DRC's Annual Jazz in the Cellar Event
Our much beloved "Jazz in the Cellar" event returns as your new favorite spring party. This year's event toke place on Friday, May 9, 2014 at Pioneer Hall on the State Fair Park grounds at 1301 South Fair Avenue in Yakima. The event included live jazz by the Bart Roderick Trio who were joined for one set by vocalist Cathy Kloster, local wines, beers and punch, a New Orleans style buffet dinner, and best of all silent and live auctions. Through the event, over $14,300 was raised to help fund the DRC's important conflict resolution services.
Please put next year's event on your calendar. It will be held on Friday, April 24th, 2015. We'll be returning to Pioneer Hall at the State Fair Park. Watch this space for more details to come.
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 sixth annual event, Mediation: A Path to Peace, a breakfast event, took place on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Howard Johnson in Yakima. We were honored to have Mac Bledsoe, former Yakima educator and founder of Parenting with Dignity as our keynote speaker. Eve Valdivia, DRC mediator, spoke about the impact of our services, Terry Abeyta served as our MC, Jim Kramper lead the invocation, Matt Fairbank shared what the DRC does and Sue Billings did a great job inviting people to support the work of the DRC with their donations, time and energy. Through the event, more than $14,500 was raised to support the DRC's mission of providing affordable, professional conflict resolution services and training. This would not have been possible without the support of our business underwriters; Abeyta Nelson Injury Law our breakfast sponsor, Casey Family Programs, our program sponsor, Tamaki Law and Doug Lemon Rentals, sponsors at the friend level and Gress Kinney Parrish Insurance Center and Linda Roth State Farm agent who also contribted. We thank all our corporate and individual donors for their support.
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 January 2014. 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.