The BNSF Railway Foundation invests in the communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates, and where BNSF employees live, work and volunteer. Recent donations include:
Building Caring, Confident Youth
Camp Fire Columbia is a youth development organization located in Portland, OR with a mission to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. Camp Fire Columbia directly serves 3,500 kids and helps to serve thousands more children and families broadly each year through partnerships and special projects. BNSF Railway Foundation contributed toward Camp Fire Columbia’s Camp Namanu which welcomes over 1,500 campers each summer in its 552 acres beneath Mt. Hood.
Transforming Lives Through Food
FareStart in Seattle, WA has been helping people transform their lives through food for nearly 30 years. People experiencing poverty struggle to escape the cycle they are in and often face other compounding barriers to getting and keeping a job. FareStart helps people overcome barriers by teaching work and life skills needed to succeed in employment and in life. BNSF Railway Foundation provided a grant to support FareStart hunger relief and food security.
Providing Shelter, Care, and Services for Youth
Volunteers of America of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho specializes in providing care to youth and adults with housing first solutions and low barrier access to services. BNSF Railway Foundation contributed $5,000 toward the Volunteers of America Crosswalk 2.0 which is a project to relocate and expand the Crosswalk Youth Shelter. The organization has purchased land close to Spokane Community College and will be building an expanded service model that includes the original shelter and wrap around services.