November 15th was National Philanthropy Day and our generous local community came together to support the Big Give Day at The Memorial Foundation. More than $26,000 was raised for many services that benefit our community, including cancer services at North Star Lodge, hospice care, programs at Children’s Village for children with special needs, and the neonatal intensive care unit.
Also on this day of philanthropy, we were honored with a $40,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation for our Transitions Palliative Care Program! Transitions serves patients with life-limiting, progressive and terminal illnesses to provide services to enhance their quality of life, help them plan for anticipated life changes and make informed decisions about their care before and after they enter hospice. Specially trained Transitions volunteers provide patients and their family with practical support such as running errands, picking up prescriptions, food preparation, transportation, light housekeeping, companionship and emotional support. No other coordinated care and support exists in our community for this crucial time in a patient’s life. Transitions is available to our entire community, and referrals to the program come from many different agencies.
We are truly grateful for this gift. How wonderful that the stars aligned on National Philanthropy Day for The Memorial Foundation and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to work collectively for the good of those who call Yakima their home.
Leslie Whiteside, Grants Coordinator
The Memorial Foundation