Impact | WithinReach WA


Healthy families and communities throughout Washington state.


WithinReach is filled with big-hearted people. Those people also love data. It’s not good enough to simply think we’ve helped someone—we need to know.

However, data needs context to tell a story. Our context comes from our Theory of Change, a model for how we approach our work that keeps us focused on opportunities where we can use our core strengths to maximize our impact.

We’ve taken a look back at the impact we’ve had over time. Here are some pieces of data that make us proud:

  • In 2014, we helped increase Summer Meals participation by 14%–more than almost any other state! Thanks to this effort, hungry kids ate 1.9 million meals during the summer.
  • In 2009, the Breastfeeding Coalition of WA, a program of WithinReach, was instrumental in passing laws that protect a mother’s right to breastfeed her baby.
  • WithinReach helped 40% of all people who enroll for the Basic Food program—more than any other DSHS community-based partner.
  • Communities are healthier and better protected from illness when more children are immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. We successfully advocated for a change in the immunization exemption law for school and childcare entry. Under the new law, parents must talk to a medical provider before they can receive an immunization exemption for their child.
  • The pages of are packed with information for families. In the past 10 years, 586,177 visitors have viewed 1.24 Million pages on this one-of-a-kind website. That’s a lot of connections!

To see more: 2015 Annual Report to the Community and 2012-2013 IRS 990.

If you want to support an organization that can show it’s making a big impact for Washington families, learn about all the ways you can get involved!