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Mission

APOYO has been at work in central Washington since 1995. Our mission is to help anyone who needs it, however we can. We promote community cooperation, provide outreach and advocacy to Latinx communities, act as a liaison between Latinx communities and private and governmental organizations, and foster a greater understanding of the presence, history, culture and contributions of the Latinx communities we serve.

About Us

APOYO is known for its service as a food and clothing bank where everyone is welcome. We provide healthy, ethically-sensitive food, clothing, and household items such as kitchen equipment, furniture, toys, and hygiene supplies. We also empower people by connecting them with essential services for such things as housing, health care, education, and childcare. We can help people with translation. We help families communicate with health care providers and teachers. We can help people find legal assistance. Find out more about our history and our team.

How You Can Help

Make A Donation

Giving online has never been more secure, convenient, and hassle-free. We also accept in person donations of cash or check at our physical location: 1320 E. 18th Avenue. Or you can mail a donation to P.O. Box 194, Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Become a Volunteer

Join with us to become part of a network strong enough to affect a positive change in the lives of the local Latinx community. Or if you need community service hours please feel free to contact us for more information.

CWU Students & Faculty

APOYO has partnered with CWU since 2001. We give students opportunities for internships and projects. To learn more, contact Dr. Hope Amason, APOYO’s Academic Connections Team leader, at hope.amason@cwu.edu.

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Our Services

  • Food and Clothing Bank
  • ESL Classes
  • Spanish Classes
  • Immigrant Rights Workshops
  • Internet Access
  • Referrals to Other Services
  • Translation Assistance

Exciting News

APOYO is building a community center. We are in the process of constructing a passive-solar, straw bale building that will serve as our new food pantry and become a community center, too!

Straw bales for construction

Working Partnerships

Northwest Harvest

APOYO has been a Northwest Harvest partner since our founding. Northwest Harvest partners with 375 food programs throughout Washington to create a Hunger Response Network. For more information, visit Northwest Harvest.

HopeSource

APOYO helps get people connected to services through HopeSource. To address housing insecurity, we partnered with HopeSource December 2020 to March 2021 as a sub-contractor in the Washington State Department of Commerce Eviction Rental Assistance Program. APOYO was awarded $27,830.25 to distribute to landlords.

CWJFON

In November 2020, we partnered with Central Washington Justice for Our Neighbors to offer a workshop to help people apply for Washington Covid-19 Immigrant Relief Funds.

Kittitas County Health Network

APOYO is a member of the Leadership Council of the Kittitas County Health Network.

Kittitas County Health Department

Partnering with Kittitas County Health Department, we have organized Covid-19 vaccination clinics at APOYO and provided health care supplies to APOYO members.

Others

Over the years, APOYO has partnered with other organizations in Kittitas County and beyond to serve needs that arise. In 2020-22, we have received support from Yakima Valley Community Foundation, United Way of Central Washington, the Latino Community Fund and the Kittitas County Covid Community Recovery Fund to help the people we serve who are experiencing hardships related to the pandemic. If your organization would like to propose a partnership that will help us serve, please contact us!

Know Your Rights

All immigrants, undocumented and documented, in the United States have certain rights under the Constitution. Learn about your rights and how your family can better prepare for an encounter with immigration law enforcement.

APOYO Food Bank

Food distributions at

1320 E 18th Ave., Ellensburg

Wednesdays

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Phone

509-201-1820