Absolutely! APOYO serves anyone in the community who needs food, clothes, or household items. At APOYO, everyone who visits is a member of our community.
If you are taking a course that requires a quarter-long project such as a research paper or a hands-on project that deals with any aspect of what APOYO does -- from warehouse management to fundraising to graphic design to advertising -- we might be able to work with your professor. Creative writing projects, art projects, cultural research projects of any kind, studies in multicultural education or nutrition or food security or social justice are all possibilities. Naturally, foreign language students and ESL students are welcome. Share your ideas with us!
Professor Hope Amason works with students to bring internship proposals to our board. Graduate studies can also be arranged. If you are interested, please contact her. We would love to hear how you can help!
Our food distribution records from the last six months of 2020 show we served 1,602 household food apportionments, assisting 5,807 individuals. So far, in the three months since the first of the year, we have served 1,270 household food apportionments, assisting 5,267 individuals – a 79% increase in apportionments for families (a 91% increase for individuals.) We attribute this increase to the pandemic and subsequent unemployment and houselessness.
Most of the food we distribute comes to us from Northwest Harvest's Yakima Warehouse. We also receive a grant from WSDA's Emergency Food Assistance Program. Since 2001, Central Washington University has given us space on their campus from which to distribute food and clothing. In the past, we have never had an advertising or fundraising budget. Nonetheless, we have received cash donations from many generous community members, churches, and businesses. More recently, we have received grants from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Group Health Foundation, United Way of Central Washington, Latino Community Fund of Washington, and PSE which will help us expand our outreach and transition to our new community center by 2023. Meg Ludlum, an Ellensburg friend and neighbor, has pledged a substantial sum to help us establish the community center.
APOYO is a registered 501(C)(3) organization. Our tax ID is 91-1970470.
You don't need to bring anything. Our policy is never to turn anyone away! If you have a friend or neighbor who needs food, please let us know, and you can take food for them, too. We may not have everything you need, but everything we have is yours!
We do not believe that there is a shortage of food in this country. No one should have to go hungry. We at APOYO don't care how many times you come see us. If we run out of food, we go get more. We are all in this together, and by helping each other, we can help our whole community!
Due to Covid-19, we cannot let everybody into our warehouse the way we used to, and we need you to wear a mask. We also deliver food in emergencies. Please just phone us at 509-929-4112 and someone will bring food to your door. We have no interest in knowing your immigration status. We do not store your names in a data base.
Come join our team! Our distributions take place Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. We ask volunteers who want to help to come about a half hour early for these distributions and plan on staying about a half hour after. We need help unloading our truck from Northwest Harvest every Wednesday around 11:00 a.m. We also need help with events, fundraising, and other projects. Please contact us to learn more and make arrangements.
Our warehouse is located on the campus of Central Washington University at the corner of Brook Lane and East 18th Avenue. We are across the street from the entrance to Brooklane Village Apartments and McElroy Park, just east of the CWU Challenge course. Just go to the end of 18th Avenue and turn right. If you need a map, please see our contact page.
Before you volunteer, you will need to read our volunteer handbook and sign release forms. Please check in at the APOYO office when you arrive and when you leave. When you arrive, you need to sign in, have a Covid-19 symptom screening and get instructions. When you leave, please sign out. You will need to wear a mask. We can provide masks. APOYO can be chill and drafty in winter and hot and stuffy in summer, so dress accordingly. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can be easily washed.