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Monday, March 30, 2009

Economic Survival Fair assists those affected by economic downturn

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The slumping economy has had a ripple effect on Thurston County families at all economic levels. The Economic Survival Fair, hosted by the Volunteer Center of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties and sponsored by United Way of Thurston County, will provide options for alleviating the devastating financial impact on individuals and families.

The fair will include job search assistance from interview skills to clothing tips, classes on cooking healthful meals on budget and parenting skills as well as free services such haircuts, screening for important tax credits and legal advice. Participants are invited to stay for the free community meal at the end of the fair. And free onsite child care will be provided.

The free fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4 at Olympia High School, 1302 North Street S.E., Olympia.

The community can support individuals and families by donating new or used and dry-cleaned men’s and women’s suits, new makeup, new nylons, slightly worn dress shoes and ties that can be dropped off at Hot Toddy, 410 Capitol Way S., Olympia, WA 98501.

In addition to free clothing, attendees can meet with representative from more than 30 community organizations which will be on hand to talk about services they provide. Those organizations include: Thurston County Food Bank, Safeplace, YWCA, BECU, O Bee Credit Union, Intercity Transit and many others.

Community partners for this event include CHOICE Regional Health Network, St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2-1-1, and Family Education and Support Services.

For more information about the fair call 360-741-2622 or visit visit the Web site at

The short URL for this event is:


This event/class is being publicized free-of-charge by the Freeschool Community and the Peace Communities.

The Freeschool invites you to contact us about other free of charge local events that take place in Olympia, Washington or that take place in the several states of the Pacific Northwest region.

To learn more and to find out our contact information please visit the Freeschool Community at:

The Freeschool Community and Peace Communities Twitter account with class update is found here:

The Freeschool Community is a member of the PeaceCommunities Progressive Coalition.

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