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 mental health, access to healthcare, student academic sucess 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.