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June 1, 2019

Thrive Hires Kayla Helleson as Executive Director

The maturing of an organization can be exciting, challenging, and very rewarding. Thrive Chelan Valley has experienced all three and will be looking to Chelan native and Manson resident, Kayla Helleson to help guide the organization’s next phase of development and growth. 

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Kayla Helleson New Thrive Executive Director

May 31, 2019

Morgan Owings Elementary Celebrates Grandpas in the Classroom

One of Thrive’s newest programs – Grandpas In The Classroom – was honored during the Memorial Day assembly held by Morgen Owings Elementary (MOE) this afternoon. This was the first year for volunteer grandpas to have a regular presence in third grade classrooms at MOE and was made possible by a collaboration between The Grandpa Project, Thrive, and MOE.

Without exception, each of the grandpas in attendance said that the experience was outstanding and even exceeded some of their expectations. The teachers and school administrators are looking forward to expanding the program with more grandpas in more grades next school year too.

In a conversation with Thrive board member, Sarah Barnes, Grandpa Don Webb, was heard to say with a knowing smile, “. . . and they said that this was for the kids!”

Volunteers make a difference. And a difference is made in volunteers. We hope you’ll join us in the fall.


May 15, 2019

Thrive Chelan Valley Partners with Joe Harris Basketball

Thrive Chelan Valley is pleased to announce our partnership with Joe Harris Basketball. We have combined our efforts in order to best serve and support our local youth so that they might pursue and fulfill their dreams much like Joey himself has done.

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August 7, 2018

Thrive Chelan Valley Hires Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Thrive Chelan Valley is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Davis as the organization’s Executive Director.

“We are so happy to welcome Amy to our team,” said Cindy Knight, Board President.

“If what I do can cause a ripple effect that changes just one kid’s life for the better, I will consider my job a success,” said Amy Davis, Executive Director.

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July 6, 2018

Thrive Chelan Valley Partners with ChelanMan to Change Students’ Lives

Mentoring changes lives and transforms whole communities – yet one in three young people grow up without this critical asset. Thrive Chelan Valley’s newly expanded Thrive Mentoring program provides one-on-one
mentoring relationships to Chelan Valley youth, and has partnered with ChelanMan to give 25 mentor/mentee pairs $100 to invest in their relationship.

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June 29, 2018

Thrive Mentoring Recruiting New Mentors

We are looking for new mentors to join our team for the 2018-2019 school year. Please visit the Thrive Mentoring page for more information and to learn how you can become a mentor!

Apr 30, 2018

Thrive Chelan Valley Opens Applications For New Executive Director Position

Thrive Chelan Valley is in an exciting time of growth, and has opened applications for our new Executive Director position. Click to the headline to view the job description. Applications due May 15, 2018.


Back to School Fair – August 11, 2019

The Chelan Back to School Fair Committee plans to give away 400 backpacks full of paper, pencils, crayons, calculators, and other necessary items at this year’s Back to School Fair! We are excited to help sponsor this event for another year and to support local groups coming together to advocate for and empower our local youth.

12th Annual Chelan to Africa Auction & Concert – August 3, 2019

Chelan to Africa and Thrive Chelan Valley believe that every child – from Chelan, WA to Lesotho, South Africa and all around the globe – deserves to be loved. 

Chelan to Africa is hosting their 10th annual fundraiser at Benson Vineyards Estate Winery and has chosen Thrive Chelan Valley as their local recipient. The $30 tickets include a beautiful venue, live music from the Kevin Jones Band, and small plates. 

Purchase tickets at the Chelan Chamber of Commerce or by visiting We hope to see you there!

Joe Harris Basketball Camp – June 21 & 22

Thrive Chelan Valley and Joe Harris Basketball have partnered together to better serve our local youth. We are excited to announce that Joe Harris Basketball will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 21st and 22nd! 

Joe Harris Basketball encourages fundamental basketball play with an emphasis on teamwork, attitude, and work ethic. Joe Harris Basketball believes that every child deserves access to quality summer programs, so they have made this year’s camp FREE! However, all previous years’ funds went towards funding scholarships that go to local youth and their future educational endeavors. For this, please consider visiting and donating today.

2nd Annual Thrive Mentoring Christmas Concert – Dec 3, 2018

Thrive Mentoring is hosting their second annual Christmas Concert! On Monday, December 3rd at 6:30PM Jessi Carpenter and Matt Carlton will be performing a handful of Christmas Carols at the Lake Chelan Lutheran Church. Tickets are $25 each and there will be a silent auction with items from all over the Valley. All proceeds will go to support Thrive Chelan Valley. Childcare will be provided for families with young children. You don’t want to miss this special evening!

To purchase tickets contact Thrive Mentoring’s Program Director, Tori Carpenter, by phone at (509) 901-6155 or email at Get your tickets before they sell out!

Back to School Fair Aug 19, 2018

For five years now, a Back to School fair has been hosted at Morgen Owings Elementary to serve local children and families to help them prepare for their school year. This exciting and festive event is attended each year by over one hundred thousand people of all ages! It will be hosted from 4-6pm on the MOE covered parking area at the corner of Navarre and Woodin in Chelan. Attendees and volunteers should park in the Community Gym parking lot and walk across Bradley street to MOE. The fair entrance is at the Bradley Street fence.

The event is purposed to give away free backpacks with school supplies to families in need. This year they plan to give away 400 backpacks full of paper, pencils, crayons, calculators, and other necessary items. Students of all ages from Chelan, Manson, Entiat, Brewster, and Pateros attend the fair.

In addition to the school supplies, licensed hairdressers with Deep Water Salon give free haircuts, Lake Chelan Community Hospital and Columbia Valley Community Health promote healthy living, banks provide information about saving money, and many more fun and helpful resources are provided free of charge. Students are given a passport that gets stamped after they have completed the educational activity at each booth. Students then turn in their passport in exchange for a backpack and supplies.

If you would like to help make this event a success, please contact Amy Davis, Executive Director of Thrive Chelan Valley at

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11th Annual Chelan to Africa Benefit Concert and Auction – Aug 4, 2018

In our beautiful valley we believe all kids deserve a chance. Chelan to Africa is a grassroots organization focused on improving the health and education of vulnerable children both right here in Chelan and across the world in rural Lesotho.

We invite you to our fun and beautiful 11th Annual Chelan to Africa Benefit Concert and Auction on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at Benson Vineyards Estate Winery. Doors open at 5:30, and live music with the Kevin Jones Band begins at 7:00. Tickets are $30 and include a light buffet dinner. Tickets will be available soon, and will be able to be purchased at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce, at the door, at online at Brown Paper tickets.

Thrive Chelan Valley, a local non-profit advocating for and empowering the community to help youth reach their full potential, is the local recipient of the benefit concert and auction, and Touching Tiny Lives Foundation, a non-profit organization in Lesotho, which operates a safe house for children affected by HIV, is the global recipient. Please join us for the fun party of the summer and help give kids a chance through your generosity!

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