Our Work

OUR UNITED WAY IS COMMITTED TO OVERCOMING INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY BY COLLABORATIVELY BUILDING RESILIENCE AND CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP IN THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTH IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON.

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

United Way of Central Washington fosters and promotes an inclusive environment in all aspects of our work. We take the broadest possible view of diversity. We value that every person brings a unique perspective and experience. We believe that each United Way community member donor, volunteer, advocate and employee must have equal access to solving community problems. We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities. Join us in embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion for every person in every community. LIVE UNITED


United Way of Central Washington strives to embody “Live United” by including diversity, equity, and inclusion as an integral part of our work. We believe that every individual is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect and acknowledge that structural racism/ethnic discrimination, as well as other forms of oppression, have contributed to the persistence of disparities, which we seek to eliminate. We expect staff, volunteers, and our community partners to uphold these values as we work together to build a more equitable and inclusive community. Our United Way works hard to engage community members, particularly those whose voices have historically been marginalized. We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities. 

OUR WORK IN YAKIMA & KITTITAS COUNTIES

Through United Way’s community programs and partner agencies, we reach 1 in 3 people living right here in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. People you know — living in your neighborhood, going to your kids’ schools, working alongside you every day.

Together, we ensure that more kids go to bed with their bellies full and more adults have a job to go to in the morning. We make sure there’s support for a person who’s been given a life-altering diagnosis. We’re there when disaster strikes.

We help people by funding more than 63 effective and efficient programs at 48 local nonprofits, by bringing individuals and organizations together to solve problems, by mobilizing volunteers.

We help charities become stronger. We help people become stronger. We provide the building blocks for a better community and a better life.

2022 GRANTING FOCUS

There are a few things to note for the fiscal year 2022 grant cycle. First of all, the grant awards will be two-year awards, with funding from July 1st, 2022 to June 30, 2024. As always, these awards will be contingent on United Way’s annual fundraising campaign. There will be required mid-cycle reporting in 2023 for all grant recipients. All interested parties who are 501c3 organizations are invited to submit a letter of intent. Strongest consideration will be given to programs that align with our granting focus of overcoming intergenerational poverty by collaboratively building resilience and closing the opportunity gap in the lives of our youth in Central Washington. 

OUR UNITED WAY IS COMMITTED TO OVERCOMING INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY BY COLLABORATIVELY BUILDING RESILIENCE AND CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITY GAP IN THE LIVES OF OUR YOUTH IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON.

THE FOLLOWING PROVIDES CLARIFICATION ON KEY ASPECTS OF OUR GRANTING FOCUS.

Overcoming Intergenerational Poverty:

Addressing the negative effects on health, education, and well-being caused by intergenerational poverty while supporting people as they break out of the cycle.

Collaboration

Working with other organizations to achieve or do something.

Building Resilience

Providing the resources and services to develop healthy coping mechanisms to face difficult and adverse situations

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Supporting those with unequal or inequitable opportunities. An opportunity gap refers to the ways in which race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English proficiency, community wealth, familial situations or other factors contribute to or perpetuate lower educational aspirations, achievement, and attainment for certain groups of students.

Youth in Central Washington

People under that age of 18 living in Yakima and Kittitas Counties.

2022 GRANT PROCESS

The 2022 grant process will include 3 phases: a letter of intent, an application and a site visit. All interested parties who are 501c3 organizations are invited to submit a letter of intent by January 24th. A committee of community volunteers will review the letters and determine who will be invited to continue to the next phase. Organizations invited to the next phase will receive notification by March 11th. Applications from invited organizations will be submitted in April. For some programs, there will be a third phase to the process which will be a site visit. The need for site visits will be determined by the review committee. Organizations will be contacted in May to schedule these. Final decisions for funding will be made in June and notifications will be sent out in July. 

If you have further questions contact Ivan Orozco at Ivan@uwcw.org or 509-248-1557