Time is limited to help the Yakima Union Gospel Mission raise needed funds to help homeless during the Month of May. Mission Executive Director Mike Johnson says every donation to the mission between now and May 31 will be matched by a longtime supporter of the mission.

The mission supporter has pledged thousands of dollars

The supporter has pledged $35,000 to match donations but there's only a short amount of time. Johnson says the timing is perfect because he says the needs are great right now, after another year that’s brought hardship and challenges to countless people in our community including the homeless. He says your gift will help fund shelter needs and meals as Johnson says many people in Yakima are still trying to rebuild. Many are looking to the Mission for help and hope in this spring and summer.

Your donation can be claimed on your taxes

A press release and an email says "make your tax-deductible donation today. Hurting men, women and children in Yakima are counting on you. This opportunity for your gift to DOUBLE through the matching challenge ends on May 31."

If you shop at a mission thrift store you're helping the mission

Maybe you've been shopping at one of the thrift stores owned by the mission this year. The new store Summit Thrift opened last year at 56th and Summitview. The original Lighthouse Thrift Store on South Front Street and the Lincoln Mission Thrift store located on Lincoln Avenue are also open. Johnson says the stores generate enough money to fully fund all administrative costs at the mission meaning no salaries or other costs come from donated dollars. So when you donate all your dollars go to help those needing help at the mission.
You can donate at yugm.org or you can drop off your donation or non-perishable food at the mission located at 1300 North first Street.

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