Snyder said cookie sales were on hold for about four years until his Rotary Youth Leadership Program asked him and fellow program member Frazier to organize a fundraiser. in a school setting in 2021. So the couple put the school district cookies in bags – to meet their nutritional standards – and sold the lunchtime treats to help CAP again.
“I come from such a nice family and we are not fighting poverty and homelessness,” Snyder said. “I think it’s my responsibility to give back and do my part.”
Lower Columbia CAP is a nearly 60-year-old, Longview-based nonprofit that supports low-income families in areas such as housing, education, and food. CAP staff help people apply for housing subsidies, provide career advice, and distribute food to local food banks.
Executive Director Ilona Kerby said about 77% of funds came from government grants and 12% from private donations.
Private donations like Cookies for CAP Money, she said, cover items that nonprofits need but cannot always be purchased with restrictions on public money. She said the roughly $ 3,300 would “help people get and keep housing,” which government funding does not cover like rental application and bond fees.
Kerby didn’t attend the fundraiser until the cookies ran out, but said the generous support from the teens was a sweet surprise.