Garfield County Forever

A campaign to protect our community's future

Who We Are - Leadership Team Members

Chair: Bob Cox

Team: Adam Hodges, Anne Walsh, Ashley Dixon, Bart & Anne Gingerich, Dan Wendt, Fred Knebel, Jack Peasley, Larry Ledgerwood, Matt Newberg, Mat Slaybaugh, Melody Darby, Rachel Gwinn, Rachel Anderson, Resa Cox, Sarah Meyers, Tanner Cranor

What We Are Doing

We have two goals, both of which we must meet by December 31, 2024:

(1) Raise millions of dollars for the Garfield Forever Fund. This Fund will exist forever to make grants to help our community in the ways that our community most needs as those needs change over time. The Harold & Helen Shepherd Foundation, which many of us refer to as the Shepherd Trust, has provided immense benefits to our community and will continue to do so. This Garfield Forever Fund will operate alongside the Shepherd Trust and provide even greater security for our beloved community's future.

(2) Raise dollars for a Garfield County LaunchNW promise scholarship fund. LaunchNW is an effort to make sure that every child in our county has the encouragement, support, and financial resources they need to get whatever education after high school that they want. This promise scholarship fund will provide a scholarship to every kid in Garfield County who needs one to make sure that they are able to get more schooling or training after high school if they want it.

For both of these Funds, we are seeking donations to the Fund today (before December 31, 2024) and pledges from generous people to make donations through bequests, which are donations that will come through a will or trust when a person passes away.

How You Can Learn More

You are welcome to contact any of our Team members. Please feel free to do so. Also, please join us on April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at Pomeroy High School. We'll be explaining the campaign and answering questions. Additionally, you can contact Sara Archer at or 509-529-4371.

Our Partners

We are proud to be working with these three organizations to help make our goals a reality for Garfield County: Blue Mountain Community Foundation, Innovia Foundation, and LaunchNW.

Raise the Blues Campaign - Matching Dollars

Garfield County Forever is part of the Raise the Blues Campaign. Please click here to learn more the Raise the Blues Campaign, including the matching dollars available for gifts made for Garfield County.