The health and safety of our community is our priority.
What is UWCW doing in response to COVID-19?
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 $105,000. To date, we have awarded $65,380 to 14 non-profit organizations, as well as contributing to bulk purchasing of itemized needs for non-profits submitted through Yakima Valley Needs. The 14 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 and the Yakima Greenway.
Collectively, the partnership between Yakima Valley Community Foundation, the Latino Community Fund, and United Way of Central Washington has awarded over $850,000 in grants to 50+ organizations in Yakima and Kittitas Counties.
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, www.Coronavirus.gov that details these guidelines and provides an updated account of confirmed COVID-19 cases and their locations.
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.
United Way of Central Washington Office Update:
Staff are being encouraged to work remotely during this time and until further notice. United Way team members are planning on participating in conference calls / meetings and will reach out if there's a need to reschedule anything. Please call the office @ 509-248-1557 and follow the prompts for instructions on how to reach a specific staff member or visit our staff page.