RALLY News March 2021

Professional engineer architect worker with protective helmet and blueprints paper at house building construction site

Mason County Consortium:

  • Timberland Regional Library (TRL) has reopened! Chromebooks can be checked out for up to seven weeks to customers in good standing. The Library has WIFI as well. Library hours: Tues. – Thurs.: 10:00-6:00; Fri. – Sat.: 10:00-5:00.

Lewis County Thrives:

  • WSU has a new virtual 4H Adventure page on Facebook.
  • April is Autism Awareness month. The Autism Coalition Conference is holding its Cultivating Inclusion event on May 19 to recognize community, business, and individuals that promote inclusion.
  • Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services (TCVLS) provides civil legal aid in Thurston, Lewis, Pacific, Grays Harbor, and Mason Counties.  Services are provided by volunteer attorneys in local communities and clientele are those low-income individuals and families who cannot afford to hire an attorney for their family law or housing issues.   TCVLS is recruiting for its Program Coordinator who organizes all legal advice clinics and the Housing Justice Project. For more information or any questions, please contact Rachael Langen Lundmark, Executive Director – Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services at (360) 515-5381.


  • Pac Mountain Workforce Development Council, in partnership with ANEW, is planning a Construction Boot Camp program to begin April 1 for dislocated WIOA-eligible adults and youth.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Washington is pairing up with the WorkSource Youth Program to bring monthly career exploration workshops! This month’s workshop focus is Project Management. Featured speaker: Drew Phillips, FORMA Construction ACTIVITIES/FIELD TRIP. Participants will be on an active construction site (after hours) and doing hands-on activities to introduce them to project management. Register here. Questions? Contact Jenn Chevalier.
  • Low FAFSA completion rates in Washington state continue to be a concern for educators and colleges in Washington state. A 10K Stem Grant provided additional opportunities to educate and address the low FAFSA completions in the ESD 113 region. The funding has been used to update local K-12 districts and youth community-based organizations with additional financial aid resources.
  • A partnership between the ESD 113 and Grays Harbor College allowed for a special focus on rural and remote districts. Family Financial Aid Nights in both February and March provided a virtual information session where attendees gained awareness around financial aid assistance, resources, and FAFSA completion. The sessions were hosted by ESD 113 and presented by Marcy Alstrom, Admission and Recruitment Manager of Grays Harbor College. Attendees walked away with a starting point and a plethora of resources on where to find assistance to complete FAFSA and scholarship applications.

ESD 113 and Grays Harbor College will partner to add FAFSA workshops in April, May, and June. A Spanish interpreter and closed captioning will be provided.

Please join us if you are able: