Employee Giving Challenge


For Clark students who are low income and have food insecurities, their choices are tough. There are regular decisions to make about paying for safe housing, food, books, tuition, child care or reliable transportation to classes. All of these choices are necessary to achieve success in the classroom. This year, a group of local donors will contribute $5,000 to the Penguin Pantry once 140 Clark faculty or staff give to any area at Clark.

As of June 17, we’ve reached our goal! 140 employees have made a gift, contributing $20,486 and unlocking the $5,000 challenge match for Penguin Pantry. All gifts made by June 20 still count toward the employee participation competition.

Since opening in October 2017, student use of the Penguin Pantry has substantially increased.  The pantry offers grocery items, snacks, toiletries and school supplies. It’s located on Clark’s main campus in the Health Sciences Building.

“If we’re able to help a student with that very basic need while they’re on campus, we feel like we’re supporting them in their retention and completion,” said Armetta Burney, director of workforce education services.

This potential $5,000 challenge gift will provide critical resources so that the Penguin Pantry can address the growing needs of Clark’s students.


Employees may give to any department or area of Clark that is meaningful to them and in multiple ways.

Gifts of $10 or more count toward this employee challenge. Last year, 127 faculty and staff supported the college with gifts. This year’s goal—and the challenge to unlock the $5,000 gift to Penguin Pantry—is to increase participation by 10 percent.

You can give to the Employee Giving Challenge by cash, check or securely online.

Payroll Deduction & One-time and recurring gifts: Make your gift with a credit card on Clark College Foundation’s secure website or by completing the Employee Giving Form. The form is also located on ClarkNet —the college’s intranet (Follow this path: Forms, Foundation, Employee Pledge Form).

Please contact Nikolas at 360.992.2855 for more information.

Penguin Pantry

Clark student Channell Sugar-Star shops at the pantry.