Walla Walla Noon Rotary fundraisers a community help

Walla Walla Rotary Club members donated $3,000 during their "Small Trees, Big Impact" silent auction in December. While the check states $2,980, a last minute $20 donation was recieved to reach the 3K mark. With each dollar raised, BMAC can convert that into $6 in food assistance. This $3,000 donation makes a substaintial impact and will help us deliver approximatly 16,000 meals to the community. Thank you to the great folks at Walla Walla Rotery Club!

Bridge the Hunger Gap With a Friday Backpack!
Backpack Bridge September 30

Click here to read the Union-Bulletin article about the Backpack Bridge event.

How you can be engaged:

  • Watch for information about Mr. Whitman activities through the month of October including two bag building events on Whitman College Campus and the Mr. Whitman Pageant on November 4th. Mr. Whitman is a fundraiser of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority on Whitman Campus. They have selected the Backpack Bridge project as their charity this year.
  • Sponsor one of eight Bag Building Events where you recruit 25-30 people to come together and build a month’s worth (2,000) of food bags.
  • Volunteer to transport food bags to a Walla Walla Valley elementary school.

About the Backpack Program:

For a challenging and rewarding opportunity in volunteer service, become a certified Long-Term Ombuds. Volunteer ombuds advocate for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family homes. These volunteers contribute to higher levels of care and a better quality of life for residents. They help residents resolve concerns and complaints, help residents learn about their rights and make referrals to services in the community.

Volunteers receive 32 hours of training to become state certified Long-Term Care Ombuds. Training sessions are scheduled on an ongoing basis. For an application or more information, contact Elizabeth Claridge by phone at (509) 520-5162 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo by Greg Lehrman

April 24, 2017

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

(click here to read this article on the U-B website)

"The Blue Mountain Action Council turned 50 last year and is still going strong into its second half century. The organization was founded in 1966 as a result of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and the resulting national anti-poverty legislation.

“We are one of 35 community action partnership agencies in the state,” said Kathy Covey, chief executive officer.

A tremendous amount of concern, work and money has gone into fighting the battles, and the war rages on.

“We have certainly not won it,” Covey said. “And certain decades were much more difficult.”

Covey has been in this position for three years but with the agency since 1978, with a brief break in 1988.

“BMAC has a 15-member board, a third of the board members are from the public sector, a third from the private sector and a third from the target sector representing the people we serve,” she said.

“We are governed independently by our board. It gets funding from federal, state and local governments but it is not a government entity itself.”

BMAC has six basic programs to provide assistance to those in distress:


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