DRC's Annual Jazz in the Cellar Event
Our much beloved "Jazz in the Cellar" event returned as your new favorite spring party. This year's event took place on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Yakima at Le Chateau. It included the Bart Roderick Trio playing great jazz music, local wines, beers and punch, fabulous hors d'oeuvres by the DRC's own party planner/caterer Meredith Bruch, and best of all silent and live auctions. This year's event exceeded our expectations and raised over $16,000 thanks to our generous attendees, auction bidders and business partners. We are glad that so many of our supporters joined us for a great time at the event.
Dispute Resolution Center’s Developmental Approach to Fundraising and Outreach
As a non-profit organization with limited sources of funding, the DRC engages in fundraising within the community. In 2008, the DRC adopted a new approach to this fundraising. We realized we have a need not only to raise funds, but to raise awareness of our mission and services and to further engage our community in this mission. To this end, we have began welcoming community members, leaders and supporters to Introductory Events where they can see and hear about the mediation process and the great services the Center offers to resolve disputes and conflicts. DRC staff will continue to be in contact with interested attendees about our work, sharing information and stories about the DRC’s impact. We will also partner with them to expand referrals, community awareness and the Center’s financial resources. Then each year we will hold a public fundraising event to invite these and other supporters to invest in the work of creating peace in Central Washington.
The fourth annual event, Mediation: A Path to Peace, a breakfast event, was held on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Yakima Convention Center. Over 100 people attended the event, contributing generously. Abeyta Nelson Injury Law was the primary event sponsor. Casey Family Programs, Doug Lemon Rentals and Tamaki Law all helped sponsor the event with contributions of $500. The event raised a net of $13,600 to help sustain the DRC's important work. This year's event will take place the week of November 18-22, 2013. Stay tuned for more details.
The Dispute Resolution Center is an organization that counts on volunteers to carry out its mission. People from all walks of life volunteer as mediators, board members, committee members, office assistants, fundraisers and more. Serving as a volunteer mediator requires training and certification. Please see the training page for more information on mediation training. If you are interested in volunteering in any of the way’s listed above or a new, creative way you’ve been envisioning, please call the office and let us know of your interest or send us an e-mail message by clicking here. We are currently recruiting people interested in exploring membership on our board of directors to start in the Spring of 2013. If you would like more information about this position, please click here. To download a copy of our statement of interest form for potential new board members, please click here.