TOPPENISH, WASH.-- Nearly 70 non-profit organizations received funding from Legenda Casino Hotel through the Yakama Cares program.
On Wednesday, October 7, the casino funded $378,988 in grants to 69 nonprofit organizations.
With the devastating fires that swept the state in late August and early September and the impacts of COVID-19 rippling through our communities, the focus in 2020 centered around public safety and health.
The organizations receiving a distribution comprise many communities, and this year, grants awarded range from $1,500 to $25,000 per recipient.
Grants include replacement of wildland firefighting equipment for the City of Yakima Fire Department, PTSD service dog training for Service Peace Warriors, and hospice/end of life support for Heartlinks, Chaplaincy Healthcare, and Cottage in the Meadow
The impacts will be felt throughout Central Washington including Yakima, Benton, Kittitas, and Klickitat counties.
Non-profit organizations submit their applications annually for the Yakama Cares grant program, and grants were to be awarded in May.
But due to COVID-19, the process was delayed this year when Legends Casino Hotel—and many other businesses and organizations in our region—closed in mid-March.
After reopening on August 13, 2020, the Yakama Cares committee began pouring over applications.
The committee for the Charitable Contribution fund received 336 applications to evaluate for the 2020 distribution.