Our Impact

Service with a Purpose

Catholic Charities was founded on principles of faith and goodwill, to serve the underserved and be an advocate for the vulnerable. Now more than ever, our success depends upon the involvement of the generous communities in which we live. Volunteers, donations, and financial contributions make our work possible.

Please consider partnering with us in shining a light of hope in our communities.

Our mission: We bring hope to life, especially for those most in need.

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How Does Your Gift Help?

Meet Anna, served by Catholic Charities

Meet Anna

Anna and her two granddaughters were living in a homeless shelter when she reached out for help. Donations to Catholic Charities paid the application fee for their apartment, and a gift card and vouchers from St. Vincent Center helped Anna get household essentials for her new home.

Your gifts, in whatever form or amount, make a difference in the lives of people who are most in need. Programs at Catholic Charities touch hearts and bring hope to those who have none.

  • Nearly 50,000 people served each year across 17 Washington counties
  • Behavioral health and crisis intervention programs provide life-saving support
  • Assistance with basic needs helps families with housing, food, and clothing
  • Early learning programs give children a positive start in life so they can thrive
  • Volunteers provide companionship and support so seniors can stay in their homes

Ways to Give

Donate Online

Click here to donate safely and securely online. Using your credit card, you can either make a one-time contribution or set up a recurring donation.

Donate by Phone

Call Julie Heilman at (509) 853-1303 to contribute by phone using a VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card.

Donate by Mail

Mail a check or money order. Make checks payable to Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington, and address to:

Catholic Charities
5301 Tieton Drive, Suite E,
Yakima, WA 98908-3478

Meet Henry, served by Catholic Charities

Meet Henry

Henry is a disabled veteran who recently lost his wife. When his furnace quit working between paychecks, he was hunkered down in his home bundling up in blankets to keep warm. With help from his family and a grant from Catholic Charities, he was able to have the furnace repaired and restore heat to his home.

Additional Ways to Support

Meet Maria

Maria and her two children, Yuretzi and Cristian, love the weekly activities in Creative Kids at the Cristo Rey housing site. "I look forward to Wednesdays, so I can attend the Play & Learn Group. While the children play, I can get away from house chores, relax, and engage in learning with my daughter Yuretzi. Cristian learned so much at Creative Kids and is now attending preschool. He practices counting numbers while playing with blocks. The teacher gave me activities to do at home with my kids. They have learned to share and be more organized. My kids are getting ready for kindergarten."

  • Employer matching gift programs
  • Gifts of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • Light of Hope fund
  • IRA Charitable Rollover
  • Matching gifts: Double your donation
  • Non-cash gifts and gifts of property
  • Gifts of real estate
  • Gifts of vehicles
  • Planned gifts or deferred gifts
  • Beneficiary designation
  • Gifts through wills and trusts
    We suggest, in lieu of changing your entire will or trust, using a simple codicil. Such as, “I give and bequeath to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima, the sum of ______ (or __% of my estate) to be used for the accomplishment of its general purposes (or for a specific purpose as indicated).”
  • Monsignor Thomas C. Champoux Endowment Fund
    This endowed fund in honor of Monsignor Champoux is a way to sustain the ministry to children and families most in need well into the future. For more information click here.

For more information, contact Director of Development, Steve Wilmes at swilmes@catholiccharitiescw.org.

Donations of Clothing & Household Items

Donations of gently-used clothing, furniture, and household items are gratefully accepted at both of our thrift store locations. Pick-ups are available by appointment.


St. Vincent Centers
2629 Main Street
Union Gap, WA 98903
(509) 457-5111

Donated items are either sold in our thrift stores to help fund assistance programs or given to families in need at no charge.

Food Donations
The Catholic Charities St. Vincent Center Food Bank is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

To donate food, please contact:

Catholic Charities
St. Vincent Center
2629 Main Street
Union Gap, WA 98903
P: (509) 457-5111

Meet Kelly

Kelly is a single mother whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer. To get the necessary treatment, she and her daughter traveled back and forth to Seattle Childrens Hospital for an extended period. Kelly was unable to work because her main priority was getting her daughter lifesaving treatment. During this time, she fell behind on rent. Catholic Charities was able to give Kelly rental assistance during her daughter's treatment. This assistance helped relieve Kelly's stress of losing her home during her daughters recovery.

Where Our Funding Comes From

Catholic Charities and the St. Vincent Center receive funding from various sources including the State of Washington, Federal contracts, United Way of Central Washington, Fees for Service, Grants, and Charitable Contributions.

Catholic Charities Housing Services receives funding and support from the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, development fees, rental income, contributions, gifts, and grants.

For more specific financial information, contact Paul Palmer, CFO, at 509.965.7100.

2017 Report to the Community

2018 Report to the Community

2020 Report to the Community

2021 Report to the Community

2022 Report to the Community

Catholic Charities and Catholic Charities Housing Services are both 501(c)3 charitable organizations in Washington State, and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.