Programs and Partners

In the 2016-2018 grant cycle, we are investing in 22 agencies and 52 programs in Benton and Franklin Counties. These investments will help 1 in 4 people in our community each year, at every stage in a person's life.


Benton Franklin Head Start 

  • School Readiness Program: Works with low-income families, school districts, and the childcare community to increase the number of children who are ready for kindergarten.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton & Franklin Counties

  • Project Learn: After-school program that enhances student success and increases high school graduation rates.

Catholic Family & Child Services of the Tri-Cities

  • ​Foster Teen Program: Supports foster students with one-on-one academic plans and coaching to help them graduate from high school.

  • Kaleidoscope Play & Learn: Provides early learning opportunities through facilitated play groups to low-income families with children under the age of five.

Chaplaincy Health Care

  • Cork's Place Grief Support Program: Provides grief counseling and intervention for children and adults who have lost a loved one.

Children's Developmental Center

  • Early Intervention: Provides families with individualized services to help their developmentally delayed or challenged children reach their fullest potential.

Ignite Youth Mentoring

  • Lunch Buddies / Elementary Schools: Provides positive adult role models for elementary school children during their school lunch period.

  • Lunch Buddies / Middle Schools: Expands the Lunch Buddies program into three local middle schools.

Lourdes Counseling Center/Lourdes Health Network

  • Children's Summer Program: Provides a summertime therapeutic program for children and teens with behavioral, emotional, and mild cognitive disabilities.

Partners for Early Learning

  • Parent-Child Home Visits: Funds a home visitor to coach and equip parents to be their child's first and best teacher.

Second Harvest Inland Northwest

  • Healthy Students: Provides food to middle school students. Hunger affects student behavior, performance, and attendance.

The Arc of Tri-Cities

  • Community Access: Enables individuals with the disabilities to learn social and independent living skills.

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities

  • STEM Education: Provides hands-on learning through Lego robotics to middle- and high-school students.

  • YMCA at the Martin Luther King, Jr Center: Provides a positive environment and activities for youth during after-school hours, a time when juvenile crime is at its peak.

  • Early Childhood Learning Center: Licensed childcare center that increases the number of children ready for kindergarten.


Adult Day Services of the Tri-Cities

  • Adult Day Health: Improves physical, mental, and emotional health of elderly and severely disabled adults.

Benton Franklin Head Start

  • Healthy Bodies and Smiles: Provides one-on-one training about preventative healthcare for families of young children.

Catholic Family & Child Services of the Tri-Cities

  • Children Come First: Recruits, licenses, trains, and supports foster parents. Provides clinical support and treatment services for foster children.

Domestic Violence Services

  • Making a Difference Boys' Group: A year-round, 8 week program for teen males experiencing domestic violence or dysfunction at home. Coaches teen males to break the cycle of domestic violence in their own lives.

Grace Clinic

  • Health Care for the Uninsured: Free medical services such as medical care, medications, and mental health counseling to the uninsured. 

  • Health Care for Uninsured Workers: Fills the gaps for uninsured, low-wage earners who do not receive insurance benefits through their employers.

  • Mental Health Services for Uninsured: Provides counseling and life coaching by licensed counselors for the uninsured.

  • Preventing Complications in Uninsured Diabetics: Provides healthcare to prevent complications in uninsured diabetics and pre-diabetic persons.

Second Harvest Inland Northwest

  • Healthy Pantry Initiative: Provides training and technical assistance to improve nutrition and health information at local food banks.

The Arc of Tri-Cities

  • Buddy Club: Improves social connections and decreases bullying of children with disabilities in schools.

  • Therapeutic Recreational Services: Enhances the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through therapeutic recreational services.

Tri-Cities Food Bank

  • West Richland Branch: Established a food bank in West Richland that provides food to 400 clients every four weeks.

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American Red Cross serving Central and Southern WA

  • Disaster Cycle Program: Assist victims in emotional and financial recovery immediately following a disaster, as well as long-term recovery guidance.

Boy Scouts of America, Blue Mountain Council

  • Prepared for Life: Provides experiences for youth so they can be successful in school, achieve their full potential, be self-sufficient, and actively contribute to their community.

Columbia Industries

  • Employment Services: Prepares and trains individuals with disabilities for employment in the community.

  • Vocational Training: Provides training and employment skills development services for individuals with disabilities.

Lourdes Counseling Center/Lourdes Health Network

  • Vocational Case Management: Assists individuals with chronic mental illness with vocational and employment assessment, planning, skills development, education, job placement, and retention.

People for People

  • Resource Coordinator: Increases the connection between people and health and human service resources in Benton & Franklin Counties through 2-1-1 community education and outreach.

  • Greater Columbia 2-1-1: Telephone information and referrals to people in need of health and human services.

Second Harvest Inland Northwest

  • Feeding Children Initiative: Supplies food to schoolchildren through local food banks, a school-based Mobile Food Bank, and Bite 2 Go weekend food packs. Distributes nutrition education materials.

Senior Life Resources Northwest

  • Meals on Wheels/Senior Program: Provides disadvantaged and home bound seniors with home-delivered, healthy and nutritious meals.

  • Meals on Wheels/Under Age 60 Program: Provides sick and home bound individuals under age 60 with home-delivered, healthy and nutritious meals.

WSU Master Gardeners with Second Harvest Inland Northwest 

  • Build a Bed to Feed a Family: Community gardens for families to improve their diets, teach them how to grow food, and to build a sense of community.

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities

  • Keeping Families Working: Provides youth development and childcare services so parents stay employed and children can be in a safe place. 

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Children's Developmental Center

  • Computer Server: Secure and effective processing for client records and operations.

  • Therapeutic Sensory Lab: Helps stimulate a child's senses, and develop language cognition, and social and emotional skills. 

Ignite Youth Mentoring

  • Multi-Function Copier: Supports in-house production of marketing and training materials. 

River of Life MCC

  • Ansil Hall Youth Temporary Housing: Furnish facility that gives homeless teens a place to do homework and receive assistance. 

Senior Life Resources Northwest

  • Meals on Wheels Replacement Van: Provides capacity to transport food and equipment

Support Advocacy Resource Center

  • Audio Recording System: Used to capture children's interviews and document childhood trauma for use by law enforcement and therapists. 

The Arc of Tri-Cities

  • Family Education Center: Expands training center capacity to serve additional families.