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United Way Announces 2017-2018 Awards

United Way of Walla Walla County’s Board of Directors approved funding of $210,000.00 to programs focused on the areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability. The Board asked 12 dedicated community volunteers representing a wide cross section of our donor base to review the grant applications. These volunteers devoted a combined 500 hours to application review and agency site visits to further investigate the funding requests and determine the best investments for our community. Based on the recommendation of these volunteers, the Board of Directors voted to fund the following programs deemed most likely to result in lasting and positive change in the Walla Walla community.


Adult Literacy (Blue Mountain Action Council): $6,000.00 to support tutors who are matched with adults seeking to improve their economic, academic and/or personal lives through improved literacy.

Pro Bono Services (Blue Mountain Action Council): $10,000.00 to support the only program in our community that offers free civil legal advice and connections to local attorneys for low-income residents.

After-School Program (Campfire Walla Walla): $12,000.00 to provide high-quality, safe after-school care for students at five Walla Walla elementary schools.

Valle Lindo Academic Fun Club and Summer Programs (Children’s Home Society of Washington):  $25,000.00 to provide elementary children with a fun, safe, high-quality after-school homework program and summer camp close to home.

Triple Point (Children’s Home Society of Washington): $2,000.00 to help local LGBTQ+ teens thrive in our community by providing education, information, and support in a safe, accepting environment.

Youth & Government (Walla Walla YMCA): $8,000.00 to engage youth ages 12-18 in the process of democracy and the roles of elected state officials.  The yearlong club culminates with students debating their proposed bills at a mock legislative session in Olympia.

YWCA Childcare (YWCA of Walla Walla): $12,500.00 to support low-income children by providing safe, high-quality childcare programs offered at My Friends’ House and the Adventure Club.


Counseling Services (Catholic Charities): $19,000.00 to employ a licensed mental health professional who is providing counseling services for low-income individuals whose needs are not covered by Medicaid. The counseling program serves adults, adolescents, children, couples and families by providing easily accessible, professional, mental health services.

ABC Program (Friends of Children of Walla Walla): $11,000.00 to assist with the mentoring program at nine schools in Walla Walla and College Place where students are matched with adult friends.

Community Based Program (Friends of Children of Walla Walla): $3,000.00 to support their mentoring program where children are matched with a safe, caring adult who commits to meet weekly for at least a year.

Hospice Grief Support Program (Walla Walla Community Hospice): $13,000.00 to address the needs of those in our community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through individual counseling, support groups and a grief camp for children.

Senior Round Table (Walla Walla Senior Citizens Center): $22,000.00 to support our community’s only meals-on-wheels program for low-income seniors as well as low-cost, weekday lunches for seniors at the Center.

Adult Day Center (Walla Walla Senior Center): $6,000.00 to provide respite for those caring for a family member with dementia or cognitive difficulties.

Recreation and Summer Camp for Individuals with Disabilities (Walla Walla Valley Disability Network): $10,000.00 to provide year-round recreational programs and a summer camp, increasing social opportunities and inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities in our community.

Domestic Violence Shelter (YWCA of Walla Walla): $15,000.00 to assist in providing an emergency shelter for women and children leaving domestic violence. The program helps women and children find safety and healing, and then take steps towards a safe and stable life.


Emergency Social Services (Helpline): $21,000.00 to assist staff and volunteers in connecting people struggling to meet their basic needs with community resources needed to achieve stability.  The funding also supports utility assistance to prevent shut-offs and free/discounted bus passes.  

Community Based Employment Services (Lillie Rice Center, Inc.): $9,500.00 to encourage employers to hire persons with developmental disabilities, and to assist job seekers in identifying their unique capabilities and developing new skills to gain long-term employment in our community.  

Emergency Services (The Salvation Army Walla Walla): $5,000.00 to help vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community meet their basic human needs for food, shelter, and safety.


United Way thanks our generous donors and our caring partner agencies for joining together in support of our community. We especially thank volunteers Karri Bruce, Jennifer Casper, Peggy Cazier, Nicole Gryler, Steve Hudson, Mike Lemm, TJ Middlesworth, Bridie Monahan-Hood, Jennifer Peha, Tricia Schulte, Libby Thompson and Ron Wade for their dedicated review and recommendations.