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Spotlight on: Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month.

Although often viewed as a “big city problem” or something that happens infrequently, it’s actually an every day, everywhere problem, says Tricia MacFarlan from Mirror Ministries. The agency, one of our local United Way’s 21 funded partners, helps trafficking victims escape, heal, and thrive.

SUCCESS STORY: Recently, Claire* moved into her own apartment. Our community supplied her with all she needed to get started. She has graduated from Mirror's Therapeutic Services and is matched with a mentor who cheers her on as she works hard at her new job and to finish school. Claire is thriving today. "I didn't know I was so strong. That I could do this and have a real life. I wouldn't be here today without the peeps at Mirror. I would have been dead. But I'm not. I'm strong and I'm happy." *Not her real name

It’s through your support that we are able to help fill gaps in critical services in our community. Thank you!

Our impact in December:

  • Distributed 126 meal vouchers donated by Maverick Cares, a gaming corporation, so clients of local nonprofits could pick up ready-to-heat meals for four from Coyote Bob’s Casino on Christmas Eve.
  • Converted a $17,000 grant from Georgetown Brewing into $300 gift cards for use by WSU and CBC to support the basic needs of students impacted by COVID19 who work/worked in the restaurant and bar industry.
  • Coordinated distribution of nearly 100,000 pieces of PPE to 48 local nonprofit agencies.
  • Provided workspace to Heads Up Tri-Cities for collection and distribution of holiday stockings donated for children in foster care.
  • Connected volunteers, including local mask makers, to the needs of local nonprofits through Volunteer Tri-Cities.

“I was stunned at how quickly our request for facemasks was responded to, it was the same day!! A lady personally made and donated approximately 50 face masks for our agency. I was able to go pick them up right away. Because this was at the beginning of the pandemic, and facemasks were hard to come by, I can’t tell you how appreciated this was. Knowing we had the masks for staff and clients gave me a measure of peace during a chaotic time.” --JoDee Garretson, SARC

Dine Local

Coming soon, to a locally owned restaurant near you! When you order from participating restaurants the first week of March, you'll be supporting local businesses AND raising money to improve the lives of people in our community!

Check our website and follow us on Facebook for updates.

Interested in being a sponsor or a participating restaurant? Contact Amanda Young at 509-581-3950 or ayoung@uwbfco.org

Did you know?

Most trafficked children aren't kidnapped by strangers. They are often still living at home and going to school, all while being exploited and abused.