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Local youth programs in Valley Gift Guide

Just a few of the deserving youth programs that you can donate to through the 2022 Valley Gift Guide.

WALLA WALLA-The Valley Gift Guide, online and in print, gives donors an easy way to support the many nonprofit organizations that support health, education, daycare, food security, animal welfare, and arts and sciences. The program not only brings awareness to organizations that work in our community but includes a match from a pooled bonus fund. The Valley Giving Guide 2022 Match is not a dollar-for-dollar match; it will be a percentage match, such as a 15% match. That means that if you donate $100, the nonprofit you donate to would receive $115.

Don't miss this opportunity to donate with a match and help your favorite program win prizes though December 31, 2022. Here are three youth orgnaizations The Times would like you to consider supporting this year.

The Cardinal's Nest

WAITSBURG-This is the first year that Waitsburg's afterschool program, The Cardinals Nest is participating in the Valley Giving Guide. The Cardinal's Nest is an afterschool arts and science projects program for students in first through eighth grades in the Waitsburg School District. There are almost 60 students signed up this year.

The program is organized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a staff of three paid through the program. Cardinal's Nest Coordinator, Kathy Somers-Schirm runs the program with the help of her assistants Carol White and Senior Beth McGowen. The school district provides the room and utilities, and the Cardinal's Nest nonprofit covers salaries, materials, and other costs. This year, for the first time, the community can donate to The Cardinals Nest through the Gift Guide. Please visit for all the details about the guide, and go directly to the Cardinal's Nest donation page at or use the QR code to the right.

The Club

DAYTON-"It's all about our kids!!!" is the first thing you see when going to the Valley Giving Guide page for Dayton's afterschool program, The Club. The free and well-attended program serves K-5 students after school and during spring and summer breaks.

It is not just the young attendees who benefit from this program. Opportunities for local high school students to work as staff give valuable work experience and mentorship. For more information and to donate to The Club, go to or use the QR code for The Club on the left.

Rural Youth Enrichment Services (RYES)

WAITSBURG-RYSE promotes and supports a wide variety of enriching activities for youth in the Touchet Valley. Projects include the Touchet Valley Acoustic Music Project (TVAMP), where project leader Kate Hockersmith provides music lessons, jams, instruments, and showcases for kids and adults. She has plans to develop a music library and rehearsal and teaching studio for the program.

RYSE is committed to developing life-long interests and leadership skills, creating a cycle of mentoring and community service. Projects may include the sciences, the arts, technology, entrepreneurial business skills, agriculture, and recreational activities. 

Along with TVAMP projects include the Waitsburg Urban Forestry, which provides trees for children to plant on Arbor Day.

To donate to RYSE, go to or use the RYSE QR code to the right.


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