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.
In celebrating our 25th anniversary, 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!