Established in 2001, and transitioning to an independent non-profit in 2008, the Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) is a non-profit community development organization located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
WSCAT serves 500-700 community members through its programs each year. Clients served are of all ages (12 years old and up), over 95% of whom are Native Americans, approximately 85% of whom have earned incomes of less than twice the federal poverty guidelines.
In 2021, Roundhouse Foundation provided support to bolster WSCAT’s capacity to serve the Warm Springs Reservation community, ensuring that the organization will be able to provide Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS) community members with vital services, including small business support (through coaching, counseling, workshops, business plan development services, and development of a small business incubator), asset building opportunities (IDAs), financial empowerment training and counseling, education for personal and professional development, youth development opportunities, and workforce training.
This funding will enhance support of administrative efforts at WSCAT. It will provide administrative support for accounting and human resource management, technical assistance/grant writing/capital project procurement support on the Commissary and other projects, and further develop skills in non-profit management with other WSCAT staff members.
“This commitment means a lot to me and to our team,” says Executive Director, Chris Watson. “WSCAT is undergoing a lot of growth, and this support comes at a very important and opportune time for us. I’m excited about the opportunity to strengthen our organization’s financial systems and to leverage other (state, federal and private) funding.”
Photos and logo courtesy of Warm Springs Community Action Team