Want to help your community? Here’s our ‘Give Back December’ charity list.

We've gathered information about various organizations that are giving back to those in need this December.
Give Back December

Welcome to ‘Give Back December!’ Throughout the month, we’re bringing you stories about people and organizations working to make a difference in the area. To provide the information you need to get involved, we’ve compiled this list with information on how to participate in local philanthropy.

For all of the joy that comes with December, it’s also a great time to think about those who are less fortunate. The holiday season is a time to celebrate and everyone deserves a chance to have something to be excited about.

‘Give Back December’ is about bringing the Tri-Cities, Yakima and Eastern Washington communities together. In a year with the shadow of a pandemic cast over it, our fellow community members could use a helping hand.

We’ve broken down different causes that we’ve covered here at KAPP-KVEW and YakTriNew.com into sections based on the type of charity they’re linked to. In addition to the information needed to participate in the causes, we’ll also provide links to stories where our team of reporters got to hear from community leaders hoping to make a difference.

Know other organizations working to make a difference in Benton, Franklin, Yakima, Kittitas, Walla Walla or Umatilla counties? Send us an email at news@kappkvew.com with the subject line “Give Back December.”

Feeding the Community:

PROOF GASTROPUB, Kennewick/Pasco

Tri-Cities restaurateur Michael Miller, owner of Proof Gastropub with locations in Kennewick and Pasco, is teaming up with the Tri-Cities Union Gospel Mission to feed those in need. For every $25 gift card purchased at one of his restaurants or online, Miller will donate a meal to the cause. His goal is to donate 500 meals to those in need by Christmas on Dec. 25. Full story here.

THE COUGAR CUPBOARD — WSU TRI-CITIES, Richland

A staple at WSU Tri-Cities, The Cougar Cupboard provides meals for students and their families in need. “Things can be difficult amid the pandemic. This support goes a long way to help students and their families by allowing them to continue their education,” WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes said. “Students don’t have to make the choice between eating or continuing with their college education in pursuit of a brighter future.” Full story here.

Supporting Women:

GRACE KITCHEN, Pasco

Grace will offer employment and other resources to women in the community. The goal is to help women without a home or source of income get back on their feet. For those interested in learning more, contact Grace Kitchen at (509) 413-3150 or amanda@gracekitchentricities.com. Donations can be made online here or checks mailed to 8524 W. Gage Blvd., Suite A #181, Kennewick. Full story here.

Coronavirus Fallout:

PARKVIEW ESTATES, Kennewick

Since the start of the pandemic, Parkview Estates assisted living facility has been forced to close its doors to visitors. It’s been a difficult adjustment for the facility’s occupants; many of whom won’t get to see their family members for the holidays this year. Parkview Estates faculty asks that community members drop hand-written letters into their decorated mailbox to connect with their residents. They will be accepting cards in the mailbox at 7820 W 6th Ave until December 18th. Full story here

COLUMBIA VALLEY DAYBREAK ROTARY, Kennewick

This local organization is selling Christmas trees to help fund their many charitable causes throughout the winter. They hope to sell 500 Christmas trees through the holiday season. Their selection includes 6-to-8-foot Douglas and Noble firs ranging from $70-$100. They’ve set up their shop near Fast-Track Tri-Cities at the Columbia Center Mall parking lot. Full story here.

AMERICAN RED CROSS, Richland, Yakima

The American Red Cross helps area hospitals ensure they have an adequate supply of plasma and blood products. The organization is in need of plasma and blood donations, as more patients become hospitalized with COVID-19. Donation centers are available in Richland and Yakima. Full story here.

NEW YEAR’S BLOOD DRIVE, Richland

KAPP-KVEW LOCAL NEWS is teaming up with our friends at the AMERICAN RED CROSS to host THE NEW YEAR’S BLOOD DRIVE on January 7.  Please reserve a time now to stop by the Red Cross office in Richland at 447 Wellsian Way anytime between 1:30 and 6:30 to donate. Registration with the Red Cross is now open, click here to reserve a time. Full story here.

TRI-CITY STRONG 

Tri-City Strong is a two-day telethon with KAPP-KVEW, Town Square Media radio stations, the Gesa Carousel of Dreams and the Tri-City Herald, raising money and goods for those most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information or to donate, visit TriCityStrong.com or call 509-378-3943. Full story here.

Aiding Individuals with Disabilities:

ARC OF TRI-CITIES, Richland

This organization promotes the rights of disabled individuals — particularly those in the Tri-Cities community. Learn more about how to help Arc of Tri-Cities by visiting their website here. Full story here.

THERAPEUTIC RIDING OF TRI-CITIES, Kennewick

Therapeutic Riding of Tri-Cities (TROT) offers scholarships to children in need of their services, but haven’t received the proper funding to provide them amid the pandemic. Nearly 40 percent of their riders have Autism and many cannot afford to take part in the program without financial aid. You can learn more about volunteering here. You can also check out their auction here or email them for more information at info@trot3cities.org. Full story here.

Non-COVID Medical Issues:

FOREVER FIGHTERS, Tri-Cities

Forever Fighters is a nonprofit founded by a cancer survivor, Mckenzi Fish. They visit cancer patients (when it’s not a pandemic), bring them gift baskets and help families with travel costs since there is not a pediatric cancer center in Tri-Cities; the closest is Seattle Children’s or Sacred Heart Spokane. They need monetary and physical donations; things you would put in a care package for someone who’s bed-bound in a hospital AND is age-appropriate. Companies can also become a sponsor with Forever Fighters. For more information, contact Mckenzi Fish at forever.fighters@yahoo.com. Full story here.

Assisting Animals:

COOL CATS COFFEE CO., Selah

Cool Cats Coffee Co. is a Selah-based, cat-themed coffee roastery committed to animal welfare. When a customer buys coffee or merchandise from the company, a percentage of the profits are donated to Greater Good Charities, which then distributes the funds to animal shelters across the country that need financial assistance. Every purchase feeds 20 shelter cats. Whole bean coffee and Cool Cats Coffee Co. merchandise can be purchased online at coolcatscoffeeco.com. Full story here

MEALS-FOR-PETS — YAKIMA PEOPLE FOR PEOPLE, Yakima

The Meals-For-Pets program provided by Yakima People for People gives free cat and dog food to senior citizens who receive meal deliveries so that seniors don’t give up needed food or medication for their pets. Donations of cat or dog food can be dropped off at Old Mill Country Store, 1504 S. 36th Ave. in Yakima from now until the end of the month. You can also purchase food at the store for donation or call 509-225-2495 to purchase pet food using a credit or debit card number, which will then be added to the donation pile at the store. People can also donate directly to the Meals On Wheels program online here. Full story here.

LITTLE LIVES SMALL ANIMAL RESCUE, Pasco

Little Lives Small Animal rescue is a small animal rescue without a brick and mortar location — they rely on foster families to help their rescues. They rescue small animals i.e., lizards, hamsters, rats, turtles, birds, etc. The organization is always looking for foster families, donations through their Amazon wish list, monetary donations or volunteers. Vet bills for small animals can get very pricey so this organization also helps pet owners who are struggling with bills or paying for supplies. For more information, contact Denise Sams at 509-850-0023. Full story here.

Helping the Homeless

TOPPENISH EXTREME WINTER WEATHER SHELTER, Toppenish, Yakima County

The newly-created extreme winter weather shelter in Toppenish provides a safe, warm place to sleep and hot meals for dozens of people living unsheltered in the Lower Yakima Valley. The shelter is currently open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily and needs $20,000 in additional funding to hire staff to keep the shelter open 24/7. Checks can be sent to Camp Hope P.O. Box 9074 Yakima, WA 98901, with a note designating that the donation is for the Toppenish extreme winter weather shelter. Donations of clothing, toiletries, blankets, hot meals and other supplies are also needed. For more information on donation options and other ways to help, call 509-424-1228. Donations can be made online here. Full story here.

CAMP HOPE OF YAKIMA, Yakima

Camp Hope provides shelter, transitional housing, transportation, and educational and social services to persons experiencing homelessness in the Yakima Valley. Camp Hope is in need of financial donations, donations of clothing, toiletries, blankets and other supplies, and hot meal donations. For more information on donation options, call 509-424-1228. A full list of needed items can be found here. Full story here.
BASALT ROASTERS, Yakima
Basalt Roasters has launched a new coffee blend called the “Steadfast Benefit Blend” to help those most in need during the holiday season. Yakima Union Gospel Mission will receive 15 percent of the proceeds and La Casa Hogar will receive another 15 percent. The blend is available online at basaltroasters.com or in-person at Collaboration Coffee, 18 S. First St. in Yakima. It’s also available for purchase at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission’s two thrift stores: YUGM Thrift at 2011 W. Lincoln Ave. and The Olde Lighthouse Shoppe at 15 S. Front St. Full story here.

Helping Kids and Families

KENNEWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT, Kennewick

To help fight the cold this winter, Kennewick School District is holding a pop-up glove drive for their elementary school students who need a little extra help keeping warm. The district is specifically asking for the stretchy “magic gloves” that cost around a dollar. Donations can be dropped off weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the KSD Administration Center, 1000 W. 4th Ave. For more information, call 509-222-5000. Full story here

TRI-CITIES TOYS FOR TOTS, Pasco
Tri-Cities Toys for Tots partnered with the COVID-19 testing site on Argent Road in Pasco to set up two toy donation bins on the way out of the site, which will be there until Dec. 22. For more information, visit the Tri-Cities Toys for Tots website. Full story here.