Meet me for Snappy Hour | Community Spirit
Snappy Hour anyone? SNAP has teamed up with Max at Mirabeau for a SNAP themed month benefiting their "Creating Opportunities, Building Communities" Capital Campaign. Through the month of April a portion of all food and gift card sales will go toward the organizations efforts to purchase the building they have occupied since 2011.
SNAP has been serving the Spokane community for 50 years and offers a variety of services such as heating assistance, money management coaching, small business loans and homeless housing programs. In 2011 the private non-profit moved into the former Dominican Center near Spokane Falls Community College on Fort George Wright Drive. This year they are hoping to raise the funds to purchase the property.
“The agency is in a really cool place right now,” says Tricia Ovnicek, SNAP's communications manager. Ovnicek describes SNAP's current location to be ideal for the majority of the people that they serve in Spokane. It is on a main bus line and is in close proximity to the West Central neighborhood where they have a large client base. There is also room for expansion and for them to continue partnerships with organizations like Transitions New Leaf Bakery Job Training Program which was able to move out of a borrowed kitchen space and into the commercial kitchen in the former convent.
SNAP operates primarily on federal, state and city grants as well as cooperate grants. However, the funds in these grants are given for very specific purposes and cannot be used in the purchase of the property. The Capital Campaign launched in October 2012 to raise money they could use for the purchase.
SNAP is hoping to raise $1.8 million and to date they are just over half way there with $943,000. Ovnicek says that the board of directors is finding creative ways to earn that money such as the SNAP themed month of April at Max. They are also teaming up with Chase Bank to put on a 5K Fun Run at the end of the month called "Chase Strides For Snap".
Events like these are also focused on creating awareness of SNAP in the community.
“A lot of people don't know we're here,” says Ovnicek, “It gives us one more chance to reach a client we wouldn't have through traditional methods...the end result is people in our community will be helped by this.”
If you want to sip a Snaptini during Snappy Hour this month, Max at Mirabeau is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The "Chase Strides for Snap" Fun Run will be held at Mirabeau Meadows on April 28Th.
For more information on SNAP and their list of community services visit http://snapwa.org
For menu offerings and hours for Max at Mirabeau visit http://www.maxatmirabeau.com
To register for the Chase Strides for Snap Fun Run visit