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Please donate to APOYO!


APOYO began in 1999 as a non-profit all-volunteer organization handing out food in temporary locations -- in churches, houses, and sometimes including the backs of cars and trucks. It was founded by Central Washington University professor Philip Garrison and friends from the CWU faculty and the local Hispanic community.

By May 5th, 2000, APOYO officially became a tax-exempt corporation run by an elected board of directors. Board members are elected every two years at our annual May 5th meeting.

APOYO is funded, in part, by the state of Washington Emergency Food Assistance Program. We also receive donations of food from Northwest Harvest, a regional organization founded in the 1960s, and from private donors.

Volunteers hand out food at our bi-weekly distributions. They also help clean the premises, bag food for distribution and unload our delivery trucks.

We provide research opportunities for scholars, and student volunteers can earn CWU credit hours for their work with us. We also offer opportunities for student internships in anthropology, sociology, and other fields.

APOYO supporters include Grace Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Women's Group, St. Vincent de Paul, the Ellensburg Spanish Foursquare Church, the Ellensburg Department of Natural Resources, and many other generous individuals who have donated money, time, clothing and household goods.

APOYO's warehouse and distribution center is currently located on the CWU campus at the corner of East 18th Avenue and Brook Lane. Click here for a map. Unfortunately, we do not have the storage space to warehouse donated furniture and appliances or other large items. However, we do try to match donors with needy families through our community network.