We view community action as an opportunity to enrich people’s lives and drive positive change in society. Our primary focus is to support activities that bring people together and provide opportunities to learn and grow. We think this support fosters strong community members. This commitment to the community comes to life in many ways, including our continued support of healthcare services, education, and youth programs within our community.
Our involvement in community healthcare programs, The Memorial Foundation and the Yakima Union Gospel Mission, draws from the inspiration from our employees and partners, as well as the resources of our business. For nearly a decade we have been a key community partner of the YUGM, investing in preventative work with students at Madison House Youth Center, access to healthcare at our Care Clinic, and supporting client services through shelter and recovery programs. Our further commitment with the Memorial Foundation helps to advance and transform healthcare in the Yakima Valley, supporting various healthcare initiatives including pediatrics, cancer care, and family medicine.
The Memorial Foundation
Supporting children’s health and building accessible and innovative healthcare for the Yakima Valley are the Memorial Foundation’s key initiatives. For over the past 30 years we’ve helped the foundation provide the opportunity to bring the best technology, equipment and programs to families in the Valley.
Yakima Union Gospel Mission
Yakima Union Gospel Mission exists to help people move from homelessness and addiction to wholeness. For nearly a decade we have been a key community partner investing in preventative work with students at Madison House Youth Center, access to healthcare at our Care Clinic, and caring for our most vulnerable neighbors by supporting client services through YUGM’s shelter and recovery programs.
We’re especially proud of our efforts in education: Growing Great Learners, Blossoms Early Learning Center and WAEF. Growing Great Learners was created to serve preschool-aged children with the basic skills needed to be prepared for kindergarten, first grade, and beyond. Washington Fruit was also a major contributor to Blossoms Early Learning Center which is a state-of-the-art preschool and child care program serving 3-4 year old children. Washington Fruit is also a large contributor to the charity of the tree fruit industry, WAEF, providing financial assistance to young people who have a direct connection to the industry.
Blossoms Early Learning Center
Blossoms Early Learning Center is a state-of-the-art ECEAP preschool program serving children between 3 and 4 years old. The caring and qualified teachers work with the children to build the skills necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond. Washington Fruit has been a major contributor to Blossoms Early Learning Center and is proud of the impact our contributions have brought to the larger Yakima community.
Growing Great Learners
Washington Fruit helped create the Growing Great Learners program in 2010 to serve preschool-aged children with the basic skills needed to be prepared for kindergarten, first grade, and beyond. Washington Fruit funds bus transportation for the students, wages for their teachers, food for breakfasts and lunches, and equipment such as books and furniture, at no cost to the parents.
Washington Apple Education Foundation
The Washington Apple Education Foundation provides financial assistance to individuals directly related to the tree-fruit industry. Members of Washington Fruit volunteer their time to help facilitate key decisions and support the organization through financial contributions. We place an emphasis on impacting employees and children of our employees because we feel education will only add to the betterment of our community.
Youth Programs & Ongoing Education
We’re dedicated to helping our community be vibrant places to live, work, and play. We demonstrate this commitment by supporting local organizations like La Casa Hogar and Rod’s House. By investing in our community, we’re aiding in the success of our community.
La Casa Hogar
La Casa Hogar exists to provide a range of practical education and self-development opportunities especially suited to the needs of Latino families in the Yakima Valley. Washington Fruit has directly supported the mission of the organization. The individuals strive to reach their learning goals while developing self confidence and leadership skills that help transform the Yakima Valley.
Rod’s House provides services, programs, and opportunities for young people experiencing homelessness. Contributions from Washington Fruit have made it possible for Rod’s House to ensure youth receive continued access to basic necessities, housing, and transportation services in addition to educational, employment, and behavioral health programs.