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About Us

Mission

Supplying people with the power (resoures) to raise themselves up (self-advocacy) while renewing hope and opportunity (mutual aid).

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Vision

We envision strong,vibrant, and healthy communities in the Greater Spokane Valley area by creating a central resource hub,promoting self advocacy through various tools and providing mutual aid.

Values

At SVCA, we are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. These are the core values that inspire our organization and volunteeers to keep us focused on metting our mission and celbrating our success.

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Job: SVCA Position: Executive Director

Sherri Gangitano is the primary founder, current Executive Director, and most importantly, Community Coordinator at Spokane Valley Community Advocates - SVCA, a charity organization hoping to fill a void in the Greater Spokane Valley area.

In addition to SVCA, Sherri has volunteered for many organizations including League of Women Voters of the Spokane Area (LWVSA) as an event organizer and co-chair of the Affordable Housing Committee; Spokane Area Tenants United (cofounder) as a community coordinator, Spokane Valley Partners working with the volunteer coordinator organize various events and recruit volunteers; and SEIU 775 In-home Caregivers union as a local leader and recruiter. Her college education in sociology with an emphasis in juvenile justice and paraeducator, special education emphasis, helps her successfully navigate the social service world. Sherri also served from 1987-2001 in the U.S.Army Reserves and Montana Army National Guard in the medical and motor pool field. Her military experience brings a variety of skills to the table that will lead to successful management of this organization.

As a divorced mom of four kids, including one with disabilities, she understands the frustrations and difficulties in accessing the right resources while living east of the City of Spokane. Sherri has spent several years as a personal advocate for her child and family tenant advocate. She has chosen to “pay it forward” by providing the tools and resources she is familiar with and passing them onto others. Her main focus, as we recover from the pandemic, is rental assistance, emergency mutual aid (R.E.A.C.T. program) and bringing voices together to make local change.

In her spare time, she enjoys taking hikes with her dogs, camping, genealogy, berry gardening and collecting old card and board games.