Manson Volunteer Firefighter’s Association
“Supporting our community who supports us!”
Manson Volunteer Firefighter’s Association (MVFFA) are the Volunteer Firefighters of Chelan County Fire District #5. The Association also is known more commonly as the Manson Fire Department. Our ‘Mission’ is strictly for charitable purposes of supporting other charitable organization, including, but not limited to, the Association’s “Season of Hope” program.
We are proud to be an integral part of Manson and honored to share the opportunity to serve our community. The mission of all fire districts is to protect life, property and environment within our communities. The Association chose to serve another need that is found in all communities, provide community members who may be suffering during tough times with basic needs such as food and necessary basic grocery items.
MVFFA partners with several community organizations and non-profits. These partnerships allow us the ability to be the best we can with our outreach into our community, to identify the many needs of our community, and assist directly or through partnering organizations and non-profits to assist the most needs in our community.
We have several programs that help people in our community in times of great need or disaster. Our most prestigious program is the “Season of Hope” program where we help struggling families with gift certificates for food and grocery. The current “Season of Hope” program grew out of an ask by a community member who wanted the Association to take over a “Christmas Giving Tree” program in 2007. Unfortunately, this program did not take off at all, but the members wanted to do something that was effective and would target those in our community that needed help the most. This is when the idea for the “Season of Hope” program came to fruition. The first year, ten families received $100 each in assistance. The program grew over the years to our largest, and most important give, was in 2020 amid the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic, when the “Season of Hope” distributed over $20,000 in assistance to sixty-five families.
We also offer disaster assistance to families that are displaced from their home by structure fire. This assistance is up to $500 of immediate assistance in conjunction with assistance offered through Red Cross or other organizations. We have assisted in other natural disasters in the state like Carlton Complex Fires, Oso Landslide Disaster, Chelan Complex Fires and others.
Manson Firefighter’s are also a big supporter of youth sports in our community and schools. We support youth sports programs through our school district and local AAU programs.
In 2021, MVFFA assumed the Charter for the local Scouts BSA Chelan Valley Troop 34. The charter was taken over after being approached by a local community organization that held the charter learned they were ending their time in the community. The Firefighters felt this was a good fit with our scope and chose to take over the charter to secure the youth programs existence on the valley.
How do we raise funds for all of this? We have several donors who either give monthly or annually. We also receive donations through the “Amazon Smile” program of which every purchase on Amazon a donation is made to the charity of your choice. We also sell ‘Manson Fire Department’ apparel at local businesses such as Manson Bay Market and Cardeas Winery in Manson. We also have a presence at the Manson Farmers Market on Saturday mornings during the summer, selling shirts, hats and more to help our programs. Fundraising is another part of our funding, doing a ‘Boot Drive’ on the 4th of July with 50% of the proceeds going toward the Manson Fireworks Show. Manson Hydrofest is another event where we serve up hamburgers and hot dogs to our community and guests, all by donation. We also offer blue reflective address signs. We are never afraid to try new things either, so keep an eye out for new fundraising events we may be involved in.
Our Association has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in assistance since becoming a 501(c) 3 organization.