Mission: United way of central washington gathers together people, ideas and resources to strengthen communities and improve lives.
Programs: United way and member agencies help people in yakima and kittitas counties improve their quality of life through education, increased financial stability, and improved health. In total, 67 programs, serving some 115,000 people, are funded. United way distributes contributed funds through a volunteer-led community investment process. More than 50 volunteers evaluate funded programs' performance by conducting site visits, reviewing financial information, and examining program outcome measurements.
in addition, united way conducts special projects and supports collaborations called community initiatives which address specific issues. Currently, there are six initiatives: 1) ongoing support of 2-1-1: a 3-digit information and referral phone number for connecting people to social services. 2) early learning collaboration: kindergarten readiness calendar distribution and collaboration with the investing in children coalition; 3) yakima county homeless network: homeless assistance investment and project homeless connect. 4) yakima county asset building coalition. 5) new leaders yakima county: networking, community learning, and development for emerging leaders. 6) central washington aces workgroup: raising awareness and mobilizing community to fight childhood trauma and increase youth resilience.