Yakima County has a poverty level more than twice that of the state. Sunrise Outreach Center works to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the valley by 1) implementing innovative, sustainable practices and programs, and 2) partnering with those who offer what they themselves cannot. They feed families, house the homeless, build relationships, and mobilize people. They believe neighborhood involvement and networked information exchange are the keys to their success. They leverage relationships to connect people in need with those who want to help. In this two-part interview, Director of Operations Ken Trainor summarizes their strategic approach to engaging a wide base of supporters and describes the community-powered organic garden that supplies their soup kitchen and food bank.
There are many items you can donate to help Yakima’s homeless residents, from blankets and hats to toiletries, bus passes, and of course, money. To see the wish list and where to deliver items, visit the Homeless Network of Yakima County’s website. To volunteer at a shelter overnight, or to help with the organic garden, contact Sunrise Outreach Center (509) 225-9310. You can also join Sunrise Outreach’s Facebook group for up-to-date information.
* Partnership in Action is a presentation of Appleseed Media. The segment highlights successful strategies being used by nonprofit organizations, businesses, government, and engaged community members to improve life for Yakima-area residents.