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

United Way of Central Washington has served our community for over 60 years. We have history of partnering with quality organizations to make a lasting impact on Yakima and Kittitas counties. While this emphaisis is on partnership will never change, we have decided to unite behind a specific focus area in order to make a greater impact. This approach also falls in line with other best practice United Ways across the state and nation. 

Our United Way is committed to overcoming intergenerational poverty by building resilience and closing the opportunity gap in the lives of our youth in Central Washington

Over the last 18 months, our organization has analyzed our internal history and operations as well as the communities we serve. After research and conversations at the board, staff and community levels, we identified intergenerational poverty as a key issue for youth in Central Washington. Our hope by shifting to this issue-focused model is that United Way, along with public and private partners, can make a meaningful impact in this area with measurable results.


2019 Grant Cycle is now open

The process of our new focus influencing the grant awards will not be immediate. There will be a period of transition. For this grant cycle, we will continue to award grants in the previous focus areas of health, education, income and basic needs.

There are a few things to note for the fiscal year 2019 grant cycle. First of all, the grant awards will be one year awards, with funding from July 1st, 2019 through June 30, 2020. We also ask that you take special care to fill out the demographic portions on the application as the collection of this data aids us in determining each project’s alignment with our future focus areas.

Beginning with the 2020 grant cycle, a majority of our funding will be invested into programs that align with our new focus area. Strongest applications in the future will include an emphasis on intergenerational poverty, underserved-youth and collaboration with other agencies. While we are in this transition, we are also taking this opportunity to evaluate the entire grant process which will result in changes for upcoming cycles. There will be further communication about upcoming changes as they are determined.

As mentioned above, we are still in the design phase of implementing this new impact strategy. We have added a section to this year’s application that gives you the opportunity to share how this new approach will potentially affect your organization. There will be future opportunities to engage your organization in this conversation in the upcoming months.

We are honored to work alongside the many organizations in Yakima and Kittitas counties who are doing important work and making meaningful changes. The mission of our organization has not changed. We seek to gather together people, ideas and resources to strengthen communities and improve lives and will continue to do so in a more focused way.

To apply, please use our Agency Grant System Login. If you have further questions contact Jamie Shores at jamie@uwcw.org or 509-248-1557.


Important Dates for 2019 Application Cycle

March 4th: Application Open

April 17th: Application Deadline

April 17th-June 18th: Review of Applications

June 18th: Board of Directors Approves Grant Amount

Funding begins in July after required contract has been returned to United Way of Central Washington