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Third Annual Food for All, August 3rd

posted Jul 19, 2019, 2:30 PM by Leslie Naramore

Join us Saturday, August 3rd, for our third annual Food for All fundraiser for our Food Banks! This year we'll be hosted at AniChe Cellars in beautiful Underwood. 

Our third annual event features a four course meal served family style and paired with wine, live music, silent auction, fun and dancing.


Assorted cheeses, fresh fruits, dolmas, olives, grissini sticks, bread, crackers, a selection of meats, marinated veggies

1st Course:
Fresh peach, tomato, snap peas and basil bruschetta on Blue Skies bread
Pahto Wine Cellars: Gruner Veltliner

Main Course, Served Family Style:
New Potatoes w/ fresh thyme & lemon zest
Baked salmon with huckleberry compote
Chicken Masala with yogurt sauce
Samin’s Salad: Romanesco, White Beans, Cauliflower, Carrots,
Parsley and Dill (vegetarian)
Willow: White Wine
AniChe: Red Wine

Che will create something awesome (remember those sugar nests?!)

Tickets can be purchased at:

WGAP is hiring!

posted Dec 6, 2018, 3:56 PM by Leslie Naramore

WGAP is currently hiring for several positions: 

Drug Free Communities--Director, full-time, $19.06/hour, includes insurance and benefits
Coalition Preventing Abuse in Klickitat County--Coordinator, part-time, $16.53/hour
Receptionist for our Bingen office, must be bi-lingual, part-time, $12.13/hour
Receptions for our Stevenson Housing office, full-time, $12.00/hour, includes insurance and benefits
Program Aide in our Bingen Food Bank, part-time, $12,00/hour

Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to leslie@wgap.ws 

Please specify which position you are applying for. 

Fruta del Fuego video and update

posted Oct 25, 2018, 12:46 PM by Leslie Naramore

As we near the end of another fire season, we’ve been reflecting back to one year ago when we all woke up to the news that an Underwood Fruit warehouse had been engulfed in flames. 

Almost as sudden and unexpected as the fire its self was the community response. It was immediate and came without judgement or bias. The fire was still burning and donations began pouring in. 

A fundraiser was held, a film was made, and when all was said and done over $100,000 had been raised. 

Over the course of the next few months families received help with rent, utilities, medical bills, and basic needs. Because of the outpouring of support, families who lost income due to the fire didn’t have to worry about facing an eviction notice, or having their power or water shut off. They were able to concentrate on the more important task at hand, getting back to work. 

One year later, the warehouse is still under construction. Underwood Fruit has let us know that they expect to be back up and running in early December. For now, they are continuing to operate much like they did last season, with about 80% of their employees who are able to work and some choosing to wait to work until the new line is ready (many employees have to wait because they cannot work night shift). A portion of the employees who are working are able to work 2 out of every 3 weeks as they are rotating their packing crew to give work to everyone. Underwood Fruit is continuing to rely on industry partners to allow them to have pears packed on their lines and the apple line is operating at Underwood. There is a large pear crop being harvested this year and Underwood Fruit anticipates having plenty of work to do once the new packing line is operational.

This fire was and is something that continues to have an impact on families in our community. These are our neighbors, our friends, our schoolmates. Let’s not forget them.

Through fundraising efforts by Laurie Stanton, funds from Hood River Cultural Trust and from the Salvador Fund were provided to create a short film about this event and its impact on the community. Story Gorge LLC used the funds to hire a high school senior, Bruce Bradbury, to create the film as an internship, with guidance by Story Gorge staff. We’re proud to present the finished product, Fruta del Fuego https://www.storygorge.com/fruta-del-fuego 

With the release of this film on the one year anniversary, we hope to remind our community of the greatness of which it is capable. We all came together and made an astounding difference for the families who faced uncertainty. We also hope to remind our friends and neighbors to reach out if they’re struggling. We’re here.


Leslie Naramore, Laurie Stanton, and the Story Gorge Team

Click here to watch Fruta del Fuego

2nd Annual Food for All

posted Jun 22, 2018, 8:14 AM by Leslie Naramore

Our second annual Food for All fundraiser for the Food Banks is coming up quick! 

This year the dinner will be held at the Underwood Community Center, and features live music from County Line, a silent auction, and four course dinner paired with local wine. 

Come out and join your community as we get together for a fun night and to make sure that all of our neighbors have enough to eat.

Saturday, August 4, from 5:30-9:00. 

WGAP working with Skyline to help laid off Underwood Fruit employees

posted Nov 6, 2017, 4:26 PM by Leslie Naramore


Were you laid off from Underwood Fruit Company?

Do you have an outstanding debt at Skyline Hospital?

Come to WGAP’s Bingen office, 115 W. Steuben Street, on Wednesday, November 15, from 1:00-4:00pm to speak with a Skyline Employee who can get you enrolled in their Charity Care billing program. You will need to bring proof that you were laid off and a copy of your hospital bill.

AYUDA CON LAS FACTURAS MÉDICAS ESTÁ DISPONIBLE ¿Fue despedido de Underwood Fruit Company?

¿Tienes una deuda pendiente en Skyline Hospital?

 Venga a la oficina de Bingen de WGAP, 115 W. Steuben Street, el miércoles 15 de noviembre de 1:00 a 4:00 p. M. Para hablar con un empleado de Skyline que lo puede inscribir en su programa de facturación de Charity Care. Tendrá que presentar prueba de que fue despedido y una copia de su factura del hospital.


Underwood Fruit Fire

posted Oct 21, 2017, 1:55 PM by Leslie Naramore   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 1:57 PM ]

October 18, 2017, Underwood Fruit Company was engulfed in flames. This fire created immediate job losses within our community as 283 employee was laid off for the foreseeable future.  

Washington Gorge Action Programs has set up a fund to help UFC employees and their families get through this difficult time. All funds received will be used in compliance with WGAP's policies and procedures to ensure families affected by job loss and their emergent needs will be supported equitably.  All of the money donated for UFC will be used to directly benefit UFC employees. It will not be supporting any WGAP program. When UFC employees come in for help, WGAP will verify that they were an employee and then any needs that they have can be taken care of. WGAP will pay bills on their behalf directly to the vendor. They can also utilize any of WGAP's programs such as the Food Bank. 

I was able to speak with a representative of UFC Friday, October 20, and I was informed that the biggest concern they're hearing from employees at this time is a fear of losing their healthcare. UFC is trying to negotiate with their insurance company but there are no guarantees. 

All of the jobs lost were minimum wage. This means that many of these families were already facing financial hardship. With winter and the holidays right around the corner these families are looking at a very bleak winter indeed. 

If you would like to donate, you can donate directly to WGAP by either bringing a check into the office or mailing checks to PO Box 805, Bingen, WA 98605. Please designate in the memo line that the money is for the UFC fund. You can also donate online at our GoFundMe page.

If you were an employee who lost their job you can either come into our Bingen office or call us at (509) 493-2662. 

Thank you for your support and please stay tuned for further ways to help over the coming months.  In times of need, the support from friendly hands builds community. 

First Food for All fundraiser successful!

posted Aug 9, 2017, 11:13 AM by Leslie Naramore

As I’ve been pondering WGAP’s first North Shore Food for All Jubilee, I’ve been struck with two feelings: wonderment and gratitude. I’m awestruck by this community. The people who attended this first event took a big leap of faith with us and we’re so grateful for their support shown by both their presence and their monetary donations.

Our volunteers outdid themselves. During the evening, I looked around and I saw a team that had just formed a few hours earlier, laughing, working together, and getting the job done. We had WGAP employees, community members and partners, and even the Executive Director of another non-profit all working for our cause. I believe that a rising tide raises all boats and I firmly believe that was accomplished that evening.

I have special thanks for our event coordinator, Annie McHale, and Rachael and Anais of AniChe Cellars in Underwood, WA. Rachael and Anais showed up that morning, did set-up in a hot and dusty field, and then just kept going through the whole event, plating food, serving wine, and then helping with tear down. I truly believe that WGAP owes the success of this event to these two and I’m eternally grateful to them. They are a huge part of what makes our Gorge community so special.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.

Until next year….

Leslie Naramore
Executive Director
Washington Gorge Action Programs

Food Bank Fundraiser

posted Jul 3, 2017, 3:22 PM by Leslie Naramore

We hope you'll join us for this fun filled evening for a good cause! 

Linda Schneider Retires

posted Jan 4, 2017, 9:27 AM by Leslie Naramore   [ updated Jan 9, 2017, 1:36 PM ]

At the end of the year, Linda Schneider, longtime executive director of WGAP retired. Community members, friends, family, and WGAP employees came together to celebrate Linda and her 29 years of work in our communities.


Linda Schneider

Debi Van Camp, longtime WGAP board member welcomes everyone

Roger Gadway, 2016 board president and longest serving board member gave a speech about Linda's work in Klickitat and Skamania counties. 

Leslie Naramore, incoming executive director

Lori Call, WGAP housing director, couldn't pass up a chance to embarrass Linda one last time by outfitting her in her very own Wonder Woman outfit. 

Our Wonder Woman

Thank you, Linda, for all that you've done for this agency and for our communities. We hope that you enjoy all the best in retirement. 

Oh, Christmas Tree

posted Dec 20, 2016, 4:11 PM by Leslie Naramore

Thanks to some very generous donors, Youth Center kids were able to go out and cut down their own tree this year. 

They loved the experience and took turns working the saw. 

After getting the tree back to the Youth Center they got to make their own ornaments. 

Happy Holidays, from all of us here at WGAP. 

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