Posted on: 07/26/2017 - 1:02pm
For more than 20 years, the Community Cupboard food bank, and other Upper Valley MEND services like their low-cost thrift store, have operated out of space owned by the city of Leavenworth on 14th Street. However, at the end of 2019 the current lease ends, and the City plans to use that space for its growing public works operations across the street, including an expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The programs of the Community Cupboard will need to find a new home.
Dan Langager talked with MEND’s Executive Director Kaylin Bettinger and Community Cupboard Program Manager Bob Mark to learn about what happens next.
Posted on: 06/15/2017 - 2:31pm
For more than 20 years, the Community Cupboard has provided important community at their space at 219 14th street. These have included a food bank, a thrift store offering low-cost clothing and household items, and emergency assistance services for families in crisis situations. During this time, the City of Leavenworth has generously provided the space free of charge for these activities. However, at the end of 2019 the current lease ends, and the City plans to use that space to accommodate its growing public works operations across the street. The programs of the Community Cupboard will need to find a new home.
Posted on: 03/28/2017 - 10:27am
50% off all adult clothing April -- September!
Posted on: 03/23/2017 - 10:19am
The 2016 Annual Report is available for download here.
Posted on: 11/17/2016 - 1:27pm
The Art of Community NCW website profiles Upper Valley MEND's Community Harvest Gleaning Project.
Posted on: 10/07/2016 - 4:53pm
Posted on: 09/07/2016 - 5:31pm
The report is available for download here.
Posted on: 06/01/2016 - 12:57pm
Big changes are ahead at Upper Valley MEND, that’s meeting each need with dignity. The non-profit organization decided in March to cancel a major affordable housing development in Leavenworth due to budgetary reasons. In light of that, their executive director Chuck Reppas felt it was the right time for him to step down and allow new leadership to usher in a new chapter for the organization. The board of directors looked in-house and chose communications director Kaylin Bettinger to take the reins. KOHO’s Dan Langager sat down with Bettinger and Reppas here in the KOHO studio to talk about the transition process and what’s ahead for UV MEND.
Posted on: 05/27/2016 - 8:53am
I was thrilled to learn that Upper Valley MEND has tapped Kaylin Bettinger to be its next executive director. She takes over June 1 for Chuck Reppas, who will move onto the board of directors.
MEND, which stands for Meeting Each Need with Dignity, has been instrumental in meeting the growing social needs in the Upper Valley. It operates a food bank, the Jubilee gift store, the Cornerstone Community for individuals with developmental disabilities, a thrift store, a free clinic and also oversees some affordable housing units.
Posted on: 05/27/2016 - 8:43am
Over the last month, the Upper Valley MEND board of directors has been interviewing and vetting candidates for a new executive director. The board is now pleased to announce that Kaylin Bettinger has been named executive director, effective June 1, 2016. A strategic thinker and energetic do-er, Bettinger brings operations, communications and development experience to MEND, most recently as MEND's communications and development manager.