Over the past two years, United Way’s Community Investment volunteers have created a roadmap and new investment model to fight Intergenerational Poverty in Central Washington.
United Way of Central Washington’s New Leaders Yakima County (NLYC) program promotes the Yakima Valley, provides network and socializing opportunities, while developing our member’s leadership skills.
New Leaders Yakima County offers recognition and opportunities for learning, development, and access to civic engagement. Current President of the Executive Committee, Cal Blethen, says “New Leaders this year is making a serious effort to focus all future events on topics that interest the community at large.”
Here at United Way, we are proud to partner with the Mabton Backpack (FFA Leadership program). In Mabton, we learned about two years ago, that many children were going home hungry over the weekend. With a backpack full of food to take home for the weekend, those kids can come to school Monday morning ready to learn. The Mabton FFA Leadership program director reported on the success of the Weekend Backpack program:
In honor of International Volunteer Day we would like to recognize and thank all volunteers in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. Without the commitment and passion of community members we would not be able to meet the needs of hundreds of fellow residents. You may not realize but everyday volunteers are helping local nonprofits achieve their mission and goals to advance the common good. These individuals organize items at food banks, assist with a community event, provide organizational support to build capacity or work with an agencies clientele.
Newly retired after forty-five plus years of industry work in the United States and Canada, residing in many cities moving as career opportunities arose, I now find myself in Yakima, Washington as a native son, if you will, retruning ready to keep a pledge to myself.
Give back through volunteerism to my new community.
Like any job sometimes you can go days, even weeks thinking that you aren’t achieving your goals or you aren’t making the difference you set out to make. As requests come in for volunteer projects from nonprofits and companies that would like to help out its simple to get lost in the logistics; where, when, how many people, time frame, t-shirt sizes the list could go on. Sometimes it takes a letter from a volunteer to make you realize that you’re right on track.
Loaned Executive n. \lōn id • ĭg - zĕk’ yə- tiv\- Community executive volunteering to lend his or her talents and skills to raise critical community-building funds by working with companies and organizations throughout Central Washington.
We would first like to thank all of you who were able to make it out to our Campaign Kick-Off this morning. Yes it was early, but it seemed like the coffee and pastries were a big enough bribe to get well over 65 community members out of bed! This year's Kick-Off took a more formalized approach to bringing together like-minded people around the idea of advancing the common good.
The 3rd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk wrapped up this past Saturday, August 10th. Rotary Park in Ellensburg experienced the charging foot prints of 15 runners and a family of walkers. At 8:30 am the weather was just perfect and the runners were ready to face the trail ahead. Over the river and through the park they went! Thank you to all who participated and volunteered!!
Join us on August 10th, 2013 at Rotary Park in Ellensburg, WA --1200 W 5th for our annual 5k Run/Walk. United Way of Central Washington (UWCW) operates on a mission to gather together people, ideas and resources to strengthen communities and improve lives. Currently, UWCW is providing funding to 15 nonprofit organizations in Kittitas County.