Giving Back

Being a positive member of the community is a choice not a given.

Police Activies League (PAL)

of Southwest Washington

We are a proud corporate partner of PAL and strongly believe in everything this nonprofit stands for.The Police Activities League is a community organization, focused on making a positive impact on the lives of "at-risk" youth in our community.

Initiatives:

SPORTS Sports build character and good lifelong habits in young people. Through sports leagues and teaching healthy habits, we foster healthy bodies and minds.

ACADEMICS Learning to become an active member of society begins with literacy and educational opportunities. PAL has programs to address the needs of kids.

RECREATION + MENTORING PAL has great selection of exciting and engaging recreation programs to target those needing positive leadership and use the opportunity to connect with them.

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A Stolen Scooter Replaced

Vancouver resident Lynn Arthur was headed home from running a couple errands when his electric scooter ran out of juice, and he had to leave it where it stopped. A short time later, it was gone — stolen.

After hearing about the sad news we coordinated a fundraiser to purchase Lynn a new scooter.

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Trail Blazers Foundation

We partnered with two local non-profits and The Trail Blazers Foundation, to bring 20 kids from Clark County, WA, to the Trail Blazers practice facility in Portland, for a private clinic put on by current Trail Blazer players: Al-Farouq Aminu, Myers Leonard, Evan Turner, Nick Stauskas, and coaching staff.

Players and coaches worked with the kids on fundamentals, gave encouragement, signed shirts and memorabilia for the kids. After the clinic was over, we were given a private tour of the facility by Cheri Hanson, Vice-President, Team Relations. The feedback we recieved from not only from the kids but the parents, and coaching staff was incredible. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to get involved with our local community.

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Hurricane Relief

Vancouver-based organizations and businesses mobilized to offer various forms of disaster relief for areas surrounding the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

Blaze also made a financial contribiution to the Habitat for Humanity branch of, Puerto Rico, after the devistating Hurricane Maria hit the island in 2017. Our president, Ken Stryker, grew up in Puerto Rico, while his family was stationed at Fort Buchanan, a military installation outside of Puerto Rico's capitol, San Juan. Puerto Rico will always be a second home for Blaze.

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HotShots Youth Sports

We are proud sponsors of the HotShots Youth Sports Scholorship Program, which helps low-income familes cover the costs with playing basketball. Our president, Ken Stryker, coaches a 5th grade team, of course named "Blaze."

Go Blaze!

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Accomplished and Under 40

Class of 2018

Our president, Ken Stryker, is part of the, Vancouver Business Journals, "Accomplished and Under 40" class of 2018.

“Mr. Stryker has proven to me to be a steward of our community and adept at running his small business in a marketplace filled with nation-wide powerhouses,” said Matt Wiles, executive vice president of operations for Howco Distributing. “Not only does Mr. Stryker run a successful business in our community he also volunteers his time as vice chairman of his neighborhood association.”

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Habitat for Humanity

Every year we host a "Group Build" day with our local Habitat for Humanity, where we bring current, and former clients together with our team, for a fun filled day working to build a home for a well-deserving family.

Through volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner. Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit, financed with affordable, no-interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are recycled into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses. We are proud to give back to this wonderful organization.

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Blaze to Amaze Students

Every summer, we send one exemplary student from Clark County, WA to the annual, Damian Lillard, Summer Basketball Camp, hosted by the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette. This year, Izaya Jones, of Vancouver, WA, will be attending and representing, Blaze.

To nominate a student for next years, "Blaze to Amaze," please email, info@blazenw.com

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DogPaw, Off-Leash Dog Parks

We are a corporate sponsor of, DogPaw, a non-profit who creates and maintains off-leash dog parks in SW Washington. Dog parks are a vital part of our community’s quality of life giving dogs and their people places to run, walk, play, and thrive. Getting outside with your dog will make you both happier and healthier!

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Glaze at Blaze

"Glaze at Blaze," is an event we started our first year in business. Every Thanksgiving, we ask the Clark County community to nominate family members who are in need of a turkey dinner. We will donate a turkey dinner (turkey, sides, drinks) to a nominated family and deliver them.

Do you know a special Clark County family we could honor this Thanksgiving with a meal? Simply email us at info@blazenw.com all nominations will be will be kept confidential, please include your name, phone number and the name, phone number and address of the nominated family.