Rotary Club Steps Up with $50K Challenge to Support Morrow Manor

This week the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island announced its commitment to support the Morrow Manor Campaign to Build Brighter Tomorrows with a $50,000 matching challenge gift. The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island is the first Rotary Club in the region beyond the project’s lead club of Poulsbo Rotary to step up with a major pledge.  Rotarian Don Mannino chairs the Club’s Large Grant (Huney) Committee, which voted to designate the significant donation to the construction of Morrow Manor, a partnership project of the Poulsbo Rotary Club and the YWCA of Kitsap County to construct longer-term supportive housing for survivors of domestic violence.

“With this challenge pledge, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island is pleased to express its support of Morrow Manor, and the impact Rotary Clubs and others in our region can have to break the cycle of domestic violence and alleviate the struggle of domestic violence survivors as they rebuild their lives,” stated Mannino. “We are hoping that our matching challenge gift of $50,000 will inspire the community to raise the next $50,000, and this will be met with enthusiasm by other Clubs, organizations, or individuals wishing to step forward to join us.”

“Gifts like this one from Bainbridge express that domestic violence and the desire to make positive change is everywhere in our communities,” noted campaign director and Bainbridge Island resident Elsa Watson. “Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness in our county.  Morrow Manor will combat that problem by offering longer-term, supportive housing. This is a model solution that is proven to create lasting change, and it will impact lives for generations to come.”

The Morrow Manor project’s Campaign to Build Brighter Tomorrows is under the direction of the non-profit Poulsbo NK Rotary Foundation, and it aims to raise $2.1 million to construct much-needed longer-term supportive housing for domestic violence survivors.  In October 2015, the C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust made a lead gift of $500,000.  Tim Ryan Properties of Poulsbo also pledged and recently fulfilled its total of $100,000 as a challenge gift to the project. The estate of Sandra Boro Hill generously gifted an undisclosed amount to Morrow Manor, and many other donors have stepped up as well.

The Morrow Manor project is a collaboration between the Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotary Club and the YWCA of Kitsap County.  For nearly 20 years, the two organizations have been long-time partners to ensure services effectively exist for domestic violence victims and survivors, and this joint effort is a significant expansion of those services.  Morrow Manor will effectively triple the YWCA’s housing portfolio within Kitsap County, where one in four women have experienced domestic violence, and there is a persistent and urgent need for housing solutions that allow survivors to rebuild their lives.

To date, the Campaign for Brighter Tomorrows is on its way to meeting the overall goal of $2.1 million, with $1 million committed so far.  Construction timelines are subject to progress on the capital campaign but those involved are optimistic that time will be shortened as more and more funders step forward to participate.  Area Rotary Clubs, family foundations, businesses, churches and other civic organizations as well as individual donors are coming forth to consider support.  The website shares campaign news, project details, and giving opportunities.  Contact with the campaign can also be made through