APOYO serves an ethnic minority community whose members may not trust other agencies. Sometimes it's because they fear deportation or because they just don't know how such agencies work. We've spent the past 25 years earning their trust, and we have succeeded because we understand, not just their language, but their culture. We know them.
We give out staples, not gourmet meals. Our clients won't get rich selling canned beans and oatmeal, and they certainly won't be able to rely on us for all their needs, but they won't go hungry. We believe that people don't come to food banks unless they really need to. So we don't turn anyone away. Ever.
APOYO isn't just a 501(C)(3) charity; it is an all-volunteer organization. No one gets paid. All the money we take in goes toward purchasing and distributing food. Our clients are our volunteers, our friends and our neighbors -- people who, like us, believe in helping rather than competing with each other. We believe in Survival of the Friendliest.
In our 2019-2020 fiscal year, we served almost 4000 households, consisting of nearly 15,500 individuals . We recorded 3100 hours of volunteer time, and we handed out over 153,000 pounds of food.
Most of the food we distribute comes to us from Northwest Harvest's Yakima Warehouse. We also receive a grant from WSDA's Emergency Food Assistance Program. For the past 25 years, Central Washington University has given us space on their campus from which to distribute food and clothing. In the past, we have never had an advertising or fundraising budget. Nonetheless, we have received cash donations from St. Andrews Catholic Church, The Iron Horse Brewery and various individuals. Recently, Knudsen Lumber donated the materials to build a loading ramp into our facility. In the past year, we have applied for and received $11,800 in grants and $23,140 in individual donations, most of which will go toward helping us relocate to a new facility in 2022.
APOYO is a registered 501(C)(3) organization. Our tax ID is 91-1970470. Our Washington state UBI number is 601951915; our D-U-N-S Number is 067062849; our Statewide Vendor Number is SWV0266170-00. You can view our IRS form 990EZ by searching this page, using our tax ID. We do not have an Employer Identification Number (EIN), because we have no employees.
We accept personal checks mailed to the address below: 111 Peavine Rd, Ellensburg, WA 98926. You may also donate via the PayPal Giving Fund. If you shop at Amazon, you can go to Amazon Smile and select "APOYO Incorporated" (located in Ellensburg) as your charity. Then, every time you shop on the Amazon Smile website, Amazon will donate a little bit to us. And every little bit helps!