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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:

REALTORS Care and Share Golf Tournament

Registration is now open for the 13th annual Care and Share Golf Tournament!

To participate in the Tournament on June 16, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Golf Course, visit the website:

2017 Care and Share Golf Tournament

This is the 13th consecutive year the the Walla Walla Association of REALTORS® have organized this tournament fundraiser for the BMAC Food Bank. After the great success of our tournament last year, we are excited to expand on our success and make this year even better.

Sponsorships are still available for businesses to show their support for the community and reap incredible benefits, including the opportunity to play in the tournament. More information about sponsorships can be found at Care and Share Sponsorship Packages.

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Thank you for your support!

December 15, 2016:

The annual Barrel Full of Money fundraiser this year reached new heights with a record-breaking


Many thanks to The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, Olive Cafe, Alaska Airlines, Marcus Whitman Hotel, Corliss Estates, Baker Boyer Bank and dozens of participating wineries and contributors for raising such a large barrel full of Money!

The 6th Annual Barrel Full of Money Fundraiser for the BMAC Food Bank kicked off on October 6 and ended on December 15. Over the last 5 years, this event has brought over $75,000 to the Food Bank to help us Gather Hope for the Hungry in Need.

The fundraiser consisted of donation canisters in participating wineries, a wine barrel for donations at Olive Cafe, a raffle, a silent auction at Corliss Estates, and many contributions of tasting fees from Fall Release and Holiday Barrel Tasting weekends.

Thanks again to everyone who donated! We are so grateful for your support.


December 15, 2016:

Construction is underway on the Walla Walla Teen Center, a multi-purpose center located near Lincoln High School and The Health Center.

Scheduled for completion in the spring, the new facility will provide emergency shelter for homeless youth, as well as a place for teens to access counseling, free medical assistance, childcare, employment skill building/placement, recreation, mental health care and more. BMAC is proud to partner with Catholic Charities, The Health Center and Children's Home Society to bring this important project to life.

Click here to learn more about this incredible new development in our community!

November 14, 2016:

David BradleyDavid Bradley, the co-founder and CEO of the Natonal Community Action Foundation, has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of low-income programs. In 1981, David helped found the National Community Action Foundation (NCAF). As a private non-profit organization funded solely by non-governmental contributions, NCAF represents funding and policy interests of the nation’s 1000 community action agencies before Congress and the Executive Branch. Blue Mountain Action Council is one of those 1000 agencies nationwide, and one of 30 in Washington State.

Click the video above to celebrate 50 years of Blue Mountain Action Council with David Bradley.


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