History | WithinReach WA

History

We opened our doors over 27 years ago. Back then, we were Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies.

In those early years, we served approximately 500 low-income families per year through our maternal-child health hotline.

Today, we run 4 hotlines, 2 coalitions and 2 really incredible websites: one for families and one for teens. We do this for 1 reason: to build healthy families and healthy communities.

This year, we’re on pace to serve approximately 300,000 families. That’s a 600% increase in individuals served from 27 years ago. That’s not bad and it’s all possible thanks to our amazing staff, board, partners and supporters.

We have continually adapted our offerings to meet community needs. Over the years, those needs have changed as the economy has changed. For instance:

  • Between 2004 and 2007, we developed the ground-breaking website, ParentHelp123.org. With funding from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other visionary funders, we were able to create a place on-line where parents could easily find what they needed to take care of their family—something that is much easier said than done.
  • Since 1994, we have taken on stewardship of 5 statewide coalitions: Immunization Action Coalition of WA (1994), Breastfeeding Coalition of WA (1996), Hepatitis B Coalition of WA (2002-2013), WA Coalition on Medicaid Outreach (2011) and, most recently, the Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition (2012-2014).
  • In 2006, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies became WithinReach, a name that reflects our commitment to bringing essential health and nutrition resources within reach for all families and all family members.

We’re proud of our first 27 years and looking forward to many more. Find out how you can be a part of it!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Basic Food Education Forum-King Co
    • February 21, 2018
      9:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • UWKC Tax Site Hopelink Shoreline
    • February 21, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • February 28, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 7, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 14, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 21, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 28, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 4, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 11, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 18, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • UWKC Tax Site Rainier Community Center
    • February 24, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 3, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 10, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 17, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 24, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 31, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • April 7, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • April 14, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • UWKC Tax Site Downtown Seattle Library
    • February 24, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 3, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 10, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 17, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 24, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 31, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • April 7, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • April 14, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • Basic Food Education Forum-South Sound
    • February 26, 2018
      9:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • UWKC Tax Site Burien Community Center
    • February 26, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 5, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 12, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 19, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 26, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 2, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 9, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 16, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • Basic Food Education Forum-North Sound
    • February 27, 2018
      8:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • WCOMO-Centralia
    • March 23, 2018
      9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    HOLD for Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach in Centralia

  • 2018 Experience WithinReach Registration
    • 2018 Experience WithinReach
      May 9, 2018
      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! We’re excited you are joining us to discover how WithinReach is creating vibrant, healthy communities. We have a great event in…