Covid-19 response



Virus Response Fund:

United Way of Central Washington, in partnership with the Yakima Valley Community Foundation & the Latino Community Fund, have established funds in support of impacts from the Coronavirus.  Both United Way of Central Washington and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation are accepting donations. United Way and the Community Foundation will coordinate with local nonprofits to determine ongoing need and fund distribution.

Because of generous donations, United Way of Central Washington Response and Recovery fund has raised over $210,000. To date, we have awarded $186,276 to 27 non-profit organizations, as well as contributing to bulk purchasing of itemized needs for non-profits submitted through Yakima Valley Needs. The 27 organizations who have received emergency grants are Ttawaxt Birth Justice Collaborative, Hospice Friends, Wellness House, American Red Cross, Voices for Children Foundation, Court Advocates for Children, The Pantry @ Moxee, Ellensburg Community Health Clinic, HopeSource, Toppenish Community Chest, Children’s Village, Kittitas Chamber of Commerce, FISH Food Bank, the Yakima Greenway, TeamChild, and Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care, Latino Community Fund, Teytum’s Gifts, Mercer Creek Church, Women for Women, Grace City Outreach, Lynchpin, Northwest Community Education Center Radio KDNA, The PeaceKeeper Society, and the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima & Kittitas County.

Collectively, the partnership between Yakima Valley Community Foundation, the Latino Community Fund, and United Way of Central Washington has awarded over $1,000,000 in grants to 50+ organizations in Yakima and Kittitas Counties.




Now, more than ever, this is crucial. We all have many concerns and questions about our health, our emplyment, our financial security, and even our education, are all at risk. The rapid changes to our daily lives are evolving in unprecendented ways.

But please know, help and guidance is available. And even in uncertain times, each of us plays a role. We can make a difference in bg and small ways, every day for ourselves and each other, and ne day at a time this makes our families, and our community, stronger than before. At United Way, we’ve been helping do just that for 65 years. Right here. Meeting local needs with local resources and partnerships. This is what it means to Live United. 

CARES Act Tax incentives for donations


~$300 deduction

~2020 only & cash donations only


~AGI limit of 60% waived for 2020


~Income cap on deductibility for corporate donations raised from 10% to 25% for 2020




Gifts of any amount are needed and appreciated. All gifts stay local to respond to local needs. The Covid-19 Yakima & Kittitas Counties Response Fund will support our local non profits as they work to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and the needs or today and tomorrow. Thank you for any gift you can give


“With Covid-19, knowledge is not only power, it’s also protection” – a perfect reminder. Advocating means being informed and sharing information responsibility, helping to be a part of the solution, rather than advancing misinformation. We refer you to these reputable sources regarding prevention & wellness, community restrictions and where to access services for your family or business


The strain on non-profit resources is not just about money. It’s about people too. Non-profits are affected by a reduction of ‘hands on deck’ with staff and volunteers. If you can help, visit to see how you can help fill those needs. Please check back often as needs may change rapidly. Whether donating your time, expertise, food or supplies, it all helps make a difference. 


If you think you have been exposed to Covid-19 (Cornoavirus) and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention

Call your healthcare provider, or call before going to the emergency room. 

Washington’s State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1.800.525.0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6AM to 10PM, seven days a week. Please note that this call center cannot access Covid-19 testing results. For testing inquires or reuslts, please contact your health care provider. 

    Anyone in Need of Assistance:

Washington 2-1-1, a statewide United Way funded hotline that serves as an information and referral service system for people in need, will continue to support callers needing access to health and human services resources such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs throughout this tough time. Should you need assistance please call 2-1-1. This service is free, confidential and available 24/7/265. Additional information is also available at

Personal Safety Guidelines and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued several guidelines to limit travel, gatherings and social distancing. The CDC has launched a website, that details these guidelines and provides an updated account of confirmed COVID-19 cases and their locations.

Corporate Partners:

United Way team members are continuing to work and remain committed to supporting your impact needs.  We will not be hosting any large-scale volunteer events until further notice.

Federal Resources

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

FEMA COVID-19 Rumor Control

Small Business Association Relief