Twisp, the movie!

Twisp Movie LogoTwispWorks partner Leslee Goodman reports that she has nearly completed shooting on her documentary-in-progress, Twisp: The Power of Community. The film explores the people and values that make Twisp a thriving community, rather than another abandoned farm town or commercialized strip of interstate.

“It’s essentially a love letter to my adopted home,” she says. “I’m so impressed with the way the people of the Methow are willing to endure a certain amount of hardship and forego a certain amount of wealth accumulation in exchange for activities that build happiness and community. How many towns our size tackle big challenges like affordable housing and childcare, or boast cultural amenities like an orchestra, a theater, art galleries and studios, a radio station, a newspaper, writing and poetry groups, a marimba band, line dancing, concerts, and even primitive skills gatherings?”

TwispWorks—and TwispWorks partners—have been a centerpiece of filming thus far, with Don Linnertz, Don Ashford, Don Nelson, Glenn and Carolyn Schmekel, Danica Ready, Julie Muyllaert, Ray Johnston, Sarah Jo Lightner, Trent Whatley, and Jonathan Baker all contributing interviews. (For clips from some of those—and other—interviews, visit TwispMovie.com.) TwispWorks was also the setting for the WildMind Film Camp, where Goodman first acquired her documentary skills six years ago.

Goodman received an Artist Trust GAP grant to launch the project and is seeking sponsors to help defray the film’s other expenses—like music rights, stock footage, and film festival entry fees. (T-shirts are also available!) Early sponsors include Hank’s Harvest Foods, Barnyard Cinema, Parks Construction, and the MVCC. The film will be completed by October. For more information about Twisp: The Power of Community, visit TwispMovie.com.

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.

Double the Value of Your TwispWorks Contribution During GiveBIG!

Between April 26 and Wednesday, May 9, you can make a real difference to the health of our community by contributing to TwispWorks during GiveBIG. GiveBIG 2018 is a fundraising event that provides a single moment in time for people to support nonprofits making a difference in their community.

This year, a generous donor has agreed to match dollar-for-dollar all contributions to TwispWorks up to $20,000 – doubling the value of your contribution! While GiveBIG is on May 9, you can record your contribution to TwispWorks now and have your payment processed on the 9th. Click the button below to make your donation today!
 
Give Big 2018
 
Through your support, TwispWorks has made significant, measurable progress in delivering programs and services to help strengthen the economy of the Methow Valley. Here are just a few recent highlights!

  • Business Mentorship: Engaged with more than 100 businesses and provided more than 200 hours of mentorship to local businesses
  • Methow Investment Network: Managed the Network that in its first year has loaned $820,000 to local businesses
  • Strategic Partnerships: Established partnerships with Little Star South Collaborative and Methow Housing Trust – addressing affordable, quality childcare and housing
  • Youth Programs, Internships and Education: Helped more than 100 kids who have received education and training from Careers in Construction, campus internships and ILC attendance
  • Continuing Education and Skill Building: Delivered 100s of classes offered by TwispWorks and our partners
  • Industry Advocacy: Led the effort to keep the Smoke Jumper Base in our local community and improving rural broadband access

Your support of TwispWorks is more important than ever!

In addition to delivering programs and services throughout the Methow Valley, we are beginning the final push to complete renovations to the 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.

Please make your donation today to support local families, businesses and industries who contribute to the vibrancy of the Methow Valley!

Methow Investment Network Celebrates 1st Birthday

Last month, the Methow Investment Network (MIN) celebrated its first birthday. Delivered as part of TwispWorks Healthy Economy Programs, the MIN connects local businesses needing capital to start or grow with people wanting to invest their money locally. Many small businesses in rural and remote areas don’t have access to traditional funding sources, creating challenges for the local economy to grow and add jobs. In 2017, investors made loans to local businesses totaling $820,000.

The MIN continues to increase in the number of investors, amount of funds available and number of businesses seeking to participate in this valuable program. To learn more about becoming an investor or seeking a loan, check out this video captured during our 1-year birthday celebration!