This isn't the first go-around for Yakima's YWCA.  For more than 110 years, the YWCA Yakima has worked to help create a community without racism while empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for everyone.

Legends Picks A Partner

This year Legends Casino Hotel will partner with the YWCA to support positive change in the Yakima Valley.

Cheri Kilty, Executive Director, Yakima YWCA:

YWCA Yakima is excited to deepen our long relationship with Legends Casino Hotel and the Yakama Community to address domestic violence. We value the support and contributions Legends Casino Hotel is making towards ending domestic violence

The YWCA  says the partnership will support annual YWCA events including the Leadership Luncheon featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Jordyn Wieber on Monday, May 9, 2022, at 12:00 Noon at the Yakima Convention Center

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Domestic Violence All Too Common In Yakima

The Yakima Valley has a serious problem with Domestic Violence — which accounted for 35% of all arrests in the city last year.

According to an online news report,

the Yakima Police Department alone responds to over 1,000 domestic violence calls every year, but the Yakima YWCA provides services to 10 times as many victims, who do not contact police for fear that their abusers might retaliate against them.

Law enforcement says it takes on average seven acts of violence before a victim will actually make a call and file a police report which means it’s likely there are thousands more victims who haven’t told anyone about their abuse.

Legends Goes Above And Beyond

Legends Casino Hotel General Manager Letisha Peterson looks forward to the benefits partnering with the YWCA  will provide:

We seek opportunities that have the potential to make the greatest impact in our community...We’ve supported the YWCA for many years through the Yakama Cares grant program. This year, we’re excited to expand our support to sponsor these programs that will plant the seeds to end racism, violence, and abuse as well as aid women, children, and families.

. To learn more about YWCA Yakima and opportunities to volunteer, visit

For help, call YWCA Yakima’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 509.248.7796.

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