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 2011, we helped increase Summer Meals participation by 14%–more than almost any other state! Thanks to this effort, hungry kids ate 1.6 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 ParentHelp123.org are packed with information for families. Since 1997, 332,591 visitors have viewed 1.4 Million pages on this one-of-a-kind website. That’s a lot of connections!
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!