A visit from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

2701 Tieton Drive is a hub of constant philanthropic activity for The Memorial Foundation!  We recently had the privilege of receiving a site visit from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in response to a $200,000 grant request that was submitted in July.  This grant would fund autism, behavioral and mental health therapies at Children’s Village.

We, who live in Yakima, know how special Children’s Village is, and recognize that it is a jewel in our community.  The Village is in fact, the only model of its kind in the United States…..and it is right here in Yakima!  It is thrilling though, when organizations outside of our community visit the Village, learn about the innovative array of services it provides for children with special needs, and reach the same conclusion that it is, indeed, a one-of-a-kind gem.

The Murdock Trust representative had tears in her eyes (as did everyone on the tour) after listening to Cindy Carroll passionately describe what she is trying to accomplish not only at Children’s Village, but also on a community wide scale for the Yakima Valley.  As the Children’s Village director and coordinator of autism programs with a masters degree in speech language pathology, Cindy has a wealth of knowledge in her field and is uniquely qualified in her goal to bring new comprehensive treatment models to children with autism who are under age three, and in the critical early learning stages of life.  What Cindy wants to achieve is monumental, and once again, Children’s Village is at the forefront of innovation.

The Murdock Trust recognizes the importance of what The Memorial Foundation funds at Children’s Village, and this is the third time the Trust has partnered with us since 1997!  This is just one of many different windows of opportunity that open on a daily basis at The Memorial Foundation.

Leslie Whiteside, Grants Coordinator

The Memorial Foundation

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