Volunteers Explore Education, Income and Health in our Community

The United Way Impact Councils met this November to begin community conversations regarding needs and existing services in Yakima County. All conversations were well attended by agency representatives and United Way volunteers. Whether it was Education, Income, or Health, all conversations had the same theme running through them. There are service deserts in Yakima County, and people isolated by location. The further from the city of Yakima, residents are more likely to have reduced access to needed help. This led to some interesting questions for volunteers as we move forward.

Best Place on Earth: Yakima Valley

Our latest New Leaders event focused on why the Yakima Valley is the best place to grow grapes (and other agricultural products). Three main factors make our valley a unique and succesful area, especially for wine grapes: water, soil, inclement weather. By relying on ice flow, nutrient rich soil and several seasons, wine growers can grow more varieties of grapes than other regions in the world.

Profiles of Community Impact: Voices for Children

Voices for Children creates a happy healthy environment of support for foster children and families as they face difficult periods of transition. Because of early traumas and lack of stability in their lives, children in foster care are more likely than other children to have emotional and behavioral problems and are at higher risk to drop out of high school. No matter how or where a child enters the foster care system, generosty and commitment on the part of others will provide a more stable future for foster children.

Thank you to all who attended United Way's Annual Meeting

On May 20, we held our Annual Meeting at the Yakima Valley Hotel and Conference Center.

After several years of wonderful service, Jan Luring, McDonald's of Yakima and Kittitas Counties and Tony Farina, Capital Advisors, completed their terms of service. Cal Blethen of RBC Wealth Management was elected by the membership to his first three year term as Board Member.


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