Community Center

Food Pantry / Community Center

This is an exciting and challenging time for APOYO. We are building on more than 25 years of service to our community and transitioning off CWU’s campus to a new facility: a passive solar straw bale building on land we lease from the Independent Order of Oddfellows Ellensburg Lodge 20. APOYO will continue to serve as a food pantry and become a community center, too! The APOYO community center will empower members to mutually provide food and other material support, offer and receive education through classes and workshops on topics relevant to the community, and host multicultural social activities.

APOYO is very fortunate to have the support of the Group Health Foundation. APOYO received a Community Learning Grant and the Foundation President’s Fund Award in 2021.

We have received other generous gifts to help make it possible to open the doors of the community center in 2023, but we still have a long way to go to raise the funds we need to complete the project. Community support will ensure APOYO’s success. If you are interested in helping us with our fundraising efforts, offering pro bono construction services, or making a donation of your own, please contact APOYO Executive Director Stefanie Wickstrom to learn more.

Future building site

Straw bales for construction

Straw Bale Construction

APOYO is working on the straw bale construction with architects Terry Phelan and Troy Howe at Living Shelter Architects.

Straw bales were purchased from Basket C Hay Farm in Ellensburg and the bales were weatherized for winter by Tarp-it, Inc.