This year’s race proceeds benefit YWCA Yakima

Like most non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for services from the YWCA greatly increased (by more than 30% last year!) but financial support has not.

In 2020 alone, the YWCA touched over 13,000 people here in the valley. The 24-hour domestic violence emergency shelter provided 8,000+ bed nights, and the crisis hotline averaged 25 phone calls a day.
Hogback Development Company, who produces The Downtown Yakima Mile, seeks to shed light on the invaluable services that the YWCA Yakima provides in hopes that the community will also join in the effort to end domestic violence in our community by participating in the event.

YWCA Yakima is the largest provider of domestic violence services in Yakima County and provides the only shelter of its kind in the City of Yakima, operating 24/7. In addition, YWCA Yakima offers the first affordable housing specific to families who are homeless as the result of domestic violence. Crisis housing and legal advocacy is also provided to those in need.

By participating in the Downtown Yakima Mile, the community can provide the YWCA with the resources to help every family in need. We encourage you to learn more about the life-saving services provided by the Yakima YWCA at
The Downtown Yakima Mile
Happy Pride Month

This pride month more than ever, we must not ignore the undeniable link between racial justice and the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.
Audre Lorde, a prize-winning poet and author who shone a light on her experiences as a Black lesbian woman to demonstrate the complexity of personal identity.

Widely thought of as African American Independence Day, Juneteenth is a celebration of the official end of slavery. Serving as a symbol of total freedom from slave trade across all states, today Juneteenth provides an opportunity to reflect on what progress is still needed, as well as celebrate Black joy and community.

Why is the holiday called Juneteenth?

Juneteenth – is a blending of the words June and nineteenth and is the oldest known U.S. celebration of the end of slavery. It commemorates June 19, 1865. This holiday is also known as Freedom Day and Jubilee Day.

When did Juneteenth become a holiday?

Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas in 1980, and a number of other states subsequently followed suit. The day is also celebrated outside the United States, with organizations in a number of countries using the day to recognize the end of slavery and to celebrate the culture and achievements of African Americans.
What are the colors of Juneteenth?
The colors red, white, and blue echo the American flag to symbolize that the enslaved people and their descendants were Americans. 
The star in the middle pays homage to Texas, while the bursting "new star" on the "horizon" of the red and blue fields represents a new freedom and a new people.
Why does Juneteenth Matter?

Juneteenth represents the good and the bad in what makes the United States the country it is: It’s symbolic of a liberation, but one that was delayed due to consistent opposition and resistance to equality that is deeply rooted in white supremacy — something that all too often feels very American.
Give Where You Live
Fortuity Cellars Give "Back to Yak"

Visit Fortuity in June and check out the Give Back to Yak bundle:

  • 2020 Viognier
  • 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2017 Merlot
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Heart of the Hill, Red Mountain)
  • 2018 Malbec (Verhey Vineyard)

$160 value - $152 special, club $128.

Purchase on-site or phone orders:
For each bundle sold $10 will donated back to YWCA Yakima!

About Fortuity Gives and the “Back to Yak” program:

Giving back to our community is a Fortuity Cellars core value. In fact, it’s part of the reason we wanted to start our own business – to support those who help make our communities better.

We are passionate about organization’s with missions who support farmers and growers, champion small business and promote the arts - particularly those located in the Yakima Valley and across the state of Washington.

Each month we put together a “Take the Winery Home” bundle and we donate a portion of the sales to a local nonprofit.
Kari Knight Dermatology

Join Kari Knight Dermatology in supporting the Yakima YWCA through the month of June. All skincare purchase revenue from the month of June will be donated to YWCA Yakima!
About the Raffle:
  • Purchase tickets in Kari's office or donate online for your chance to wine one of 5 incredible prizes!
  • Drop off items to donate to YWCA Yakima at Kari's office, worth 2 raffle tickets per item donated.
  • Like/share to anyone who may help the cause for maximum impact.
Bri Snyder Photography - mini boudoir shoot.
Abundant Table - 2 bite boxes.
Eyelash Divas - full set of eyelash extensions.
Skinceuticals - full skincare routine.
Cascade Esthetics - local art, handcrafted mask, luxury makeup brushes,
handcrafted soap, and $25 gift certificate.
YWCA Yakima is here for You
Our helpline is prepared to answer a variety of questions about your options, safety, how to access our safe shelter, our other programs, and community resources.

Friends and family who are concerned about how to support a friend who they think is experiencing domestic violence are welcome to call as well.
Partner with YWCA Yakima

Your contribution will help support our organization’s much-needed programs that fund important projects and programs.
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Tue - Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - 10 am - 5 pm


Text "YWCA" to 56512
to make a donation