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Oct. 11, 2023

Key messages

  • Respiratory illness season is here! Make sure you are doing all you can to protect yourself.
  • Find out which organizations we awarded grants to help with our fentanyl awareness campaign.
  • You can help us continue to distribute diapers to Pierce County families.


Protect yourself and your family from respiratory illness!

Are you ready for respiratory illness season? It’s that time of year again, when influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) circulate in our community. Add in COVID-19, and it could be a dangerous time for you and your family.

  • These diseases are different. They pose different risks to our community. And yet, all 3 have similar symptoms, groups at highest risk, and prevention strategies.
  • These respiratory illnesses can cause:
    • Cough.
    • Fever.
    • Sore throat.
    • Body aches.
  • You’re at higher risk to get very sick if you’re:
    • Under age 5 (especially under 2).
    • Over age 65.
    • Pregnant.
    • Living with a health condition like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.
  • We have effective vaccines for each. The new, updated COVID-19 vaccines specifically target recent strains of the disease. And a new RSV vaccine is available for the first time for everyone 60 and older.
  • Things like air-quality improvements, handwashing, masking, and avoiding crowded indoor spaces can also help prevent the spread.

Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacy when and where you can get all your doses of vaccine. Learn more about COVID-19flu, and RSV vaccines.

8 youth-serving organizations receive $5,000 grants for fentanyl-awareness

We awarded $5,000 grants to 8 youth-serving organizations for creative projects that support the youth fentanyl awareness campaign. Youth will have a chance to use helpful fentanyl messages in meaningful projects.

  • We’re excited to see projects from the winning organizations:
    • Clover Park School District.
    • Innovative Change Makers.
    • Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center.
    • OURChurch Foundation.
    • Priceless Inspiration Foundation.
    • Recovery Cafe Orting Valley.
    • Tahoma Indian Center.
    • Therapy Fund Foundation.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Allen at

More than 1 million diapers for Pierce County families!

As many as one in two families struggle with diaper needs nationwide. Our diaper banks are supplied by the generosity of our community. 

  • Pierce County Council recently proclaimed Sept. 18-24 National Diaper Need Awareness Week in Pierce County. 
  • More than 1 million diapers have been handed out since June 2020 to Pierce County families, much of that with the help of our Family Resource Centers.
  • Anyone who would like to get involved, donate or help, can contact us at Eastside Family Resource Center at (253) 649-1012 or email us at
  • Anyone who needs free diapers or other resources, you can find locations for our Family Resources Centers and diaper bank info at

Questions? Contact Carrie Ching at

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