The Exchange Club of Highline – Building Community by Inspiring Unity
How do you get local business and community leaders to work together for a common goal?
That was both the question and the challenge a group of residents of the Highline area took on in 1961. The initial step in finding the solution was the foundation of The Exchange Club of Highline. The National Exchange Club had, by 1961, already been around for 50 years and would provide guidance in how to achieve that goal of getting those community leaders and local businesses in the Highline area to work together. Step one was to recruit those community leaders as members of The Exchange Club of Highline. Step two in achieving the goal set by this initial group of local leaders was to create programs to support Youth, Americanism, Community Service and the Prevention of Child Abuse. The final step in the process was to settle on a means of raising funds and then establishing a process by which the funds raised would be disbursed back into the community. Currently, funds are raised at an annual Dinner-Auction held at the end of January and which features a silent auction as well as a live one. The Exchange Club of Highline establishes a budget at the end of June for the disbursement of those funds. Built into that budget and disbursement process are provisions which allow the club a great deal of flexibility in responding to the ever changing needs of our community.
In addition, during the year, members donate their time to programs sponsored by other community organizations. We also support programs of our own, like our Toilet Paper Drive and the Backpack Program, that are a response to a need seen in the community by a member of The Exchange Club of Highline.
MISSION: To inspire and to assist the Highline area to become a better place to live.
CORE VALUES: A commitment to family, a commitment to community and a commitment to country.