Live in the Yakima Valley - A Community of Givers


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Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy.  The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.



A Community of Givers

A Community of Givers

November 17, 2014

A couple of years ago a survey of valley residents showed that 97% of those polled provided help to a friend or neighbor with 61% saying that they also volunteered with a group or activity in the community.  I think it is safe to say, that we live in a community of givers. 

Whether it’s helping to build a trail with the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, or donating non-perishables to Northwest Harvest, the valley is ripe with ways to give back.  The Yakima Herald regularly posts open volunteer opportunities under their ‘latest news section’ or you can find links to several organizations on our website.   

A few of the most recent openings in the Yakima Herald Volunteer Opportunities:

valley volunteers

  • The Vision for Independence Center is looking for clinic assistants
  • People for People need drivers for their “Meals on Wheels” program
  • McAllister Museum of Aviation has openings for greeters and tour guides
  • The Yakima Valley Trolleys is looking for cleanup and maintenance crews as well as individuals willing to get certified as drivers
  • Children’s Advocates are looking for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Volunteers
  • Pacific Northwest University is seeking volunteers to help with department projects, special events, or greet visitors

Other organizations in need:  The Yakima Humane Society, First Tee, Red Cross, Respite Adult Day Center, Pegasus, Easter Seals Washington, Food Bank, North Star Lodge, and the Union Gospel Mission

Giving back, volunteering, and donating your time or money to a cause that you believe is always in season.  It’s great to know that our community agrees. 


Get Involved/Volunteer | Yakima Valley Unique for Philanthropy l Spirit of the Season | Foundation Makes a Difference

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