Columbia REA has a long history of supporting the communities we serve. We contribute to more than 100 different local organizations every year, because we believe that we are more powerful together.
Our 2021 More Powerful Together grant request for proposals drew more than 20 applications from a wide variety of organizations throughout the 3 counties we serve. While we wish we could contribute to each of these very deserving organizations, some tough decisions were made, and we would like to thank every organization that applied this year for taking the time to do so.
After careful consideration, the total amount of grant funding available this year, $20,000, was shared between 3 local not-for-profit organizations:
Friends of Weller Library (Waitsburg): $7,000
Recently the Weller Public Library building was in danger of being sold by the City of Waitsburg due to lack of funds available to provide modifications to comply with ADA accessibility requirements. The friends of the Library and the Library Board of Trustees were able to stop the city from selling the building, and are now raising funds to upgrade the building for ADA accessibility to the Weller Public Library building.
Hope Street (Walla Walla): $4,000
Hope Street’s mission is to provide women a safe home, community, and support as they discover their most fulfilling lives in long-term recovery. Most Hope Street residents do not have reliable transportation when they arrive at our home. By providing bicycles they will be able to take the responsibility of getting to appointments and 12-step meetings, thus building self-sufficiency and accountability. The shed ensures the bikes will stay out of the elements and last our organization many years to come.
Touchet High School Agricultural Education Department (Touchet): $9,000
The Touchet Agricultural Education department received a grant for the construction of a 30 foot by 36 foot greenhouse learning lab for students enrolled in the Ag Ed program. The only thing it still requires to be operational is power and heat. This new facility and the Ag Ed program will make a positive impact on the education of all of our students, and provide the opportunity for a community-focused plant sale in the spring that will benefit the Community and Touchet High School FFA.