Foundation News

Thank you, Chuck Bohoskey!

For the majority of its history, Chuck Bohoskey has been deeply involved and committed to seeing that the United Way Foundation of Central Washington prospers.

A principle of the Bohoskey Group of RBC Wealth Management in Yakima, Chuck has been either the President of the Board of Trustees or its Treasurer. It was through Chuck that the Foundation made its first major donation of $150,000 to get the regional 2-1-1 program up and running throughout Central Washington.

He also oversaw the presentation of the Foundation’s only public fund/friend raising event called “Rock The Spirit”.  This event closed down the city streets around the Seasons Performance Hall in order for sod to be laid in the streets, basalt pillars to be places, and then a large tent to house over 200 attendees who enjoyed a stirring performance by the Total Experience Gospel Choir from Seattle.

When Chuck cares about a cause like United Way, he is ALL IN. He was the annual campaign chair in 1996, and chair of the United Way Board in 1998. It was through his obvious passion that his friend Helen Jewett sought to help sustain United Way through her bequest of one million dollars to the United Way Foundation, which became the Helen Jewett Endowment for Capital Projects.

There is much that was never seen that Chuck did to promote and invigorate the Foundation during his more than 12 year involvement. And so it was with deep gratitude, affection and humor that the Trustees bid farewell to Chuck, as his final term on the Board concluded at the annual Meeting held November 1, 2011.


A new roof

Tuesday August 9 was a very happy day for Generating Hope, the agency operating Noah’s Ark homeless shelter in Wapato. The United Way Foundation of Central Washington presented them with a check for $15,000 to be applied towards a much-needed new roof, as well as a new oven/ stove and walk-in freezer.

Michael Bennett, president of Generating Hope, met with the Foundation Board last February and drew a very clear picture of the dire need for upgrades at Noah’s Ark. With the roof leaking so badly, they would surely not make it through another winter. For three years now, their agreement with the building owner, David Hacker, is that improvements would be up to Generating Hope, and the rent would be waived.

Noah’s Ark provides shelter and assistance to chronically homeless men and women; up to 800 in a year. About 30 people a day find shelter. Each month, the shelter provides over 2,000 meals, 300 loads of laundry and 600 showers.

The Trustees for the United Way Foundation offered the $15,000 as a “match” when Noah’s Ark had secured another $15,000. The start was slow, but the finish was quick. Local businessman, Bill Douglas, got involved and the rest of the funding followed quickly. With additional pro-bono guidance offered by architect, Harlan Dunn, the hopes for a speedy completion of the construction are high.

The Generating Hope grant comes from an endowment specifically for capital projects funded by the late Helen Jewett. The Foundation supports capital projects while the funds from the United Way annual campaign are strictly directed towards community programs. Established in 1996 as a way to accept gifts and bequests, the Foundation is a source of sustainable funds that will eventually cover the full operating costs of United Way of Central Washington. Nearly all of the Foundation’s Trustees are past Presidents or campaign chairs for United Way.