In the Community

Since 1982, Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation’s focus has been on creating a healthier community. Today, our vision is to be the healthiest region in Washington State. We work hand-in-hand with community volunteers and leaders to find solutions to our region’s healthcare issues to move us forward to our vision. As part of the original mission, the former Foundation offered unwavering support for the local community hospital, helping to build an emergency room in the 1980s and more recently contributing more than $600,000 in the building of a new hospital. In the 1990s, the Foundation began broadening its focus to the greater community’s healthcare needs and organized Community Health Summits to provide an avenue for identifying healthcare issues. The findings resulted in the formation of Rainier Foothills Community Network Coalition, which continues to oversee initiatives focusing on community healthcare issues in the areas of youth substance abuse and prevention, mental health, access to healthcare, and hunger. In 2012, we began operating a Care Van service that takes anyone in our area to health-related appointments, five days a week.

During the past 30 years, RFWF has donated more than $5 million to support healthcare services for all residents in the foothills communities of Enumclaw, Buckley, Black Diamond and the smaller nearby communities of northeast Pierce County and southeast King County.

On an annual budget of $500,000, RFWF provides a broad spectrum of services aimed at creating healthy communities. It’s all done through the generous donations of our community, the hard work of our Board of Trustees, and the dedication of our staff, which includes an executive director, a part-time administrative assistant, a team of part-time Care Van drivers, a Youth Substance Abuse Coordinator, and a Mental Health Community Resource Coordinator.

We are a bedroom community, that recently saw its lumber mill and logging industry pull up stakes and its dairy industry dwindle to a handful of working farms. We are blessed this community is filled with people who rally around a cause and dig deep in their hearts to make things happen. Reaching out to homebound seniors, underprivileged children and struggling families is one example where the community rallies a diverse group of leaders to collaborate and focus on important issues that need to be solved.

Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit in the State of WA.  Tax ID-91-1192604.