2021 Grant Recipients

Program: Women Who Wow

Agency: Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton & Franklin Counties

The Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to empowering all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

The Women Who Wow video series seeks to empower and inspire female children and teens by providing local female role models and inspirational messages. The series will be shared with current members, as well as those families who also engage online via the Virtual Club website and YouTube channel. Additionally, the Women Who Wow series will be launched in March during Women’s History Month and will be marketed to you women throughout the community.


Program: Applied Behavioral Analysis

Agency: Children’s Developmental Center

Children’s Developmental Center strives to empower families and improve children’s lives through comprehensive early intervention services. The center serves children with developmental delays and special needs in Benton & Franklin Counties.

The Applied Behavioral Analysis program is for children ages 2-6 with a medical diagnosis of Autism. Scientifically based, it uses highly structured individualized treatment plans and therapies to address the uniqueness of each child’s needs and to improve socially important issues like behavior problems and learning. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists work together to integrate the plan throughout the child’s daily life.


Program: Scholarship Support for Elementary Education

Agency: Columbia Basin College Foundation

Columbia Basin College Foundation is dedicated to promoting student success and supporting programs at CBC through raising funds, building partnerships, and advocating for students and the college.

The CBC Elementary Education program is a Bachelor’s degree program at CBC. Currently the program is made up of all female students. The program enrollment reflects a population that is both diverse and lower income than CBC’s general student demographics. In the Early Childhood Education program 65% of enrollees are students of color and 47% are considered low income. The bachelor’s program was developed to build upon Early Childhood Education associate’s degree, providing an opportunity for students to continue their education and earn their teaching certificate locally. Specifically, the program was created to help provide a pathway for diverse students, who upon graduation will likely stay in the area and teach in diverse schools.


Program: Opportunity Kitchen

Agency: Columbia Industries

Columbia Industries is a mission-based organization committed to supporting and empowering individuals with disabilities and other challenges, in order to help them achieve personal success and community engagement. We champion the development of essential vocational and life skills, meaningful social involvement and access to critical resources.

Opportunity Kitchen is a 12-week food service training program for adults facing employment barriers in which they gain hands-on experience in a commercial kitchen. The goal is for all participants to gain skills needed to thrive in community-based food service or hospitality jobs.

Many of our students experience homelessness or unstable housing, lack of employment or skills to gain employment, mental health issues, single parenthood, and many other barriers that make maintaining employment difficult. Our wraparound support services provide a structured path for students to connect with other resources needed to make positive changes in their lives.


Program: Emergency Food/Assistance Program

Agency: Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties

Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties is dedicated to create a healthy community free from all forms of domestic violence.

Emergency Housing/Food Assistance Program helps families of Domestic Violence with housing to prevent homelessness. The services focus on emergency food assistance and housing emergencies such as utility and rental assistance.


Program: Amigo Mentor Hispanic Outreach Program

Agency: Forge Youth Mentoring

FORGE Youth Mentoring seeks to connecting generations to restore hope in communities and help young people discover their God-given potential.

The Amigo Mentor Hispanic Outreach program, piloted in Mattawa, to specifically target the Hispanic community. Our goal is to offer a culturally dynamic program with Spanish materials, trainings, and communication strategies that will invite and welcome the participation of Hispanic leaders, volunteers, and youth.


Program: Pathfinder Troops Program

Agency: Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Throughout the program, girls will meet consistently once a week throughout the school year for 27 weeks. A leader to girl ratio of 1:8 will ideally be maintained throughout the program. Following the Girl Scout troop model of being girl-led, the girls participating in Pathfinders Troop will have the freedom and flexibility to design their own Girl Scout experience. They will make for a diverse troops whose activities might range from robotics and film making to camping and hiking. By participating in these troops, girls will build the skills critical to lifelong success, while forming lifelong memories and friendships.


Program: Grace Kitchen Program

Agency: Grace Kitchen

Grace Kitchen is a ministry that exists to empower and employ women out of poverty in the Tri-Cities area, through mentoring, job training, employment, and friendship.

Through the production and sales of gourmet dried food products, women can earn a fair wage as they learn business skillsets that make them more employable. With time we plan to launch a catering business and a barista training program. Upon completion of our training program, women will be able to support themselves and their children.

Many of the women Grace Kitchen serves have been through some type of trauma such as adverse childhood experiences, spousal abuse, rape, prostitution, or death of a child. Others have been previously incarcerated, making transportation and employment a challenge.


Program: Mastersingers Youth Program

Agency: Mid-Columbia Mastersingers

Mid-Columbia Mastersingers seeks to transform lives through the power of choral music.

Mastersingers Youth is an educational youth choir program for singers age 9-18 (grades 4-12). Participants and directors meet for weekly rehearsals September through May, with an additional Choir Summer Camp for singers 9-12 in August. No audition is required, and Tuition Assistance is available for anyone in need. Rehearsals emphasize teamwork, proper vocal technique and learning music theory, the building blocks of music. The choirs also perform in an array of venues with several local and regional distinguished musical groups, including other choirs, symphonies, ballet, and theater groups.


Program: Restorative Therapeutic Mental Services for Sex Trafficking Victims

Agency: Mirror Ministries

Mirror Ministries mission is to respond to domestic minor sex trafficking with the love of Christ through local education, intervention, restoration, and aftercare. Our vision is to see local victims of sex trafficking become survivors who have hope, healing, and restoration.

Restorative Therapeutic Mental Health Services is a program for sex trafficking victims through a dedicated Clinical Supervisor for a standardized cohesive mental health curriculum. The year-round program allows each survivor opportunity to learn and heal through all the modules while receiving personalized counseling. This program will bring deeper healing in a more expedient time frame to survivors of trafficking. It will reduce recidivism rate among these survivors due to their increased resilience from the healing and skills learned. It will stop the cycle of generational trafficking, break addictions, and develop healthy parents for this new generation.


Program: Mobile Market

Agency: Second Harvest

Fighting hunger, feeding hope: Second Harvest brings community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education, and partnerships.

The Mobile Market helps increase food access to underserved populations across the inland Northwest, including in the Tri-Cities. Second Harvest’s Mobile Market brings a refrigerated truck full of 8,000 to 10,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meat bread, and other staples to high-end communities to provide food to children, families and seniors at no cost.


Program: Human Trafficking Program

Agency: Support, Advocacy & Resource Center

Support, Advocacy & Resource Center’s (SARC) mission is to provide crisis services, support and advocacy to victims, non-offending family members, and other who are impacted by crime. We strive to create and maintain a community without violence through prevention-based education.

Staff and volunteers in the Human Trafficking program provide dedicated, specialized services to survivors of sex trafficking and their support systems, 24 hours a day, in an empowering and non-judgmental manner. Individualized advocacy and case management are offered to all clients, providing each with options to trauma-based care and allowing clients to guide their follow-up process, build rapport with advocates, have support while navigating multiple care systems, and know they matter to this community.


Program: Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance

Agency: Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity

Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity focuses on ensuring that all residents of Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla Counties have the opportunity for a decent and affordable place to live; Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

In our affordable Homeownership Program once the home has been constructed, the 500 sweat equity hours completed, and homeownership classes taken, the closing process starts. By requiring homeowners to contribute to their closing costs we are able to reinforce positive patterns of saving that are necessary to achieve and maintain homeownership.


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