Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank & Community Services Has a New Home

Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank & Community Services moved into their new location at 4303 Burnham Drive in Gig Harbor. The 11,600 square foot facility provides FISH with plenty of space for  grocery shopping, a separate area for clothing and household items, space for private client meetings and ample warehouse space for food storage and other items. GHP FISH Food Bank & Community Services serves 11 zip codes across the Key Peninsula. In addition to food and clothing, they provide educational support and access to many other community resources.

Click the link below to download a video that captures the construction of the building from start to finish.

FINAL VIDEO Bldg Completion

Click the link below to watch the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony :

https://www.wapatriot.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/ghp-fish-grand-opening-of-our-new-building.mp4

WA Patriot would like to thank Katherine Cummings for creating and sharing both the Ribbon Cutting and the Building Creation videos.

PCG: WA Patriot’s 2021 Subcontractor of the Year

WA Patriot is proud to name Performance Contracting Group (PCG) and its family of companies – Performance Contracting Inc. and Performance Abatement Systems (PCI / PAS) – as our 2021 Subcontractor of the Year. It is their combined efforts (abatement, demo, framing, GWB and paint) that sets this team apart. WA Patriot greatly appreciates the professionalism, responsiveness and solution-oriented mindset their team members bring to each project. To celebrate, WA Patriot and PCG got together for lunch and kart racing at Sykart in Tukwila, where good, competitive fun was had by all. Thank you to PCG and all of your great employees for your support project after project. We truly value the relationship we have built and look forward to our continued partnership!

Making Wishes Come True

WA Patriot has partnered with Make-A-Wish, Alaska & Washington to adopt the wish of 7-year-old SiddaLee to swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove in Florida. SiddaLee was diagnosed at 6 months old with stage 4 kidney disease. Despite having to endure hundreds of therapies, maintaining a special diet and undergoing dialysis, she remains an all-around happy, rainbow loving girl! She received a kidney in 2019 and is now able to enjoy a wide variety of foods.

WA Patriot is grateful for organizations like Make-A-Wish whose sole purpose is to serve children who are battling a critical illness. Making wishes come true can give children like SiddaLee and their families the chance to believe anything is possible!

Serving Those Who Serve Others

The WA Patriot team rallied again in support of the Tacoma Rescue Mission by helping them on December 8, 2021 with their lunch prep and service at the Main Campus on So. Tacoma Way. WA Patriot is proud to support such an amazing organization that focuses on the homeless crisis we are facing in our community and our country – and that includes Veterans. They have a Veterans Resource Center located at the Downtown Campus, which provides direct service, assistance and guidance to our community’s homeless veterans who are in need of shelter and food. TRM links them with needed services while offering support and encouragement, and has a 10-bed dorm reserved just for them that has been full since the day it opened. TRM partners with the US Veteran’s Affairs Administration to make these services available to our Veterans.

WA Patriot Supports Peace of Love Cookie Company

WA Patriot enjoyed some delicious custom cookies featuring our logo icon, compliments of Peace of Love Cookie Co. in Virginia. Its owner, Ella, is a remarkably talented and inspiring young lady who is making a difference with every cookie she sells. Her business donates 10% of the profits to SPARC, a performing arts school in Richmond, VA for children with or without disabilities. We are grateful and proud to help Ella serve her community by supporting her business. We encourage you to watch the video linked below about what Ella does and why. This girl is truly amazing, and so are her cookies!

https://fb.watch/9UxrYctQcP/

WA Patriot Celebrates Our Partnership with Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington

WA Patriot is honored to have been part of granting seven-year-old Penny’s wish to have an accessible sport court. With this wish, Penny and her twin have a chance to play wheelchair basketball—one of their favorite hobbies—together in their backyard. This is the fourth wish that WA Patriot has granted together with @MakeAWishAKWA, who has been granting local wishes for 35 years. We look forward to many more years of wish-granting with this amazing organization!

 

WA Patriot’s Continuing Support of the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation: Swing For A Soldier, Prayer Breakfast, Race For A Soldier, Pull For A Soldier

This year, as part of our ongoing support of the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, WA Patriot teams participated in various foundation events to raise awareness and funding, and to come together as a community and support our veterans and first responders. We played in the Swing For A Soldier golf tournament in July, attended the Prayer Breakfast in September, participated in the Race For A Soldier event with some team members running the race and others setting up traffic control throughout the race course, and we competed in the Pull For A Soldier event in October. As a veteran-owned company with several veteran employees, WA Patriot holds the mission of the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation near and dear to our hearts.

Construction is Underway on the GHP Fish Food Bank

WA Patriot has begun construction on a new 10,000 sf facility for the Gig Harbor Peninsula Fish Food Bank. The new, larger home will help GHP FISH serve clients, volunteers and the community well into the future and allow more efficient processing and storage of donated food and other items. It offers expanded shopping areas and has room for an expanded clothing and household goods area, a conference room for groups, and private offices to provide a place for confidential client meetings. WA Patriot’s Mac Stanton, Zerah Florance, Alex Powell, Rory Godinez and Phil Kvamme have worked together with the design team, Ratcliffe Gagliano Architects and Owner’s Representative Wade Perrow to get this project off to a great start. We look forward to a successful finish in spring/early summer of 2022.

Click here to watch a video of the first foundation pour, marking an exciting milestone for the project!

WA Patriot’s Bonnie Melchior Retires

It is with mixed emotions that WA Patriot announces the retirement of Bonnie Melchior. Bonnie has been a great coworker and committed employee, and she will be greatly missed. We are indebted to her commitment and contributions to furthering our company’s EEO policy and Safety program in addition to countless accounting functions she served. Her retirement is our loss, but a well-deserved respite for her. We know she is eager to catch up on her travels and love of photography, and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.

On June 18, 2021 our team got together to celebrate Bonnie and others who have retired in the past couple of years, including Carpenters Mark Peele, Dave Seals, Billy Snape and Ken Tepley, as well as Project Manager Mark Zygmontowicz. We want to give all retirees a huge THANK YOU for your service to both Wade Perrow Construction and WA Patriot.

WA Patriot Joins Gig Harbor’s Adopt-A-Road Program

Earlier this month, WA Patriot took part in the City of Gig Harbor’s Adopt-A-Road program as part of our commitment to SERVE our community. The goal of the program is to make Gig Harbor the best and cleanest community in our area by reducing roadside litter, and to build civic pride in a litter-free city road system. Many thanks to our volunteers who took a few hours of their afternoon to remove litter on Peacock Hill, from Vernhardson Street to 112th Street. WA Patriot will continue to serve the Gig Harbor community with volunteer teams scheduled four times per year to help maintain clean roads throughout the city.

Click here to learn how you and your organization can participate in this citywide litter control program.