for cans of food for the Rainier Food Bank,  so that we can all help feed those less fortunate than ourselves.

We will be carrying on the long standing tradition of Christmas carolers. Why do Christmas carolers travel in groups going from house to house singing and celebrating the season today?  It is believed that Christmas caroling developed in or around the 15th century with those too poor “singing for their supper,” going from door-to-door until they had enough food to sustain themselves.

The Rainier singers will be asking for food for our area's hungry and homeless from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. We will meet and start at the Rainier Chapel at 5 P.M. this Saturday evening, December 13, 2014.  Anyone interested in  participating is welcome to join us.  The more the merrier.  It was great fun last year.

Unfortunately we can’t reach every single home, but you may also drop off canned & non-perishable food at Main Street Cookie Store or Ginger Street store in Downtown Rainier.

If you have any questions, please call George at:  (360) 292-5363 or Evan at:  (360) 280-0205 

Monday, December 1, 2014

FREE STEDI Business Workshop

Subject: If you want more sales, come learn from a pro and it's free - another STEDI workshop

Hi everyone,
Fred Evander asked me to make sure you were all aware of this upcoming workshop.  It’s a critical one for all types of businesses – how to increase your sales!

Liz Jamieson is an expert at teaching this topic and will provide very practical suggestions you can implement immediately.  Please join us and call if you have any questions.

How to close more sales!
Thurs, December 4
8 - 10 am with coaching afterwards
Highway Diner
10109 US 12, Rochester 98579

Victoria Wortberg, Program Manager | Washington Center for Women in Business | Thurston EDC

Serving Thurston County since 1982
Thurston Economic Development Council
665 Woodland Square Loop SE, Suite 201  | Lacey WA 98503
PH: 360-754-6320 | Fax: 360-528-2098 |