Our Work

Serving Yakima and Kittitas Counties in Central Washington

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.

Our New focus

The year 2020 is a significant year for United Way of Central Washington. We are celebrating 65 years of serving our community as well as launching our new granting focus. 

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.

2020 Grant Cycle

There are a few things to note for the fiscal year 2020 grant cycle. First of all, the grant awards will be two-year awards, with funding from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. As always, these awards will be contingent on United Way’s annual fundraising campaign. There will be required mid-cycle reporting in 2021 for all grant recipients. All interested parties who are 501c3 organizations (with some exceptions) 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.

The 2020 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 February 15. A committee of community volunteers will review the letters and determine who will be invited to continue to the next phase.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our intital timeline for the application due date and site visits has changed. We will communicate those changes and deadline with organizations who are invited to move onto the application phase.

The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent is now past. If you have further questions contact Jamie Shores at jamie@uwcw.org or 509-248-1557.


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.