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Your community needs help now to address shortages of housing, childcare, living wage jobs, and career training opportunities for youth.

With YOUR HELP we can build a rural community TOGETHER that is vibrant and thriving. Please make your donation using the form below.

Donations can also be mailed to: TwispWorks, PO Box 264, Twisp, WA 98856

Your donation will create opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs, build educational opportunities to retain youth talent, and solve social challenges—like the housing crisis and climate change. Thank you for giving as generously as you can.

GiveBIG is May 8!

GiveBIG 2019TwispWorks is participating in Give Big 2019 – a 1-day event where you can contribute to participating nonprofit organizations who are working hard and doing good in your community. We hope you’ll contribute to TwispWorks!

TwispWorks is focused on creating a vibrant and sustainable local economy right here in the Methow Valley. We do that by renovating our 6.4-acre campus and turning it into an economic engine and community hub and by delivering programs that support the people, businesses and industries that call the Methow Valley “home.”

While Give Big is Wednesday, May 8, why wait? You can make your tax-deductible donation now and know you’ve made a difference in the health of the local economy and in the livelihoods of working families. Your donation will not be processed until May 8.

GiveBIG! to TwispWorks →

Here’s some of the things TwispWorks has been up to lately:

  • We’re finishing the completion of three new buildings on the TwispWorks campus and beginning renovations on the final set of interior space to incubate new businesses.
  • We’re leading the effort to bring improved access and reliability of broadband to the Methow Valley.
  • We’re connecting businesses seeking capital with investors wanting to invest their money locally.
  • We’re leading critical conversations on what makes for a healthy local economy through participation in the local Economic Development District, the Okanogan County Economic Development Alliance, the Okanogan County Lodging Tax Advisory Council, the Okanogan County Tourism Council and in the Winthrop and Twisp Chambers of Commerce.
  • We’re conducting public meetings in the communities throughout the Methow Valley to understand what you think makes for a healthy economy and how you’d like to see TwispWorks contribute to these efforts.

The theme of year’s Give Big is “I Give. You Give. We Give, Together.” And it’s with that spirit of partnership that I ask for you to join me in supporting the vital work TwispWorks is doing in our community.

Give Methow to Support Families, Businesses and Industries

Give Methow Give Methow During October, TwispWorks is participating in the Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s Give Methow campaign – a month-long fundraising effort where people can contribute to participating nonprofits located in the Methow Valley. We are asking you to support TwispWorks’ programs that help families, businesses and key industries leading to a vibrant and diverse local economy.
These programs are working – because of you! Here’s what your contribution supports:

  • Our Advocacy efforts help critical industries in our community.
    • We led efforts to keep the Smoke Jumper Base and its nearly two dozen living wage jobs in the Methow Valley to protect people, homes and businesses from wild fires.
    • TwispWorks is spearheading efforts to improve local high-speed internet access and other infrastructure improvements to create an environment for businesses and workers to be successful.
  • Our Partnerships include work with the Methow Housing Trust and the Little Star South.
    • We are addressing root causes of economic instability like affordable housing and quality childcare.
  • The Methow Investment Network connects local businesses needing funding to start or grow their business with people wanting to invest their dollars locally.
    • To-date, more than $970,000 has been made available to local businesses creating 30 new jobs.
  • Our Main Street Program drives conversations with local businesses to understand their challenges and opportunities and build mentoring relationships between businesses and local experts.
    • This year we have met with dozens of local businesses.
  • Our Methow Made Program provides sales, marketing and retail support to local producers, artists and innovators.
    • 40 local small businesses and 12 retailers are now part of the program.
  • The TwispWorks Campus is a community asset and an economic engine.
    • We have 35 organizations operating on the TwispWorks campus creating more than 85 local jobs.

While we’re seeing great results, there is still much to do to make the local economy work for everyone!

The reality is this: if people cannot secure living wage jobs, if local businesses cannot operate profitably, or if the services and infrastructure to support residents and visitors alike is not available, then the Methow Valley will cease to be the special place it is today.

Give MethowThe monies contributed during Give Methow receive a partial match through a stretch pool of funds and the CFNCW is taking care of all credit card fees, so your contribution will make an even bigger impact supporting the families and businesses who make the Methow Valley home.

FUNDAY Mondays

As part of Give Methow, every Monday, any donor contributing online will be entered to win $500 that they can contribute to a participating charity of these choice – so please contribute today.

Thank you for supporting TwispWorks and the health of the local economy!

Smokejumper Museum @Twispworks

North Cascade Smokejumper WingsThe Methow Valley is the birthplace of smokejumping and the North Cascades Smokejumper Base is integral to the economy, culture, and disaster preparedness of the Methow Valley.

TwispWorks continues to lead the effort to keep the NCSB in Winthrop and is hosting the traveling Smokejumper Museum in Your Space@TwispWorks, Building #9 on the campus.

Open most Saturdays through Labor Day, the museum is free and open to the public.

Thank you for Giving Big!

Give Big - Seattle FoundationThank you for supporting the health of our community by contributing to TwispWorks during GiveBIG. This year, a generous donor agreed to match dollar-for-dollar all contributions to TwispWorks up to $20,000 – doubling the value of contributions!

In addition to delivering programs and services throughout the Methow Valley, we are beginning the final push to complete renovations to our 80-year old campus. This spring, we’re starting work to complete much needed infrastructure improvements including new pathways, repaving the parking lot, upgrading electrical, water and sewer and installing wayfinding signage to help people get to where they want to go. We are also renovating the final 15% of usable interior space to incubate more businesses.

A completed campus will be a community hub and an economic engine supporting the local economy for decades to come.