Columbia Center Rotary’s outgoing president Peter Kalunian stands with incoming president Roger McDowell in front of the club’s wall of flags, which were exchanged by members who visited the Kennewick chapter or visited chapters elsewhere and brought back.

Civic-minded citizens making difference in Tri-City service groups

By Robin Wojtanik Attend a weekly meeting at Columbia Center Rotary’s event center in Kennewick, and you’ll find a diverse group of members, ranging in both age and profession. The recent fiscal year-end meeting for the local service organization included the announcement of 16 new dues-paying members joining in the last year, adding to the…

Singer and Songwriter Kate Larsen plays a painted piano, while Cynthia Vaughn, founder of the Richland’s Painted Pianos Project Tri-Cities and owner of Magnolia Music Studios, sings along inside the Landing Bistro & Lounge in Richland. Vaughn plans to install more of the painted pianos around the Tri-Cities and is looking for community support.

Painted Pianos to bring together community for art, music

Richland studio owner seeking 88 ‘key’ partners for project Painted pianos transformed into public works of art and gathering places have begun popping up in Richland with more planned around the Tri-Cities. The grass-roots arts project, spearheaded by Cynthia Vaughn, owner of Richland’s Magnolia Music Studios and director of Opera on the Vine, aims to…

Andrea Riggs, executive director of You Medical, shows off the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network’s new name and logo in front of the Kennewick office on Clearwater Avenue. The Christian-based agency rebranded itself July 1.

29-year-old nonprofit adopts new name, image to reach more clients

Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network is now called You Medical The Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network decided to shed its name of 29 years and embrace a new one as it plans to expand its program offerings. The pro-life, Christian-based agency known around the region for offering women free pregnancy testing and support became You Medical on July 1.…

Gifting offers several advantages including reducing tax exposure

By Beau Ruff The concept of gifting is simply that you give something to someone or something for no value in return. That is, the donor gives something worth value to the donee (or the recipient). The concept is simple but it is one of the most powerful tools utilized as an estate and business…

Washington River Protection Solutions volunteer Bree Smith, left, watches McLoughlin Middle School students use straw rockets to test their trajectories during a STEM Like Me! session. The program addresses the disparity of students pursuing STEM subjects as they prepare to enter high school.

From programs to playhouses, STEM remains focus

By Robin Wojtanik The Tri-City community benefits from both grass-roots and professional efforts to spread awareness of STEM concepts, projects and ideas in the region. [blockquote quote=”It’s vital to get kids interested in STEM topics early in their education journey if they are to continue on that path into adulthood.” source=”Jillian Cadwell” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] From…

Marilou DeWoody helped to launch the state’s first Cancer Companions program at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Kennewick. The free Christian-based support group is for people undergoing treatment or who have had treatment in the past, as well as cancer caregivers and loved ones

Kennewick church launches new Christian-based cancer support group

A cancer diagnosis can make patients and their loved ones question their faith. But a new program at a Kennewick church is reminding those affected by the disease that God plays a larger role. “A person needs to be reminded of that — that God is bigger than their cancer,” said Marilou DeWoody, Bethlehem Lutheran…

The Support, Advocacy & Resource Center’s new building at 1458 Fowler St. in Richland’s Spaulding Business Park features two separate waiting rooms, which provide more privacy and comfort for clients. The new facility is twice as big as its previous building, allowing SARC to expand its offerings. (Courtesy SARC)

New building allows SARC to expand counseling, sex trafficking services

New $1.2 million facility doubles space for Support, Advocacy & Resource Center Moving into a building twice the size of its previous facility has served as a catalyst for the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center to expand its on-site counseling services and increase its services for sex trafficking victims. The move to the $1.2 million…

10 tips to detect, prevent fraud in nonprofits

By Timothy Warren The culture of most nonprofits is based on trust, honesty and a commitment to public interest. But a noble mission and sparkling public image are not bullet-proof protection against fraud.   According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2016 Report to the Nations, while only 2.4 percent of fraud found in 2016…

LoAnn Ayers, new United Way president and CEO, is also a proud Washington State University alumni and United Way volunteer.

Campaign launch underway—full speed ahead for new United Way president

Having just completed work on a five-year, $2.6 million grant for Washington State University in June, LoAnn Ayers started as president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties July 1, succeeding Beverly Weber upon her retirement. [blockquote quote=”It’s all in an effort to help connect people to needed resources…

Chaplaincy Health Care

New name, image helps Chaplaincy Health Care better connect with community

The organization once known as Tri-Cities Chaplaincy has been given a new name and image that better reflects the evolution and expansion of its care. The rebranding project has been two years in the making, said Leslie Streeter, director of communications of the non-profit organization now called Chaplaincy Health Care. “We started really wondering if…

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